Fancy doing something a little different with the one you love for Valentine's Day this year? From romantic truffle-making workshops to hotel breaks complete with free vibrators, we've rounded up some of the more unusual offerings around the UK to help you say 'I love you'.
Go On A Saucy Assignment
Here's a frisky package for Valentines couples: boutique chain <a href="http://www.myhotels.com/">My Hotels</a> has partnered with erotic lifestyle brand 210th to create saucy mini-breaks at its three hotels in Brighton and London. Guests receive a sumptuous gift box including a "luxury vibrator", massage oil and pleasure balls, satin blindfolds and an array of "saucy assignments" designed to surprise and delight. An energy-boosting breakfast is served in the morning. Prices start at £175 based on two sharing, valid for stays during the whole of February.
Have A Heart-Stopping Evening
<a href="www.at-bristol.org.uk/afterhours">At-Bristol Science Centre</a> is offering a Heart-Stopping Attraction for a Valentine's night with a difference. Get up close to some real hearts (from cows and pigs), take part in a dissection and find out what it feels like to tug a real pair of heart strings. There’s a pop-up dating booth too. Then you can lie back and look at the stars in the Planetarium, or join a courtship display dance workshop in the Jungle area. Entry £7.
Get In The Mood With Victoria’s Secret
London's St James's Hotel has paired up with Victoria’s Secret to create a seductive Valentine's treat which includes a personal shopping experience in the Angel Suite at Victoria’s Secret’s flagship store in Bond Street, London (pictured). The Seduction Package starts at £492 per couple throughout Valentine’s week (11-17 February) and includes a £70 Victoria’s Secret gift card, champagne truffles and breakfast in bed. Visit <a href="http://www.ghotw.com/hotel/offer/14489/st-james-hotel-club.htm">gohtw</a> for more info.
Hide Away From The World
This gypsy caravan was used in the film <em>Wind in the Willows</em> and provides a romantic place to escape to, hidden away in the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire. You'll be able to wander your very own organic hay meadow, sleep in a Romany caravan and an 'off-grid' eco cabin with kitchen, dining room and shower room. It's just a two mile walk to the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn and a short drive to the rugged hillsides of the Brecon Beacons National Park. <a href="http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/willows">A two-night break in February costs £252</a>.
Take A Mini Break
Whisk your lover away on a sightseeing tour of London in a Mini Cooper for a day out with <a href="http://smallcarbigcity.com/valentines">Small Car Big City</a>. Cosy up under the blankets while your driver shows you some of the most romantic sites in London, all to the sound of Barry White's dulcet tones. Prices start at £139 per Mini. To make a weekend of it, book with <a href="www.greatlittlebreaks.com">Great Little Breaks</a> and get a Mini Cooper tour, two nights’ accommodation at the Thistle Euston and theatre tickets for two, for £239 per person.
Make Sweet Chocolate Together
Raymond Blanc has created a one-day chocolate cookery school at <a href="www.manoir.com">Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons</a> especially for couples, on 14th and 15th February. Spend a romantic day together exploring tempting chocolate recipes from truffles to chocolate filled hearts, and learn the secrets to some of Le Manoir’s famous deserts. And you get to keep your chef whites at the end of your day so that you can do a bit of role-playing at home afterwards. Price £720 per couple.
Splash Out On Some Surfing Time
Take your Valentine dude to Cornwall’s only artificial wave on a two-night stay at <a href="http://www.retallackresort.co.uk">Retallack Resort and Spa Cornwall</a> near Padstow. The package includes accommodation in a five-star apartment, a two-course dinner for two at the brand new Green Room restaurant (run by ex Masterchef winner James Nathan), a spa treatment for two, surf tuition on the Flow Rider and a bottle of champagne. Price: £299.
Go On An Aphrodisiac Food Trail
Make Valentine’s weekend a foodie lovers’ heaven by sampling Food North Wales’ so-called Aprhodisiac Trial. Mouthwatering romantic moments include handpicking exotic aphrodisiac fungi in the wilderness of Snowdonia and attending a cookery course at Bodnant Welsh Food. Visit <a href="www.foodnorthwales.co.uk">www.foodnorthwales.co.uk</a> for more inspiration.
Get Banged Up In A Prison Cell
This Valentine’s Day, Oxford Castle, a 1,000-year old prison based in the heart of the city, is opening up its prison cells for a <a href="http://www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk/about/events/12-12-12/Valentines_Lock-In.aspx">Valentine’s Lock-in</a>. You and your partner will be served an intimate three-course dinner in your own cell. Price: £30 per couple (drinks extra).
Gorge Yourself Silly
Join an exclusive Valentine’s Day feast at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s HQ in Devon on 15 February. A four-course gourmet dinner, complete with wine, canapés, sparkling cocktails and petit fours, will be served in a romantic yurt, complete with log fire. You’ll then be returned to your car by tractor and trailer. Stay a few miles away in Apple Cottage (pictured), a tiny hideaway in Lyme Regis. A three-night stay costs £200, and the Valentine’s dinner costs £100 per person. Visit <a href="www.classic.co.uk">www.classic.co.uk</a>
Go To Flirting School
Learn how to make an impression at a Flirtshop, a crash course in self-awareness designed for those who want to come out of their shell. Games, exercises and role play are on the menu, as well as workshops in how to make the first move, eye contact and body language. The Flirtshop is being held from 15th-17 February and costs £75. Bookable at <a href="http://www.thegrangebythesea.com/hotel.php">The Grange Hotel</a> in Shanklin, the Isle of Wight. Accomodation starts at £53 for two nights.