10 Valentine's Day date ideas in and around Preston
1 February 2024
Love is in the air in Preston...
With February 14 fast approaching, whether you're looking to do something special with your partner or celebrate Galentine's with your friends, the city has it covered.
From romantic meals for two and relaxing spa experiences to exhibits telling a tale of love and Valentine themed vintage steam train experiences, you can be sure to celebrate the amorous occasion in style.
1. Valentine's Day Dinner and Live Vocalist - Barton Manor
Date/time: Saturday 10 February and Wednesday 14 February 2024 (12 - 9pm)
Enjoy a special couples day at Barton Manor Hotel and Spa. Surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner in the Walled Garden restaurant, Barton Manor's casual conservatory dining in a stylish, hotel cafe/bistro.
Live vocalist, Aiden Grimshaw, will also be performing between 6pm and 9pm to really set the mood while you enjoy a meal in a fine dining atmosphere.
For more information and how to book see Valentine's Day at Barton Manor.
2. Valentine's Afternoon Tea - Dobbies
Date/time: Saturday 10 February 2024 (2-4pm)
Price: £8.50 - £19.99
Enjoy a Valentine's Day treat with Dobbies afternoon tea, including 3 tiers of delicious savoury and sweet treats, plus a glass of fizz and unlimited tea and coffee refills.
Dobbies also offer children's afternoon tea, so the whole family can enjoy the experience.
For more information and how to book see Valentine's Afternoon Tea at Dobbies.
To find out what other places offering high tea across the city see afternoon tea in Preston.
3. Special Valentine's meal - Bistrot Pierre
Date: 9 to 18 February
Price: £36.95 per person
No one does romance quite like the french, so why not sit back, relax and woo your loved one with a special three course Valentine's Set Menu and a glass of Veuve Devienne Sparkling Wine.
For more information and how to book visit Bistrot Pierre - Valentine's Day.
4. Valentines Coffee and Cake - Ribble Steam Railway
Date/time: Saturday 17 February 2024 (11am - 5pm)
Price: £12.50 - £15
Come and join Ribble Steam Railway for a Valentines celebration with your loved one. They will be running their Top and Tail trains throughout the day with a steam engine on the front and a diesel engine at the back. In the morning they will be serving coffee and cake in their restored 1950's buffet car. Tickets include entrance to the wonderful museum and all day travel on other trains.
For more information and how to book see Valentines Coffee and Cake - Ribble Steam Railway.
5. Alison's Valentines Cream Tea - Ribble Steam Railway
Date/time: Saturday 17 February 2024 (2pm - 5pm)
Enjoy Alison's Cream Tea on a steam train. Come and join Ribble Steam Railway for a Valentines celebration with your loved one. They will be running their Top and Tail trains throughout the day, with a steam engine on the front and a diesel engine at the back. In the afternoon they will be serving Alison's Cream tea in their restored 1950s buffet car, complete with a glass of prosecco on arrival (non alcoholic alternative available).
Tickets include entrance to the wonderful museum and all day travel on other trains.
For more information and how to book see Alison's Valentines Cream Tea - Ribble Steam Railway.
6. A Tale of Elizabethan Love and Tragedy - Samlesbury Hall
Date: Thursday 1 to Thursday 29 February
A brand-new art installation will tell a 16th century tale of love beyond the grave at Samlesbury Hall in February 2024.
Lancashire's most haunted hall will celebrate the season of love with an art installation presenting the tragic tale of two 16th century star-crossed lovers.
Three rooms at the Hall will feature a fictional series of hand-written 'love letters' between Lady Dorothea Southworth and her lover Richard De Hoghton. The installation is inspired by the famous Lancashire story of two religiously opposed families whose respective daughter and son met secretly during an era of religious persecution.
For more information visit Samlesbury Hall - A Tale of Elizabethan Love and Tragedy.
7. Valentine's Day Bowling - Level
If you and your date fancy a minimal fuss casual outing, then bowling makes a great choice. Enjoyable, affordable and a great way to keep those awkward silences at bay, it makes a particularly good first date option.
With Level offering a game of bowling, plus a glass of prosecco, bottle of beer or soft drink for two people, for £20, why not head over to the city centre for a classic evening of fun.
For more information and how to book visit Level - Valentine's Day offer.
8. Take a trip to the cinema
Whether it's your first or 51st date, watching a movie makes a great romantic option. If you fancy tying in a scenic stroll before hand, then the Odeon Cinema, located at Preston Docks, is a fitting choice. Or, for a bit of pre movie retail therapy or a bite to eat, why not head over to Vue Cinema at the Capitol Centre.
9. Unwind with a spa day
Take time out from the stressors of every day life to relax and enjoy a pamper session together. Whether, you'd prefer an urban retreat close to the city centre or a more rural location set in Lancashire's scenic green countryside, Preston has plenty of option to suit all tastes.
For more information see our spa and relaxation section.
10. Catch a Lancashire sunset
If the weather permits, few things beat the romance of catching a beautiful sunset together. Whether you choose a romantic wander around Preston Docks, a stroll in one of the city's many parks and nature reserves or would prefer to head out to a rural location to watch the final light of day fall over the lush Lancashire countryside, there are plenty of walks and trails to enjoy with that special someone.
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Map address for Valentine's Day venues
The Walled Garden Restaurant, 746-768 Garstang Road, Barton, Preston, PR3 5AA.
Blackpool Road North, Clifton, Preston, PR4 0XL.
Bistrot Pierre, The Church, 83B Fishergate, Preston PR1 2NJ.
Ribble Steam Railway and Museum, Chain Caul Road, Preston, PR2 2PD.
Samlesbury Hall • Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UP.
Level, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT.
Odeon Cinema, Port Way., Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston PR2 2YQ.
Vue Cinema, Capitol Centre, London Way, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, PR5 4AW.