Five alternative Valentine’s Day date ideas

26 Jan 2018

From brewery tours to dance lessons, here are some alternative Valentine’s Day ideas

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Want to avoid the crowds of lovey-dovey couples this Valentine’s Day? Take a look at these unique ideas for a truly special day with your other half.

Escape Room

Test your teamwork skills by taking part in an Escape Room or similarly themed interactive game. The idea of the activity is that you’re locked in a room and have to solve clues, puzzles and codes in order to escape within a set time limit. You could either go as a couple and work with other participants, or turn it into a double or triple date by bringing along some of your couple friends.  

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Brewery tour

If you and/or your other half are fans of beer, why not spend the afternoon touring your local brewery? Learn all about the ingredients, watch the brewing process and enjoy some samples of the products, all while avoiding the hustle and bustle of busy bars, pubs and restaurants nearby. After the tour you might even receive a little discount voucher for the brewery shop; perfect for a grabbing a few bottles for a cosy evening in.  

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Laser tag

Perfect for those with a bit of a competitive streak, laser tag is an exciting activity you can take part in as a couple or as a group. Work together or play against one another and see who gets the highest score at the end of the time limit by zapping each other and hiding behind obstacles. Not only is it fun, it’ll help you burn some calories as part of your pre-wedding diet and is relatively inexpensive.

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Enjoy a snugly evening by the campfire with your other half on a spontaneous camping trip, ideal for escaping busy city life. Pack your tent, sleeping bags, snacks and a couple of bottles of wine, and head out to the countryside. For those who don’t fancy roughing it, there are a variety of ‘glamping’ options available nationwide, as well as cute cabins, shepherd’s huts and caravan sites.  

Dance lesson

Prepare for your first dance at your wedding by taking a romantic dance lesson together. From Latin and ballroom to vintage and jazz dancing, there are so many choices out there depending on your style and preferences. Regardless of whether you’re experienced or a total novice, you’re bound to have fun - and a few wrong steps here and there will only lead to laughter between you and your betrothed.

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