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 Liverpool.
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 Liverpool 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?
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Well, at this candlelight concert in Liverpool you can enjoy an evening dedicated to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Listen to a selection of romantic classical favourites composed by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Puccini, with the beautiful surroundings of the Palm House at Sefton Park bathed in candlelight. You don’t need to know all things classical music to enjoy the evening; simply sit back and savour the stunning pieces you’ll hear. Grab your tickets to this candlelight concert here.
3. Tuck into a six-course feast at Barnacle
Barnacle have revealed a sumptuous Valentine’s Day special menu for February 14 and damn will it blow you and your date’s socks off. Set in the beautiful mezzanine at Duke Street Market, Barnacle will be serving a wondrous six-course feast for £60 per person featuring Artichoke broth, shaved sprouts, artichoke crisps; Seafood chowder, crab, pickled cockles, clams, smoked pork kohlrabi; Roast spiced cod, cauliflower, fig, wild rice, masala; Lost dock rum baba, Chantilly cream and much more. Guests can also get their evening of culinary exploration and love off to a flying start with chef’s snacks and a glass of Henners Rosé on arrival. Book your table at Barnacle here.
Explore the most romantic spots in Liverpool 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, parks and buildings. Find tickets here.
5. 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.
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. Soak up the view of the docks with an overnight stay at The Titanic Hotel
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 Liverpool is offering the ultimate lovers night-in experience that’s fancy enough to sweep many off their feet. The package from The Titanic Hotel offers an overnight stay from £99 in a room bursting with history and character, as well as a bottle of wine on arrival. Sounds irresistible, right? But there’s more! You can also wake up to a delicious full English breakfast too.
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 The Art School
Paul Askew and his team at The Art School have created a menu to delight and fall in love with, which is being served exclusively on February 14. The fine-dining restaurant on Sugnall Street will be serving up a fabulous six-course menu with an optional wine flight to enjoy with your special someone. Take a truly delicious journey, starting with roast breast of salt-aged Cumbrian duck, later followed by the likes of fillet of Cornish John Dory with curried cauliflower puree, sweet potato and glazed red chicory, then rounded off with a cheese selection and an assiette of Art School Valentine speciality desserts. Book your table here.
You and your loved one can explore the Mersey, a body of water that’s attracted travellers for hundreds of years on this cruise. Take in the rich history of Liverpool Waterfront and enjoy views from either side of the Mersey, while a full commentary will provide the lowdown on what you’re seeing. Hop aboard and discover what this river is all about by grabbing tickets here.
11. Watch some of the best love stories at the Bombed Out Church
This Valentine’s Day you can enjoy an evening featuring some of the top love stories in cinema at a unique venue in Liverpool. Cosy up with your date and watch movies such as the infamous Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, Romeo + Juliet, on the big screen at the Bombed Out Church. Screening a number of films between February 10 and 14, tickets cost £11.37 per person and you can enjoy films like Pride, The Bodyguard and Casablanca all within a charming setting in Liverpool’s city centre.
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.