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Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples Who Want Something Different

We’re all guilty of having our favourite, go-to date spots, but why not mix it up this year with some alternative Valentine’s Day ideas?

If you enjoy doing things a little different, you’ll love these alternative unity ceremonies.


We’ve chosen our favourite alternative Valentine’s Day ideas, and with creative, adventurous and food-based dates to choose from, there really is something for everyone.

If you’ve recently got married, check out these date ideas for newlyweds.

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Pottery Making/Painting

Whether you’d like to make the pots or just paint the pots, this is one of the most relaxing alternative Valentine’s Day ideas.

Make, decorate and glaze a clay bowl at Tarka Pottery in Devon, or head to Hazel’s Pottery Barn in Essex for lunch-time pottery painting sessions.

Pottery-making class

If you’d rather get creative with your hens, you’ll love these daytime hen party ideas.

Dining in the Dark

So, the two of you have eaten in fancy restaurants, shared cocktails in rooftop bars and had picnics in gorgeous parks, but have you eaten dinner in the pitch black?

Dans Le Noir? is a highly regarded, gourmet, London-based restaurant, and one of our favourite spots for alternative Valentine’s Day ideas. Choose from the meat, fish or vegetarian menu and find out what you’ve eaten only after you’ve finished.

We do not recommend trying this at home!

Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot

You might have been meaning to do an engagement photo shoot anyway. So, why not combine it with a Valentine’s Day shoot? Not only is a photo shoot one of the best alternative Valentine’s Day ideas, but the pictures are the perfect, personal Valentine’s Day gift idea too!

Couple posing at Valentine's Day photo shoot
Image credit: Jonathon Fowler Photography & Videography

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The love of your life by your side and a selection of your favourite tipples in hand, what more could you want from your Valentine’s Day this year? If you want to make a day of it, choose wine-tasting with a vineyard tour, lunch or afternoon tea.

Wine tasting

Visit a Theme Park

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by unleashing your inner children at some of the UK’s best theme parks.

Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey boasts over 40 rides whilst Alton Towers in Staffordshire is home to some of the UK’s most hair-raising rollercoasters (as well as UK’s first rollercoaster restaurant!).


Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is the new pottery throwing, and it may well be the most satisfying date you’ve ever been on.

So, when the wedding planning gets a bit much, head down to Whistle Punks in both London and Manchester for one of the most alternative Valentine’s Day ideas ever. Although we don’t suggest you make a hobby out of it.

Alternatively, use this ultimate wedding planning checklist to make sure the wedding stress levels remain low.

Go Karting

Can’t agree who’s the better driver? Let’s find out.

Go karting is one of the very best alternative Valentine’s Day ideas for the competitive couple. Head to the impressive Grand Prix Karting in Birmingham or hit speeds of up to 50mph at Sheffield’s Parkwood Karting.

Go karting track

Take a Cookery Class

We all have that favourite dish that we can’t seem to resist whenever it’s on the menu. Now you can learn to cook it yourself during one of the most fun and creative Valentine’s Day ideas, cookery classes!

Sheffield-based pizza lovers, you’re in luck as the popular Craft and Dough is on your doorstep. Or if you’re a sushi obsessed southerner, learn from well-established Japanese chef, Atsuko Ikeda at Atsuko’s Kitchen.

Pizza making masterclass

Escape Rooms

So, your partner is the person you’d choose to be stuck on a desert island with, but let’s see how you do when locked in a room together.

Solve the puzzles and escape the room in a race against the clock. Don’t be fooled, escape games are harder than they look.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Step out of your comfort zone and head to an indoor rock-climbing wall. Ideal for sporty couples but also great for anyone looking to spend their Valentine’s Day doing something a little different.

Rock-climbing is a great indoor alternative Valentine’s Day idea that won’t stress your wallet.

Indoor climbing wall

Looking for an adventurous stag do idea? Consdier taking your boys to an indoor climbing wall.


Karaoke is one of the best alternative Valentine’s Day ideas for the competitive couple. Book a room for just the two of you or double date with your favourite couple.

Alternatively, embarrass your partner and get on stage at Karaoke Rumble’s monthly competition or head to Rockaoke and showcase your skills with a live rock band.

If you’re not sure about a date night of karaoke, consider it for a wedding entertainment idea instead!


Whether you’re cocktail geeks or boozy beginners, learn to make your favourite cocktails during a masterclass with the professionals.

Harvey Nichols offers 9am-1pm mixology classes that include an impressive breakfast spread, followed by a cocktail-making class before finishing with lunch with wine.

Alternatively, if the Alchemist’s crazy cocktails blow you away, you’ll love their masterclasses. Available at 14 venues across the UK, there’s bound to be one close by.

Cocktail making masterclass
Image credit: Wine and Liquor Prices

Fancy doing this for your hen instead? Check out our favourite hen party ideas in Manchester – cocktail making is on the list!

Take an Art Class

It’s time to get creative. From portrait painting for absolute beginners, to oil painting classes that will develop your existing skills, there are art classes dotted around the country to suit every ability.

Art class

This is one of the best alternative Valentine’s Day ideas because you’ll have a keepsake from your date that’s personal and totally unique. Whether you’ll want to hang it on your wall is up to you…

See Your Favourite TV Show Live

If you’re planning to surprise your partner with an alternative Valentine’s Day idea, we can almost guarantee they won’t guess this one!

You probably have your favourite TV shows, so why not join the audiences? This is one of the most thoughtful alternative Valentine’s Day ideas, and one you’ll both remember forever.

If you’d rather a quiet one in, check out our edit of the best romantic films available to stream this Valentine’s.

Roller Disco

If a combination of disco music and roller blading sounds like your kind of night, then get your skates on and head to your local roller disco.

Oli’s Roller Disco in Dorset brings back the 80s and 90s with glow sticks, leg warmers and tunes from the time.

Alternatively, Bristol-based Bump is located right next to Pennywell Street Food Market, so eat, drink and skate your way to a memorable date.

Roller disco

Many roller discos also offer private hire, making them some of the most hilarious original stag and hen ideas.

Now you’ve got your date sorted, check out our edit of the most unique wedding entertainment and give your guests something they’ll remember forever. Or, if you’re after more date ideas, browse our full A-Z list of date night ideas.

The National Wedding Show

One final suggestion we have for you and your partner- whether your newly engaged, deep in he wedding planning stage or just fancy a browse… The National Wedding Show will be at London Olympia on the 15th-16th February.
Iconic Catwalks, Champagne bar and wedding dresses galore – who could say “no” to that?
Get you tickets to The National Weddings Show at London Olympia HERE.

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