Roses are red, violets are blue, if you’re looking for romance, Bristol is for you! If you're in need of ingenious ways to dazzle your beloved this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got all sorts of amorous ideas for you…

Sea of love

Enjoy Bristol Aquarium after hours, with no children in sight! Spend some quality time with your partner meandering through the aquarium’s naturally-themed displays, admiring the thousands of spectacular marine creatures. 

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Movie night love-in

Get all the feels watching Dirty Dancing (6:50pm – 8:30pm) or Romeo and Juliet (8:50pm – 10:55pm) at Bristol Zoo Gardens’ intimate indoor cinema. Explore the Zoo until 5pm, followed by a romantic stroll to Clifton Village for a bite to eat, before returning to the Zoo for the start of your chosen movie. 

After Hours: LOVE

We The Curious will come alive after dark (8 Feb) with music, stargazing shows, cocktails, and some intriguing games and activities exploring the science connected with this most wonderful of emotions.

Love is in the air…

Planning to pop the question? Stage an unforgettable proposal while floating in a hot air balloon over Bristol, before celebrating with a glass of Champers as you touch down to Earth.

Bailey Balloons offer a special Valentine’s Day package (£250 p.p including a bottle of Champagne). Check out seasonal special offers at Bristol Balloons, or opt for an exclusive Champagne flight for two with Elite Air (UK) Ltd.

Valentines balloon

Image - Hot air balloon over Bristol, credit Paul Box

Look sweet upon the seat

Couples that cycle together stay together…Combine your pedal power and go adventuring on a bicycle made for two from Bristol Tandem Hire. Refuel at Bristol’s best cafés and pubs or ask for an artisan food hamper sourced from independent Bristol foodies and stop for a romantic picnic en route.

Suites for my sweet

For Valentine’s treats, honeymoons and loved-up weekend breaks, fall in love with Bristol’s most romantic rooms. From safari-style glamping to luxury his and hers bathtubs, you’ll find plenty of places to show the apple of your eye that your smitten. Click here for a full list of romantic places to stay in Bristol.

Hotel du Vin avon gorge

Image - Avon Gorge Hotel, credit Amy Murrell

Animal lovin’

Monkey around with your loved one at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, open late for an adults-only evening on Valentine’s Day. Visitors can get starry-eyed with giraffe, tapir and giant tortoise encounters and listen to talks about couples in the animal world. Afterwards, enjoy a heart-warming two-course meal and spread a little love for The World Land Trust charity by taking part in the Valentine's Raffle.

Make a splash

Treat your beloved to a ‘Spa and Dine’ package at The Lido Bristol for some seriously special down time. Take a dip in the open air pool, wallow in the outdoor hot tub or sizzle in the steam room, before heading up to the treatment rooms for a relaxing Couples Massage. Later on, linger over a tantalisingly tasty meal at the poolside restaurant.

Lido Bristol

Say it with food

Get cosy with a fireside prosecco at Backwell House, followed by a Valentine's Day special three-course menu. Make a night of it and book one of their sumptuous bedrooms, making sure to throw in some Cupid-worthy extras which include in-room massages, champagne on-ice, fresh flowers or a rose petal turn-down service. 

If food is the way to your other half's heart, Hotel du Vin are offering a Valentine’s sharing menu of three sumptuous sharing courses - scallops paired with juicy tiger prawns, exquisite Chateaubriand, followed by a naughty Knickerbocker Glory. If you fancy something different, try the à la carte menu or Champagne afternoon tea.

Head to Grade II* listed Victorian Clevedon Hall Estate for live music alongside your lurve-ly three-course meal. Make the evening extra special with an overnight stay and wake to views over landscaped gardens and Clevedon Bay in the morning.

Treat your snookums to a lovey-dovey evening at the stylish Bowood Hotel, a handsome stately home set among one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s most beautiful parks. Dine on a scrumptious four-course dinner (including poached scallop and Chateaubriand) in the Shelburne restaurant, before heading back to your room with woodland views.

When it comes to treating that special person in your life, a romantic dinner in Bristol can be whatever you want it to be. From cosy candlelit corners to Michelin-starred dining, intimate eateries housed in shipping containers, there’s plenty to make sure your evening reaches optimum smoochiness.

Afternoon tea hotel du vin

Image - Champagne afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin

If music be the food of love...go dancing

Dinner Dance only or splash out for an overnight stay! The Valentine’s Ball at Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House (10 Feb) includes a table for two, three-course meal with coffee, bottle of wine (between two) and the chance to shimmy the night away to the Lipinszi band. If you choose to stay over, you’ll be treated to a mini bottle of sparkling wine each and chocolates in your room, full use of the leisure facilities and 15% off selected spa treatments, plus a full English breakfast the next morning.

Starry eyed

See your partner’s name in lights…well not quite, but the next best thing – on the Stairway of Stars! The Bristol Hippodrome is offering the ideal gift for theatre lovers this Valentine’s Day. The star package includes a personalised gold and black star plaque that will be displayed in the theatre’s grand foyer for the next two years. Also included is a guided behind-the-scenes theatre tour for two people, a keepsake miniature replica plaque and a commemorate certificate in a bespoke folder. The Stairway of Stars, made up of around 300 star plaques, is expected to be a real feature and talking point in the historic building. 

Knock their socks off

Earn brownie points by organising a personalised shopping treat for your loved one at world-famous Harvey Nichols. Whether they’re after a wardrobe update, special occasion outfit or simply a spoily retail therapy session, the Style Concierge team will help find the perfect outfit(s!). 

Harvey Nichols

It’s a kind of magic…

Break from the norm and get those endorphins flowing with a Valentine’s special Comedy & Magic Show at Smoke and Mirrors. Guests will receive canapés on arrival as well as half a bottle of Champagne and Rosé on their table. Book tickets here

Alternative Valentine’s

Go out on a limb (pardon the pun) and head to Arnos Vale Cemetery for an alternative Valentine’s evening. Start with an after dark cemetery tour where you’ll hear about love beyond the grave, forbidden love and spot secret love signs on gravestones, before ending up at the spectacular candlelit Anglican Chapel for an indoor screening of the Tim Burton classic, The Corpse Bride.

Corpse Bride

Image - Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Everything about you’s so…

Sexy at The Wardrobe Theatre (13-17 Feb). Vanessa Kisuule explores our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress. Kisuule uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness. Book tickets here.

Dead-ly love

Eat yummy Mission Pizza for dinner at Bristol Spirit, followed by a screening of the super-romantic Deadpool. Doors open at 6 and guests will receive a themed cocktail on arrival, with pizza served up until 8, when the film will start. Be sure to leave room for pudding during the interval!

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