Valentine’s Day is Saturday 14th February and your chance to show the love of your life how just much you really care. You don’t need to spend money to make memories so be inspired by our classic Valentine’s date ideas.
Your last Valentine’s Day as an unmarried couple is special so plan a date to create memories you will treasure always.
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A walk in nature
A visit to a local place of beauty, to walk hand in hand in picturesque surroundings is a classic as romantic as Jane Austen and like her writing, it will never go out of fashion. Make a day of it by exploring an old castle or historic house, taking a picnic to the park or going out for lunch. If you’re feeling brave, recreate a romantic film moment on the boating lake! Just being together in the fresh air is sometimes all you need.
Dinner and a show is perfect for lovers who enjoy live entertainment. There is something very special about a night at the theatre, particularly if you visit London’s West End. If the cinema, music or comedy club is more your style then do what you will both like best and combine it with a romantic meal out or drinks somewhere special.
Massage and spa
A classic that is contemporary, a day or weekend spa experience with a massage and some time to be together with no distractions will do you both the world of good. It’s a perfect date for busy couples to strengthen their bond further as it offers the opportunity to communicate and relax together in comfort and peace. Go for a swim, sit in a hot tub, get a facial or manicure and simply enjoy being pampered with the one you love.
If you like to travel and enjoy short breaks book a short trip away to a romantic city such as London, Paris, Edinburgh or Bruges. They are all easy to get to and ideal for a classic Valentine’s date. If you want to do it in style, hire a sports car and drive to a top hotel for the ultimate in luxury.
For romantics who would prefer to get out of the city, head for the seaside and spend the day at the beach. Drive to your nearest beach or travel further afield in search of beauty. It doesn’t have to be hot and sunny for you to enjoy a walk along the coastline and even if there’s a downpour there’s something very romantic about kissing in the rain.
The key is to plan a date you will both love, whatever that involves, and however much or little it costs. If you would both rather stay home then cook a meal together, open a bottle of wine and go to bed early. Just do what brings you both joy. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.