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Alternative Valentine’s date ideas

January 25th, 2012 Comments Off


What are you up to this Valentine’s Day? If you’re toying with the idea of going out for a romantic meal, think again. Do you really want to be crammed into an overpriced restaurant with a so-so set menu and a waiter who is desperate to cart you off to make room for the next couple?      


Thought not, so instead check out these alternative Valentine’s date ideas…   


Thrill seeking

This might be some people’s idea of hell, but I love the thought of going on a Zorbing date. Not heard of Zorbing before? Well, you get into a big plastic orb (a bit like a hamster ball) and roll down a hill. Don’t worry – you’re strapped in and there’s room for two. It’ll certainly give your date some excitement, and the adrenaline rush is said to be incredible. I know this through watching daytime soap Doctors – the other week Karen  the receptionist had a go at Zorbing and was like a new woman afterwards.  


Spa date

For something more relaxing, how about a spa date? Oh and any man who tells you that spas aren’t his thing either hasn’t been before or just hasn’t been to a good one. Wahanda are doing some fantastic Valentine’s spa deals at the moment. The New Leaf Spa at Clumber Park Hotel & Spa looks dreamy. They even have an out door hot tub – just imagine a starry nighttime dip with champagne and candles…   



Book 14 February off work and head to the nearest beach for a day trip. Who care’s if it’s cold? Just wrap up in your favourite jumpers, go for a lovely walk on the beach and have some fish and chips. Simple dates are often the best ones. Who needs balloon rides and limousines? Although that would be nice too…



A week or so before V-Day, pin a map on a dartboard. It could be a local map or a world map, your call, your wallet. Ask your loved one to throw a dart to determine the destination of your date.  The dartboard is just for added effect. If you don’t have one, just get him/her to close their eyes and randomly   place a pin in the map. Next, book your romantic getaway – just throw again if you end up in the middle of the Atlantic! If you don’t have the cash for a mini break then why not cook a meal themed around your selected destination at home?   


Eat in

Few things are more romantic than being cooked a delicious and thoughtful homemade meal. There are some lovely Valentine’s Day menu ideas on the food section of the BBC website (I like the sound of Sophie Dahl’s menu). For an ambient setting, light candles around the room. I’d recommend trying out the new India Hicks Island Living Casuarina Scented Candle.


OK, so now you should have a good idea of how to impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day (if not then why not revist the comments left in our Valentine’s Post of last year for more examples of best & worst Valentine’s experiences!).

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