Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers are all very nice, there’s tonnes of Valentine’s date ideas for couples to mark the most romantic day of the year that are a whole lot more fun than the boring old Milk Tray and roses trick.
Whether it’s something as simple as a trip to the cinema or taking a scenic stroll, to wooing your significant other with something a little more daring like a dancing class or an aerial tour of the city, we’ve got some lush Valentine’s date ideas for you.
Take a cookery class
If you and your beloved are self-confessed foodies, a cookery class at one of Newcastle’s top restaurants could be the perfect bonding experience for you both this Valentine’s.
At Blackfriars’ resident cookery school, you can attend a number of classes – from lessons on how to make bread, canapes and pasta to learning the art of specific diets and cuisines like vegan and Middle Eastern – while over at Chaophraya couples can attend its ‘Cooking Experience for Two’ class to learn the secrets of delicious Thai cuisine.
Go for a romantic stroll
All loved up but all out of funds? Fear not: a romantic stroll can be one of the loveliest and cheapest Valentine’s date ideas, and Newcastle is full of routes perfect for a scenic saunter with your significant other.
If you’re heading out early on Jesmond Dene is ideal for a lovely, leisurely daytime stroll while a walk along the Quayside in the evening when the city is all lit up is fantastic. Make sure you swing by the High Level Bridge where couples leave love locks declaring their devotion to each other.
See a film
Snuggling up to watch a movie with a tub of popcorn is a great date night anytime of the year but even more so on Valentine’s Day.
Tyneside Cinema is the place to head for arty indie films while the Star and Shadow Cinema is great for retro cult classics. As it’s the most loved-up day of the year, a classic rom-com is ideal Valentine’s viewing and over at Cineworld at The Gate they’re hosting a one-off screening of Notting Hill to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.
Take a salsa dance class
There’s nothing more sexy than salsa dancing and even if you’re cursed with two left feet you can still trip the light fantastic with your other half.
Dance City holds salsa classes for beginners every Monday evening while SalSeduce Dance Company holds several regular weekly events designed for dancers of all abilities that are followed by salsa parties, dance socials and club nights where you can hit the dancefloor and put to practice all the moves you’ve learned.
Get a spa treatment together
Are you longing for some much-needed rest and relaxation this Valentine’s Day? Then why not spoil each other with a couple’s spa treatment?
Mineral House at the Crowne Plaza Hotel offer a ‘Just the Two of Us’ package that includes two hours use of its facilities, a 25-minute treatment of your choosing and chocolate dipped strawberries and a glass of prosecco while All About You has a great ‘Couple’s Retreat’ deal that includes a deep tissue massage and a facial.
Take a helicopter tour of the city
It’s not the for the faint-hearted, but for something truly different this Valentine’s Day a tour of the city by helicopter is sure to impress your other half.
Northumbria Helicopters offers 15 and 30-minute pleasure flights departing from Newcastle Airport that let daredevil lovebirds see the city and surrounding areas – including local landmarks like St James’ Park and the Angel of the North – from a totally different angle. A head for heights is recommended before you book.
Learn how to make the perfect cocktail
If you and your other half are fans of cocktails but can’t make anything more complicated than a screwdriver, why not brush up on those mixology skills by taking a cocktail-making class together?
At Revolución de Cuba you can take a masterclass in how to craft Cuban cocktails like daiquiris, mojitos and Cuba libres and at over The Botanist couples can opt for a number of classes arranged around different themes like Mediterranean-inspired or herb-infused cocktails.
Visit an art gallery
A trip to a gallery might not seem all that romantic, but the Laing Art Gallery is currently host to the perfect exhibition for Valentine’s Day.
Exposed: The Naked Portrait is a series of photographs, paintings and drawings examining the concept of the naked body as an artistic subject and inviting questions on identity, gender and nudity itself. It’s also an opportunity to see naked portraits of famous faces including David Beckham and Naomi Campbell. All in the best possible taste, of course.
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