April 13, 2024

Date ideas that you’ll actually want to do this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day date ideas are a minefield. So much pressure is put on the day to make it the ultimate date night without being too cringe that we often forget that it’s simply a day to celebrate your love for your partner.

So, if you’re done with the commercialised, sickly version of Valentine’s Day (think bouquets of roses, giant teddy bears and enough candles to set the fire alarm off), then you’re not alone.

Luckily, we’ve rounded up the top 11 Valentine’s Day date ideas that you’ll actually want to do – whether it’s with your long-term partner, casual Hinge date or Galentine’s Day BFF. Tons of laughter, frame-worthy snaps and fun memories, guaranteed. No teddy bears in sight.

Do the TikTok paper scissors rock challenge

You know the one we’re talking about, where couples go to a supermarket and play paper scissors rock to decide who gets to pick what starter, main, dessert, side and drink you’ll be having that evening. If you’re feeling extra boujie, why not hit up M&S for their top-tier ready meals? Then take the food home, light some candles and you’ve got a no-clean up date night on your hands.

Wine tasting

Valentine’s Day without booze is like an East End hipster without a beard – just not a thing. And the great thing about wine tasting is that you don’t have to splash out on an overpriced bottle at a restaurant – there’s literally wine everywhere. Your partner likes white while you prefer red? No probs. From wine tasting in a library in Manchester to an anti-Valentines wine night in Fulham, you’ll find wine events up and down the country on V-Day.

Cooking class

Looking for something fun and interactive but still want delicious food? Your answer is a cooking class, my friend, and on 14 February you’re totally spoilt for choice. Head to websites such as designmynight. co. uk to filter by your location.

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Theme park

Thrill-seekers rejoice, because the UK’s host of theme parks are the best place to get your kicks on a date. From Thorpe Park in Surrey, Alton Towers in Staffordshire and Paultons Park in Hampshire to M&Ds in Lanarkshire, there’s literally theme parks up and down the country.

Go to the zoo

What’s better than looking at adorable animal photos? Looking at adorable animals IRL. Take your best pal/ reluctant partner to the zoo and spend the day crying at how cute the penguins are.

Painting class

Strolling around a gallery is the perfect romantic date for art-lovers, but make sure to check out your local gallery’s website – many throw classes and workshops to mark the special day.

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