This Valentine’s Day, blow all expectations out of the water with something a little more exciting than roses, chocolates and a sit down dinner at the same old restaurant. Whether it’s an axe-throwing contest – because nothing says ‘I love you’ better than some healthy competition – or a cocktail masterclass, find something that wows them. Trick your other half into thinking you’re on the ball and make them believe you’re incredibly thoughtful by taking them to one of these alternative Valentine’s spots this year.
If you’ve been together for a couple of years, you might need to release some tension with this exciting pop-up event, or if you’re still in the early stages, then this is an excellent way to show off who’s boss. Taking place in Edinburgh’s infamous Biscuit Factory, you can have an axe throwing session with lumberjack veterans. Go the extra mile, feast on the Pizza Geeks’ grub straight after.
(14th – 18th February)
Wouldn’t you just love to know how to mix a mean margarita or a classy martini? Take an out-of-hours masterclass with seasoned mixologists at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool as they hold a ‘secret session’ for Valentine’s Day weekend. Accompanied by live acoustic music, this tipsy date puts a new spin on ‘let’s go for a drink’.
Who isn’t into murder mystery dinners? It’s a chance to dress in something James Bond would wear or a chic cocktail dress that dazzles. This dining experience is all about the theatricals, so immerse yourself in the story and problem-solve like a boss – it’s glamorous, nail-bitingly exciting and the three-course meal is to die for. Hopefully your date isn’t actually the killer – that would be a terrible plot twist, wouldn’t it?
They say the key to someone’s heart is laughter, so a night spent at The Comedy Store in Manchester will undoubtedly leave the both of you in tears (the good kind – no lovers’ tiffs here). Book your seat to make the date even more special – tip: post-show pizza is the perfect way to end the evening. Enjoy the belly-aching laughter and don’t be surprised if you’ve grown abs by the end of it.
No queues, no children and greeted with a complimentary glass of Prosecco at the door, it already sounds like a night in heaven. Spend the evening at Madame Tussauds London Lates; an after-hours event where you can take selfies with Kanye or scream the museum down in the new multi-sensory fright-fest, Alien: Escape. Rubbing shoulders with the royals is a pretty cool date idea, amirite?