Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and whether it’s your last one before you get married, your first as an engaged couple or as newlyweds, you should do something special to mark the occasion, surprise your partner and celebrate your relationship. We’ve come up with 23 Valentine’s Day date ideas to inspire you.
Day Out Ideas for Valentine's Day
Want to make the most of Valentine's Day this year? These romantic and exciting day and night out date ideas are bound to 'woo' your partner and definitely win you some pre-wedding brownie points!
Learn Something New at a Museum
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Head to a museum together to take in an exhibition – you’ll spend quality time together and learn at the same time. You might even end up discovering the perfect museum wedding venue whilst you're there.
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Go Ice Skating
They do it in all the rom coms for a reason – ice skating is a great way to have fun together. You’ll need to hold on to each other for support and to stay warm, before going for a delicious hot chocolate afterwards.
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See a Live Show
Whether it's a rock band you've always wanted to see live or a theatre show in London's West End, going to see a live show makes for the perfect Valentine's Day date. If you're feeling really adventerous you could always follow Chuck and Blair’s lead from Gossip Girl and head to a burlesque show together.
Recreate Your First Date
Romantics will love this idea – recapture the magic from when you first met by recreating your first date – whether it was drinks in a bar, a delicious meal or a woodland walk, we gaurantee your partner will love the idea!
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Go Drinks Tasting
Already planning a gin themed wedding? Or fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur? Spending the day wine tasting in a vineyard, backing beers at a brewery or sampling spirits at a distillery is a great shout for Valentine's Day. The drinks will be flowing, you'll be learning new things about your favourite beverages and you'll be doing it all with the love of your life.
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea
Does your partner enjoy the finer things in life? If so, treat them to an elegant afternoon sipping on Champagne and enjoying the delightful combination of scones and finger sandwiches in an afternoon tea-style lunch.
Go on an Adventure
Adventurous couples, why not use Valentine's Day as an excuse to do something totally crazy. Whether it's rock climbing or bungee jumping, the adrenaline-fueled date will definitely be one to remember. After the activity is over, you can then retreat to something more traditional or simply reflect on the day's experience with a glass of red.
Go to a Jazz Club
Want to feel sophisticated? Spend an evening at your local jazz club and enjoy some red wine. If you go on a jam night you’ll see lots of different artists and have an amazing experience. If jazz isn’t your thing, look for other open mic nights in your area.
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Take a Cookery Class
Learn a new skill together – it’s a great way to bond and you’ll reap the benefits of a cookery class for a long time to come. If you don’t fancy learning to cook, you could always do a pottery or art class and make each other something.
Indulge in a Spa Day
What better way to spend Valentine's Day than at a relaxing spa where you can spend some real quality time together - and remember, if you want to go all out, a spa day can very easily become a spa break or weekend away! When it comes to retreating, the sky is literally the limit...
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Night in Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Don’t want to make too much of a fuss for Valentine’s Day? Saving for the wedding and refuse to splurge on a night out? Fear not, we have some fun and fabulous date night ideas that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Have a Board Game Marathon
Are you a competitive pair? If so, gather together all of your favourite board games, and we meal ALL – Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess and the rest! Grab every game you can find and let the marathon commence.
Host a Couples Quiz Night
Keeping in with the competing theme, why not spend the evening quizzing together? You can enjoy everything from word puzzles to general knowledge quizzes and even play against the screen watching your favourite quiz shows. If you enjoy being around friends, make it a social event and invite other couples over too!
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Netflix and Chill
If we were the betting type at hitched we’d be putting serious money on a lot of couples doing this on V-Day. It’s a fool-proof plan and a super fun way to spend your evening. All you need is a cosy blanket, enough space for two on the sofa and shed-loads of popcorn…oh and an addictive series to get your teeth into.
Order a Takeaway Feast
What better way to spend the most romantic day of the year than digging into your favourite takeaway meal? The best thing about this plan is it can be paired with all of the above.
Make a Bucket List
Whilst relaxing at home, you and your partner can make yourself a bucket list of all the cool things you want to achieve by next Valentine’s Day. Helping each other come up with goals and various things to achieve will be such a nice way to spend your evening – and you can continue the theme each year by crossing off the things you managed to complete and adding new and exciting ideas to the list.
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Cook a Romantic Meal
Whether it’s you cooking for your partner, your partner cooking for you or both of you rustling up a feast together, making a home-cooked romantic meal is perfect for staying in on Valentine’s Day. A recent survey conducted by HelloFresh found that 70% of British couples are planning to stay in and cook a meal on 14th February instead of going out to a restaurant.
The survey also discovered that the five most popular dishes for Valentine’s Day celebrations were Steak (33%), Roast Dinner (22%), Curry (17%), Salmon (15%) and Profiteroles (14%).
Valentine's Day Recipes
Our friends at Olive Magazine have shared their best recipes for these five favourites, and we can guarantee these tasty dishes will keep you in your partner’s good books for a very long time!
Sizzling Steak Fajitas
Treat your other half to a low-calorie, but absolutely delicious sizzling steak fajita dish. This recipe takes just 30 minutes to whip up and makes for the perfect sharing dish. Pair with a variety of dips and some corn tortillas for the ultimate steak treat this Valentine’s Day.
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One Pot Roast Chicken with Garlic and Ginger Rice
If you and your partner love experimenting with flavours, you’ll absolutely adore this one-pot koji roast chicken served with garlic and ginger rice. This unique take on a roast dinner will have your taste buds going crazy for these gorgeous Japanese flavours.
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This mutter paneer vegetarian curry is just to die for – the traditional north Indian curry can be ready in just 30 minutes and will have even the biggest of meat-lovers feeling totally satisfied and wanting more. Serve with rice or naan (or both!) for a filling and tasty romantic meal.
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Salmon with Pesto Crust
Firstly, have you ever seen salmon look so good!? This succulent fish dish is served with a fresh pesto crust, is seriously low in calories and only takes 15 minutes to prepare – does a Valentine’s Day meal get much better? Probably not.
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Chocolate and Hazelnut Profiteroles
Now for the pudding, and what better dish to serve on the most romantic day of the year than these chocolate and hazelnut profiteroles? The dessert takes two hours to prepare and cool. But we can guarantee the end result is worth every second! Each profiterole has a creamy Nutella filling and a crunchy hazelnut brittle that’s bound to impress your partner this V-Day!
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If you want even more date ideas, make sure you read our list of date ideas for newlyweds.