It’s that time of year again. Whether you love it or hate it, your partner WILL be expecting something special for Valentine’s Day (no matter what they say!).
Time to dust off your striatum – the part of the brain that deals with love – and do the same thing you do every year… a candlelit dinner, red roses and possibly a sunset walk.
Or you could carry on reading, do something a little different and earn yourself some extra relationship points.
Share the Love
There’s quite a lot of evidence that looking at cute creatures makes you happier. So how about sharing Valentine’s Day with some furry friends? Surprise your true love with an animal experience at the zoo.
What could be more romantic than feeding fish to Humboldt penguins – did you know they pair for life? –or getting up close and personal with Amur tigers. The majority of zoos offer animal experiences but, if you really want to impress, Colchester Zoo offer a Perfect Partners package that includes a bottle of bubbly and a bouquet of flowers.
Find out your Future
Nothing says romance like finding out how many children you’re destined to have or when you’re going to get married. Visit a psychic with your partner and ask them all the questions you’re dying to know the answers to.
Be warned though, you might not get the answers you want to hear!
A Magical Evening
Sweep your partner off their feet – that’s leviosa not leviosar – with a Valentine’s dinner in the Great Hall at Hogwarts.
Start off your night with a special love potion cocktail, followed by a three course meal and a tour around the various Harry Potter sets. You’ll also take home a complimentary replica wand of your choice.
Up, Up and Away
Take your relationship to new heights with a romantic hot air balloon flight.
Wrap up warm and enjoy unrivalled views of the country with your loved one. Sunrise and sunset flights add some extra romance to your experience. There are hundreds of launch sites across the UK, so you‘re sure to find somewhere close by.
Something a Little Darker
For those that want to get away from the cringeworthy cards and decorations, how about something a bit more… morbid. Visit the man that started it all, Saint Valentine of Rome.
Unfortunately, as you may have already guessed, he is no longer with us. However, you can visit the remains of Saint Valentine at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. And of course, Dublin is a beautiful city to spend time in.
Take a Break
No, not a clichéd weekend in Paris or a trip through the canals of Venice, although that would be nice. How about a mini-break to Iceland? What could be more romantic than sleeping under the stars and watching the awe-inspiring Northern Lights dance across the sky?
Or perhaps something a little closer to home? Get closer to nature and stay in one of these amazing treehouses. We aren’t talking about the treehouses from your childhood; these are on an entirely different level. With hot tubs and champagne breakfasts, you won’t ever want to come back down to the ground.
Who needs a river cruise or a stretch limo when you could get cosy on the Love Bus this Valentine’s Day?
This romantic sightseeing tour around London will have you cuddled up under a blanket with a box of chocolates and some Bucks Fizz as you learn about the city’s landmarks. With a live singer on-board and a chance to go to the top of the Shard at the end of the tour, this is one bus journey you will actually enjoy.
We all know that going out on Valentine’s Day can be expensive, so why not put a little effort in and surprise your better half with a homemade, romantic scavenger hunt? Create some cheesy clues and plant them around the house for them to solve. Who knows where the hunt may lead?
Hopefully these ideas have sparked your imagination and will help you impress on February 14th. Personally I can’t think of anything better than putting on some washing, filling the dishwasher and sitting down to enjoy a romcom on TV….well we had to get a link in here somewhere!