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Quirky Valentine's in Cornwall

Sick of unimaginative red roses, obligatory chocolates and humdrum set menus? Try out one (or more) of these quirky Cornish treats instead. They’re anything but ordinary…


1) Stay somewhere novel

Classic Glamping

A change of scenery is a sure-fire way to inject a bit of mystery and excitement into your Valentine’s Day, better still if it’s somewhere quirky.

It’s still a bit too nippy to go camping, but we reckon these snug looking Glamping Pods would make for a fun alternative. Throw open the double doors and take in the glorious views, preferable whilst snuggled up under the duvet, naturally.

Or perhaps a Cabin (pictured above) nestled amongst a wildflower strewn meadow is more you two? Star gaze, listen to birdsong, delight in doing nothing – it’s all here!

2) Have a blustery picnic at Lizard Point

Lizard Point by Adam Gibbard

The top of the Lizard Peninsula, Lizard Point is the most southerly point on mainland Britain. A fine spot for a picnic if ever there was one! Just remember to pack your parkas; things can get a bit nippy down here. After a scrumptious feast stroll atop the cliffs and take in the dramatic coastline that has been beaten into submission by the swell over the years! An afternoon doze is in order after all that salty sea air, surely?

3) Eat dinner in a rainforest

Eden by Abby D

Can’t afford to jet off to the Tropics this Valentine’s Day? Sure you can! The Eden Project is hosting an exclusive and intimate dining experience in the beautiful Rainforest biome. Your tropical date will start off with a glass of Eden sparking brut before you enjoy a stroll along the tree canopy. Here you can admire the stunning setting and indulge in a selection of canapes.

Eden storytellers will perform tales of love during a very romantic drinks reception. You and your date will then head over to the Spice area of the Biome where you’ll feast on three delicious courses, and, if you’ve still got room, coffee, tea and petits fours.

4) Take a giant bath and gaze into the Atlantic

Bedruthan Spa Image credit: Bedruthan Steps

If you and your love fancy a spa day, Cornwall has no shortage of fantastic venues; from The Clearing Spa set in a stunning wooded 43 acre estate to the award-winning St Michaels Hotel and Spa a stone’s throw from picturesque Falmouth.

However if it’s a spa with a view you’re craving this Valentine’s Day, we reckon Bedruthan Spa won't disappoint! The huge luxurious spa pool overlooks the Atlantic swell and should you tire of the view (very unlikely) there is a cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room and a lavender caldarium to explore. Top tip? Try out the Couple’s Hammam treatment if getting messy ‘n muddy together is your idea of a good time.

5) Take the Love Trail

Image credit: Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan has long been entwined with romance and mystery, so it’s the perfect place to take a turn around the garden with your companion this Valentine’s Day. For this year’s event they have created a dreamy Love Trail, which takes participants around the garden and highlights the top 10 most romantic spots! To join in simply pick up a special ticket when you arrive, then let the romance commence!


6) Tandem ride the Camel Trail

Camel Trail by Matt Jessop

Work up a sweat together…on the camel trail! Take in the stunning and varied scenery, from heavy, magical woodland to sweeping estuary views. Hop off in Padstow and fill up on freshly caught fish ‘n chips for a laidback dining approach this Valentine’s Day. Looking to score extra romance points? Hire out a tandem bike. Squabbling about balance and wobbling strictly forbidden! 

 7) Watch some hip-hop on a beach

The Watering Hole by Adam Gibbard

The UK’s only bar on the beach, The Watering Hole is a stunner of a venue at any time of the year. But their live music nights are really special though. Up and coming masters of hip-hop, Four Owls, are playing on Friday 13th February. So if you and your lover like nothing more than dancing the night away to sweet tunes, grab yourself a couple of tickets before they sell out.

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