Things to Do in Essex for Couples - Puttshack

Maybe you’re in a new relationship and are looking to impress. Perhaps you have been together long enough to feel like you’ve gone through every bar in town on your date nights. Either way, we can assure you that there are plenty of fun things to do in Essex to keep the date night spark alive.

Essex is a vibrant creative county with an incredible array of options for loved-up fun seekers. There are so many options that we couldn’t possibly hope to cover everything this wonderful place has to offer. However, we have a few examples that we hope will ignite your imagination, sweep you off your feet, and provide you both with lots fun and romantic memories. With that in mind, here’s our top five fun things to do on a date in Essex.

1) Enjoy the fun-filled competitive delights of Puttshack

One of the things we really pride ourselves on at Puttshack is our versatility. Our innovative, high-tech indoor mini golf courses boast so many of the elements which make all our other suggestions on this list great. These include originality, competitiveness, a delicious selection of food and drink, and a place that’s great to talk, catch up and spend quality time together.

On top of that, we’re also unique and flexible enough that if you wanted to do one or all of the other things we’ve suggested below, then Puttshack in Lakeside would still make an ideal addition to your date. Our aim is to provide the best possible experience for everyone who walks through our doors, so you can swing for the win as you hit it off with that someone special.

2) Unleash your inner ninja at Flip Out

Address: Unit 614, The Quay at Intu Lakeside, Grays RM20 2AD
Distance from Puttshack: 0.3 miles (6-minute walk)

Jump around, jump around, jump up, jump up and get down. If you’re the kind of couple that loves nothing more than to simply have fun together, then the many indoor trampoline parks in and around Essex could certainly put a spring in your step. One such example is Flip Out in Lakeside.

Taking to the trampolines together can be an exciting activity and one that can make relaxing later a lot more enjoyable because you’ve burned off so much energy (you’ve earned that slice of cake!) There’s also plenty of fantastic attractions, including a multi-level Ninja Tag zone, the UK’s only full-sized Travelator, and a climbing wall, so you can put you ninja skills to the test. After all, there’s nothing like a dose of friendly competition to get the conversation flowing and bring a little extra playfulness to your date.

3) Get in touch with nature at Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Address: Chafford Gorges Nature Park, RM16 6YH, Warren Heights, Chafford Hundred, Grays
Distance from Puttshack: 2.4 miles (10-minute drive)

Essex is filled with some tremendously beautiful natural areas and one of the best examples is Chafford Gorges Nature Park: a stunning 200-acre nature reserve boasting two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and plenty of great photo opportunities. You can choose to be active or just enjoy a relaxing lunch in the great outdoors. Picking a sunny weekend to sit on the grass and soak in your surroundings – perhaps with a sandwich, some nibbles and a glass of wine – has been a dating staple for many years with good reason. Perhaps it’s time for it to make a comeback?

4) Go see a film at Vue Cinema

Address: Vue Cinema Thurrock, Lakeside Shopping Centre RM20 2ZW
Distance from Puttshack: 0.3 miles (7-minute walk)

Going to see a film together is the perfect way to get the conversation flowing for the rest of your date. It doesn’t even matter if the film is good, there'll be soemthing to talk about regardless! Cinema is a fool-proof plan, just don’t fill up on popcorn if you plan on heading out to somewhere to eat later. Speaking of which....

5) Grab a bite to eat in one of Lakeside’s restaurants

Address: Various options at intu Lakeside, W Thurrock Way, Grays RM20 2ZP
Distance from Puttshack: A few minutes-walk away

We know, we know, it’s obvious! But you know why it’s obvious? Because it just makes a lot of sense. You both need to eat, and food is nice. And you may as well take advantage of the tried and tested romantic atmosphere of a good restaurant while planning that next adventure. Lakeside boasts a whole range of dining options, from the laid-back charms of Ed’s Easy Diner to the finest prosecco and pasta offerings at Rizzoli. Of course, if you want to keep things simple, you can always just tuck into the carefully crafted menus at Puttshack, filled with guilty pleasures and healthier alternatives. Plus, you can get drunk on love with our well-stocked rum bar. Cheers to that!

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