When it comes to romance, the city has plenty to offer. Check out the best places to treat a loved one – or yourself
Words by Alex Fice
1: Valentine’s Day with the Traditional Punting Company
For a picturesque celebration, we recommend a romantic punt tour along the Cambridge College Backs with the Traditional Punting Company. Round off your trip with a candlelit- drink and a bite to eat at Cafe Foy, where you’ll enjoy 20% off included with your ticket. Booking in advance is a must!
2: Romeo and Juliet at the Arts Picturehouse
Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers may not have a happy ending, but if ever there was an ode to the power of love, then this is it. Settle in for a night of passion at the Arts Picturehouse with this ballet adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, or keep your eyes peeled for other Valentine’s Day viewings closer to the time.
3: Speed Dating at Hidden Rooms
If you’re looking for love, don’t miss SpeedDater’s Lock & Key party at the Hidden Rooms cocktail lounge in Cambridge on 11 February. In one room you’ll get to meet lots of singles during an innovative icebreaker, while next door there’s the chance to take part in some good, old-fashioned speed dating! Book your tickets online for £22.15.
4: Cocktails and Dinner at the Fellows House
The Fellows House will provide a delicious set menu for Valentine’s Day in its sleek and stylish restaurant, or why not pop in for a cocktail at its elegant bar? Those staying at the hotel over the weekend can also enjoy spa treats including massages, making for the ultimate relaxing minibreak.
5: Titchwell Manor
Need a bit of escapism? Head over to Titchwell Manor in Norfolk for dinner or an overnight staycation. The Manor is a stone’s throw from the stunning North Norfolk coast, offering stylish rooms and fine dining. You’ll be able to sample the food of new head chef Oliver Bacon-Hilton, too, who’ll be drawing from his experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants to introduce some exciting dishes.
6: Beautiful blooms from The Manor Florist
You can’t go far wrong with a magnificent bunch of flowers, and the Manor Florist creates sensational seasonal bouquets using the freshest flora for around £38. Pop into the local shop at Burwash Manor Barns in Barton, or order online.
7: Chocolates from Harry Specters
Harry Specters goes above and beyond your average chocolate box, with artful designs and incredible flavours. Not only that, but the chocolatier champions opportunities for people with autism, who are involved with making, packaging and selling the delicious confections.
8: Queer Valentines at the Junction
The Kite Trust is back with its annual variety show fundraiser, Queer Valentines, at the Junction on 10 February. There will be a selection of cabaret, drag, music and comedy, plus Valentine’s games and a DJ set to get you in the mood for love. Ticket proceeds help The Kite Trust to support young LGBTQ+ people across Cambridgeshire and beyond.
9: A romantic walk in the Botanic Garden
Take a stroll around the University of Cambridge’s delightful Botanic Garden. At this time of year, there’ll be lots of snowdrops in bloom – hinting that spring is around the corner! Follow the snowdrop trail, explore the stunning, expansive glasshouses and enjoy a warming drink at the Garden Cafe.
10: Couple’s Spa Retreat at Quy Mill
Quy Mill is offering a special Valentine’s Day package for £559, comprising a two-night stay, with a bottle of champagne on arrival, four-course dinner, plus full English breakfast included. You’ll each be treated to a 30-minute spa treatment or aromatherapy bath, and are free to use the hotel’s health club throughout your stay.