Valentine’s Day; you either love it or hate it! Some look to this romantic occasion with excitement, eager to spoil their loved one with thoughtful gestures. Others dread the pressure of impressing their other half with the perfect rendezvous, or view the holiday as just another date in the diary.
Whether you’re a lover or a hater of Valentine’s Day, this year could be your time to try something a little different. With so many hidden attractions to explore across the UK, there’s plenty of ways to surprise your partner with an extra-special Valentine’s Day.
Enjoy the romance of a medieval castle
For an unforgettable Valentine’s night out, how about treating your partner to a dazzling dinner at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex? Set in a moat and overlooking the Rother valley, Bodiam Castle is known for being one of the most romantic castles in the UK. Find out more about their Valentine’s evenings here.
Discover how to grow your own roses
Forget the petrol station bunch of flowers – this Valentines Day is all about growing your own blossoming bouquet! Take a trip to the beautiful Godinton House and Gardens, where their expert gardener is hosting an All About Roses workshop on 17th February. If you can’t make it, there’s plenty of pruning and planting experience days based all over the UK to help you brush up on your skills.
Take a walk on the wild side
If your Valentine is an animal lover, we’ve got a great suggestion for a date to remember. Set against a backdrop of the stunning Kent coastline, Port Lympne Wild Animal Reserve near Hythe makes for a charming day out. After exploring the park, you can enjoy a five-course dinner, or perhaps afternoon tea; you can even stay the night in a stylish, natural retreat within the grounds.
Make your own luxury
For a twist on a classic Valentine’s Day gesture, why not make a romantic meal for two at home. Low-budget and rain-safe, cooking together or pampering a loved one can be a romantic activity to enjoy on a cosy night in. For something a little more glamorous, why not order a luxury hamper to share, or take a cookery class together – lots of catering schools host regular workshops and events open to the public.
We hope our list has given you some date inspiration! If you’re stuck for gift ideas, why not surprise your companion this Valentine’s Day with a luxury Spicers of Hythe hamper to enjoy on your romantic escape? View our Valentine’s Day collection here.