Romantic date ideas in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

February 1, 2023

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but we’ve got plenty of romantic date ideas in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to fill your days with. Because who says you can only celebrate for one day? 

February is the perfect month to get out and about more as the days slowly start getting longer and lighter! So, check out these romantic date ideas for a love-filled February! Why not start spring next month feeling excited to keep exploring all the amazing things to do in Hampshire?

Feel the romance on the Isle of Wight

With miles of coastline and footpaths; perfect for a secluded saunter, award-winning restaurants and plenty of heavenly hotels, cosy cottages and coastal retreats, the Isle of Wight (image above) is packed full of romantic date ideas.

Even if you’re short on time, you can squeeze in a quick date on the Isle of Wight with Wightlink – it’s just 22 minutes away by FastCat. Have a Titanic moment on the ship, enjoy a blustery walk along the sandy beaches, share fish ‘n’ chips on the promenade and savour a cocktail or two before heading home.

How about swapping Valentines for Gal-entines this February, with a girly getaway? Glamping spots and Insta-worthy backdrops lie just a one-hour sail from Southampton! Travel with Red Funnel from £28.00 each way for a car and up to 7 passengers, and don’t forget the exclusive HTA 10% discount.

Stroll in the great outdoors

Treat someone special in your life to a wonderful afternoon tea gift of an Afternoon Tea for two at the Garden Restaurant at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea prepared by the in-house pastry chefs and chocolatier. Advanced booking is essential.

Gilbert White's House & Gardens
Gilbert White’s House & Gardens

Going on a Text Quest where your phone takes you on an adventure together makes a fun date. You will both spot different clues as you explore, and it will give you lots to talk about. 

Escape to a Victorian fort for a romantic date this Spring. Set in 19 acres of land, Fort Nelson is the perfect place to get away from it all. Couples can wander around the ramparts, explore the tunnel and stroll through the museum galleries before heading to the café – a fantastic place for a date. Admission free.

Love at the Farm

Fall in love at Manor Farm this Valentine’s Day. Explore the farm’s rich cultural heritage as you wander through the traditional farmyard and see cute and cuddly animals. Finish off your fun-filled date with wholesome and delicious food from the Farm Café. 

For animal lovers, there’s no better way to their heart than through adorable farm animals. Staunton Farm is home to a wide variety of fuzzy friends from pigs and sheep to llamas and alpacas. So go on a date with a difference and even feed some cute creatures this February.  

Romantic Date Ideas in Hampshire’s Country Parks

If you’re looking to live out your romantic Regency dreams, Staunton Country Park is the perfect place for a historic date. Staunton Country Park’s gorgeous estate has 1000 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland including an ornamental farm and lake, follies, maze, walled garden and glasshouses.

Spend a romantic day taking in the beautiful views on offer at Royal Victoria Country Park, with parkland, woodland, and seashore to enjoy at this historic site. Why not treat yourself and your loved one to handmade pizza at The Cedar Rooms restaurant?

Explore the stunning surroundings of Southampton’s hidden gem this Valentine’s Day. Experience the amazing ancient woodland at River Hamble Country Park or wander along the shore hand in hand before cuddling up with a cup of tea at The Barn. 

For a quintessential date spot, stroll over to the sandy beaches of Lepe Country Park. With over a mile of beach, pine-fringed cliffs, and wildflower meadows, you can dip your toes in the water with your date or just take in extraordinary panoramic views of the Solent. 

If you’re looking for unique ideas, then look no further than Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Experience the real South Downs with the park’s 2,000 acres of open access woodland. Or, for a heart-racing date, get on your bike and race along the adrenaline-pumping mountain bike trails. 

Special Valentines Events

Cuddle up on a romantic astro adventure at Night Sky Live at Winchester Science Centre. Have you ever looked up into the sky at night and wondered what you’re seeing? Learn the skills you’ll need to identify what’s above us in the totally unique Planetarium. Then head outside with your stargazing host to marvel at the stars, constellations and planets.

Night Sky Live Winchester Science Centre
Night Sky Live Winchester Science Centre

Walk amongst the snowdrops at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens snowdrop weekend 11th-12th February. Take in the stunning South Downs landscape and finish off your walk with a visit to the brand-new Jubilee Tap for a pint! Open Thu-Sat, 5.30pm-8.30pm, it’s the perfect place to cosy up in the warm. 

Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery will be opening their doors for an unforgettable Valentine’s Movie Night event. With cocktails and snacks included, surprise them with a romantic date night and don’t leave it until the last minute as tickets are expected to sell out fast.  

If you’re looking for a kind of magic this February and you’ve got somebody to love, look no further than The Bohemians – ‘the world’s most exciting Queen tribute’ – at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth on 4th February for an incredible evening out!

Planning a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal? The Brickworks Museum in Bursledon, in association with The Minstead Trust, has relaunched their unique wedding offer. The Museum makes a unique, authentic, adaptable venue with huge potential to make your magical day truly your own. 

Did you enjoy reading about these romantic date ideas in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight? How are you going to plan your days to feel the love all February!? Remember that Valentine’s Day is not just for partners. Enjoy all the Hampshire activities with your friends too! Why not find out what else is on in February?

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