Ideas for a romantic, budget-friendly date in the UK

Spruce up your relationship this Valentine’s Day with one of our top 7 romantic staycation ideas for every kind of couple and every kind of budget.

Hire city bikes, BRISTOL

As always with Valentine’s Day, it can be hard to think of ways to spend quality time together without splashing out. Well, why not try something new this year? Riding with a partner can be amazing, fun, challenging and even romantic. Cycling gets you and your partner outdoors, fitter, healthier and can also be lots of fun. Why not book a staycation to Bristol? Officially one of the best cities in the world for a beautiful bike ride, where is easy and cheap to hire one of the many city bikes dotted around the city. 

Stay nearby

Bristol Central Mitchell Lane | Bristol Central | Bristol Filton

Go to an arcade, BRIGHTON PIER 

There’s no better place to release your inner child than with a trip to Brighton Palace Pier, from classic 2p pushers to the latest simulator’s! Try to win big for your significant other with MEGA prizes like a Playstation 4 or a giant cuddly Minion up for grabs. The Pier is nearby many other date-worthy attractions including the British Airways i360 – a 450ft spectator tower that offers unrivalled views across Brighton and the south coast.

Stay nearby

Brighton Seafront | Brighton | Worthing Seafront 

Go on a river cruise, OXFORD

Take your loved one on the ultimate romantic date with a scenic River Thames cruise where you both can admire the sights and sounds of Oxford. Cuddle up together with a blanket and glass of prosecco as you sail down the River Thames, then stop off at one of Oxford’s candlelit restaurants for the ultimate combination to get those butterflies fluttering again. 

Stay nearby

Oxford Abingdon Road | Oxford Peartree | Oxford Wheatley 

Go on a vineyard tour, BERKSHIRE

From just £20 per person, you can treat your loved one to a romantic vineyard tour and tasting class at Stanlake Park Wine Estate where you and your partner can explore the estate’s 17th Century cellar, barrel room and vineyards, whilst indulging in generous samples of their award-winning English Wines.

Stay nearby

Winnersh Triangle | Bracknell | Reading Central

Go pottery making, COTSWOLDS

Have you ever seen the movie Ghost? If so, you know how romantic making pottery can be. Why not take your boo to a pottery class this Valentine’s Day and get messy with a new hobby whilst spending some quality time with your partner. Pick a Pot & Paint in the Cotswolds is based in a bright, charming studio located at the heart of one of the most scenic, romantic locations in the UK.  

Stay nearby

Cirencester | Swindon West | Swindon Central 

Volunteer at an animal shelter, BATTERSEA

Volunteering at an animal shelter is the ultimate selfless activity, it can be a rewarding date that may even result in a third wheel to your blossoming relationship. There are hundreds of pet shelters all over the country with the cutest, cuddliest creatures looking for a new home. Volunteering at a shelter gives you and the animals a much-needed boost of serotonin so why not give a shelter a call and do your bit this Valentine’s Day. 

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London Battersea | London Clapham Junction | London Fulham 

Visit a drive-in theatre, WICKFORD

Stock up on plenty of popcorn and snacks for this one! Moonbeamers in Wickford offer an immersive, intimate drive-in cinema experience, screening the hottest new release films on huge outdoor screens! Sound for the film is played through your car FM radio and projected onto massive screens so no more annoying disturbances or loud popcorn munchers, just cuddle up with your boo bring plenty of blankets and chocolates and enjoy this intimate one of a kind cinema experience. 

Stay nearby

Basildon | Brentwood East Horndon | Basildon Wickford