Valentine's Day North East

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in The North East

Sit back and relax, as Caroline Dask guides you through how to spend this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single, coupled up or spending time with a friend, the North East is full of options (and love!)

Love is in the crisp, wintry air as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

As this day is a celebration of connections, we’re encouraging you to make the most of it, whether you’re savouring the freedom of independence, basking in the glow of a romantic partnership or creating happy memories in the company of your closest friends.

Here’s your ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day 2024…

Valentine’s Day North East: For Couples

Visit

Wine tasting at Blackfriars

Valentine's Day North East Blackfriars

Valentine’s Day at Blackfriars is where love meets the refined elegance of wine tasting. Spend an evening discovering a selection of exquisite wines within the historic walls of Newcastle’s iconic mediaeval dining hall.

Prepare to be enchanted by the soft glow of candlelight setting the stage for a truly memorable experience. Guided by knowledgeable sommeliers, travel through the history of velvety reds and crisp whites, learning about notes, aromas and tales of inspiration. Cheers!

blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

Beamish Museum 

Beamish Museum will allow you and your loved one to step back in time, wander around historic streets, take a romantic stroll through vintage villages, and appreciate moments in the charm of an era gone by.

An evening well spent is guaranteed, with twinkling lights all around, candlelit dinner and live entertainment. To top it all off, Beamish Museum has plenty of Valentine’s Day sweets, from luxury chocolate boxes to heart-shaped lollies, bound to put a smile on your significant other’s face. 

beamish.org.uk

The Retreat at Matfen Hall

Valentine's Day North East The Retreat Matfen Hall

Embrace the spirit of romance this Valentine’s Day at Matfen Hall. Amidst the beautiful scenery, indulge in rejuvenating spa experiences crafted for two. From soothing massages to luxurious treatments, unwind side by side in a cacoon of relaxation, pampering and self-care.

Some of the finest treatments include cinnamon-warming body massage, de-stress face therapy, luxurious arm scrubs, full use of the pool and more. With a welcome drink on arrival and an afternoon tea in the midst, this Valentine’s Day will be one for the books. 

matfenhall.com

Dine Out

The Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick

Surrounded by the whimsical realm of Alnwick Garden, embark on a romantic culinary adventure like no other. The twinkling lights and romantic atmosphere will provide the perfect backdrop for what’s to come from their delectable menu.

Start off with foraged mushroom risotto, swiftly move onto the 12 hour braised roulade of pulled British lamb for the main, and share Lindisfarne mead and chocolate mousse for dessert. Enjoy scrumptious food and each other’s company as you celebrate love, nature and togetherness!

alnwickgarden.com

Gino D’Acampo Quayside at INNSiDE by Meliá Newcastle

An evening at Gino’s will take you and your significant other through Italy’s finest flavours, curated by Gino D’Acampo himself. From authentic pasta dishes to sumptuous desserts, each plate is a tribute to romance and culinary artistry.

Situated ideally on the Quayside, it will be a dinner with a stunning view. And if you feel like staying for the night, Gino’s is conveniently located at INNSiDE by Meliá Hotel, which will prove to be an exquisite place to lay your head.

Whether you choose to enjoy a cosy table for two or extend your stay at INNSiDE, let the passion of Italian cuisine complement the passion you share.

ginorestaurants.com

Nest

As you step into Nest, expect to encounter more than just fine dining. The interior of Nest is so unique, it’s as if every corner tells a story. Upon opening the menu, discover dishes that ignite the senses, from the first bite of chilli beef to the last sip of fine wine that lingers on the palate, each dish is a testament to the chef’s expertise.

Known to use only the best and locally sourced ingredients, Nest takes your Valentine’s Day to new heights.

nestinthenorth.com

Treat Them

Louis XIII Cognac, Time Collection: Tribute to the City of Lights – 1900

Valentine's Day North East

This exceptional cognac, known for its unparalleled craftsmanship and rich history, is the epitome of luxury and sophistication, making it an exquisite choice for Valentine’s Day.

The decanter itself is a work of art, meticulously crafted and adorned with gold accents, reminiscent of the Belle Époque era, adding an extra layer of elegance to your gift.

£6,500, harveynichols.com

770 Fine Jewelry, 3.89Ct Adjustable Imperial Diamond Tennis Choker

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This tennis choker is a sparkling masterpiece that whispers elegance and indulgence. The adjustable design ensures a perfect fit, allowing your special someone to wear this enchanting piece close to their heart, a constant reminder of your love.

The 3.89 carats of diamonds create a celestial cascade of light, catching the eye and stealing breaths. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to express the depth of your feelings.

£7,763, wolfandbadger.com

Charbonnel Et Walker, Milk Sea Salt Truffles

The packaging alone of Charbonnel Et Walker Milk Sea Salt Truffles speaks volumes. With its beautiful and luxurious design, it’s a feast for the eyes before it even becomes a treat to the palate.

The Milk Sea Salt Truffles are a harmonious blend of sweetness and a hint of saltiness, creating a delightful flavour profile. The silky smooth texture of the milk chocolate is elevated by the delicate sea salt, making each truffle a miniature masterpiece.

£115, harrods.com

For Galentines

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Cocktail masterclass, Leila Lily’s

Swap traditional romance for an evening of laughter, creativity, and mixology mastery in the heart of Newcastle. At Leila Lily’s, love takes on a different hue as friends come together to explore the art of crafting exquisite cocktails.

Unleash your inner mixologist under the guidance of seasoned experts, learning the secrets behind concocting tantalising drinks that tease the taste buds. Whether you prefer the classics or seek to invent something entirely new, the masterclass offers a canvas for your collective imagination.

leilalilys.co.uk

Afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall

Valentine's Day Wynyard Hall

Spend time with your friends sipping on aromatic teas while relishing a scrumptious array of dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and delectable pastries, all meticulously prepared to perfection.

As you clink teacups and share delightful bites, the ambience lends itself to moments of heartfelt connection and cherished memories, and this is what Valentine’s Day is all about. Toast to the good times, and make this Valentine’s Day all about the invaluable presence of friends. 

wynyardhall.co.uk

Pottery making, The Pottery Experience

For an unconventional and creative Valentine’s Day in the North East outing, dive into the world of pottery-making where imagination meets artistry in a hands-on, fun-filled session. Explore the therapeutic joy of moulding clay into personalised masterpieces, under the guidance of skilled artists.

Beyond the traditional romantic gestures, this Valentine’s Day becomes an opportunity to bond, laugh, and create together. Discover hidden talents and take home a creation that’s been proudly made by you.

thepotteryexperience.co.uk

Dine Out

Peace & Loaf

Valentine's Day Peace & Loaf

Venture out with your nearest and dearest friends for an unforgettable night of food and good company. At Peace & Loaf, each dish is a masterpiece, meticulously crafted to tantalise the palate and spark conversations.

A look at their menu offers a variety of options, from smoked haddock to tikka roast turkey crown with butter sauce – no matter your choice, a memorable time is guaranteed. With friends by your side and love in the air, the only thing left to do is toast the good times.

peaceandloaf.co.uk

Lollo Roso Italia

This Valentine’s Day, share laughter and delicious food with friends at Lollo Rosso Italia, a haven of authentic flavours and exceptional service. With the vibrant atmosphere in the air and great company around, there will be no better way to spend a day of love.

At Lollo Rosso Italia, every dish narrates a story of tradition and taste. It’s your go-to place for some comfort food such as fresh ravioli filled with crab and prawns in a tomato sauce, and penne carbonara with pancetta, cream sauce and parmesan cheese. This day of love, relish the simple pleasures in life that bring us so much joy. 

lollorossoitalia.com

Khai Khai

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the North East with friends at Khai Khai, an oasis of culinary delights with flavours from India. Khai Khai offers a symphony of Indian cuisine, each dish a harmonious blend of spices and textures that ignite the senses.

From mouthwatering paneer butter masala to aromatic biryani and curries, indulge in a feast that invites exploration and communal enjoyment. With Khai Khai’s inviting atmosphere, sleek interior and delicious food, turn a day of love into a feast for the soul.

khaikhai.co.uk

Treat Them

Rowen Homes, Lili Extra Thick Faux Fur Cream Throw

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This throw is an absolute cocoon of comfort and luxury! The extra thickness of the faux fur ensures that every snuggle is an experience in itself. The softness against the skin is a gentle reminder of your thoughtfulness, a tangible expression of care and consideration.

Besides, it’s an essential for the chilly winter evenings, bound to bring a smile to a friend’s face.

£99, rowenhomes.com

Moleskine, Le Duo Ecriture Fountain Pen and Notebook Set

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

The Moleskine Le Duo Ecriture Fountain Pen and Notebook Set is a classy combo that brings together a sleek fountain pen and a reliable notebook. It’s a practical and stylish way to encourage your friend to jot down their thoughts and ideas.

£2,000, harrods.com

Saint Laurent, Logo Leather Card Holder

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

The Saint Laurent Logo Leather Card Holder is a practical and stylish gift choice for Valentine’s Day. The iconic Saint Laurent logo adds a subtle yet recognisable element, making it a statement piece in a compact form.

With style, functionality and a touch of luxury as the key elements of this card holder, it will make for a perfect Galentine’s Day gift.

£230, harveynichols.com

Valentine’s Day North East: For Singletons

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Chocolate Making, La Chocolatrice

There’s nothing that defines Valentine’s Day in the North East better than chocolate. This year, singletons can embrace the sweet art of chocolate making at La Chocolatrice. That way, turning this day into a delightful celebration of self-indulgence and creativity.

At La Chocolatrice, discover the magic of crafting delectable chocolates from scratch. Engage in hands-on sessions where cocoa becomes your canvas and creativity your guide. Under the guidance of skilled chocolatiers, learn the secrets behind moulding, decorating, and infusing flavours into your bespoke chocolates.

lachocolatrice.co.uk

Everyman Cinema

Valentine's Day North East Everyman Cinema

This Valentine’s Day, indulge in an evening tailored for the solo soul, where the silver screen, cocktails and quick bites become your best companions. No matter your film choice for the evening, enjoy the comfort of your own sofa while surrounded by fellow film enthusiasts.

Savour the freedom to laugh and be moved by the stories told and reinvent the concept of what it means to date yourself. After all, this isn’t just a film night. It’s a celebration of self-love and the freedom to enjoy the things you adore.

everymancinema.com

Stargazing, Kielder Observatory

At Kielder Observatory, marvel at the expansive night sky, where stars twinkle like distant diamonds and constellations paint tales of cosmic grandeur. Explore the mysteries of the universe guided by expert astronomers, unlocking the secrets of distant galaxies and celestial phenomena.

This remarkable observatory offers a unique Valentine’s Day in the North East escape. It’s where singles can embrace the majesty of the universe. In that way, experiencing a connection that simply transcends earthly boundaries.

kielderobservatory.org

Dine In / Out

Faru

Valentine's Day North East Faru

Treat yourself to the gift of fine dining. Located in Durham’s city centre, the restaurant’s cosy setting and welcoming atmosphere create a perfect solo dining experience.

With a carefully crafted 10-course tasting menu packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients, fine wine and excellent service, it’s a great place to enjoy delicious food and celebrate the love you have for you!

faru.co.uk

Punto Italian Kitchen

Whether you’re opting for a delightful dine-in experience or savouring the cosiness of dining at home. Punto Italian Kitchen will be an excellent choice. Here, every dish is made with precision and love. The latter of which is a key ingredient in defining what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Their offerings extend to exquisite starters such as bruschetta and king prawns coated in garlic and chilli, handcrafted pasta, and homemade mascarpone gelato topped with pistachio cream. Whether within the restaurant’s warm embrace or the comfort of home, Punto Italian Kitchen will be your safe place on this day of love. 

puntoitalian.co.uk

Twelve 25

Elevate your culinary experience with Twelve 25, whether choosing to dine out in style or savour the gourmet delights in the comfort of your own home this Valentine’s Day in the North East. If you’re up bright and early, treat yourself to a delightful breakfast, setting the right tone for the rest of your day.

Valentine’s Day-themed breakfast burgers, eggs benedict, or strawberry and Nutella pancakes, there’s something for everyone. If, however, you’re dining in the evening, we hear their beef stottie is a remarkable treat to your taste buds.

twelvetwentyfive.co.uk

Treat Yourself

Ralph Lauren, Pyjama Piped Robe

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Cosying up in this robe is like gifting yourself a daily dose of comfort and style. The piping detail adds a touch of sophistication to the classic design, making it more than just loungewear – it’s a statement of self-care.

It’s a chic and cosy way to show yourself some well-deserved affection!

£199, seymourshome.com

Derek Rose, Brindisi 92 Striped Silk-Satin Pyjama Set

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

This pyjama set adds a touch of sophistication to your bedtime routine with its striped silk-satin fabric. Slipping into this set feels heavenly against the skin, now the only thing you need is a cuppa and your favourite comfort film.

There’s no better time than now to treat yourself!

£850, mrporter.com

Ormonde Jayne, Montabaco Intensivo 120ml

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

This unisex fragrance goes beyond just a pleasant aroma; it’s a subtle expression of your style. One spritz and the rich and intense aroma creates an aura of elegance around you.

Let Montabaco Intensivo set the mood for a one-of-a-kind, luxurious Valentine’s Day.

£375, harveynichols.com