Valentine’s Day 2022: Five alternative date ideas to enjoy in Lancashire


For millions of couples, Valentine’s Day is the next big event to mark on the calendar.

Some will choose to visit their local restaurant, pamper themselves at the spa, or spend the night at a country hotel.

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And yes, some of you will shake your head and mumble under your breath that Valentine’s Day is “just commercial trash.”

But even if you fall into this category, maybe you could try one of these ideas any other day of the year?

There are couples out there who want to celebrate their love for each other on February 14, whether that’s by embarking on their own annual tradition or trying something different together.

If you’re out of ideas on what to do or haven’t thought about Valentine’s Day yet, read on and hope one of the ideas below inspires you.

Try curling

The pro at work: Flower Bowl curling coach Peter Walton expertly shows aspiring curlers how to do it

If you’re looking to try a new activity together, how about curling?

The Flower Bowl in Barton near Preston is home to the only curling rink in the north of England, and you can book a lesson and try your hand at sweeping the stones.

Plus, this multifunctional spot is great if you just can’t decide what you want to do, with a bowling alley, cinema, crazy golf course, and crazy pool on-site.

There are also several restaurants to choose from and a number of arcade games to bring out your competitive side.

Visit an animal shelter

A horse at the HAPPA Equestrian Sanctuary, based at Shores Hey Farm
A horse at the HAPPA Equestrian Sanctuary, based at Shores Hey Farm

Perfect for any animal lover and animals can be so therapeutic and couples can bond through their mutual appreciation of furry friends.

A great place is HAPPA, a horse sanctuary where you can meet rescued horses in the beautiful setting of Ribble Valley.

The venue on Shores Hey Farm near Burnley also has an on-site restaurant, serving home-cooked meals cooked with locally sourced ingredients.

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scare together

A map of the Camelot Rises experience, located at the former theme park site
A map of the Camelot Rises experience, located on the former site of the bulldozed theme park

Visit the immersive apocalyptic driving experience Camelot Rises within the grounds of the former Camelot theme park in Charnock Richard.

Running for five weeks in February and March, you can walk the one-mile zombie trail and then enjoy a scary movie at the end.

There is also a licensed bar and food outlets and the event is contactless.

Full screening times here

Recreate your first date

Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster.
Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster.

Who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia? This one is ideal for a partner looking to arrange a surprise date for their partner.

And if it’s not possible to recreate your first in-person meeting because the cafe you met at has closed or the location wasn’t in Lancashire, how about researching the closest match?

If you’ve enjoyed a meal at an upscale restaurant or village pub nearby, there’s bound to be something that matches our list of 50 places to try in Lancashire’s list.

A picnic in the park, a walk in the countryside or a trip to town could have been the spark of your romance, and Lancashire has plenty to do too.

Be a tourist in your hometown

The queen is ready and waiting to have her picture taken with you. Hurry up, the chief monarch must not wait!

If you grew up in a tourist hotspot like Blackpool, Lytham St Annes, Morecambe or Lancaster, it’s easy to rule out the attractions to avoid the crowds.

But how about becoming a tourist and visiting the places you’ve passed through thousands of times but never been?

Take a guided tour of Lancaster Castle, stroll through the realistic wax works of Madame Tussauds in Blackpool or, although it’s only a short walk away, enjoy a night out and learn about the history of Samlesbury Hall for the first time.

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