Looking for something a bit different this Valentine’s Day? Treat the special person in your life with a unique experience or fantastic meal to celebrate the day of love!


Have an out of this world Valentine’s Day

The Space Centre never disappoint when it comes to Valentine’s Day, and this year is no exception. Enjoy a luxury five course meal in the heart of their exhibitions with a Cosmic Valentine on 10 February. With a local, sustainable and seasonal menu, eat your fill before joining their in-house astronomer for a romantic tour of the night sky. Reserve your table now

The Space Centre Film Club is always a great way to spend your special night. This year on Valentine’s Day, there’s a very special double bill as first they celebrate 10 years of the Marvel spectacular Guardians of the Galaxy, then take you on a trip to a distant galaxy with the mind bending tearjerker Interstellar. Both shows are in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, the largest Planetarium in the country, so you will get a fully immersive experience!


Charnwood Alpacas Valentine events

Enjoy an Alpaca-Infused Valentine's Night with Complimentary Fizz and Delightful Treats! This unique experience allows you to step into a Valentine's wonderland where baby alpacas enchant under a sky of beautiful lights and romantic decorations in their cosy barn. Finish with a glass of fizz and Valentine-themed treat. All for just £20 per person.

Or enlist their donkeys as one-of-a-kind Cupids, donned in finest Valentine's attire! Join an exclusive group of couples for a private journey to a hidden woodland oasis to find a bespoke picnic basket, complete with scones and bubbly, transforming your day into an extraordinary celebration of love. Limited spots are available for this one-of-a-kind rendezvous, just £25 per person.

Find out more and book on their website


Get your hands messy as you create something magical

Food is the way to the heart and what better gift or treat than the chance to make your own! Whether it’s chocolates or pies, there are so many food and drink experiences around Leicester and Leicestershire.

Chocolate is often feted as the food of love, so give the gift of a chocolate making workshop with Nenette Chocolates. Learn about the history of chocolate making, learn how to make your own chocolates and then take them home with you!  Book yours here.

In Leicester city centre, Cocoa Amore also offer chocolate workshops. You’ll get a talk on the origin and history of cocoa, how chocolate is made, tasting from across the Cocoa Belt and then the chance to create your own chocolate bar and truffles. There’ll be a refreshment break with their delicious hot chocolate then you’ll gift wrap your chocolates to take home. Get yours today

Over in Melton Mowbray, bring your date along for a perfect pie creation workshop as you create and shape your very own pork pies. Learn and use techniques hundreds of years old to create one of our most famous local foods. Get your session booked now.

Creating your own exclusive blend of gin is the perfect way to spend time with your significant other, then taking away some of your blend to toast your relationship. Bond Street Distillery in Hinckley run a regular Gin School where you will explore the key botanicals used in gin distillation  before you infuse and blend your personal recipe. Book it here!

Or if you want to just explore the creation of this fantastic drink, then take a tour of Stoughton Grange’s small distillery. Begin with a refreshing gin and tonic and a walk around the grounds to see the animals that have inspired our different gin blends and see the botanicals used in their creation. Then enjoy more gin samples and nibbles at their distillery. You can book right here


A special night at Stoughton Grange

Indulge yourself with a dreamy Valentine’s Escape at Stoughton Grange with a six course dinner at the Cow and Plough pub, plus a night’s stay in one of their luxury glamping pods. This is a real treat, and very limited. Just £250 per couple, email hello@stoughtongrange.co.uk for more information.


Book a cosy table

Restaurants all around the county are offering special Valentines meals. Take a look at our Taste The Place page to find out more about the best places to take your special person, and look at our Top 12 Places For A Romantic Meal for the ultimate inspiration.

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