10 Alternative Ideas for Valentine's in Kent
With February fast approaching it’s time to think about booking something for Valentine’s Day. But like me are you looking for something a little different this year? There are lots of ways that you can spend Valentine’s in Kent this year that doesn’t involve the usual over crowded restaurant or over priced hotel room!
I’ve put together a list of alternative ideas that you can treat your loved one, galentine or even the whole family to over the Valentines period.
Plant & Paper Co - paper flower folding workshop
Bored of the usual red roses? Why not have a go at making your own paper flowers? Join Nicky of Plant & Paper Co to learn paper folding skills and make your own paper bouquet of flowers. Perfect as a gift to yourself or something different for a loved one!
£25pp at Monkshill Refectory, Faversham, 9th February
Box and Bloom - dried wreath workshop
Another flower alternative, at this workshop you will learn to make your own everlasting dried flower ring.This is a great activity to take your galentine to. I have done a workshop with Nancy before and she is a great teacher and very patient and you’ll be sure to have created something you truly love!
£35 pp at The Barn Farm Shop, Canterbury, 11th February
Stay at Elmley Nature Reserve
Overnight stays don’t get much more romantic than this! Set on a beautiful nature reserve on the Isle of Sheppey, choose from a range of accommodations with stunning views of the reserve. The Roost and Martha’s Hut would be my choice, Elmley’s two newest cabins which can accommodate two young children as well as two adults, but are gorgeous for a couple, both with king size beds and outdoor baths with a view.
*Rebecca Douglas Photography
See website for prices and availability
Spa Valley Railway
A ticket aboard a heritage diesel train would make an amazing valentines gift and day out. Although not running on Valentines Day you can book for the weekend before or the days after. You can book a standard ticket and simply enjoy the scenery of the High Weald Countryside. Or for something a little more special why not book an afternoon tea or gin train experience.
*Photo courtesy Jonathan Hughes
Standard ticker £10pp, departs fromTunbridge Wells West
Huckleberry Woods couple's animal experience
Perfect for any animal lover! Choose a Valentines gift with a difference. Huckleberry Woods have romantic animal encounters plus tea and cake for two.
You can choose from a private micro pig encounter, a teddy bear sheep experience, miniature donkey walks or private alpaca walks.
Experiences run from 12th-20th February see website for prices and availability
The Roaming Cinema Co home screening
Fancy a cosy night in watching the latest blockbuster? Why not hire a moonlight movies package from The Roaming Cinema. Complete with heated igloo, bean bags, blanket and 80 inch screen this is everything you need to create a romantic cinema experience in your own back garden.
Prices on request
Looking for a really romantic setting for your Valentine’s dinner? Well it doesn’t get much prettier than this. Based at the Gardens in Yalding, Tipis Restaurant will be serving up a seasonal menu on Valentines day perfect for a romantic evening with a loved one or even a date with some friends. Inspired by the countryside surroundings, Tipis serve British food and drink in their stunning tipis situated on 12 acres of gardens.
Canoe Wild Valentine's paddle
This guided canoe trip will allow you to say I LOVE YOU to that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Whether going on a first date, celebrating an anniversary, or simply looking to share your love of paddlesport with friends and family then this trip is for you.
This trip will be led by a qualified instructor and will take place between Fordwich and Grove Ferry, exploring the river and all that it has to offer on this special occasion. The paddle will include a minibus lift to start the paddle as well as all craft, kit and equipment. This Valentine’s paddle will allow you to take in the peace and tranquillity of the River Stour as well as capture some of the stunning wildlife.
£35pp Sunday 13th February 10.00am – 1.30pm
Medway Light Nights
For something a bit different head over to Rochester for Medway Light Nights, a free spectacular festival of light which will transform Historic Rochester’s iconic buildings and spaces into works of art. Medway Council, in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts, has commissioned local, national and internationally-renowned artists, to work alongside our young people and communities, to deliver an incredible event. A perfect way to celebrate valentine’s in Kent!
Rochester Highstreet and surrounding areas, 6-9pm 11th and 12th February
The Curious Eatery Valentine's Wine and Wisdom
This is one for the quiz buffs! The Curious Eatery, famed for their food experiences in Kent have chosen to divert away from the traditional candlelit dinner and are instead hosting a Valentine’s quiz with a twist! PGet a team of your loved ones together and celebrate Valentine’s in Kent togther!
11th February, 6pm £10pp plus nibbles