Ideas for an alternative romantic break in the UK

Days out, Romantic breaks

Posted by Clare on 2nd February 2017


alternative romantic break in the UK

Whilst it’s true that most of us love indulging in a slap up meal for two at a swanky restaurant or cuddling up in front of a romantic film, there are plenty of other unconventionally romantic activities for couples to try together.

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to be thinking about a romantic getaway with a difference. We have a huge range of cosy self catering cottages and some great ideas for an alternative romantic break in the UK!

Cookery course at River Cottage

alternative romantic break in the UK

If a romantic dining experience is too clichéd for you, a cookery course could be the answer!

River Cottage in Devon, made famous by the TV programme of the same name, offers a huge range of courses, from cheese making to game cookery.  If you’d like to add just a sprinkle of conventional romance, why not try a chocolate skills and cookery course. Your mouths will be watering as you bake sublime chocolate brownies and whip up truffles to die for!

Our holiday cottages in Devon provide the perfect romantic setting to retire to and enjoy the fruits of your labour!


Helicopter flight in Herefordshire

alternative romantic break in the UK

This activity is sure to get your hearts beating fast and your palms sweating!

Soar over the green rolling countryside over The Malverns and The Cotswolds and enjoy an incredible bird’s eye view of the glorious landscape. Don’t forget your camera though, as apart from taking stunning panoramic shots you’ll want to capture a snap of each other in those attractive headsets!

Once back on solid ground, retire to one of our comfortable self catering cottages in Herefordshire to reminisce on the day’s excitement.


Kitesurfing in Cornwall

alternative romantic break in the UK

Surfing is so last year! Kitesurfing is the exhilarating water sport of the moment.

At first glance it may not seem like the ideal couples’ activity, but what could be a better bonding experience than learning together and comparing your attempts over a hot chocolate later that evening? Taster sessions and longer courses run year round so pull on that wetsuit and get your feet wet!

If you still can't be convinced to get into the water, kite buggying is a great alternative. Take a look at the Mobius Kite School's Website for more information.

For somewhere warm to relax after an exhausting day kite surfing, take a look at our holiday cottages in Cornwall.


Tank driving in Dundee

alternative romantic break in the UK

Ever argued about who’s the better driver?

Well why not put your money where your mouth is and settle the dispute behind the wheel of an 18 tonne tank! Put your skills to the test negotiating the muddy terrain at Tank Driving Scotland’s custom built off road track.

To add a little more romance to the tank driving experience, why not combine it with a stay in one of our holiday cottages in Dundee.

Zorbing in Yorkshire

alternative romantic break in the UK

Forget the slap up meal and wine combo because you certainly won’t want to be eating anything before this activity!

Strapped into one of Go Ballistic’s transparent plastic zorbs, hurtling down a hill at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour, you and your boo can share the excitement in your own private bubble!

As if that weren’t enough of a buzz, add a couple of buckets of water to your zorb and experience a thrill akin to that of being tumbled in a human size washing machine! Could there be a better bonding experience?

After having your insides (and outsides) jiggled to a pulp, return to one of our cottages in Yorkshire for a well earned rest!

Segway rally in North Yorkshire

alternative romantic break in the UK

There’s nothing like a healthy bit of competition to energise a relationship!

At the impressively romantic location of Ripley Castle in Harrogate you can race your way around a lakeside course on a Segway, a two wheeled, self balancing electric scooter, organised by Segway Events.

Afterwards, make the most of the gardens, deer park and beautiful waterfall in the grounds of the Castle – the perfect romantic day out!

Top it off with a stay in a beautiful self catering cottage in Yorkshire.

Pottery painting in Devon

alternative romantic break in the UK

Are you a creative couple?

Paint an everlasting memento of your love at China Blue in Totnes to take home and treasure. Perhaps you’d like a personalised anniversary piece to celebrate your time together. Cheesy? Very.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can throw your own pot to create a unique masterpiece.

Pots take a few days to be fired, so why not take a romantic break in one of our Devon cottages and spend some quality time together in this beautiful county while you wait.


Monkey World in Dorset

alternative romantic break in the UK

Not one of the most obvious choices for a romantic day out, but once you find yourself face to face with a cute primate, your heart is sure to melt!

Monkey World is home to over 240 rescued and endangered primates, from loopy lemurs to cheeky chimps.  If you are moved by the animals you see during your visit, you can adopt one of the primates at the park – it would certainly make a unique and thoughtful gift for your loved one.

If you are really serious about monkeys (and your relationship!) you can even get married here, with all the ingredients for a truly memorable wedding!

We have some fabulous cottages for you (and perhaps your wedding guests!?) to make your stay in Dorset a marvellous one.


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