OK, so Valentine’s Day is going to be a bit different for all of us this year. But as many of us don’t like doing the cliched meal and flowers thing anyway, we thought we’d bring you some quirky ideas on how to spend your alternative (or anti) Valentine’s Day at home…
For an alternative take on romance, Don’t Go Into The Cellar Theatre will be broadcasting a live performance of Edgar Allan Poe for Valentine’s Day. It’s free to watch but donations are welcome to help them keep on performing.
And if you’re looking for something completely different, there’s Escape from Alcotraz to play along with, and you’ll get some prison hooch cocktails to enjoy too. There’s a night of Dark Tales with storytelling, poetry, music and performance, or an even darker immersive experience with the House of Cenci.
Eclectic events for Valentine’s Day
If you’re feeling a bit housebound this Valentine’s, why not go on a tour with a difference? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Simon Whitehouse will be offering up virtual Valentine’s tours of London on the 13th and 14th February. Alternatively, take a tour of the night skies with Go Stargazing, as part of the Dark Skies Festival.
Looking for some suitable entertainment to get you through the evening? You could try the Clandestine Cabaret, or order up your own Celestial Cinema, complete with projector, entertainment, snacks and bubbly.
And for a quirky Valentine’s gift, how about a personalised Valentine’s videogram from the headteacher at Beamish, or one of their suitably old school sweet gifts that comes with a traditionally printed postcard for your message. These gifts have the added loveliness of supporting Beamish whilst it remains closed.