It’s getting close to that time of year again…. Valentines Day! Here are a few alternatives you and your significant other can do to celebrate V-day!
1. A romantic night in
Instead of spending a small fortune on a restaurant and hotel this Valentines Day, try a romantic night in with your partner. Re-arrange your living area, get the table out, turn the lights down and light the candles. Not interested in cooking but want to impress your other half? Order gourmet Mydine meals that will be delivered to you for Valentines Day, and will last you an entire week thereafter! Simply reheat, plate up and take all the credit for “cooking”… We won’t tell if you don’t. Don’t forget a nice bottle of wine (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)!
Dim the lights, dress the bedroom with rose petals, and light the room with tea candles. Pick your partners favourite movie, sit back and relax.
Personalise your romantic night in. Instead of a generic card and flowers, write your partner a heartfelt letter about how you feel about them; what you love about them as well as fond memories you’ve shared.
- Rose petals (Amazon – £2.00)
- Bottle of wine (Supermarkets – £5 – £10)
- Mydine Meal Preps (Mydine – £49 for 10 fresh gourmet meals. 2 meals on Valentines Day at £9.80)
- Movie (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or other streaming services)
- Candle lights (Any Cash and Carry or Amazon, between £1 to £5)
- Lined Paper (Free! Just take some out of your notebook!)
2. A Boat ride for 2 – Valentines Weekend
Take a private ride along the rivers and canals across the UK with your loved one. There are many types of boat excursions. But one we would recommend is Avon Boating in the land of Shakespeare. Take a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and enjoy a 1 or 2-hour ride along the calm Avon River. Once you’ve enjoyed your boat ride, take a stroll around the surrounding parkland and have a bite to eat at the riverside pub.
- River boat ride (£40 for 1 hour, £80 for 2 hours)
- Lunch at riverside pub (£20 – £30)
3. A Gin Night Out (or other alcohol)
If you’re a fan of trying out new places but want a more intimate social drink, try out 40 St Pauls, an intimate Gin bar which would go otherwise unnoticed if you don’t know where to look. The bar currently has 147 different types of Gin and only seats a maximum of 20 people. Its location in St Pauls Square means you are only a 3 to 5 minute walk away from more upbeat bars and clubs. Other great Gin bars also include, The Gin Vault and Jekyll & Hyde, which are all centrally located for easy travel.
- Taxi fare (£15 – £20)
- Drinks (from £50 +)
4. Road trip to the country
With Valentines Day falling on a Wednesday, the only planning required for this is to select the date you want to take your trip. Forget the rest of the world and enjoy the spectacular views that the Lake District has to offer. Wrap up warm and take a walk around the hills, enjoy the surroundings of Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and other beautiful landmarks.
If you want to make a Valentines weekend of it, look at booking a log cabin from Friday evening to Sunday and take your time taking in the views the Lake District has to offer. Before booking, we’d advise using review sites such as Trip Advisor or Google Business Ratings. Disconnect from reality and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet with your loved one.
Day trip / Weekend Away
- Petrol (Variable)
- Lunch (£35 – £40)
- Cabin Booking (from £200)
- Boat Excursion (£50)
5. Meaningful gifting
Forget the ill thought out Valentines Day cards, teddy bears and flowers! Relive your favourite memories together with a photo-book. Find your favourite, funniest and craziest photos of your time together, print them out and stick them in your photo-book. Write a thoughtful message to your partner and wrap it up ready for Valentines Day.
- Photo-book (Amazon £8 -£10)
- Gathering photos (£0 – just your time, effort and imagination)
- Photo printing (Variable depending on home printing, or supermarket printing).