17 things to do this Valentine’s Day

January 17, 2019


Love is in the Hampshire air this Valentine’s Day with truly unique ways to show that special someone you care. Don’t just take them for the usual dinner down the local, take them to cloud 9 with unusual places to dine, gaze at the stars in the warmth of the planetarium, experience something new together, and wrap up warm to explore the beautiful and romantic settings of Hampshire’s Top Attractions.

Mottisfont, National Trust
Mottisfont, National Trust

This Valentine’s Day visit the largest rose in Hampshire – the Mary Rose, the flower of all ships that ever sailed! Wander through her galleries, discover objects from Tudor England, and experience the world of life at sea in the time of Henry VIII!

Wrap up warm and explore Marwell Zoo this February. Valentine’s Day at Marwell is great for all the lovebirds out there. Spend the day with your loved ones, walk hand in hand through Lemur Loop, observe the animals and get cosy with a hot chocolate in one of their cafes.

Mix it up this Valentine’s Day with After Dark at Winchester Science Centre on 16 February. Explore the interactive science exhibits before settling down in the incredible planetarium to enjoy a bespoke presenter-led show. Gazing at the stars is sure to get you in the romantic mood! Licensed bar also available.

Mottisfont is a romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Take a stroll around the grounds to see snowdrops, early spring bulbs and the bright colours of the winter garden. Inside, discover a house full of surprises, including an extraordinary drawing room painted by Rex Whistler.

Experience Valentine’s Day with breath-taking views stretching up to 23 miles across the south coast with delightful treats in the intimate surroundings of The Clouds Café. Includes selection of sweet and savoury bites, accompanied by tea or coffee and admission to Spinnaker Tower.

Come and celebrate Valentine’s Night in style by booking an intimate table for 2 in Palace House at Beaulieu. Explore the house whilst enjoying a drinks reception, then be serenaded by the pianist whilst you and your partner enjoy a 4 course meal.

Robin Hill Country Park
Robin Hill Country Park

Winchester is the perfect place for a romantic day out. Start with a visit to Winchester Cathedral, the resting place of romantic novelist Jane Austen, before following in the footsteps of the English Romantic poet John Keats on a walk from the Cathedral to St Cross through the beautiful water meadows.

A fairy-style hotel overlooking St Catherine’s lighthouse, a tiny home with forest walks on your doorstep, luxury hotels with glorious sea views and romantic cottages where you can wake up to the sounds of the sea – the Isle of Wight is a great option for a romantic break this Valentine’s Day.

Reservations in a crowded restaurant? Store bought chocolates and over-priced roses? We say ditch tradition and opt for a different kind of Valentine’s Day experience – we’ve got lots of activities for couples to enjoy! Fancy yourself a modern day cupid? Why not ignite your love for Archery together? Or jump into a canoe for two and enjoy a gentle paddle along the stunning Beaulieu River. Adventure together this Valentines Day with New Forest Activities.

Picture cosy winter walks through ancient woodland, beautifully illuminated with vibrant, colourful light displays! Follow that with an authentic Chinese meal, amazing traditional entertainment and toasting marshmallows over an open fire pit and you’ve got the award-winning electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient! Taking place between 15th – 23rd February at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight, it’s the perfect way to treat your loved one to a Valentine’s Day treat they’ll never forget!

Choose from a romantic meal at BEEFY’s by Sir Ian Botham which includes an arrival lovers cocktail and 3 course meal for £35 per person at the Ageas Bowl. This is valid 14 -16 February. Or whisk your loved one away and enjoy a romantic break away at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, book a pitch facing room with views overlooking the cricket ground. Our Valentine’s Package includes an overnight stay with breakfast the following morning. A romantic meal in Beefy’s by Sir Ian Botham Restaurant which is served with a Beefy’s lovers cocktail for arrival and three course meal.

Take your Valentine into the outdoors this year! Watch the sunrise or sunset over the beautiful waters of the Solent, or simply enjoy a stroll along the beach at Lepe Country Park. Cosy up by the fire in The Lookout and watch the waves and the birds go by whilst sharing our Valentine’s day red velvet cake with a pot of tea.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four presented by Blackeyed Theatre at Theatre Royal Winchester. Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one of two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale. Featuring original live music, stylish theatricality and magical storytelling.

Visit Whitchurch Silk Mill, where the silk for Princess Diana’s wedding dress was wound, and discover the Mill’s romantic side with that someone special with stunning views of the River Test as two rivers become one as and enjoy special treats available in the cozy Riverside Café.

Treat your loved one to a magical night out with a difference this Valentine’s Day. Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust and step into the magical world of owls. Watch these mystical birds twist and turn through the night sky and duck as they skim silently over the top of your head. Evening includes a guided tour of the grounds, to see some of their resident owls, and a hot supper.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections love their volunteers which is why they celebrate them each Valentine’s! Come along to the free We love our friends and volunteers day on the 14th Feb, learn about the opportunities to support the museum from our current volunteers and why they love volunteering at the museum.

The weekend children’s theatre at Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s is the perfect introduction to theatre for little ones! Spanning across both NST venues, all the performances are fun, friendly and relaxed. The next instalment is Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown running 2-3 Mar, and tickets are only £7!