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Alternative Valentine's Events in the North East and Yorkshire

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February 2024
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Looking for something different to do this Valentine's?

From truffle rolling or a banquet with Vikings to spending the day with goats, there's something all couples will love.

Run Newcastle Valentine’s 10K

Newcastle’s Town Moor
Make a run for it – but not away from each other, with each other. Challenge your date to a race this Valentine’s, which can only make you feel better if you’re heading back home to indulge on chocolate and wine, right?

Valentine Lace Knicker Making Workshop

The Workshop, Whitley Bay
Led by Alice Holloway from the Little Black Pants Club in Brixton, this workshop is all about having fun, learning new skills and taking away something to be proud of. Alice will be bringing her truck filled with sewing machines and a selection of sustainable ex-brand laces, as well as some curated colourful trims, for you to create a pair of bespoke knickers you won’t find in any lingerie boutique.

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Love Birds

Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, Houghton
Calling all ‘love birds’. At Rainton Meadows a guide will show you and your date around the top spots for birdwatching and of course share tales of ‘love birds’. After visiting the bird hide, you’ll head back to the visitor centre for a delicious hot drink.

Valentine's Candle Making Workshop

From Loft to Loved, Sedgefield
This is From Loft to Loved’s candle making workshop with a twist, where you can choose from their range of romantic fragrances to create a colourful candle. The workshop is aimed at anyone interested in learning a new skill (all the tools you need are provided) and you’ll take two container candles home with you too.

Viking Banquet: Love and Blunder

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York
This banquet lit by torch-bearing Vikings means love birds can dine in style. Enjoy three courses and raise your glass to the Gods in this memorable dining experience that’s not to be missed.

Walking The Goats Valentine’s Special

Walking the Goats at Lower Coates, Barnsley
This is one for all animal lovers. For a totally unique experience, have you considered couple’s goat walking? As a couple you can also enjoy goat Olympics and goat grooming with chocolates and bottle of Prosecco for you to share (but not with the goats!).

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Valentine’s Tour & Truffle Rolling Valentine’s Tour & Truffle Rolling

Valentine’s Tour & Truffle Rolling

York’s Chocolate Story
Discover the history of chocolate on this guided tour before taking part in an exclusive truffle rolling experience where you’ll roll, dip and decorate four chocolate, Champagne truffles with Valentine’s-inspired toppings to enjoy at home.

Dining in the Dark

The Lost & Found Leeds Club
A dinner date with a difference, enjoy a meal in a Victorian hideaway at The Lost & Found Leeds
Club with the return of their unique tasting experience, Dining in the Dark. You’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind three-course set menu paired with a welcome cocktail… all while blind-folded.

For more fun Valentine’s events and alternative ways to celebrate click here.

Staying in?
Here’s our pick of seven of the best romantic films to watch on Valentine's Day, and why not make these decadent chocolate cookies with their delicious, fruity twist to share too?

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