It’s February, the month of romance, mushy cards and ‘boydidgood’ hashtags. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking of how you might mark the day. If you’re bored of the usual fine dining or cinema trip and would prefer a more unusual activity, then read on!
While this article is geared more towards ‘fun date suggestions’, every idea mentioned can also be a laugh with friends- so don’t fret. Below are five student friendly activities (most offer student discount) that are worth a try.
Rather than heading out to a restaurant, why not head to a dessert house and enjoy delving into mountains of unusual flavoured ice cream and the calorific goodness of waffles and cookie dough that just looks mouth-watering? It’s the perfect place to head to for a sweet treat. Don’t worry if you can’t finish what’s on your plate, you can take what’s left home in a box for when the midnight munchies kick in!
If you love puzzles or you’re a secret detective in your own time, then Escape Ipswich is definitely worth a visit. Just before Christmas, Student Life checked out the new venue and it did not disappoint (you can read our review online). There are a number of different themed rooms to choose from, ranked on difficulty but each gives you a maximum of 60 minutes to solve the case and find your way out. If you thrive under pressure and love a bit of competition, then this is a must. While not overly romantic, it requires team work and patience and if you can complete this with your partner, then you can survive anything, right?
Press Start Gaming Lounge
While not everyone’s idea of a romantic treat, this may please some. Press Start Gaming Lounge is every gamers idea of heaven. After you’ve made your way down to the basement, you have the choice of a number of gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Switch or PS4 or if you’d prefer a more intimate experience, you can upgrade to the VIP room. Not only do they have the latest technology, they also have a range of retro games which is sure to send a few of you into nostalgia. In addition, there is a bar which serves drinks (alcohol after 7pm) and a small range of food. From time to time, the venue hosts its own events and tournaments as well as catering for birthday parties.
Nothing says love like a romantic head-to-head game of bowling. It’s a great past-time and one that you can revisit again and again without getting too bored. Most bowling alleys, like the one in Ipswich Buttermarket also offer a variety of food and drink so you can make a proper day of it. If you’re going head-to-head against your partner, why not make it more interesting by choosing a forfeit for the loser? Once you’re done, take advantage of what the venue has to offer, with a range of arcade games and also Ninja Tag Active, an activity which requires determination and a lot of energy!
A hidden gem situated close to Ipswich waterfront and University halls, Premier Pool is a neat little venue hosting a number of professional pool and snooker tables as well as dart boards. For a small amount of money (made cheaper with a student card), you can hire a table or take advantage of a free dart board. The venue is fully stocked with drinks and bar snacks and Premier Pool often host a number of midweek events and also screen big sporting events.