Stressed out about the thought of trying to book a restaurant this Valentine’s Day? Struggling to find the perfect gift for your better half? Then why not buck the trend this year and instead of chocolates, teddy bears and a candlelight dinner why not celebrate with one of these unusual date ideas in the Midlands and Shropshire?
We all know restaurants will be full to bursting on February 14th (and for a few days after) with loved-up couples sardined in together all ordering from a set menu so that the owners can make a quick buck out of this so-called ‘holiday.’ Now, I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day but I am anti ‘let’s declare our love for one another on social media with a romantic meal and buy each other needless gifts on this one day a year.’
My boyfriend Sam and I have NEVER bought each other a gift for Valentine’s Day, nor have we celebrated with a fancy meal (mainly because of his unsociable work hours) but 3 years on we’re still going strong, that’s not to say that people who do celebrate V-Day aren’t just as strong. So this year I thought, why not do something ‘Valentinesy’ and that’s when I came across these unusual date ideas. I don’t think I’m brave enough to try some of them but will definitely be looking to do a few throughout the year.
Ghetto Golf – The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA
Get into the swing of things with a round of golf – but not just any round of golf! Ghetto Golf at Birmingham’s Custard Factory combines all the fun of golf with cocktails, street food, neon lights and a DJ to keep the party going until the early hours.
The holes are all themed and some examples include a basketball court with an emphasis on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and an adults-only hole where players have to negotiate your way around sex toys.
For more information visit https://www.ghettogolf.co.uk/birmingham/
Llama Trekking – Old King Street Farm, Ewyas Harold, Hereford, HR2 0HBYes this is actually a thing and is the perfect date for llama lovers! A typical llama trek experience will lasts 2.5 hours and will start with calling the llamas into the penning area and feeding and grooming them before going on a walk through the beautiful South Herefordshire countryside. Please note: Llamas are not ridden but wear a halter and walk on a lead rope.
Prices cost £45 for adults and £30 for children either with one llama each or sharing one llama between two people. The farm also offer party treks for families and friends.
For more information visit www.oldkingstreetfarm.co.uk/llamatrekking.html
Loaf Cookery School – 1421 Pershore Rd, Birmingham B30 2JL, England, UK
If cookery is more your thing then why not visit Loaf in Stirchley, Birmingham. This little hideaway community-supported bakery is a must for foodies. Not only can you purchase bread and other items, its cookery school also teaches you how to bake the perfect load as well as hot cross buns, butcher your own meat, make pasta and even prepare seafood.
Why not book onto a course with your loved one? For more information visit https://loafonline.co.uk/
Escape Live – 39 Henrietta St, Birmingham B19 3PS
See how you and your date fare when locked in a room, faced with a series of puzzles and clues in order to break out in under an hour.
Escape Live has venues in Birmingham, Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon and Essex and offers several exhilarating experiences where teams of between two-6 players have to work together to escape in a limited time.
There are a number of escape rooms you can take on from a prison break to a casino heist all with the same aim: to find the door and make your way out of the room before it’s too late.
For more information and to book visit https://www.escapelive.co.uk
Back to Back Houses – 50-54 Inge St, Birmingham B5 4TE
If you and your significant other a history buffs then this one’s for you. Step back in time and visit the last remaining court of Back-to-Back houses in the Midlands. Visitors can look around four houses with a shared courtyard on a guided tour as well as visit a 1930s sweet shop all whilst learning about the lives of people who helped shape Birmingham into the amazing city it is today.
The restoration of the Back-to-backs was carried our by the National Trust in partnership with Birmingham Conservation Trust. For more information visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs
Go Ape – Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ
If you’re more of a thrill seeker why not make like Tarzan and Jane and swing across Cannock Chase this Valentine’s Day?
This forest adventure will see you harnessed up as you swing through the trees and take on zip wires, thrilling heights and climbing ropes. This will definitely be a date to remember. Whilst you’re there why not book on to a Segway adventure together?
For more information visit https://goape.co.uk/days-out/midlands/cannock
Lane 7 – The Cube, Lane7 Level 6, Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RN
Finally if you just fancy a good old-fashioned game of bowling then why not visit Lane 7 – Birmingham’s first luxury bowling alley. The venue offers 9 lanes but also includes an incredible UV-lit private karaoke booth for up to 16 people as well as ping-pong tables and beer pong. There are several retro arcade games for people to play including Donkey Kong and Pac-Man.
For more information visit https://lane7.co.uk/birmingham/
So why not do something different with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? I think I’ll definitely be trying out a bit of bowling, ghetto golf and bread baking!