Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and the tables at your favourite restaurants will be getting snapped up by organised couples.
But instead of sticking your usual routine, why not go the extra mile and try something different with your significant other for your Valentine’s Day date night.
And if you’re lacking in inspiration, we’ve rounded up our top date ideas for the most romantic day of the year:
It’s a Valentine’s classic for a reason: whiling away an afternoon in a hot tub followed by a relaxing couple’s massage is an ideal way to spend the most romantic day of the year. Throw in a glass of bubbles to start the day off and a three-course dinner to end, and you might just have the perfect date.
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Take the date night classic up a notch by learning the techniques from the professionals. Take a class to try your hand at your favourite meal out: sushi, pasta, dim sum – take your pick, there will be a chef willing to impart his or her wisdom. Not only will you (hopefully) get a delicious dinner at the end of it, you’ll also be able recreate restaurant-standard dishes at home. Win, win.
Ghost tour of Edinburgh? Jane Austen tour of Bath? Banksy in Bristol? Music tour of Manchester? Whether you’re at home or on a mini-break away, uncover some of the lesser-known history or cultural heritage of a city. You’ll learn something new and find some hidden gems along the route.
If neither of you have tried your hand at golf before (the crazy variety doesn’t count), book yourselves in for a couple’s session to learn the basics. Even if you’re terrible, it’s a lovely walk outside. This is a particularly great way to spend the afternoon if you’ve booked yourselves a country retreat.
As thoughtful and it is easy to plan: spend Valentine’s down memory lane by reliving your first date with your significant other. Whether it was dinner and a movie, a leisurely afternoon walk or just drinks, recreate the spark of getting to know one another again.
Ok, standing in front of a room of strangers belting out Celine Dion might doesn’t sound like a romantic night out. But a private karaoke booth, some drinks flowing, and a guide to that song he keeps singing in the shower but always forgets the words to? What more could you want? And don't worry about making complete fools of yourselves – it all adds to the fun.
As in, Strictly style. Book yourselves into a class and learn how to salsa, tango or waltz like the pros. Sure, you probably won’t reach glitter ball-worthy levels in one class, but you can master few moves to show off the next time you hit the floor. Plus, it’s a great way to get the endorphins flowing.
Well, maybe not *actual* rocks. But a session at your local climbing centre teaching you the basics of how to safely scale the wall and pull your body weight up, is a great alternative date idea for the fun and adventurous couple.
A whole mini-break exploring a new city isn’t always doable, but you can still make like you’re in a new place and spend the day visiting the top attractions of your home town that you ignore every day. A gallery you regularly walk past, a historic house you’ve never been to, the best restaurant around that you’ve never eaten at: line yourselves up the ultimate tourist itinerary for the day.
Not as tacky as it sounds. Find yourself a prohibition era underground party, hedonistic burlesque night or a 1950’s-style swing do. Dress up to get into the theme – some events operate strict dress codes – and dance the night away to live music. Expect secret locations, strong cocktails, and one helluva party.
Ice-skating doesn’t have to be exclusively for the festive season. You’re pretty much guaranteed to be holding each other on the ice (even if it is in a desperate bid not to go flying), so what could be more romantic? Get wrapped up warm and head down to your nearest rink.
Instead of just going for drinks, check out how they make the drinks. Craft gins are booming, and with distilleries as far afield as Loch Ness and Salcombe, it’s a safe bet there will one nearby that’s worth exploring. Learn about the botanicals that go into making the nation’s favourite tipple before settling down to enjoy one yourselves.
They say the couples that laugh together, stay together. And for a different night out, book yourselves a table (not in the front row!) at your nearest comedy club. Whether it’s cringing at the acts that crash and burn or laughing until you cry at the funniest talents, you’re pretty much guaranteed a night to remember.