Break from the wine-and-dine traditions of February 14th and consider something a bit different, whether you're loved up or have a grudge against Cupid. Quirky is the new romantic!
Visit real life love birds – and more – with a trip to Bristol Zoo. Cash-strapped romantics are in luck, as there’s a special voucher valid from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th letting you and your other half enter for £20 (usually £14.50 each). Download one here.
Blast off into luuurve with a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester, where a four-course dinner, glass of bubbly and a romantic Planetarium show await! The menu looks tempting – hello, trio of desserts – as does the ‘cosmic cocktail bar’. The package, on Friday 14th, is £35, or you can add an overnight stay including transfers, breakfast and treats for £150.
Feeling cynical and generally hacked off with pink hearts and PDAs? The Natural History Museum has just the thing – a tour celebrating all things U-G-L-Y! Meet some of nature’s least loveable creatures and disgusting specimens (visiting on a full stomach isn’t advised), before getting over your shock with a stiff drink. Friday 14th, 7pm – 9pm, £28.
Indulge your Downton Abbey fantasies with a night at Leeds Castle. Start with a Champagne reception before touring your estate – well, for the night, anyway. Then there’s a three course candlelit dinner complete with live piano music, followed by coffee and chocs in the drawing rooms – how civilised. The evening is £199 per couple, and you can even stay overnight at the castle from £245 per room. BYOMC (Bring Your Own Matthew Crawley).
Writers aren’t known for being rich (sadly) so this is a great event for smaller budgets – an evening at Keats’ house. You’ll get a glass of bubbly, torch-lit tour of the Regency property, poetry readings and a sense of intellectual superiority – not bad for just £8.
Bad break up? The Prince Charles Cinema can soothe your heart like nowhere else, specifically with a 1980’s slasher film! My Bloody Valentine does what it says on the packet really. 6.15pm Friday 14th, tickets cost £7.50 or £5 for members.