If you’re not one to usually celebrate Valentine’s Day or are simply looking for something a little different to do with your other half this year, then look no further. We’ve pulled together a few special events and attractions in Nottinghamshire that we think may be right up your street when it comes to romance with a twist.


Heartbreakers Ball - a Valentine's happening - Visit Nottinghamshire



Heartbreakers Ball... A Valentine's Happening | Friday 14 Februrary 2020 | 8pm


Ever wondered what it would be link to step into an teen movie directed by David Lynch or John Walters? This Valentine's at Nottingham Contemporary is your chance to find out! Grab your corsage and get ready for punch, cherry pie and awkward slowdancing at their prom night set in small town America, somewhere between the 50's and 80's. Find out more, here.  
 


Quad Bikes

Adrenalin Jungle
 

Keen to do something a little more daring than the standard dinner date this Valentine’s Day? Want to impress your other half with your sheer bravery and determination? If so, a trip out to Adrenalin Jungle, in the heart of Sherwood Forest is just the ticket. 

With quad biking, paintball, mud buggies, 4x4 off road driving, an assault course, archery, and more, Adrenalin Jungle has everything you need for a truely thrilling date. Feeling up to it? Get all the details you need here.


Valentines Day Cocktails and Crime at National Justice Museum - Visit Nottinghamshire


Valentine’s Cocktails and Crime: Murder at the Speakeasy | Friday 14 Februrary | 7pm


Offering a night of killer passion, this 1930s murder mystery event at Nottingham’s National Justice Museum is sure to be a date with a difference for you and your partner in crime. Allow us to set the scene… you are invited by James Wells, leader of the notorious gang Mors Sabuleum, to an unforgettable night to celebrate another year of them successfully dominating Nottingham’s criminal underworld. All being well, the night promises to bring booze, laughter and great criminal connections. But unexpected guests could change it all…

Visit the museum's darkest corners on the hunt for the killer, study clues, and question suspects in the grand Shire Hall, and if the tension just gets too much, grab a drink at the bar. To find out more, visit this page.


The School of Artisan Food
 

A romantic meal out is a classic way to celelbrate Valentine's Day and spend time with your loved one (and we can recommend loads of lovely places to grab a romantic bite to eat at across Nottinghamshire), but how about an alternative foodie experience this year? The School of Artisan Food, situated in a beautiful listed-building on the historic Welbeck Estate in Sherwood Forest, offers an array of exciting food courses, perfect for couples, friends and families alike to enjoy, and learn new, expert skills.

You could treat your partner to a voucher to use on the cookery course of their choice or why not book on to a course together? The weekend before Valetntine's Day you and your beau could spend the day learning all about how to make that most sensuous of culinary treats - cholocate - on their Introduction to Chocolate Making course and come away with some new skills as well as your own hand-crafted artisan chocolate treats. 



Escape Room Experience
 

If you’re feeling up to taking on a challenge with your other half, we’ve just the date idea for you; escape rooms, and thankfully, Nottingham has them in abundance. Newest on the scene is Cave Escape. Based within a unique site - a sandstone cave system once used as cellars, Cave Escape aims to bring you some seriously immersive escape games, jam-packed full of riveting twists and turns, conundrums and puzzles!

Escapalogic offers a great range of themed-rooms with movie-quality special effects and completely realistic sets and sound design - choose from the clever, the curious, or the downright creepy. With the trickiest of puzzles and the most fiendish of riddles, iLocked uses state-of-the-art simulation software to create a unique world of imagination, adventure and discovery, making for a truly unforgettable experience. At Logiclock, expect pirates, professors and Mafia-themed rooms, from which you and your plus one will have just one-hour to escape.



The Lost City Adventure Golf 
 

Come rain or shine The Lost City Adventure Golf is a cute place for a date, surrounded by the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. This state-of-the-art adventure golf complex features two 18-hole courses where you can either be a true romantic and help your partner (or best buddy) to conquer the course, or get competitive and go head to head. Following your round of adventure golf, celebrate your wins or commiserate your losses with an exotic cocktail in their Tiki themed bar. 



Snow Drops at Holme Pierepont Hall



Snowdrops at Holme Pierrepont Hall | Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Februray
 

For those who find Valentine’s Day a bit too sickly sweet and commercialised - but still want to show their loved one that they care, or for couples who value presence over presents. Take a romantic Sunday walk through the Snowdrops at Holme Pierrepont Hall where the spectacular blanket of white flowers provides the perfect backdrop for spending some quality time together. 


This blog was first published in 2019 and was updated in 2020. 

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