In case you’ve missed the red hearts and cupids that are currently adorning every shop window and supermarket aisle (probably since Boxing Day!), Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. With the commercialisation of a day we are ‘supposed’ to shower our loved ones with hearts and flowers, it’s easy to feel jaded by it all and want to avoid the whole thing entirely. But, instead of paying inflated prices at a fancy restaurant or spending a fortune on overpriced flowers, why not do something different this year? Do an activity together that will create memories for you as a couple that you will look back on fondly for years to come. Designer Berry Aktuglu shares four ideas for an alternative Valentine’s day out.
Take a dance class together
Even if you or your partner has two left feet, don’t let that deter you! Try something new and hit the dance floor at a local class. Opt for a style for which you both enjoy the music; whether it’s ballroom, salsa or swing, simply let loose for a night and have fun! Dancing is not only great for you physically, it also benefits you mental well-being and raises self esteem - which in turn contributes to healthy relationships.
Go to a late opening museum
Many museums do at least one or two late openings a week, so find an exhibition that interests you both and take a leisurely stroll together, admiring artwork or artefacts, while chatting (no phones allowed!) If you are London-based, find out which museums are open late on which nights here. Talking about something other than the kids or work will feel so refreshing!
Brunch is the new breakfast
Food is undoubtedly the way to everyone’s heart, and who doesn’t love brunch?! Take the morning off together and simply whip up a delicious dish at home and enjoy each other’s company. Try scouring Pinterest for love-inspired recipe ideas - heart-shaped waffles anyone?! Or, if you’d prefer to avoid the washing up, pop to a local eatery with a great brunch menu - they are much less likely to have raised their prices like they do for evening set menus.
Take a walking tour
Be a tourist in your own city for a day and take a walking tour together. There are often lots of free ones available and if you prefer you can opt for a themed one. In London, you can take a Harry Potter tour or a WWII tour, or in Bristol you can go on a street art tour. Sharing and learning new things together is a great way to ignite interesting conversations.
And hey, if there isn’t currently a special someone in your life right now, then any of the above activities could be an opportunity to meet them! ;) Happy Valentine’s Day xxx