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Over 50's dating - 10 fantastic first date ideas

Over 50's still get butterflies! First date jitters are part and parcel of meeting a new love interest. So it's a good idea to put some thought into your date. Here are 10 fantastic first date ideas for an over 50's tête-à-tête to help you stay calm and avoid the first date frenzy.

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The picnic

The perfect first date for over 40's and 50's! A relaxed, low key picnic makes a great first (or second) date. The setting is relaxed and fuss-free, and picnicking makes the most of fresh air and beautiful, natural settings. Picnics are romantic but not stuffy and get our vote as a winning first date activity. Pack a blanket, some wine and showcase your culinary talents with a few home-made snacks!

A concert or live music

Whether you love Bach or (that over 50's favorite), Bon Jovi, plan ahead. Book tickets to your love interests favorite show, band, orchestra or artist or visit the ballet. Try some contemporary or comedy shows on for size and complete the evening with comedy mic night and a seafood dinner.

Go hiking

Ideal for outdoor lovers and those senior singles who enjoy physical activity, a trip into the wilderness can be combined with a backpack-picnic at a lake, viewpoint or waterfall. Bond over the plants and birds in the area. Take plenty of photos (and selfies) to celebrate reaching the top.

Botanical gardens

Botanical gardens are filled with charming ambiance and romance, from the manicured lawns to the gorgeous plants and flowers. Lunch in the restaurant and enjoy the little trails dotted around the gardens. The perfect mix of fun and romance for over 50's.

Trip to the art gallery

Gaze at art over a glass of wine at a local gallery, followed by a delicious dinner at a bohemian restaurant or take a day trip into the city to marvel at your favorite canvasses. Pick a modern art gallery for a more cutting edge adventure.

Cooking classes for over 50's.

In love with gourmet cooking, Indian cuisine or fondant art? Try a cooking class and learn how to make sushi or chocolate art. This is a great way to share the moment, some tasty treats and a love of culinary arts.

Mini golf

This one never gets old. Mini-golf is a great for laughs and enables you to show your competitive spirit in a fun and relaxed way. Mini-golf isn't too strenuous and is a great first date activity for over 50's who want an active date, that isn't hard on the body.

Dating apps for over 50's?

mDates is a downloadable app exclusive for over 35's. Simply create a profile and browse through the photos and profiles of hundreds of potential mates. You can "Like" a profile or chat to potential interests. You can even register with your Facebook and Google account. Flirt online and make a date, and don't forget to let us know how your first date went!

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