I love dating and it shouldn’t stop when you hit that stage of pjs and farts (ha!) Nope, dating should last forever and here’s just a few ideas to perk up your relationship.
1. Hold hands in the Valley Gardens (FREE)
The Valley Garden’s is a popular spot in Harrogate. I often find myself strolling through after a hard days work. The volunteers do a cracking job of the landscaped gardens. So I say, next time you’re in town take a wonder down to the Valley Gardens and stroll, hand in hand. Discuss life, dreams and hopes for the future, after all a bit of day dreaming is good for the soul.
2. Book a Duo Massage Masterclass at Rudding Park Spa (£240 per couple)
Rudding Park has just opened it’s £9 million spa – it’s a must see! Relax side by side as your spa therapists perform a back, neck and shoulder massage. You will then each be coached in the art of simple massage technique with time to practice on each other. Take away these skills so you can continue massage relaxation at home. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!
3. Have a picnic at home (use local shops to get the food)
I love nothing more than food. OK, I may love Niki a little bit more, but food is definitely my second favourite thing. A cheap and cheerful way of doing something a little different with your partner is to have a picnic at home. This is a great one for days when the weather is just a little bit rubbish. Set the scene – lay out a rug, some comfy cushions, put some tunes on and light a few candles. Buy finger food. It could be Vale of Mowbray pork pies, crisps and dip or it could be cold meats and cheeses; what ever you fancy. This is a great date as you can even do it when the kids have gone to bed.
4. Have a fun day out at Lightwater Valley (£20pp online)
Our local theme park, Lightwater Valley is a scream on a date. I was once taken there as a surprise and i have to say the boy did good. It was a great first date. So take your other half for a fun-packed, thrill-seaking day out.
5. Enjoy a romantic meal at The Drum & Monkey (mid to high price restaurant)
If you’re a seafood lover, like me (see food and eat it!) then a romantic, candle-lit dinner at the Drum & Monkey is my idea of heaven. It is the first seafood restaurant which converted me to liking fish. I had a beautiful meaty monkfish in a white sauce.
6. Re-create your first date (£13.50pp for Everyman Cinema, Harrogate)
This is always a winner in my eyes, unless like me your first date was a little pants! Niki and I went to Everyman for our first date. I hear you – never go to the cinema on a first date – well we did and we went to see The Legend of Tarzan. It was truly the worst film ever, rated a generous 6.5 on IMDb. Niki and I were totally bored. Our second date was a strange one, IKEA followed by Chiquitos.
7. Test your relationship with Tick Tock Unlock, Leeds (from £12.50pp)
It’s always good to test your partner and see how they might react. Why don’t you play the UK’s first hyper reality experience at Tick Tock Unlock? It allows you to enjoy the next generation of immersive entertainment, with VR headset tethered. Go on, see how you both fair!
8. Buy something to spice things up in the bedroom – Lily 2 from Lelo (£115.00)
Weather you’re playing solo or using it for penetrative sex, the Lilly 2 from Lelo is sure to jazz things up. Perfectly shaped to fit in your or your partners hand this toy is even scented — there’s a lavender and manuka honey scent, rose and wisteria scent, and bordeaux and chocolate scent. It’s also 100% waterproof, rechargeable, and features eight stimulation patterns. Happy Valentine’s Day!
9. Stay in a Yorkshire Castle (from £285 per night)
OK, so it’s not really a castle, but it looks like one! Indulge in the ultimate romantic Swinton Park experience. A stay in one of the beautifully appointed bedrooms of Swinton Park Hotel with dinner in an award winning restaurant on the Estate. Relax together with access to Swinton Country Club & Spa throughout your stay. Upgrade your stay to the 7-course Signature Tasting Menu with wine pairing in 3 AA Rosette Samuel’s Restaurant, or go for the Romantic Package, with a bottle of fizz, rose petals on the bed and balloons in the room.
10. Play a board game – monopoly (FREE)
I don’t know about you but I love board games. Pop a cut of tea on, open a box of celebrations and have a chilled out afternoon of games. Unless your competitive and then it’s a whole different afternoon!
11. Have fish & chips on Little ArmsCliffe Crag
Every once in a while I love to go to Little Arm’s Cliff Crag and it’s not too far to grab fish and chips from Oliver’s on Cold Bath Road and head up to watch the sun set. Take a jumper though, it can get nippy!
12. Don’t get out of bed – bed date (FREE)
Oh yes please! Anything that involves staying in bed is one of my favourite things. Why not indulge in some new bed linen too to make it even more special.
13. Order Major Tom’s Pizza on Deliveroo
And if staying in bed wasn’t good enough, why not have the night off from cooking too! I love Deliveroo. Favourites include, Major Tom’s Pizza, Starling Poutine and CAU steak!
14. Go to the food festival in Malton (free entry)
Set across the streets of Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton Food Lovers Festival is a celebration of Yorkshire finest produce and cooking. On 26th and 27th May 2018.
15. Go for breakfast at the Wild Plum Cafe (Reasonable priced)
The Wild Plum is a new discovery of mine but wow! Their whole offering looks great. Why not treat yourselves to a slap up breakfast which is almost too good looking to eat!
I hope you enjoyed this post? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so what do you do?