Roses are red, violets are blue, if you’re looking for romance, Bristol is the city 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 a Valentine's date night at 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 spectacular marine creatures. 

When? 14 February, 6-8pm

Valentines

After Hours: LOVE

That thing, called love, We The Curious is handling it...with a guided exploration of a heart, stargazing shows, a DJ, bar, and some intriguing games and activities exploring the science connected with this most wonderful of emotions.

When? 14 February

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 and Elite Air (UK) Ltd both offer an exclusive flight for two with Champagne for their Valentine’s Day package, or check out seasonal special offers at Bristol Balloons.

Valentines balloon

Image - Hot air balloon over Bristol, credit Paul Box

Look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle made for two

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 Day 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 you're 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. Visitors can follow the heart trail around the zoo, get starry-eyed over cute baby lion cubs, zebra and ostrich chicks and listen to talks about couples in the animal world. Afterwards, enjoy a special afternoon tea in the cafe. #

When? Between 14 February and 2 March.

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 all soppy with your loved one over Valentine's Day dinner at Prince Street Social. Start with Prosecco, followed by three courses and a wine flight.

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie are doing a special Valentine's dessert from 11-17th February, as well as an indulgent cocktail on Valentine's Day. You can also snap a romantic photo on their #Lovebench outside the restaurant throughout the week - the best photo will win a three-course meal!

If food is the way to your other half's heart, Hotel du Vin are offering a Valentine’s menu of three sumptuous courses, glass of Champagne, luxurious room and full cooked breakfast from £200 at Bristol Avon Gorge and from £221 at Bristol City Centre

Head to Grade II* listed Victorian Clevedon Hall Estate for live music alongside your lurve-ly Valentine's Day 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 Valentine's 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 Côte de Boeuf for two) in the Shelburne restaurant, before heading back to your room with woodland views.

When it comes to treating that special person in your life, Bristol's got lots of romantic dining options - choose 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

Tough love

Clip in and prepare for a wild ride, honey. Bloc Climbing Centre are running two special adult-sessions in Clip 'n Climb, as well as a special Couple's Induction session running in Bloc if tackling boulders is more your thang. Who said romance was all chocolates, flowers and Champagne ey?

When? 14 February

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 at Comedy & Magic Show at Smoke and Mirrors. Guests will receive canapés and glass of Prosecco on arrival, plus Prosecco on your table and a rose for each couple. 

When? 14 February

Go out on a limb

Go out on a limb (pardon the pun) and head to Arnos Vale Cemetery for an alternative Valentine’s evening watching Tim Burton's Corpse Bride in the spectacular candlelit Anglican Chapel.

When? 14 February, 7-8.30pm

Corpse Bride

Image - Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

When Harry met...Heather

Stumble Trip Theatre present a genre-blending, gender-bending story of LOVE told by all-singing, all-dancing Lecoq-trained clowns at Old Market Assembly's The Wardrobe Theatre. Heather & Harry is an extremely silly unpicking of what it means to be human… and in LOVE.

When? 12 February, 7.30pm

Love sucks

Or does it? You decide after watching Blah’s annual Valentine’s slam - Love: What's the Point at Bristol Old Vic, returning with two teams of spoken word favourites, banding together to argue for and against romantic love. Expect moving and beautiful love poems vs. hilarious and scathing cynicism before the final vote is cast, plus plentiful heart-shaped sweets to chew on.

When? 3 February, 7.30pm

Bristol Old Vic - Valentine's day

Music for the soul...mate

Listen to the dulcit tones of Norwegian songstress Silje Nergaard as she performs her latest Sony album, ‘For You a Thousand Times’, and selections from across her career at the new-look St George's Bristol.

When? 14 February, 8pm

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

Opt for the dinner and dancing only or splash out for an overnight stay! The Valentine’s Ball at Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House includes a three-course meal with coffee, bottle of wine (between two) and the chance to shimmy the night away to the Double Impact duo. 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 pre-booked spa treatments, plus a full English breakfast the next morning.

When? 9 February

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