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Valentine’s Day ideas in Canterbury that aren’t a candlelit dinner & a film

For a lot of people, whether in a relationship or single, Valentine’s Day can feel like one big commercial cliché involving red roses, chocolate, lingerie and the subtle, all-pervasive pressure to do something romantic.

While there’s nothing wrong with a reservation for a seven-course candlelit dinner, there’s plenty of other things to do to celebrate. Here are our ideas:

Check out a gig…

TheCrashOfMoonsClub: The Ranch / Lapis Lazuli

Head on over to Bramley’s Cocktail Bar on Orange street for a beguiling fusion of jazz mayhem and world music. The CRASH OF MOONS Club specialises in alternative, progressive and psychedelic acts. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the sounds.

Watch a Shakespeare play…

Royal Shakespeare Company Live: Twelfth Night

Okay, so this is technically a screening. You’re right. BUT, nothing says ‘romance’ like the timeless, not-entirely-comprehensible lyricism of a Shakespeare comedy. Cuddle up at the cinema and watch the Royal Shakespeare company’s production of Twelfth Night, streamed LIVE at the Curzon or the Gulbenkian on Valentine’s Day.



Get competitive…

Play ping pong at The Ballroom for a Mr Pong Valentine’s Day showdown. Who will be crowned ping pong champion? Slaughter your enemies through the power of your racket. Become prince or princess of ping pong. Devour cocktails.

Romance one another with a chocolate and wine tasting at the Chocolate cafe…

Need we say more? There’s chocolate and there’s wine.  Tickets are available here. You’re welcome.

Go to a free lunchtime classical concert at The University of Kent

The CantiaQuorum trio delivers a powerful programme this Valentine’s Day. Let yourself be serenaded and come along to Colyer-Fergusson Hall on 14 February at 1.10pm to hear some powerful classical music from one of the UK’s newest and most exciting ensembles.

Escape a medieval dungeon together…

Can your relationship survive the ruins of a real medieval dungeon? Is your partner good in a crisis? Will they be a good in a zombie apocalypse or will they flap about panicking the whole time? Time to strategically put it to the test and try to escape Dr Wellington’s crime and punishment laboratory.


Have afternoon tea together…

Valentine’s Day is probably one of the few excuses you’ll get to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie, filled with a selection of quiches, sandwiches, scones and cakes. Get 10% off your bill with the MyCanterbury card or app.

Paint something together at Espression Art cafe

Why not paint a picture of one another on a mug? It will be a romantic keepsake that you can treasure forever.

Make sure to say ‘HA – HA, you’re a mug!’ afterwards. They will love that.

Go for a walk or cycle ride in the Westgate Gardens

If the weather’s nice, why not have a picnic and tick off everything on the Canterbury Sculpture trail



Have a Gong bath together…

No, that’s not a typo, although a long bath would be nice too. This Gong Soundbath invites couples for a special offer that includes a relaxing sound bath in a romantic yurt, warmed by the fire, a glass of Prosecco, and a surprise gift.

Single? There’s always speed dating…

There’s no shame in spending Valentine’s day watching Paddington 2 in your pyjamas, but if you do fancy venturing out into the romantic wilderness of Canterbury, you can try speed dating at The Loft bar.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Valentine’s certainly isn’t the best day of the year. There’s a lot of pressure. Saying that…can we please let this dessert theme go on a little longer…?

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