Valentine’s date ideas in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

January 19, 2024

Valentine's date ideas in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Indulge in romance this February with our enchanting Valentine’s date ideas in Hampshire and Isle of Wight. From locking your love on Beaulieu’s charming tree to enjoying a tandem cycling adventure in the New Forest, we’ve gathered unique experiences to celebrate love. For stargazers, embark on a Night Sky Live adventure at Winchester Science Centre or treat your special someone to a VIP Ultimate Gin Getaway at Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Whether you fancy a moonlit evening at Winchester Cathedral or a thrilling tree-top adventure at Go Ape, explore together and make this Valentine’s Day truly memorable!

Explore together

Stroll in one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Catch a glimpse of the early signs of spring as daffodils start flowering, along with colourful crocus, cyclamen, and stunning snowdrop displays at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Treat someone special to a wonderful Afternoon Tea at the Garden Restaurant & Tea Rooms (image above). Advanced booking is essential. 

Beaulieu’s love lock tree

Lock your love away on Beaulieu’s love-lock tree this Valentine’s. Nestled within the picturesque grounds and gardens of Palace House is a beautifully crafted tree of metal swirls and loops, home to several love-locks. Bring your engraved lock with you and ‘lock-in’ your love for eternity. 

Gilbert White’s House and Gardens is offering Hampshire residents 50% off annual tickets until 18th February. Meaning a cosy stroll and explore with a loved one lasts longer than just at Valentines, where you can discover the house, garden and grounds throughout the seasons.

Escape the ordinary this Valentine’s with 20% off a romantic cycling adventure! Whisk you loved one away to the New Forest and enjoy the National Park during one of its quietest times. Why not spice up the day further with an upgrade to a tandem bike….and put love to the test! Use code LOVE20 when booking online with Cyclexperience

Let love soar at the Hawk Conservancy Trust! Whether you choose a day together watching their birds fly, afternoon tea set in their stunning grounds, meeting their owls on a unique experience, or a unique date night at an Owls by Moonlight event, it’ll be a Valentine’s day to remember! 

Going on a Text Quest makes a lovely, fun date. You will both spot different clues and enjoy exploring a city together. You can take breaks as you go, to warm up and get to know each other. Text Quest, Let your phone take you on an adventure

Sit back and enjoy

Enjoy a romantic astro adventure at Night Sky Live at Winchester Science Centre on 8th February. Have you ever looked into the night sky and wondered what you’re seeing? Learn the skills to identify what’s above us in the unique Planetarium. Then head outside with your stargazing host to marvel at the stars, constellations, and planets.  

Valentine's date ideas in Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Cinema date nights at Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Join Bombay Sapphire Distillery for a special screening of a classic romantic drama starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams on Saturday the 10th or Wednesday the 14th of February. Each ticket includes welcome and interval cocktails, popcorn, and a chocolate dipping sharing platter for two. 

Indulge in a truly unforgettable experience by booking the exclusive VIP Ultimate Gin Getaway! Enjoy a fully immersive day at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, followed by an overnight stay at nearby Norton Park Hotel with spa access, dinner, and breakfast included. 

Head to Winchester Cathedral for ‘Date night under the moon a relaxed and romantic evening under the moon on Friday 9th February at 6.03pm; enjoy pop-up music experiences in the candlelit surroundings of Winchester’s most iconic building. Canapes and moon-themed cocktails are available to purchase on the night.

For couples looking for something different this romantic season, Hovertravel’s Valentine Showcase Flight starts with a champagne and chocolates reception in the Solent Views suite at Hovertravel’s terminal in Ryde on the Isle of Wight followed by an exhilarating and thrilling demonstration flight on a hovercraft.

This Valentine’s Day, ditch the cliché dinner-and-a-movie and try a unique date idea. Sweep your sweetheart off their feet with an enchanting and unforgettable night at the opera at New Theatre Royal. The Ukrainian National Opera ®are bringing 2 nights of opera to Portsmouth with Madama Butterfly on 9th February and La Bohème on 10th Feb. Experience the magic of soaring arias, captivating characters, and dramatic love stories. It’s a date they’ll never forget.

The hit 90s TV show, Friends, is retold through the eyes of Central Perk’s ‘seventh Friend’, Gunther, in the award-winning Friend (The One with Gunther) on Friday 9th February at Theatre Royal Winchester. Or relive the hits of the UK’s no.1 boy band, Take That, with The Take That Experience on Wednesday 21st February – packed with acclaimed vocal performances, replica costumes and iconic dance routines.

For competitive couples
Go Ape

If you’re looking for a unique date to get pulses racing this year how about 30ft up a tree? Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day gift or a date with your mates, put your heart into it and Go Ape! With three locations in and around Hampshire, experience 2-3 hours of action-packed fun and ziplines in the great outdoors. Love is in the air. Literally!

Experience romance at Clarence Pier’s Putt Hutt from February 14th to 17th only! 18 holes of adventure golf amidst romantic lighting, soulful tunes and sunset views over the sea from their 19th Hole Bar. Elevate your evening with exclusive food or drink packages, featuring complimentary Valentine chocolates and a rose for your loved one.

Celebrate love at Riverside Bowl this Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a romantic evening filled with fun as you play AR-DARTS and Glo-Golf with your special someone. Sip on a delightful cocktail each while creating lasting memories. All this excitement comes at a fantastic price of £36 per couple, making it a perfect date night!

Isle of Wight
beach image of Ryde
Romantic Ryde – Wightlink Image

Enjoy a romantic date on the Isle of Wight this Valentine’s Day. Ryde is just 22 minutes away from the mainland when travelling on Wightlink’s FastCat. Enjoy a winter stroll along the sandy beaches, dine out at a top restaurant, or savour a cocktail or two at a waterside bar.

Experience the grandeur of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s royal residence, Osborne. Special guided tours, give you the unique opportunity to delve deep into the stories and secrets of Osborne’s royal household. Uncover the hidden stories of this magnificent estate and gain insight into the roles that were essential for its prosperity. 

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