Take a break from lounging on the sofa in your pyjamas with a takeout box on your lap and spice up your date night by trying something a little different. There are plenty of romantic things to do out and about in Leeds to help you break the same old routine.
Check out these ten romantic activities you and your loved one could get up to, for Valentine’s Day or any day.
Enjoy a pamper day
Indulge in the ultimate luxury and enjoy a relaxing spa day together. Unwind at the beautiful Village Hotel, located just outside the city centre, where you can choose from a range of rejuvenating treatments and make use of the state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms. Visit just for the day or go all out and treat yourself to an overnight stay.
186 Otley Road, Headingley, LS16 5PR, www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/leeds-north
Have a private theatre experience
Soak up the atmosphere watching the latest hit-musical, rib-tickling comedy, or gripping drama at the magnificent Grand Theatre. Make your visit that little bit special and book your own private box. There’ll be no sweet wrapper rustlers or crying children to ruin the intimacy of your date.
46 New Briggate, LS1 6NZ, www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe with more than 700 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes, woodlands and gardens, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely romantic stroll. Visit Tropical World as you wander and then round off the day with some lunch and a cup of tea at The Garden Room Café at The Mansion, Roundhay’s gorgeous Grade II listed building.
Mansion Lane, off Princes Avenue, LS8 2HH, www.roundhaypark.org.uk
Try some fine food and service
A romantic dinner out always hits the spot but Fazenda goes that extra mile to ensure a fabulous dining experience. At this restaurant you can control your service with a green and red-side chip, used to indicate when you’d like some privacy and when you’d like service to resume. And the food? Fazenda uses a century old gaucho tradition roasting succulent cuts of meat over open flamed pits. It’s divine.
Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, LS1 4GL, fazenda.co.uk
Sail away together
Take a trip on the Kirkstall Flyboat and meander along Leeds’ historic waterways, travelling from Granary Wharf towards the historic Armley Mills and beyond. Tuck into a delicious afternoon tea served on vintage bone china cake stands and enjoy a most unique and memorable date.
Horbury, 26 Canal Wharf, LS11 5PS, www.tripboat.co.uk
Soar to new heights
Take romance to new heights and embark on a thrilling helicopter flight adventure. Heli-Jet Aviation offer pleasure flights lasting up to 30 minutes, during which you will soar 1,500 feet on a route offering the most spectacular scenery of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Leeds Heliport, Harrogate Road, LS19 7XS, www.helijet.co.uk/index.html
Soak up some culture
Step back in time as you wander the charming Victorian cobbled streets at Abbey House Museum. Stroll hand in hand as you peruse the enchanting high street stores and houses and gain a little glimpse into Victorian life. Head across the road after your visit to the magnificent Kirkstall Abbey and, if the weather is permitting, tuck into a romantic picnic on the parkland.
Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, LS5 3EH, more info
Get the model experience
Make some lasting memories and receive the model treatment for the day on a romantic couple photoshoot. Capture some great professional snaps, instead of the usual selfie taken at arm’s length, and receive a mini facial, make up application, style consultation and refreshments.
3 Bowling Green Terrace, LS11 9SP, www.themodelexperienceuk.com
Book a cinema date
Kick back and relax at the Everyman Cinema for a very cosy movie night. Choose some nibbles from the restaurant menu and sit back on the comfy cinema sofas and enjoy as Everyman brings you the latest must-watch movies. This is cinema done with a little luxury and a touch of home comfort.
Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, LS1 5AT, www.everymancinema.com
Book a room for two
Get a taste of luxury and escape the hustle and bustle with a romantic stay at the swanky boutique hotel, The New Ellington. Unwind in the relaxing atmosphere of the Gin Garden and choose from more than 120 varieties of gin, before heading back to the comfort of your lavish bedroom. Or book their exclusive Made In Leeds package for the ultimate romantic treat and receive an overnight stay, a bottle of local sparkling wine, breakfast, a bottle of Temple Spa Soul Retreat and £30 worth of vouchers each to spend in Trinity Leeds.
23-25 York Place, LS1 2EY, www.thenewellington.com