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Forget First Dates, February is all about Kent’s Best Dates!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the pressure is on to wow your loved one with a perfect date. Well luckily for you, Kent has some of the very best date experiences to offer. Whether you are looking for a romantic candlelit dinner, a sumptuous overnight stay, something more adrenaline packed, or a quirky date to remember, Kent has it all.  (Apart from Fred….he has to stay at the First Dates restaurant.) So read on for some date inspiration and get your Valentine’s date booked, so you can really sweep your loved one off their feet.

 

Romance

14 FEBRUARY

MURDER IN THE DARK!

Port Lympne Hotel, Lympne

www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne/whats-on/murder-mystery-dinner

Price: £52.50pp

Starting at 7pm, Valentine’s evening promises plenty of mystery and just a splatter of murder at this murder mystery dinner. It’s the 1920s and you are cordially invited to celebrate the engagement of the vicar, The Rev E. Coe to the verger, Miss Ruby Red at Port Lympne Hotel.

The local doctor, Siegfried Black has invited you and a selected group of guests to enjoy an evening of parlour games around the drawing room fire. With the evening in full swing events take a dastardly turn for the worst. The lights flicker, then fade…A scream is heard!  The lights return to reveal that someone is dead, but who, how and why?

With character actors setting the scene, you’ll meet a variety of suspects, as you journey with them through the story, unravelling clues over a delicious three course meal, served in the spacious Aspinall Suite adjoining the main hotel.

 

 ALL OF FEBRUARY

COUPLES CHAMPNEYS SPA & OVERNIGHT ESCAPE

Eastwell Manor, Kent

www.eastwellmanor.co.uk

Price: Available on request

Sink into the countryside with a romantic getaway at Eastwell Manor. For those looking to relax and unwind with their loved one, indulge in a Champneys spa day or relaxing treatment in our couples treatment room. Or if you’re looking for a night in the country, why not opt for an overnight stay in the elegant Manor house or stylish Mews. Explore the outdoors or soak up the sophistication of the new Brasserie at The Manor. Known for its traditional afternoon tea, why not indulge in delightful finger sandwiches and crumbly scones? The ideal Valentines destination, you’ll be sure to leave your overnight escape walking on air and feeling in the first flush of love.

 

Taste & Tipples

ALL OF FEBRUARY

VALENTINES CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP

Simply Chocolate, Whitstable

www.simplychocolatewhitstable.co.uk

Price: From £45

If your Valentine is a chocoholic, why not treat them to a unique chocolate workshop this Valentines.  At Simply Chocolate Whitstable, you and your loved one will learn how to temper chocolate and make wonderfully hand crafted chocolate products, made from various delicious flavour combinations. With a range of workshops on offer, choose from the Valentine special and make filled and decorate chocolates and a solid chocolate heart. Or perhaps the in the pink workshop where you will be introduced to the brand new ruby chocolate and learn to make heart shaped, decorated chocolates with delicious fillings. Whatever your choice, your creations will be beautifully gift wrapped for you to take home and enjoy!

 

14 FEBRUARY

VALENTINES COUPLE COOKING CLASS

The Kent Cookery School, Mersham

www.kentcookeryschool.co.uk

Price: From £120

Indulge your passion on the most romantic evening of the year with a night of fine food and great company. Go along to The Kent Cookery School with your loved one and learn to create some simple but sophisticated dishes, perfect for sharing. But most of all relax, have fun and cook some great food. Their Couples Cooking evenings run every month and make a great alternative date night idea! gift vouchers are also available to buy as the perfect Valentines gift!

 

ALL OF FEBRUARY
WINE & BREWERY TOURS

Wine Tours of Kent, Kent
www.winetoursofkent.co.uk
Price: From £89

Discover, taste and enjoy the best of English wine, as Wine Tours of Kent transport you through the beautiful Kent countryside. Sit back and enjoy a beautiful date, as you visit some of England’s finest Vineyards and Wine Producers. Discover how the wine is produced right here in the heart of Kent, and be introduced to award-winning English wines. Whether you and your Valentine are seasoned wine drinkers or complete beginners, learn about the best of English wine with tutored wine tastings, followed by a delicious country pub lunch! An enjoyable day to experience with your true love.

 

Action, Adventure & Thrills

 

ALL OF FEBRUARY

OFF ROAD ADVENTURE

Buy-a-gift, Ashford

www.buyagift.co.uk/driving-experiences/one-hour-off-road-one-to-one-driving-experience-in-kent-br-10212534.aspx

Price: From £49

Learn some new, different and exciting driving skills as a highly experienced off-road instructor guides you through hill climbs and descents, side slopes, traverses, ruts, mud, water and more! During this one hour off road driving lesson, be amazed as your skills and confidence grow as the terrain becomes progressively more difficult. This is seriously good fun and sure to be both an unforgettable driving experience and a date to remember!

 

ALL OF FEBRUARY

GOLF LESSON

London Golf Club, Ash

www.londongolf.co.uk

Price: From £65

 

If you are frequently a golf widow or widower, why not treat your Valentine to a golf lesson at the renowned London Golf Club in Kent. The tuition available at London Golf Club is outstanding and provided by their PGA Professionals. The team is headed up by Paul Stuart who has a wide range of experience and a proven track record with players at all levels. Whether you are after a lesson to analyse your swing, playing lessons to evaluate you whilst on course, or need help with your putting, London Golf is sure to have a package to suit.

 

ALL OF FEBRUARY

CYCLE TRAIL & PICNIC

Bedgebury National Pinetum

www.forestryengland.uk/bedgebury

Price: Parking from £3, Annual Membership £72, + Cost of your Picnic

 

Get on your bike this Valentines, to discover the cycling and mountain biking trails at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. Offering something for everyone, from beginner couples looking for a fun day out, to adrenalin junkies looking for a challenge, there are 10km of family cycle track and over 13km of single-track to explore. After your adventure around the 2000 acre forest, reward yourselves with a picnic for two under the canopy of the majestic trees or even overlooking the lake. Stay until sunset for some loved-up stargazing to end your day.

 

Something Different

 

ALL OF FEBRUARY
BIG CAT EXPERIENCE

Big Cat Sanctuary, Smarden Nr Ashford

thebigcatsanctuary.org

Price: From £199

Lions, leopards, cheetahs, pumas, jaguars, and more – the breadth of the collection of amazing wild cats at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent is extraordinary. Get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. You’ll see their enclosures and areas of the premises not open to the general public, and learn about the impressive conservation work that the Foundation is involved in both here and abroad, on a guided tour with a keeper. Most exciting of all, you’ll feel hot tiger breath or feel leopard whiskers brush your hand, when you actually feed one of the big cats (the cat will be in its enclosure, and you’ll be taught how to do this very safely!). A once-in-a-lifetime experience, meeting the big cats will create long-lasting memories and the most unforgettable Valentines date!

 

ALL OF FEBRUARY

ESCAPE IN THE TOWERS 

One Pound Lane, Canterbury

www.onepoundlane.co.uk

Price: From £19pp

Test your love and your logical thinking at Canterbury’s award-winning escape room experience. Set within England’s largest surviving Medieval gateway and the Canterbury’s former city jail, you and your partner (or go with other couples to build your ultimate escape room team) will have just 60 minutes to solve the clues, work out the codes and find the keys that will lead to your freedom and glory! A unique way to spend time together, work on your communication skills and have a lot of fun in the process. Included with your escape room booking is free entry to the Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint and a 10% discount on food and drink in The Pound Bar & Kitchen, which offers sublime small plates and glorious cocktails –  perfect for sharing and for reliving the best bits of your escape with your loved one!

 

Experience Kentish Tipples in a London Location

ALL OF FEBRUARY

CHAPEL DOWN GIN WORKS EXPERIENCES 

Chapel Down Gin, Kings Cross, London

www.chapeldownginworks.com

Price: £175 per couple

Hope on the Southeastern high speed service to St Pancras to discover the ultimate experience for gin lovers; the opportunity to make your own gin! Learn about the art of gin distillation under the expert guidance of Chapel Down’s distillation team, before infusing your own gin with an array of botanicals – from cardamom and fennel seeds to orange peel and peppercorns. The combinations are endless, resulting in your own truly unique gin. At the end of the 90 minute session, each person will receive a 50cl bottle of their bespoke gin creation to take home as well as a signature gin & tonic, featuring their own gin, to enjoy in the Gin Works bar along with a selection of drinks throughout the experience.

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