From a night at the cinema or that perfect present to a forest break or a weekend in Paris: save on romantic ideas this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is inconveniently on a Wednesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a night of it, or treat yourselves to a day off with these deals…
1. A romantic night at the movies
Going to the cinema for a date night never goes out of fashion, and there are plenty of films coming out in February to suit a range of tastes.
The most obvious film choice for Valentine’s Day is Fifty Shades Freed, the final instalment of EL James’ trilogy of erotic novels, released on 9 February. The latest from director Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread (pictured), is released on 2 February and is the story of an affair between a 1950s dressmaker. This is reportedly Daniel Day-Lewis’ last film before retirement. Finally, The Mercy sees Colin Firth take to the high seas in a 1960s yacht race with a twist. The Mercy is out on 9 February.
2. The view from The Shard and a meal for two
Get whisked up 800 feet to the top of Western Europe’s tallest building for breathtaking 360° views across London – nearly twice as high as any other vantage point in the capital.
After taking in the skyline from the 95-storey skyscraper, come back down to earth for an award-winning meal at a choice of two restaurants, with three courses and a cocktail.
3. A romantic hotel break
If you have a chance to take your loved one away for a romantic mini break, where better to go than a 17th-century country house hotel in the picturesque rolling hills of West Sussex? Ghyll Manor is a stunning oak-beamed mansion set in private grounds. Choose from charming rooms with four-posters to more contemporary rooms, many with views of the beautifully landscaped gardens.
You don’t have to leave the grounds – the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day – but if want to venture out, on the doorstep are the South Downs and a clutch of historic market towns to explore.
Boundless members can enjoy a Valentine’s Day three-course menu on 14 February for £37.50 per person, or make a weekend of it with the Valentine’s package stay, including a seven-course tasting menu on Saturday 17 February, and prosecco, a rose and luxury chocolates in your room on arrival, from £199. You can also stay an extra night either side for a special price of £99 for dinner, bed and breakfast, or £75 for bed and breakfast.
4. Snuggle up in a cosy cabin
If you prefer your accommodation a bit more rustic (but with mod cons and home comforts) staying in a cabin might be the perfect solution. Forest Holidays offer woodland retreats at locations around the UK, whether you want to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer or simply relax in a hot tub.
To make a romantic start to your break, all cabin stays come with complimentary Prosecco and chocolates on arrival, and there are special getaways for couples.
5. A concert and hotel package deal
There’s nothing like seeing a band live and it’s a great way to create a memorable experience for Valentine’s Day. Choose from some of the latest and biggest acts around at the country’s best venues.
After a night of music, why not put your head down in a nearby hotel, without having to get home.
6. Catch the Eurostar to Paris, the city of love
After starting off on the right foot with a drink at Europe’s longest champagne bar in London’s St Pancras Station, whisk the love of your life off to the most romantic city in the world for a mini-break.
The Eurostar takes you right into the centre of Paris, where you can explore the winding streets of Montmartre, enjoy the exquisite food and wine and take a romantic stroll along the Seine. There’s a reason that Paris is in the top 10 places in the world where people go to propose…
7. Free things to do in February
It really is the thought that counts, and if you need some romance that doesn’t hit your bank balance, try one of our free things to do this February across the UK.
From free exhibitions and films to a giant treasure hunt, there’s sure to be something you can do together that will make it a day to remember.
8. Find a great Valentine’s Day present
Everyone likes chocolates and flowers, but if you want to find something a bit more personal, you can save on the cost with shopping cards or discounts through Boundless. Find a perfect present or treat your better half to a shopping spree and let them choose their own.
Boundless members can save on some of the biggest high-street brands – either with shopping cards or at selected shops – find out more here.