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The cheapest (and most expensive!) Valentine's dates in the UK

09 Feb 2017

Romancing your better half? Whether it’s your first date or your fiftieth, the cost of true love doesn’t come cheap—or does it? Here, we look at dating costs around different UK regions, offering potential date ideas whether you want to spend or splurge:


Most expensive:
They say it’s cheaper up north, but you can still flash the cash if you’re romancing in Newcastle this Valentine’s Day.
If money is no object, head to the Michelin-starred House of Tides. Set on Newcastle’s quayside in a beautifully restored Grade 1 listed 16th century town house, it’s the perfect place to wine and dine your love. However, award-winning cuisine doesn’t come cheap — the winter 2017 tasting evening menu will set you back £70 each, while wine pairing is an additional £55.
Total: £250
Least expensive:
If you want all of the romance without the expense, head to Jesmond Dene Park. Spend an afternoon in Jesmond Dene, a beautiful wooded valley that follows the Ouseburn River. Wander the picture-perfect parkland — it’s the perfect place to chat and get to know each other.
Afterwards, head to Millfield House café, which is located within the park itself opposite Pets Corner. Pop in for a coffee — you should get change of a tenner, taking the total of this fun day out to roughly around £20.
Total: £20  


Most expensive:

What better way to woo your new love than with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a skydive? If jumping out of a plane is enough to send them running for the hills, head to Manchester’s iFLY indoor skydiving simulator experience instead.

They offer a Share The Air package, the ultimate flight experience for two. You’ll both experience free-fall conditions as you enjoy the thrill of mid-air weightlessness. The package includes three flights for £104.99. After all that adrenaline, head to Salvi’s Bar — which is located in the iFLY centre—to pick up a bite to eat or a refresave hment or two.

Total: £134.99

Least expensive:

Want to do something different without needing to take out a small bank loan? Twenty Twenty Two is the perfect date night venue for twenty-somethings looking for something quirky. 

The underground basement ping pong bar is centrally located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter,. Challenge your love to a game — it’s the perfect ice-breaker — then chill out with a cocktail at the bar. A game of ping pong costs £5 for 30 minutes — or it’s free on Mondays — while a cocktail will set you back around £7. 
Take your date out on Monday and with two cocktails each (and as much ping pong as you want), you’ll spend around £28.

Total: £28


Most expensive:

Treat your Liverpudlian lover to a luxury spa experience at the 4-star Formby Hall golf resort and spa. The Double Decadence spa break is listed as the “perfect spa day for two” and includes a full body massage, rejuvenating facial and Atlas Rasul mud steam room. You and your partner will also get full use of the spa facilities — including pool, heated loungers and ice fountain — as well as gym access, for £130 per person.

Total: £260. 

Least expensive:

They say money can’t buy you love, so put your cash away and take your date to Liverpool’s Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach is home to Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ sculptures. The shoreline is dotted with 100 cast-iron life-size figures across the three kilometre stretch of beach. Enjoy a beach walk and see how many you can see on your way. The beach has areas of soft sand and mud, so don’t forget your wellies!
The nearby cafes and restaurants along the coastline are the perfect place to pick-up a bite to eat after your walk. 

Total: £20


Most expensive:

Avoid awkward moments with your date by splashing out on an art class for the pair of you. It’s perfect for creative types, as you’ll both get to show off your artistic flair and the ideal ice-breaker. 

The classes take place at House For An Art Lover, a building that includes an art gallery, studio, exhibition space and café. There are plenty of art classes available, so prices can vary, but they start at £50 per person for a one-day class.
You could enjoy a spot of lunch at the café too. The three-course set menu will cost £15.95 each. 

Total: £132

Least expensive:

For a fun and free day out for you and your better half, pay a visit to the Queen’s Park in Glasgow

Once you’re there, you’ll have access to a number of free activities. Take a wander around the park’s two ponds and keep a look out for the host of wildlife the park is home to. Poet’s Garden is not to be missed either; awash with sculptures and mentions of Scotland’s finest poets, you may feel inspired to pen a poem for your love. If you already have the equipment, why not make use of the tennis courts and pitch-n-putt area?
After your explorations, head to the glasshouse café for some refreshments. All in all, this date should cost you no more than £20, depending on how hungry you are!

Stagecoach has great value bus fares available, so you can do your Valentine’s date on a budget, or save your pennies for a real treat. 

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