Romantic breaks: It's not too late to book a Valentine's date
Whatever your budget, there are still deals available to woo your lover. Ian McCurrach rounds up the best late offers for couples
Sunday 03 February 2008
Take part in a kiss exhibition in Carnaby Street in London for free. Gregg Stone is searching for people to photograph for his forthcoming Carnaby Kiss Exhibition, which will go on display at the Carnaby Gallery from 14 February to 16 March. To take part, turn up in Carnaby Street 12pm-4pm on 9 and 14 February (carnaby.co.uk).
Dance the night away at the Electric Love Ball in Birmingham for £20. The event takes place at The Electric Cinema on 15 February at 8.30pm and offers an evening of revelry with support from burlesque rockers Vix * the Kix (0121-643 7879; theelectric.co.uk).
Get close to nature with dinner at the National Wetland Centre in Wales for £40. The lovebirds' dinner on 14 February at the Estuary Café includes a glass of champagne on arrival, a single red rose and a three-course meal (01554 741087; wwt.org.uk).
Eat lunch on a steam train journey through Oxfordshire for £57. The deal on 17 February includes a three-course buffet-style lunch in a 1930s Great Western Railway saloon carriage, a glass of wine, entrance to Didcot Railway Centre and a gift for a loved one (01235 817200; didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk).
Book a table for two at the Heights Restaurant in Edinburgh for £69. The two AA Rosette eaterie in the Grassmarket area offers views of Edinburgh's historic skyline. Couples can enjoy a five-course meal, with coffee, petits fours and a glass of bubbly on 14 February (0845 365 0002; apexhotels.co.uk).
Book a champagne flight on the London Eye for £66. The deal is valid from 8 to 17 February (excluding after 6pm on 14 February) and includes fast-track entry, red rose, chocolate and a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne (0870 500 0600; londoneye.com).
Lose your heart in Paris for £74. Plan a return trip by coach and capture the spirit of the capital for next to nothing by enjoying a lovers' clinch on the Pont des Arts, stopping off for a coffee on one of the café terraces in Montmartre (0871 781 8181; eurolines. co.uk).
Hop on board a mini-cruise to St Malo for £78. Take the overnight trip from Portsmouth to St Malo on 14 February, enjoy a day at leisure and return overnight. The cost includes return ferry for two people with a car and a four-berth outside cabin on the outward overnight crossing (0871 244 1400; brittany ferries.co.uk).
Create a cocktail for your lover in the deVigne Bar at the Mandeville Hotel in London from £150, courtesy of mixologist Claudio Grisoria. The offer includes a one-hour private consultation, two servings of the cocktail and a cocktail shaker (020-7935 5599; mandeville.co.uk).
Play your part in a Valentine's murder mystery for £120. The SS Great Britain in Bristol provides the backdrop for an evening of entertainment on board Brunel's ship on 14 February. Includes a three-course dinner and a welcome drink. Dress code: black tie or 1920s costume (0117-926 0680; ssgreatbritain.org).
Hire a prestige car for £233 for a day. You can whisk your paramour away in a Porsche Boxter (0870 191 6922; guysalmon.com).
Escape to the Fort House at St Mawes Castle in Cornwall for £395. This romantically situated cottage has panoramic views looking out over the sea. Offer valid from 15 to 17 February (0870 333 1187; english-heritage.org.uk/ holidaycottages).
Get flirty in Florence from £458. The deal includes three nights' b&b at the four-star Grand Adriatico Hotel and return BA flights from Gatwick to Pisa. Departs 12 February (0870 243 3406; ba.com).
Stay at the Enchanted Manor, a house packed with fairies and angels on the Isle of Wight for £590. The deal includes return ferry crossings for two people with a car from Portsmouth or Lymington, red roses, a bottle of champagne and a special cake. Valid for four nights from 11 February or three nights from 15 February (0871 376 1000; wightlink.co.uk).
Book a "Shakespeare in Love" dinner on board the Orient Express's British Pullman for £560 on 14 February. The offer includes a five-course banquet and entertainment by the Oxford Shakespeare Company, which will perform scenes from Shakespeare's comedies. Departs London Victoria (0845 0772 2222; orient-express.com).
Magic your lover away to romantic Marrakech for £832. The Romance Break at the new luxury Riad Meriem (valid 7 to 21 February) includes three nights' b&b, a bottle of champagne, a candlelit dinner, a hamman trip with massage and airport transfers (00 212 24 38 77 31; riadmeriem.com). Includes average February fares on Ryanair (ryanair .com), Luton to Marrakech, of £191 return per person.
Gaze at the Northern Lights in Iceland for £878. The offer includes three nights' b&b at Hotel Borg in Reykjavik and flights from Heathrow (020-7610 9008; blacktomato.co.uk).
All prices are per couple, unless otherwise stated, and correct at press time
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