Whilst for many, the perfect Valentine’s Day consists of a candlelit meal for two in a fancy restaurant, here at #GetOutside we prefer to dodge the crowds, ditch the three-course set menu, and head into the great outdoors with our Valentine instead. Here are some of our favourite outside date ideas for Valentine’s Day.
There is nothing quite so evocative of Valentine’s Day than roses, and Britain boasts plenty of beautiful rose gardens, ideal to visit with your loved one. There are rose gardens dotted all over the UK, from the scenic Compton Castle in Devon to the historic rose garden at Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire, the colourful Anglesey Abbey in Cambrideshire, and Lyme Park, tucked on the edge of the Peak District. Lyme Park’s beautiful gardens are the perfect setting for a romantic stroll with your Valentine and feature a very apt Edwardian rose garden. The beautiful gardens are the perfect setting for a romantic stroll, and feature a beautiful Edwardian rose garden. Lyme Park is also where the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was filmed- it doesn’t get much more romantic than taking a stroll in the very location that Mr Darcy first set eyes on Elizabeth Bennett! Find your nearest rose garden here.
Wine and Valentine’s Day go together hand-in-hand, so where better to spend the day in the British countryside, sampling the finest wine on offer? With nearly 400 vineyards across England and Wales which offer talks, tours, and of course tasting, there’s no need to travel for a picturesque and memorable wine-tasting experience. The UK offers so many vineyards that are worthy of a visit, including Cornwall’s largest vineyard, Camel Valley, and the picturesque Biddenden vineyards which span 23 acres in a sheltered Kent valley. With views that stretch all the way to the town of Battle, Sedlescomble offers organic vineyards, woodlands, picnic areas and bluebell walks, ideal for a romantic day out for two. Take a look here to find a vineyard near you.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to escape to with your Valentine, the UK is full of ‘secret’ beaches and untrodden shorelines that are waiting to be discovered. If you’re in the South West, there’s no better Valentine’s date location than the secluded cove of Lantic Bay in Cornwall for a romantic stroll. Only accessible by foot, this hidden beach is a little paradise of white sand and turquoise waters- the perfect date location for a serene walk, a beach picnic or even a romantic campfire when the sun begins to set. Suffolk offers the secret beaches of Covehithe, and those seeking a more adventurous Valentine’s Day can explore the chalk rock pools of Birling Gap in Eastbourne, Sussex.
To take your Valentine’s date to a next level (quite literally), visit one of the many locations across the UK where you can get closer to nature and sleep in the treetops. From tiny ‘pods’ for two in Cornwall, to sky-high luxury accommodation in Devon, the UK is full of unique and truly magical places to stay, all nestled in the trees. Take a look at some unique accommodation in the sky here.
Three or four hundred years ago, way back in the heyday of English maze design, mazes were a place of flirtation and secret rendezvous away from prying eyes. A great idea for an unconventional, but extremely romantic daytime Valentine’s date, give the maze at Hampton Court Palace a go. It’s the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze and consists of half a mile of paths. Peace Maze in the beautiful County Down is made up of 6,000 yew trees, whilst The Forbidden Corner in Yorkshire comprises of a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies across a four-acre garden on Tupgill Park.
What could be more romantic than grabbing some blankets, preparing hot chocolate to-go, and cuddling up under the night sky for a spot of stargazing? The best thing about this date idea is that it can be done anywhere, but for a spectacular view, we recommend taking a trip to the South Downs National Park, which became an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016. The star-studded skies, paired with the gorgeous rolling landscapes makes for an ideal Valentine’s Day backdrop. Have a gaze here to check out the best stargazing locations in your local area!
If you’re up for adventure and a fun day out, hire a tandem bike for a date with a difference. There are so many beautiful routes that you can discover together, but we think the ride from Worthing to Brighton would make for the perfect date. On arriving in Brighton, you can join the National Route 20, which will take you past the beautiful Royal Pavilion.
With so many beautiful and exciting locations and activities in the UK, why sit in a restaurant this Valentine’s Day? GetOutside and make this one a Valentine’s Day to remember!