7 Valentine’s Day Ideas That Won’t Make You Cringe

February is in full swing which means one thing: everyone’s most dreaded holiday is around the corner. Yep – in case the supermarket tills lined with heart-shaped chocolates and soppy cards hadn’t informed you – this Sunday is Valentine’s Day.

If the thought of a Valentine’s set menu gives you shivers, and candle-lit dinners make you want to vom, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up our favourite alternative Valentine’s Day ideas from across the country. No cheesiness here, we promise.

If you want to get a bit drunk…

Mr. Fogg’s Tavern Gin Odyssey, London

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If you’re partial to a G&T why not spend this Valentine’s on Mr. Fogg’s gin safari. Aunt Gertrude’s Salon, located above Mr. Fogg’s Tavern, houses 132 gins, 14 tonics and a plethora of complimenting botanicals, and on this tour you can sample and learn about six of the most interesting.  Finish up your gin education by enjoying two G&Ts made with your favourite tipple. 

If you’re an animal lover…

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Feline Lonely Event, London

If you’re an animal person what could be better than spending February 14th surrounded by an adorable crowd of fluffy friends. Take a tour of the famous rescue centre while sipping on champagne. Plus, at just £5 this might be your cheapest Valentine’s yet.

If you’re a film buff…

Romeo & Juliet at the Mockingbird Theatre, Birmingham

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On Saturday night the Travelling Cinema Company will be showing Baz Luhrman’s classic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at the Mockingbird Theatre in Birmingham’s Custard Factory. What could be more romantic than watching the greatest love story of all time?

If you fancy something a little bit different…

Spectra Light Festival, Aberdeen

Show your lover the city in a different light (pun intended) thanks to Aberdeen’s festival of light. The free event that’s running all weekend will see a number of the city’s landmarks illuminated by a whole host of different artists.

If you’re a music fan…

BBC 6 Music Festival, Bristol

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If you’re lucky to be in Bristol this weekend you’ll be pleased to hear that the BBC6 music coincides with Valentine’s Day. Across the city various music venues bars and clubs will be showcasing the best new music.

If you want to embrace your inner geek…

For The Love Of Science, Edinburgh

Hosted by the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival this free all-day event includes talks, workshops and live performances all themed around – you guessed it – love. Take your date and watch the sparks fly (!)

If you’re an adrenalin junkie…

Climbing Experience, Manchester

Have a Valentine’s Day to remember this year (without a rose in sight) by taking a trip to Manchester’s climbing centre. Housed in a beautiful old church this is the perfect alternative date location. 

By Elizabeth Bennett