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Whether you’re coupled up or single, Valentine’s Day can be a drag. That overpriced artificial romance can put a strain on relationships that are otherwise happy, at the same time as causing unnecessary panic amongst generally happy singletons. Yep…as far as Hallmark holidays go, Valentine’s Day is pretty much the worst. So why do we conform?
This year, hire a car to whisk yourself, your mates or your significant other away – and create unique Valentine’s memories that you’ll always remember.
London Night Safari
Regardless of your relationship status, Night Safari at the London Natural History Museum caters for you. Have your run of the Central Hall and galleries after the crowds have left, and indulge your rose-tinted love of Valentines, the world, and life in general with The Beautiful Tour. Alternatively, if you’re sick of love, then take The Ugly Tour and revel in the nastier side of nature.
Cornwall seaside luxury
What better time of year to rev up the romance by sampling the produce of one of the UK’s last traditional oyster fisheries? Head to Falmouth in Cornwall to catch the end of oyster season and enjoy a touch of luxury at the same time at the St Michael’s Hotel and Spa. With stunning views of the Cornish coast, St Michael’s is generally considered one of the best hotels in the area. Go the whole hog and make the most of the trip by treating yourself to a luxury Prestige car hire.
Bristol After Hours
Held at the huge science centre, At-Bristol, After Hours: LOVE is a scientific approach to the world of dating. Hundreds of interactive love themed exhibits including Neanderthal Speed Dating will be on offer. And if you’re feeling a little disillusioned by the whole love thing, you can even dissect a heart. We all have our own ideas of romance, right?
Edinburgh Freeze Frame
Edinburgh is a city that can cater to every mood: romantic, haunted, cosmopolitan or traditional, it’s all here. For a completely off the wall Valentines night, try the Freeze Frame Film Club screening of dark comedy, Harold and Maude. With a movie ticket and two course dinner prepared by a special guest chef, all for £12 per person, this option is both super cool and easy on the wallet.
Skip Valentine’s and take part in an annual tradition that is much more important – the healthy inter-country competition of the RBS Six Nations rugby tournament. Do a February road trip around Scotland, England and Wales and follow the matches at Murrayfield, Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium.
Shrewsbury Darwin Day
Celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin at the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival, with walks, lectures and workshops running from February 10th – 23rd. From a mini-beast safari to a game of Monsters in Your Garden, the festival is full of inspiration and celebrations of the natural world. Check out the 2014 programme of events for more info.
York Viking Festival
Forget the lovey dovey stuff – let out some Valentine’s rage when you head to York for the 30th Jorvik Viking Festival. This amazing spectacle brings together around 40,000 people in an epic celebration of the city’s ancient history. With live battle re-enactments and a medley of other fun activities going on from the 15th – 23rd Feb, there is no better way to rebel against Valentines.
Win a weekend of luxury car hire!
Fancy escaping the Valentine’s grind or heading on a romantic roadtrip to remember? Enter our free competition to win a weekend of Prestige car hire, on us! But move fast – entries close on 5 February 2014.