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Different Ways to Spend Valentine's Day

Posted on February 3, 2012 @ 4:28 PM in Adventure

You've reached our 2012 Valentine's Day Blog make sure to check out the new 2014 blog 'Give the Gift of Adventure This Valentine's Day' for plenty of unique and exciting gift ideas to give your loved one this year.

Love it or loath it, the giant cards and helium filled hearts mean you can’t ignore it – Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  If you’re struggling to think of what to do for Valentines Day then look no further. has it covered with enough Valentine’s Day events and gift ideas to make even Cupid jealous!

what to do for valentine's day

If the thought of going to an overcrowded restaurant is looking less than romantic then fear not as there are some great Valentine's Day Events happening throughout Northern Ireland for you and your partner to enjoy. Nothing says romance like spontaneity so why not surprise your other half with something completely different?!

Here are just a few unique ways to spend this Valentine's Day weekend:

Swing, Roll & Soak Valentine’s Day Special, The Jungle, Co. Londonderry, 11th-18th Feb

The perfect treat for any adrenaline loving couple – experience the Jungle NI’s tree top adventure course and zorbing before relaxing in their outdoor hot tubs.  You’ll also receive a bottle of bubbly & some chocolates for the ultimate date with a difference! 

Guided Canoe Trip on Strangford Lough, Action Outdoors, Co. Down, 12th February

Enjoy a guided paddle with an experienced instructor exploring the tranquil Strangford Lough and its wildlife before stopping on a deserted island for lunch, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Valentines Day Canoe-dle couples retreat, Mobile Team Adventure, Belfast, 12th- 19th February

Take the hassle and stress out of your Valentine’s Day plans with a romantic and relaxing paddle in the picturesque River Lagan complete with a romantic hamper for two – all you have to do is turn up with your other half and enjoy!

Romantic Canoe Rental, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down, 11th-14th February

Enjoy a romantic paddle for Valentine's Day with Life’s half day half price canoe rental on the beautiful Castlewellan Lake. This great offer gives you the flexibility to explore the lake in your own time and at your own pace.

Why not turn your Valentines Day out into a weekend away? GASP Surfin’ Dirt combines action with relaxation for the ultimate getaway.  Their Surf, Soak and Stay package includes a thrilling mountain boarding session followed by a rejuvenating seaweed bath topped off with an overnight stay in the stunning North Coast.  For more great ideas for a weekend away with a difference check out our top tips for the North Coast.

What to do for valentines day

You’ve got the day covered but what about the all important gift?  If you’re struggling to think of what to get for Valentine's Day do not fear Gift Experiences mean you no longer have to give into the overpriced chocolates or garage bought carnations. Give your other half an experience they’ll never forget or why not buy two and you can join in on the fun as well?!  Here are some of our top Valentines gift ideas:

Valentines Gifts for Him

Hover Crafting and Powerturn Buggying, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure

Learn to fly a hovercraft and experience the thrill of blasting over land and water at speed before testing your coordination and nerve driving your very own Powerturn Buggy.  A unique and thrilling combination of activities sure to get his heart racing!

Try a Dive in the Sea, Aquaholics Dive Centre

Explore the underwater world with Aquaholics. Forget the Great Barrier Reef, try something completely new and discover a whole other side to the North Coast. This three hour session includes a safety briefing and instruction from a fully qualified PADI instructor.

Learn to Surf, Alive Surf School

Let him hit the surf and hang ten as he learns from the experts how to tackle the waves of the North Coast on a two hour surfing lesson.

Valentines Gifts for Her

Roll N Soak – Zorbing and Hot Tubs, The Jungle NI

The perfect combination of adrenaline and relaxation.  Let her experience the thrills of hurtling down the hill in a zorbing ball before unwinding in the Jungle NI’s very own outdoor hot tub.

Strangford Sea Safari, Clearsky Adventure Centre

See Strangford Lough like never before, aboard a high speed 12 seater RIB.  Visit the SeaGen, Audleys Castle, whirlpools and maybe even some seals as the knowledgeable skipper tells you all the local folklore

Seaweed Plunge – Coasteering, Far and Wild

Explore the coastline of the North West like never before. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the ocean spray and relax in real seaweed pools on the way!

Now all that’s left to do is enjoy the best Valentine's Day ever!


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

1 comment has been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Dani on February 15, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

Great post. Tons of great ideas! Thank you. Perfect for birthday gifts as well.

Dani @ ONNO hemp clothing

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