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Dating from a distance can be hard. Regardless of location, you can still find the love of your life, or have a laugh while online.

If you find dating cringe AF face to face then hosting a virtual date might just be for you. There are plenty of pros which include being able to switch off quickly if there’s no spark to being able to dress however you want.

Trying to build a relationship online though, well that’s hard without proper dates.

But what’s the next step after that awkward first date video chat? How do you take the second or third date further while being miles apart?

We’ve come up with 7 ideas that help you to host the very best virtual date night. These will help you get to know your new beau all while having a great time in the comfort of your own home.

Take a museum tour

Like in real life, taking someone you have an interest in to the museum screams class. Many of the top museums around the world currently have free tours online.

What is your new friend into? Are they into dinosaurs? Then have a look at the British Museum that offers online tours. You can explore each exhibition together by sharing your screen so you can both see what’s happening at the same time.

It’s not just the British Museum either, the London Science Museum, The London Portrait Gallery and many other museums around the world are offering this too.

Go to a gig

This is when YouTube really comes in handy. Many past gigs have been recorded them put online for the whole world to enjoy.

If you are looking to stream a gig then have a look at Ticketmaster who are selling tickets to the latest streamed events. This is a great date idea for those of you that love live entertainment.

Play games

There are so many games you can play online. Have a look at Steam, an online platform that let’s you download games onto your PC, laptop or PS5.

If your date is arty then try Drawful. It’s a fun game, a bit like Pictionary that gives you weird and wonderful things to draw and then you try and guess each others picture. You can even play against other people too.

If you prefer a good board game, then make sure your new partner has it too and play via video chat. Chess, Battle Ships and even monopoly are great games to play virtually.

Virtual escape room

Ever wondered how you’d react if put under pressure? Then try an escape room. There are loads online that can really put you through your paces. Everything goes from trying to break out of prison to trying to stop a nuclear disaster.

You normally need about six people for an escape room so why not do all your dating at once by finding more people on Nottinghamshire dating. This is a great way to meet new people all at once and see which one you have a spark with in an informal manner.

Movie night

Having a movie night is a great way to find out what kind of person you are dating. Are they into soppy films? Action? Zombie horrors?

Use a service like Netflix Party so you can both stream the film at the same time while chatting about it.

Have dinner

Use a screen sharing site like Zoom and put on a romantic backdrop. Think Paris in the Spring or New York City in the snow.

Order in and enjoy an informal chat wherever you want to be in the world.

Visit a zoo

Like museums, many zoos and aquariums are offering virtual tours.

Have a look at Chester Zoo who are putting up loads of tours and content. Georgia Aquarium gives you a live view of their African penguins and Beluga Whales.

As you can see, there are so many ways that you can enjoy a virtual date while trying to get to know someone.

This is how to host a virtual date when you are stuck at home, miles away from your date. We've included everything you will need for a fun night in by Laura at My Beautiful Mess

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