There’s no better time of year to treat your partner to some TLC. Whisk your loved one away to a special location this season and try one of these fun-filled activities that will bring you closer together.
Better still, take a GWR train to your chosen destination and you can sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshment from the buffet carriage, getting you in the perfect frame of mind for a romantic day out.
Curzon Mayfair, London
Right in the heart of one of London’s most exclusive areas is this plush cinema, regarded as one of the finest post-war cinema buildings in the country. It shows the latest big movies, including Little Women and Sam Mendes’ 1917, and if you’re looking to wow the special someone in your life, consider booking out the Royal Box. This will set you back £100 and, for £60 more, they’ll throw in a bottle of Champagne and a choice of snacks.
The Old Bank Hotel, Oxford
What better way to celebrate your affection for someone than sharing excellent wine together? Join the Vine to Wine tasting day, organised by the team at Wine Unearthed, and you can enjoy a three-course lunch with matched wines, learning about and discussing the perfectly selected tipples. You’ll leave with a newfound confidence in your wine knowledge, ready to assess all that passes over your palate. The closest event to Valentine’s Day is on the 22 February, but well worth the wait.
Escape Hunt, Bristol
Nothing brings a couple together like a shared dilemma. Head on over to Escape Hunt in Bristol city centre and you can work together to escape the room before time runs out. With four fun themes to choose from, including the Japanese-themed The Fourth Samurai, the WWII spy game Our Finest Our, the piratical Blackbeard’s Treasure and the Doctor Who romp Worlds Collide, this is the ideal way to bond this Valentine’s Day.
Downstairs at the King’s Head, London
Make your way to one of the country’s finest comedy clubs for a night of belly laughs. Downstairs at the King’s Head is a favourite among comedians, with a receptive audience and a friendly ambiance. Better still, on 15 February you can see a selection of top stand acts from Gatis Kandis, Dave Green, Nick Revell, Jeremy O`Donnell and MC Michael Legge.
Thermae Bath Spa
Bath has been a popular destination to enjoy the area’s natural hot springs since at least the Roman era. Spend a day with your loved one at the excellent Thermae Bath Spa and you will feel all your worries and stresses evaporate, leaving you free of woes, ready to enjoy the rest of your evening together. Choose from an array of treatments, including a couple’s aroma massage, hot stones and facials.
Camel Trail, Cornwall
If you’re looking for something a little more physical, then a relaxing bike ride is the perfect way to spend a day in one another’s company. Starting from Bodmin Parkway station (you can hire bikes in Bodmin), take the short ride to the trail at Boscarne Junction, north-west of Bodmin town, and from there follow the disused railway line once used by the London and South West Railway, and then the Camel Estuary, all the way to Padstow.