Published: 00:01, 09 February 2018
We don't wish to cause panic, but Valentine's Day is less than a week away.
This coming Wednesday couples will be flocking to romantic getaways or restaurants around Kent.
Here are a few places to keep in the back of your mind when you're choosing the perfect activity.
1) Visit the seaside
If you have the day off, why not make the most of it and take that special person for a trip to the seaside (depending on the weather, of course). There are plenty of places to enjoy a romantic getaway by the coast. If the weather is nice enough you could even take a stroll or enjoy fish and chips from the comfort of the car if it is drizzling.
2) Enjoy a romantic meal
Chef Omar Allibhoy at Tapas Revolution, Bluewater, has whipped up a seductive tapas menu for couples to share. Guests can enjoy a jug of sparkling tropical sangria on arrival served with pinchos, then share six tapas dishes and a heart shaped chocolate brownie topped with raspberries coulis and crumbled Spanish almond turrón for dessert. The Valentine’s menu will run from Monday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 14, and costs £25 per person.
To book and for more details go to tapasrevolution.com
3) Explore a castle
You can stay at Hever Castle, from noon on Wednesday, February 14. Explore the castle and 125 acre gardens in the afternoon before enjoying the facilities in the Astor Wing, including the log burning stove and billiards, before a private drinks reception, with music from a professional harpist for a dinner with tables for two. Your meal will be served in the grand Tudor Suite and you can learn about the romantic history of the historic venue afterwards, before enjoying 5* gold-rated overnight accommodation. The Valentine’s Day dine and stay package must be pre booked and costs from £200 per person. To book call 01732 861800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on
4) Discover Kentish wine
Looking for the right bottle to share between you? Then Chapel Down wines are produced in Kent and there is a wide range for you to choose from. The firm's fruit is sourced from the south east of England. Click here to find out more.
5) Italian your thing?
Love at Carluccio’s comes from the heart of the kitchen, where authentic Italian ingredients create dishes full of flavour. The three course Carluccio’s Menu Amore is available until Valentine's Day for £22.95 per person. Starters include tortelloni filled with beetroot and ricotta, served in a creamy goat’s cheese and poppy seed sauce, topped with crushed walnuts and an antipasto sharing board with Italian charcuterie and cheese, roasted peppers with garlic tomato and onion, marinated mint and garlic green beans, olives and focaccia bread. Enjoy lobster linguine or opt for meaty ossobuco alla milanese, a British rose veal shank braised in red wine, tomato and orange zest sauce served with saffron risotto. You can find Carluccio’s at West Village in Bluewater; Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, and there is a Carluccio’s in Fenwicks in St George’s Street, Canterbury. Visit carluccios.com
6) Ready to be pampered?
The height of luxury. Revel in a relaxing and pampering visit to Eastwell Manor’s Champneys Spa Hotel near Ashford. The countryside escape, in landscaped gardens and parkland, has a new spa, with a range of treatments. Your stay starts from 2pm, with full use of the facilities, including a 20-metre heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and includes a three course dinner in the Manor House restaurant with a bottle of wine, an overnight stay, and continental breakfast in the restaurant, a round of golf for two, or a 50-minute Champneys treatment and a buffet lunch and afternoon tea for two in the manor house. There is also a selection of fitness classes from yoga to circuit training.
The Couples Spa Break at Eastwell Manor costs from £398 per couple (weekend supplements apply). To book or for more details call 0843 224 1700 or visit eastwellmanor.co.uk
7) Explore your wild side
Wingham Wildlife Park sells experiences with its animals meaning that the perfect gift for Valentine's Day could be spending time with some cuddly creatures. The park, which is in Canterbury, has experiences on offer with tigers, meerkats, pumas, otters, penguins and much more. Find out more by visiting the website here
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