Putting the romance back into relationships after what feels like an age under lockdown restrictions can only be described as Groundhog Day. 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 taking part in a fun event – we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Birmingham.
1. Take a romantic stroll together
If two years worth of lockdown walks hasn’t put you off, 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 stroll?
Treat your loved one to the ultimate Valentine’s romantic experience with a three-course meal in complete darkness. An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is returning to Birmingham to host a Valentine’s Day special. The event, taking place on February 13, promises to “elevate your meal to a whole new level” with darkened surroundings – leaving just you, your taste buds and your sense of smell to enjoy a three-course meal served at The Botanist. Grab your tickets here.
3. Watch one of the most tragic and well-known love stories on the big screen
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Well, at this screening in Birmingham you can enjoy an evening dedicated to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Cosy up with your date and watch the infamous Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic on the big screen at Millennium Point. Taking place on February 12, tickets cost £20 per person and each pair of tickets will include a complimentary bottle of chilled prosecco to enjoy during the film. Plus, while enjoying your drink why not gaze up at Luke Jerram’s Gaia Earth Artwork and give your loved one the world this Valentine’s?
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 the 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. Wine down with Wine Freedom’s tasting event
If your Valentine is a sucker for vino they will be showering you with love if you book them this Valentine’s wine tasting session. Birmingham natural wine bar and shop, Wine Freedom, will offering guests the chance to sample a selection of wine during the Valentine’s Day weekend (February 11-13). Sip on three wines, all blends, including a delicious glass of fizz and a red & white blended mashup, which will showcase just how incredible unlikely grape partnerships can be. Cheers to that! Book your tasting session here.
Looking for the perfect, romantic activity? Get your pinnys on and tune into a live pastel de nata masterclass, with a special date scheduled especially for Valentine’s Day. The class is hosted by pastry chef João, an expert in Portuguese custard tarts, who’ll be taking participants step-by-step in the process from start to finish. You’ll be able to cook along for the duration, and he’ll be sharing some of his pro tips along the way, too. Get tickets here.
7. Fall crazy in love with Ghetto Golf’s Valentine’s experience
Share the love and treat your Valentine to 18 holes of seriously twisted golf at Ghetto Golf, where not only can players putt on a range of themed holes but also tuck into delicious drinks and food by Locked and Loaded street food. One of the most ‘Instagrammable’ settings in the city, Ghetto Golf has also been decorated with graffiti, street art and neon lighting ready to light up our social media feeds. And there’s even a ‘Tunnel of Love’ hole. Book your tee off time here.
You might feel obligated to do some sweeping romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day, but sometimes the best things happen inside your four walls. This Fat Big Quiz of Love will especially be a hit if you’ve both got a competitive streak; a virtual interactive game where you can stay home, tune into a live video stream and put your knowledge of the world of love to the test through 10 rounds of interactive questions. The format is inspired by the hit show Big Fat Quiz Of The Year so if you’ve seen that and both found yourself shouting the answers through the screen at Jimmy Carr, then this quiz will be right up your street. Plus, it takes place on February 12, so if it leaves you extra lovestruck you’ll still be able to go out on Valentine’s Day itself.
9. Go on a tasting journey at 670 Grams
670 Grams has created a menu to delight and fall in love with, which is being served throughout the weekend, between Friday 11th to Monday 14th February. The Digbeth fine-dining restaurant will be serving up a fabulous eleven-course taster menu to enjoy with your special someone. Take a truly delicious journey, starting with oyster, peach and tonka, later followed by the likes of lobster, caviar and truffle; cheese fondue; wagyu beef with mustard and pickle, then rounded off with Love Heart ice cream and Turkish delight. Book your table here.
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 features 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 your can skip the queue by booking tickets here.
11. Soak up the view of Birmingham with an overnight stay at Staying Cool at the Rotunda
After multiple Valentine’s Day being stuck inside our homes, why not venture elsewhere for a little escape? One of the most romantic hotels in Birmingham is offering the ultimate lovers night-in experience that’s fancy enough to sweep many off their feet. The package from Staying Cool offers stylish accommodation on the top floors of the iconic Rotunda with panoramic views across the city by day and twinkling lights by night, a rose petaled-bed as well as a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rosé champagne chilling on arrival and a box of Charbonnel et Walker sea salt caramel milk chocolate truffles. Sounds irresistible, right? But there’s more! You can wake up to four fresh bagels with organic smoked salmon and cream cheese for breakfast and a seasonal bouquet of flowers too.
Sack off the bedroom for the kitchen this Valentine’s, and learn to roll sushi like an absolute pro. Not only will you end up with some pretty delicious grub to enjoy afterwards, but its also the perfect opportunity to do something pretty unique in the comfort of your own home – all guided by your own private sushi master. The class includes a kit delivered beforehand, and you can book in whenever suits for your 1-to-1 lesson. Book here.