10 romantic things to do in Lancashire this Valentine's Day
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 09 February 2016
This Valentine's Day take a break from the supermarket roses and make a grand Lancastrian romantic gesture.
1. Horse Riding on the Beach
For those who: would rather be on horseback.
If you enjoy the wind in your hair and want a different experience for Valentine’s Day, Halsall Riding and Livery, near Ormskirk, offer exclusive beach horse rides. Although this is for experienced riders only, there are plenty of other riding trails which are available to all abilities.
For more information and prices visit www.halsallridingandliverycentre.co.uk
2. Swan Spectacular
For those who: love nature
The Swan Spectacular is centred on the daily feeds of the swans. They are creatures of habit and will instinctively fly in as they come up to feed everyday at 3pm from the Swan Link Hide and 3.30pm from the Raines Observatory, stay around for the sunset.
For more information visit www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/
3. Carnforth Railway Station
For those who: want their own ‘Brief Encounter’.
Visit the setting of the 1945 David Lean film and take the time to recreate the famous kiss under the clock at this historical location set in the beautiful town of Carnforth. Take your place in the Refreshment Room and enjoy the surroundings with a romantic tea.
Carnforth Station and Visitor centre open: 10am – 4pm. Refreshment Room open: 9am – 4pm. Call 01524 735165 or visit www.carnforthstation.co.uk
4. Boat Cruise
For those who: want to sail off into the sunset.
Sipping on champagne, set sail down the Leeds Liverpool canal in Romance, the cruising restaurant, and enjoy a three hour dinner date while taking in the untouched Lancashire countryside. Relax and unwind as you travel along through Withnell Fold Nature reserve and Johnson Hillocks at Wheelton, with a four course meal of Lancashires finest local produce.
Dinner for 2 costs £49 per person. To book a cruise, visit the website at www.canalboatcruises.co.uk.
5. Spa Day/Break
For those who: deserve pampering
What better way to show her you love her than by treating her to a relaxing day of pampering for two and overnight stay at one of the spa hotels in our region. Ribby Hall Spa at Wrea Green is our 2014 Lancashire Life Hotel of the Yearand offers a Valentine's Spa Dinner Package from £199 per person. www.ribbyhall.co.uk
6. Fine Dining
For those who: enjoy haute cuisine.
Dine in style at one of the seven fantastic restaurants the Seafood Pub Co have dotted across the county. From Seafood specials to Sunday Lunches you'll find something to please both of you. www.seafoodpubcompany.com
7. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
For those who: want to have a bit of fun
So, you’ve been together a while and Valentine’s Day doesn’t seem such a big deal any more. Has life got in the way of those little romantic gestures? Take a day off from all that and have some silly fun. Take your loved one to a theme park – Blackpool has one of the biggest and best in the world – and lose yourself in the fun of the fair. Share some candy floss, hold their hand on the Big One or take a ride on a more leisurely carousel. Then you can wander up the coast and have a laugh together at the Comedy Carpet and recall all those old jokes you used to share. www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com
8. Blackburn Ice Arena
For those who: are on thin ice.
Ok, it's not quite Ice Skating at the Rockerfeller at Christmas time, but a few hours at the rink can be great fun. There are three public sessions on the Sunday, 10-12, 2-4 and 8-10.
For more information see www.blackburnicearena.co.uk/timetable.html
9. Visit the Lune Valley
For those who: are looney about each other.
The moon has been associated with romance for centuries – Shakespeare had Romeo say “I am the sun and Juliet is the moon” – so what could be more romantic than a trip to Moon River? It’s not wider than a mile, but the Lune which cuts through some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside before it meets the sea at Lancaster, takes its name from the Latin for moon, luna. There are countless attractive villages to explore in the Lune Valley, many with cosy pubs, roaring fires and rooms, should the fancy take you to stay.
10. A stay under the stars
For those who: are looking for adventure
Loved-up couples can indulge in uninterrupted peace and serenity, staying in the Romantic Pod Retreat at the scenic Holgates holiday park Bay View site.
The pretty wooden ‘glamping’ pods put the glamour back into camping at the award-winning holiday park which features dreamy sea views. Couples can while away the hours with indulgent picnic and hand-in-hand picturesque strolls before retiring to their pod for a night snuggling underneath the stars.
For more information see www.holgates.co.uk