After the post-Christmas comedown that is January, trying to rekindle your fiery passion isn’t always easy. But getting the romance back into your relationship is something we all desperately need. Saint Valentine is coming to town – and it’s the perfect opportunity to spice things up a little. Whether it’s taking date night to the next level or trying something new together – we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Birmingham.
1. Take a romantic stroll together
Why not head to the great outdoors for a romantic stroll? It’s one of the few free things to do in Birmingham for Valentine’s Day, after all! With a plethora of pretty parks and city walks, not only is it great for mental health purposes, but it’s also a good way to catch up away from your phones, laptops and the TV. Why not check out these romantic spots whilst on your walk?
2. Take your partner and puppy to this Pup-Up Cafe
If the only one who can compete with your partner for love is your puppy, we’ve got the Valentine’s plan for you. The most adorable hangout spot for puppies returns to Birmingham for Valentine’s Day (Well, February 26). Pup-Up Cafe will see up to 50 dogs mingle per session – and is certainly Birmingham’s most romantic date for dog lovers. On-site photographers will capture every cute moment of your date too. Learn more here.
3. Splash the cash on a swanky meal for your date
Birmingham is home to some amazing restaurants. Some might even say the best restaurant in the UK. The immersive dining experience Grace & Savour recently topped SquareMeal’s UK Top 100 list and is the number one romantic restaurant in Birmingham. But four other amazing Birmingham restaurants also ranked. All can easily provide a top-quality Valentine’s Day plan in Birmingham. These are Opheem, The Wilderness, Adam’s Restaurant and Purnell’s.
4. Embark on a romantic tour of Birmingham
Explore the most romantic spots in the city with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Who needs the Eiffel Tower or gondola rides around Venice when you’ve got a variety of charming locations to be found just a stroll away? Following a professional guide, you’ll be shown the best places to have a date, the most Insta-worthy settings to take some smitten shots together and learn of some historical love stories that unfolded in the streets, squares and buildings. Find tickets here.
5. Feel the wind in your hair with a trip down Birmingham’s canals
Unfortunately, you won’t find any romantic Venetian gondola rides on the Birmingham canals. But there is more than one way to travel these waterways. With more miles of canal than the Italian city of Venice, you and your date can get active by renting kayaks. Or how about relaxing with a gentle canal cruise? You can even double-date with a self-driving boat! There’s nothing more romantic than being out on the water and plenty of Valentine’s ideas to explore it. Learn how to get out on Birmingham’s canals with a lovely boat trip here.
6. Get artsy with a painting class
Art and romance have an almost cyclical relationship; they have inspired one another for centuries. So is there a better way to get in touch with your loving side than a spot of painting this Valentine’s Day in Birmingham? PopUp Painting guides attendees through an artistic masterpiece and lets you reproduce your unique version – with a wine glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.
They’ll be at various venues in Birmingham throughout February. But for the most romantic evenings? We recommend heading to Brindleyplace’s The Alchemist on February 11, themed around Jack Vettriano’s Singing Butler, and Sutton Coldfield’s Slug & Lettuce on February 16 – focus on Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. Learn more here.
7. Fall crazy in love with Golf Fang’s Valentine’s experience
Still stuck for things to do this Valentine’s Day in Birmingham? Head down to Golf Fang Birmingham[/trackLink] for their seven deadly sins campaign for an entirely different Valentine’s experience. This Valentine’s, Golf Fang has themed the site on a twisted journey through The Seven Deadly Sins. From February 12 to 17, you’ll find a themed drinks menu, a Valentine’s Day photo booth, an Instagram filter and, of course, golf! The Instagram filter will tell guests which of the seven deadly sins they are (praying for lust, not gluttony) and there will be some fantastic decorations, of course. [trackLink link_url="https://golffang.co.uk/birmingham/valentines/"]Book your tee off time here.
8. Bake off against other couples with your partner
Is your ideal romantic evening spent watching The Great British Bake Off with your partner? Get off the sofa this Valentine’s and get busy baking yourself. The Big Birmingham Bake will see you and your date compete with other pairs for the ultimate baking crown. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you need improvement, this is a great experience for all. Instructions and ingredients are provided during the 90-minute baking session. All you need to bring is a bit of creativity. Learn more here.
9. Escape the house with an overnight stay at the best hotel in Birmingham
Going out on Valentine’s Day is not always what it’s cracked up to be. But you don’t want to stay at home either, do you? Why not venture elsewhere for a little escape? The Grand Hotel is one of the most romantic hotels in Birmingham, first built in 1879 to rival London’s finest hotels. Some of its highlights include its seductive architecture and close location to Birmingham’s best bars and restaurants. The perfect stay-at-home escape for lovers.
10. Explore the beautiful Edwardian property Winterbourne House
In search of a quaint and romantic place in the city? Think no further than the beautiful Winterbourne House and Gardens. Take a wander inside the Edwardian house with your loved one to discover more about the era, as well as explore the house’s magnificent gardens. The seven acres of Grade II listed gardens feature 6,000 plant species as well as an unbelievable and peaceful Japanese Garden. Plus, there’s also an alpine area, an unusual hazelnut tunnel and Edgbaston Pool nearby providing plenty of romantic spots. Plus you can skip the queue by booking tickets here.
11. Enjoy a relaxing spa day together
It’s been a tough year (yes, we know it’s only February, but still). You and your loved one deserve to treat yourselves nevertheless. What better way to feel refreshed than a day pampering together at a Birmingham spa? Unwinding, taking it easy. If that doesn’t scream romance, then what does? Check out our list of the best spas in Birmingham.