10 Romantic days out in the North East
PUBLISHED: 15:31 09 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 20 February 2013
Some of the loveliest ways to spend Valentine's Day around the North East Compiled by Georgia Smith
Walk hand in hand
For those who: love fresh air.
The North East is home to some stunning countryside, ideal for getting away from it all and spending some quality time with your loved one without the distractions of everyday life. Step out together by the coast or stroll arm in arm along the network of gorgeous paths which criss-cross the region. But you dont have to leave the town behind, you could also try an urban walk and perhaps indulge in your other true love shopping on the way.
The Food of love
For those who: know food is the way to their loved ones heart.
TV chef Stacie Stewart runs The Beehive Bakery, which offers cooking classes to those who need some patient tuition in order to cook them the meal of their dreams. Classes can be held in your home or at her unit in Sunderland. There is also a choice between a half, or full day, and a variety of themes.
Full day: 150 per person. Half day: 80 per person (prices cover cost of ingredients, and lunch.) There is a 20 per cent discount for bookings of two or more people. www.thebeehivebakery.co.uk.
For those who: want to get crafty in the countryside.
You mark it each year but do you actually know where it came from? Learn about the Roman origins of St Valentines Day at the environmental centre, West Boldon Lodge. Youll also be able to make your own love potions and hand craft personalised Valentines cards and gifts.
February 14th, tickets cost 2 per adult, and 4.50 per child. 0191 536 4873.
Diamonds are forever
For those who: enjoy a bit of sparkle.
Start the celebrations early with a visit to the diamond exhibition at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition, which finishes on February 4th, shows a collection of stunning glass replicas of some of the worlds most famous diamonds. Entry is free, meaning you can start saving for your own straight away!
Open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 11am-4pm Saturdays, closed Sunday. 0191 456 8740.
When love is a drama
For those who: dont want to say it with flowers.
What better way to show your affection for a loved one, than taking them to see the Icarus Theatres show of Macbeth? This dark, blood thirsty production is sure to get you grabbing your partners hand.
The Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool, will be showing the production on February 13th at 7.30pm, and February 14th at 1pm. Tickets cost 12, 11 for concessions. 01429 890000.
Open your heart to art
For those who: want the art of love.
Whether they have a passion for modern art or the classics, therell be a gallery somewhere to set their pulse racing. From Mima which celebrates its fifth birthday in Middlesbrough this year and Gatesheads Baltic to the Laing Gallery in Newcastle to the Museum and Art Gallery in picture perfect Berwick, the North East has it covered.
Romance in the stones
For those who: want some history.
For some good old fashioned romance, visit Dunstanburgh Castle. The regions most haunted castle stands on a headland which can only be reached by a scenic coastal path from Craster. Built on a grand scale, only the ruins remain. Enjoy the romantic coastal views from the gatehouse and Lilburn Tower.
Open Saturday and Sunday each weekend in February, 10am-4pm. National Trust members can visit for free, otherwise it costs 4 for adults and 2.40 for children. www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/
For those who: want to get closer to the sky.
What could be more romantic than a clear moonlit sky? Join expert guides for a night under the stars at Kielder Observatory, in the Kielder Forest on Friday February 10th. The centre is also open daily and hosts stargazing events throughout the year where you can learn about the solar system and gaze at the skies to your hearts content. Tickets for the nightwatch event cost 8 per person. www.kielderobservatory.org
Spa break for two
For those who: deserve a break.
Experience the ultimate in relaxation at one of the regions super spas. The package at Seaham Hall includes a complimentary bottle of wine in your room, dinner in The White Room, a Serenity wellbeing massage or facial each, and use of the Serenity Spa during your stay.
The Gourmet Break is available all this month and costs 400 per room. Other packages and spa breaks are available at venues across the region.
Get your skates on
For those who: want to glide hand in hand.
Enjoy huddling together in the spectacular winter wonderland at Newcastles Science Centre, and hold hands on the ice rink on Times Square. Wrap up warm and enjoy a skate session, or book a lesson and learn how to do it like a pro. Running until February 19th, tickets cost 7.95 per person. www.life.org.uk
The print version of this article appeared in the February 2012 issue of North East Life
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