My Funny Valentine: 6 Quirky Things To Do On Valentine's Day

24 January 2014 by

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!

1) Be a ‘cheep’ date

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.

2) Go out of this world

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.

My Funny Valentine: 6 Quirky Things To Do On Valentine's Day

3) Explore the ugly side of love

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.

Six quirky & alternative events for Valentine's Day

4) Royal treatment

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).

My Funny Valentine: 6 Quirky Things To Do On Valentine's Day

5) Unleash your inner poet

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.

6)  Shun romance

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.

My Funny Valentine: 6 Quirky Things To Do On Valentine's Day


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