5 Cosy Autumn Date Night Ideas That Won’t Cost You A Penny

Looking to add a little romance to your life this autumn, without splashing out? In this article, Kirsty Prankerd from Write From The Heart shares with us five cute and cosy date night ideas that are completely free. 
The summer naturally lends itself to free and easy date nights, from barbecues on the beach to picnics at sunset. But now that the days are turning shorter and the nights are becoming colder, many of these options are out the window. However, this doesn’t have to dampen your autumn romance! There are plenty of ways to enjoy this cosy season with your significant other without breaking the bank.
Have a paint and wine night

Don your apron, dig out some paint brushes, and crack open your favourite bottle of red or white for this sip and paint date night. Not only is this a cheap and easy date idea which requires minimal preparation, but it’s a great way to relieve stress after a hectic day too. Plus it’s a good way to connect with your partner on an emotional level, as the process allows you both to experience non-verbal communication (Paint and Prosecco).

To prepare for this date night, simply gather your painting supplies (a set of paints, brushes, and paper or canvas) and set them up in a light room, along with your wine and nibbles. If you prefer to paint from reference, you may also want to find something for this, such as a vase filled with flowers or a fruit bowl.

Bring the cinema to your living room 

If you like the thought of taking a trip to your local cinema but you’re on a budget, have a movie night from the comfort of your own home instead. This is a great date night idea for all couples, whether you’ve been together for a few weeks or a few years. Plus, by doing the cinema night from home, you get to dress in your comfiest outfit and watch as many films as you want! 

Be sure to make your cinema seats as comfy as possible with cushions, blankets, and foot rests. And of course, no cinema trip would be complete without snacks! Fill sharing bowls with delicious cinema treats, like popcorn, chocolate, and nachos.

Go on a romantic autumnal walk 

The weather may have turned cooler, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get outside. In fact, autumn walks can be even more enjoyable than summer ones — the crisp fallen leaves and changing colour trees make this season the most beautiful for many. 

And although the weather becomes brisk in this season, it’s usually warm enough for a walk if you wrap up well. To keep yourself as toasty as possible, bring a boozy hot chocolate along with you — whisky and Bailey’s are two particularly delicious and warming additions to hot drinks. 

There are so many gorgeous walks to be had in Galway, so this idea can easily be repeated for a number of dates. A stroll along Salthill Promenade will always give you stunning views, but particularly around sunset. Or if you’d rather go somewhere further afield, Knockma Wood is perfect for an autumn visit.

Snuggle up in front of a campfire

If you want to get outside but don’t fancy the walk, why not get out in the back garden and set up a fire to keep you toasty throughout the night? Snuggling in front of the fire is an incredibly romantic way to spend a crisp autumnal evening. It’s also the perfect opportunity for the pair of you to get rid of any distractions so that you can have deep and meaningful conversations. 

Of course, no campfire is complete without a selection of tasty treats. Make sure to stock up on marshmallows and skewers to enjoy them toasted over the fire. And if you wanted to take this as an opportunity to make s’mores, don’t forget to bring chocolate and digestive or rich tea biscuits.

Act like a tourist  

When was the last time you did any of the free tourist attractions in your city? The chances are that it’s been a good while. Many of us tend to avoid the touristy areas of our hometowns, as we assume we know everything that there is to know about the area. But if you explore your city in the eyes of a tourist, you may find a new side to it. And there’s no one better to do this with than your significant other. By exploring your city together, you can make memories that will last a lifetime. 

People who live in Galway are spoilt for choice when it comes to fun and free tourist activities. From the beautiful views from the Peacockes Viewing Tower to exploring the history of the area at Galway City Museum, there are so many different ways to spend a date in this city. 


If you use one of the ideas above, you should be able to have the perfect autumn date night that’s both fun and free. For more inspiration and recommendations on what to do in Galway, make sure to check out the other articles at Galway Now!

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