How to make your Valentines Day Perfect
The weather outside may be pretty chilly, what with stormy winds and squally downpours but nevertheless the second month of the year is frequently associated with warm hearts. Not that we want to state the obvious. On top of Pancake Day, we’re also approaching Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of the year according to tradition. It’s a date synonymous with flowers, gestures both overblown and subtle, anonymous cards, and proposals, although it falls short of being the most popular time to pop the question.
According to one survey of over 10,000 Britons, Christmas Eve was considered the favourite (33% of the vote), but Valentine’s came in second (22%), well ahead of New Year’s Eve (18%).
Even if you’re not thinking of tying the knot, Valentine’s is a great excuse to do something special for that special someone. And there’s no reason not to start this month as you mean to go on, and continue in the same vein once said occasion has passed. Inspired by the idea of making the whole of February a love-in, we’ve come up with the following list of sure fire ways to ensure plenty of passion in your life right now.
Here are 9 tips on how to make your Valentines Day perfect.
1.Book a weekend in one of Britain’s romantic cities Although our biggest urban sprawls are amongst Europe’s most modern, this country is blessed with an abundance of domestic destinations that can get you in the mood through pure charm alone. Stratford Upon Avon is one such option, thanks to its historic streets filled with century-spanning architecture, and links to The Bard himself- William Shakespeare; arguably the most romantic man to ever come from our fair isles.
2. Explore the beauty of our countryside The Cotswolds are amongst the most stunning of rural areas anywhere in the world. Weather permitting, nothing beats wrapping up warm, placing your hand in theirs, and heading out to explore the near-endless rolling hills and charming, picturesque villages that score this corner of the U.K. Gloucester provides a fantastic base to choose for this, placing the great outdoors on your doorstep (or near enough).
3.Take a boat out Aside from being an internationally recognised seat of learning, with its famed University comprising some jaw-dropping buildings that hark back to aeons gone by, Cambridge is also well-known for the River Cam, and few things make for a more memorable afternoon than taking a punt out on this stretch of water, as so many young lovers have done in the past. Just don’t forget the obligatory supplies- which for us means a hip flask and warm blanket, both ideal for getting cosy. 4.Plan the perfect proposal dinner If you are thinking of asking them if ‘they do’ then the setting needs to be perfect, as do your words- after all, this is the most important question you’re likely to ask. We’re advocates of setting the mood early on, so even if you don’t intend on dropping to one knee in the middle of a packed dining room, booking in for a lavish meal is a great idea. Birmingham is a great city to do this in, with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city outside London. Providing it all goes to plan, we have some great suggestions ourselves when it comes to conceiving the ultimate big day, too.
5.Getaway somewhere exotic Whilst the country freezes why not whisk that special someone away to warmer climes? Manchester Airport flies to more destinations across the globe than any other in the whole country, placing you mere hours away from exotic places like Morocco, southern Greece, the Caribbean and Asia- all great ideas, depending on how long you’ve both been able to book off work, of course. 6.Two nights in Bruges Renowned for being Europe’s best-preserved medieval city, Bruges, in Belgium, defines the romantic idyll. Atmospheric streets, quaint restaurants and low-lighting, historic bars are just three reasons why this place proves popular with couples. Throw in the fact it’s a town of waterways ripe for spending an afternoon floating down, and it’s hard to beat. P&O Ferries offer packages taking you from Hull to Bruges overnight, meaning you also get the romance that comes with crossing the seas thrown in to the deal.
7.Diamonds are a girl’s best friend Or so the classic musical would have us believe. Irrespective of the type of jewelry, though, nothing says ‘I Love You’ like a well-chosen necklace, ring or earrings, and there’s no city on the planet with a selection of stores that can rival London. Head for a weekend in the capital and make shopping a priority on day one, before perhaps heading to one of the British capital’s many galleries the following afternoon, and really get the most from this wonderful metropolis- the world’s most visited town no less. 8.Take a historic train journey The Settle to Carlisle railway is a train enthusiast’s dream come true. Forging a route through Yorkshire and into Cumbria- two of Britain’s most starkly beautiful counties- en route you’ll cross an abundance of viaducts, find yourself passing through dramatic hills and mountains, and have the pleasure of gazing out on scenery that can’t help but make you appreciate the beauty all around you. Who better to do this with, then, than someone equal to those views? 9.A simple night at the cinema The best thing about this suggestion is that it’s not location-specific. Most towns in the country have a cinema, and most cinemas in the country have special programmes on Valentine’s Day for lovers and potential lovers alike. A little more understated than many others on our list, we can’t help but recommend heading out to watch people fall head over heels on the big screen, encouraging everyone in the theatre to follow suit. We hope you enjoyed our list on How to make your Valentines Day perfect. We wish you all the best for February 14th.
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