If you need an excuse to come to the West Country for a few days, then Valentines half-term is a good opportunity to whisk a loved one away, or take the whole family for the week whilst the kids are off school.
With early Spring already setting in down here, you could take them to the farmyards to see the new lambs, or a nature trail as the new buds are poking through the frost. We have a few more ideas inspired by Saint Valentine to stir up a West Country love affair.
Cornwall has been a setting for many literary love stories and films, and one example of this is with Daphne du Maurier. An author famous for novels such as Jamaica Inn and Rebecca, she also wrote The Loving Spirit, about the lives of three generations of Cornish people. Come and relive her experiences around the county with our short two day guide to du Maurier’s Cornwall.
Helford River with the beach at Trebah Garden on the right
‘Take away leisure and Cupid’s bow is broken’
Ovid, Ancient Roman Poet
Literally play Cupid for the day. Ok so we wouldn’t recommend running around in nothing but a nappy, but you could learn to fire a bow and arrow. If you visit Devon try Devon Archery. Aside from the Cupid connotations for a romantic afternoon, they have themed target areas to entertain the whole family.
For something a little more genteel, see the South West from the skies. Get a new perspective on our beautiful landscape with a bird’s eye view of the moors and coastlines from a hot air balloon. Aerosaurus Balloons cover all four counties, and even provide champagne trips. Giddy from the height, giddy with the bubbles, giddy with love!
If you prefer to remain a little closer to the ground, then take to the seas. A leisurely lunch aboard a sea-faring vessel, a picnic in a rowing boat or just sail off into the sunset, the South West is a water-lover’s paradise. Ferries, sea safaris and horse drawn narrowboat trips on the Grand Western Canal – bob along on a South West boat trip.