Struggling for ideas for Valentine's Day this year? Take a look at our list for inspirational ways to treat your loved one in Leicester this Valentine's Day.
It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, so if you’re thinking of treating that special someone to a day of romance, read on. From sophisticated dining to walks in Leicestershire countryside, there’s something here to inspire all couples this Valentine’s Day.
Our list of ideas for Valentine’s Day 2016 are all local within Leicester
or Leicestershire, so you don’t have to spend a fortune or travel far.
1. Relaxing spa pampering at Ragdale Hall
Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa
offers luxury pampering experiences at a stunning Victorian manor house in Melton Mowbray. If you and your partner want to take time out and unwind but don’t want to travel far from Leicester, Ragdale Hall is the perfect choice this Valentine’s Day.
Ragdale currently has special Valentines offers and vouchers, with last-minute bookings available leading up to 8th Feb. There’s a wide range of treatments available, designed to improve bodily health and sensual relaxation.
2. A picturesque walk in Belvoir Castle gardens
If you and your partner prefer the great outdoors, why not pay a visit to Belvoir Castle
in Grantham, Leicestershire. The gardens are well known for their beauty and provide plenty of routes to explore. The four gardens span acres of land and are the ideal settling for a romantic walk.
Once you’ve finished exploring the gardens at Belvoir, you and your loved one can take a tour around the castle itself, which dates back to the early 1800s.
3. Traditional afternoon tea in Leicester city
The City Rooms in Leicester are hosting a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea
on 13th February between 12pm-6pm. The City Rooms is a beautifully decorated venue that holds regular events in their ballrooms, to give afternoon tea an extra special feel. It’s a more low-key way to spend your Valentine’s Day, but a lovely setting to relax with your other half and enjoy some tasty home-made cakes, pastries, sandwiches and tea.
Prices are £13 per person, but why not upgrade to £18 per person for an extra glass of Prosecco.
4. Dine at one of Leicester’s finest Italian restaurants
Sapori restaurant and bar
is one of the most refined restaurants in Leicester – making it the perfect dining choice for Valentine’s Day. As a family-run restaurant, they serve the very best authentic Italian cuisine and have won two awards for ‘Best Italian Establishment in the Midlands’ and ‘Best Italian Establishment in England’ at the 2015 National Food Awards. So you can both expect a delicious and extra-special meal!
5. A cosmic meal at the National Space Centre
The National Space Centre
have something a bit different for couples this Valentine’s Day. On 13th and 14th February they are holding a uniquely romantic couples-only evening, where can sip a glass of bubbly underneath their giant rockets and sit down to a four-course meal in their space exhibition. After your meal, you are free to tour the National Space Centre’s huge planetarium to admire the night sky.
See the National Space Centre Valentine’s evening page for full details of their Valentine’s evening packages.
6. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival
For couple’s who don’t take life too seriously, check out the Leicester Comedy Festival
. With dates throughout February, you can treat each other to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day filled with laughs. In 2016, the festival will have 780 events in over 60 venues across Leicester, from well-known and lesser-known comedians.
Take a look at the official Leicester Comedy Festival website for the complete programme of events and to book your tickets online.
7. Cocktail-making masterclass for two
Does your partner (or both of you) love a good cocktail and want to know how to make them yourselves? Then join the expert cocktail makers at Grosvenor Casino Leicester
on Valentine’s Day evening for a cocktail masterclass. The evening will include canapes, a glass of Prosecco on arrival, a demonstration by the mixologists and the chance to make two of your own.
8. An Indian meal fit for a King and Queen
At the centre of Leicester
near the University of Leicester, is one of the city’s best Indian restaurants. Heritage India
pride themselves on sensational Indian dishes, superb service and sophisticated atmosphere. If you’re both lovers of spicy food, take a look at the Valentine’s Day menu, or browse the Heritage India website for the full list of menu options.
9. A flying experience over Leicestershire
Experience romance in the skies with a 30 minute flying trip for two over the Leicester
countryside – courtesy of Leicestershire Aero Club
. After being flown around some of Leicestershire’s most picturesque sights by a CAA registered pilot, you will both be returned to the club house restaurant to enjoy a bottle of champagne and chocolate truffles.
Tickets for this Valentine’s Day flying experience don’t come cheaply, at £190 per person, but will surely be worth it for an unforgettable memory.