Tips For A Special Valentine’s Day
There is a lot of pressure on Valentine’s Day. As shops fill with red panic, heart-shaped wares, and restaurants that book faster than a Donald Trump dismissal seminar, it’s easy to feel more desperate than a hopeless romantic.
Then, moving away from teddy bears and boxes of chocolates, we have prepared a list of activities that will make you want to arrive on February 14, regardless of the stage of your relationship. Whether you’re planning a gift for a long-term partner, tasting the water with a new date, or celebrating “Palentine’s” with an old friend, here are some ideas for things to do for the day.
1.Study of the stars
Watch the positive side of winter nights and enjoy the first nights of February to study the night sky. The beauty of blinking stars is one of the most romantic phenomena in the natural world and it is a pleasure to share it or enjoy it alone. The Dark Skies festival, which runs from February 9th to 25th with events in some of the UK’s most impressive national parks, gives you the perfect reason to go out at night. And, for urbanized areas, there are a number of applications that locate the constellations when you hold your device in the sky. If you share the curiosity of the natural world, like to go outside or want to do something different, things get better …
2. Ice skating
A classic winter activity, ice skating is (ironically) also a great icebreaker. You can show off your secret skills or stay with your skating partner while you walk together on the track. Visit one of London’s most iconic attractions by testing the skating rink of the Alexandra Palace, or take the temporary ice rinks at Canary Wharf or Eden Project in Cornwall before leaving.
Plus, there are covered ice rinks all over the UK that are open to the public all year long, so be sure to take someone who does not laugh at you (too) when you inevitably fall.
The nights of February are long, dark and cold, so there is no better time to flirt at the theater. Valentine’s Day is more than half a quarter, so it is likely that there will be intense cultural activity during the week. In London, go to Soho Theater to see the best of the promising comedies that the city has to offer, or the Battersea Arts Center for contemporary re-enactments of theater classics. If you’re a fan of resistance, the Queer Contact festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Manchester this year with plays and spoken word performances. Wherever you are, check out your local theater, independent theater or concert venue, and honor Valentine’s Day by showing your love for the arts.
4. Urban ax
A bit of a joker, the urban launch of axes is a date to suggest with caution. It is likely to be a hit with Valentine’s skeptics, but maybe not with the more traditional romantics, so be sure to meet your audience before booking. Despite this, it is becoming an increasingly popular hobby, with centers in Manchester, Birmingham and London, and will undoubtedly help to ease the stress caused by the prospect of an appointment on Saint Mary’s Valentin.