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6 Romantic Date Ideas Inspired by Books

For book fans, there's nothing more romantic than a dreamy date idea taken from a book! We've put together some of the very best romantic date ideas inspired by books, perfect for booklovers to enjoy together.

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1. Take a boat trip.

In Nicholas Sparks's stunning romance novel, The Notebook, Noah and Allie go on an idyllic canoe trip together on a glistening lake, surrounded by swans and geese. It's gorgeously romantic and wonderfully moving, especially when it starts raining, so no need to worry about the weather either! Take a trip on a river, a lake or on the ocean - wherever you are, it's sure to be a fun and exciting date.

2. Have a cosy tea party for two.

When Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland joins the mysterious Mad Hatter and his zany friends for a tea party, it's not exactly in a romantic context. Nonetheless, this crazy, colourful tea party provides wonderful inspiration for a cute and quirky tea party date. Whip up some sandwiches, bake a cake together, prepare your table with fun decorations and voila - you've got yourself a cosy tea party for two. The perfect budget-friendly date idea for literature lovers!

3. Take a helicopter tour over the city.

Granted, most of the romance in Fifty Shades of Grey isn't exactly... conventional. Ahem. But the helicopter ride they take seems pretty fun! So why not take some inspiration from this risque read and go on an exhilarating trip in a helicopter over the glittering lights of the city? The perfect date for adventurous couples who are looking for a rather different date.

4. Chill on the beach.

The first scene of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is simply magical. It features two teenagers relaxing on a private beach, sharing a first kiss. And it's certainly not a perfect kiss - in fact, it's all a bit awkward, as first kisses can be! But you can tell how much these best friends love each other, and that's what shines through, as does the dazzling location of their secret liaison. Whether you're about to share your first kiss or not, chilling on the beach is guaranteed to be enjoyable and romantic. If it's warm, you can lay back and bask in the gentle sunshine together on a sweet summer's evening. If it's cold, you can grab a hot chocolate and some hot chips to share, and snuggle up together on the sand, staring out to sea.

5. Go on an adventure to Amsterdam.

In John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel and Augustus - two cancer survivors who meet at a cancer support group - take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Amsterdam together to soak up Dutch culture and meet the author of their favourite novel. They end up kissing in Anne Frank's house, enjoying a meal for two at an opulent restaurant, and sharing their first night together, too. For more spontaneous types, why not follow in their footsteps and book a weekend trip for two to this romantic and beautiful city? Wander the cobbled streets, take a bike ride together, go on a boat trip on the canals and go sightseeing in dozens of historical sites.

6. Go on a hike together.

If you want to go on an adventurous date a little closer to home, why not take inspiration from Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn and the other Lord of the Rings adventurers and embark on a hike together? Journey into the countryside and travel cross-country through captivating terrain. And you don't need to travel all the way to New Zealand to do it - there's plenty of incredible places to go in the UK, from the New Forest to the Lake District, the Welsh mountains to the Scottish lochs.