Valentine’s Day ideas for everyone
Give cupid a helping hand this Valentine’s Day with our pick of things to do in Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire
Valentine’s Day in Essex
Stoke by Nayland in Colchester is offering a Valentine’s Day deal this year which combines a romantic three course dinner, red rose and glass of champagne, bubbly and chocolates in your room, a full English breakfast for two and a couples treatment in Peake Spa. All for £135 per person.
On Friday 10 February enjoy an evening of tantalising titillation at the castle in Colchester. Learn about some of the naughtier objects in the collections with the curator and work with an artist to create your own ‘love monkey’ – whatever that means. Over 18s only, £5.
The Museum of Power in Maldon is a must visit on Sunday 12 February for a special Valentine’s Day afternoon tea. Sit in the splendour of the Museum’s Tea Room within the magnificent seven-acre site with piano and accordion music filling the air. £12.95 per adult.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Hertfordshire
Number One Porthill is an award-winning luxury B&B in the heart of Hertford, bound to impress your loved one. This Valentine’s Day they are offering a special package of overnight accommodation in a luxurious master bedroom, a sumptuous three course dinner and complimentary bubbly – all for just £160.
Enjoy a history of the heart by Dr Steg Eastoe on Saturday 11 February at Verulamium Museum in St Albans and find out more about this enduring and universal symbol of love. An illustrated journey exploring the history of the heart across cultures, times and place, there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. £3
Whether you’re escaping the hustle and bustle of city life or enjoying a weekend away from the kids, do it in style this Valentine’s Day with a romantic getaway at Down Hall country house hotel on the Hertfordshire/Essex border. Set in 110 acres of stunning grounds, the recently fully refurbished 98-bedroom hotel, complete with a brand-new spa, makes for the perfect place to hideaway with your love.
On the 11, 14 and 18 February, the AA Rosette awarded Grill Room will be offering a four-course dinner. After checking-in and unwrapping Down Hall’s Valentine’s gift, descend to the restaurant where a chilled bottle of Prosecco will be waiting at your table.
The overnight stay with dinner is priced at £199 per couple on 14 February and £229 per couple on the 11 and 18 February. The three-course dinner without an overnight stay is priced at £35 per person.
You can also head to the ultra-modern Eden Spa to unwind in the wet spa followed by a relaxing and romantic couple’s massage or treatments from one of the expert therapists.
Valentine’s Day breaks in Bedfordshire
The Woburn Hotel is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The Ultimate Woburn Valentine’s Getaway gives guests a two-night stay in an individually designed double room with chocolates, bottle of Champagne, a four-course meal (excluding drinks) at the renowned Olivier’s Restaurant and breakfast. Entry to Woburn Safari Park on one day during your stay for two is also included in the £445.
Alternatively take a visit to Wyboston Lakes for a romantic getaway this year on their special offer which includes overnight accommodation and a full English breakfast, a bottle of prosecco in the room on arrival, a four-course dinner, a thermal spa experience for four hours and a spa lunch. From £105 per person.
Head to the Dunstable Downs on 11 February from 7pm – 9pm for a perfect Valentine’s evening of stargazing. Discover the wonders of the universe at Dunstable Downs with Dark Sky Wales and their incredible indoor planetarium. Experienced astronomers will have telescopes set up to take you on an adventure across the night sky. £15 per person.
Valentine’s Day ideas in Cambridge
The Bull Hotel in Peterborough has a special Valentine’s Deal which includes two nights in an executive room with a full English each morning, rose petals on the bed, chocolates in the room, a three course dinner on one night and a candlelit dinner on the 11 February with a glass of prosecco on arrival. £242 for two people.
From the 10 – 15 February the e-Luminate Festival arrives in Cambridge. Enjoy a romantic walk with your loved one through breath-taking light installations throughout the city, created by artists, designers and technologists.
Whether a closet cupid or a hopeless romantic, The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge has your Valentines’ Day sorted. On the 14 February, couples are invited to the hotel’s Love is in the Air evening, a romantic skyline dining experience at the luxury boutique’s panoramic bar and brasserie, SIX, housed on the hotel’s sixth floor.
The evening is designed for couples and open to both hotel guests and locals. Attendees will be served a three-course dinner, selected from the ultimate sharing menu. Dinner is set against a 360 degree backdrop of the spectacular Cambridge skyline, with views from St John’s College spires to the lush green of Midsummer Common and the romantic sight of punts gliding down the picturesque River Cam. Before their final course, diners will be invited up to the Roof Top Garden to release floating balloons tagged with personally-penned messages of love. Booking priced at £55 per person.
Valentine’s Day in Norfolk
The Park Farm Hotel on the outskirts of Norwich is offering a Valentine’s Day package with chilled champagne in your room with a Gnawfolk chocolate hamper and fruit bowl, with rose petals scattered on the bed. Also included is a five-course dinner and breakfast the morning after from £249 per night.
Head to The Cliff Hotel in Great Yarmouth, on the 14 February to enjoy Swoon & Croon, a night celebrating the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Frankie Valli and more. Includes a three-course meal, a glass of bubbly and a disco. £33.95
Valentine ideas in Suffolk
The Bull Inn in Barton Mills has a Valentine’s Day break package available this year. Enjoy a two-night break with a Valentine’s Day dinner, a full English with bucks fizz, rose petals on the bed, a flower on your pillow, homemade chocolate truffles and a gift pack of toiletries from Watkins of Suffolk for £149 per person.
Ufford Park in Woodbridge is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and Michael Buble Tribute on Saturday 11 February. Enjoy a three course dinner followed by live music and then sounds from the resident DH. £42 per person.
For something a bit different and sure to set you alight with passion…why not be brave and join the Stroke Association for their hot coals Valentine’s Day challenge on Sunday 19 February. Tel: 01284 848609 to find out more.