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Romance your loved one in Shakespeare’s England on Valentine’s Day

19th December 2014 Print
Anne Hathaways Cottage

Romance your loved one in the beautiful and romantic setting of Shakespeare’s England on Valentine’s Day. Book into a luxury country house hotel or stay in a 4 poster tower suite at Warwick Castle, enjoy champagne teas, sonnets and love scenes, wander around snowdrop gardens, stroll along picturesque streets or simply relax over a romantic candle-lit dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Be Romeo (or Juliet) for the day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and act out the balcony scene from the world’s most famous love story. Write a message to a loved one on the heart shaped decorations then hang it on the trees in the orchard at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage plus enter a competition to win a weekend away for two for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea at Warwick Castle in the lavish State Dining Room, which has hosted royalty, presidents and Hollywood movie stars over the centuries. Afternoon Tea is priced at £37 per person, or £45 per person with Tattinger; including full day entry to the Castle. For a real fairy-tale experience, couples can stay in the magnificent Tower Suites and be ‘King and Queen of the Castle’ for a night. The rooms are luxuriously appointed and start from £400 per night including breakfast. Bedecked with ornate furniture and four-poster beds, the Suites are designed to complement the mediaeval architecture. The stay even includes a private expert-led tour, so guests can fully appreciate the history of the Castle.

Take part in a stone-carving adult workshop at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum and learn how to sculpt a gargoyle for the one you love. Have a go at carving in breeze block and white alabaster stone. The workshop runs from 11am - 4pm and costs £15 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700 to book a place.

Spend the evening on a walking tour with Tudor World’s William Shakespeare or join Dashing Jack for an evening ghost walk of the town on Friday 13 February. Romantic couples may choose to cuddle up on a spooky haunted museum ghost tour after dark. Take part in an Elizabethan spy week and complete a Time Travelling passport during half term.

Enjoy a Snowdrop weekend on 14 & 15 February at Hill Close Gardens when the restored Victorian gardens and historic summerhouses open to welcome the first signs of spring. The Snowdrops can be seen in two borders, one filled with Victorian varieties and the other with modern varieties including the 'Warwickshire Gemini'. Snowdrops, winter plants and bulbs will be on sale. Attend a special Snowdrop day on 21 February in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Entry £3.50 for adults and £1 for children (5-16yrs).

Wander around the 55 acre site at Batsford Arboretum followed by a romantic lunch. The cost is £29.95 per couple and includes a main course, dessert, hot drink and Arboretum entrance for two. Please book in advance by calling 01386 701441.

Enjoy a delicious dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre which boasts stunning panoramic views of Shakespeare's home town.

Or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at The One Elm in Stratford-upon-Avon on 13 & 14 February. Head Chef Leon has created a divine menu of sharing dishes. Whisper sweet romance over a glass of bubbles, then retire into the snug and sit by the roaring fire.

Those wanting a romantic setting can enjoy a candlelit dinner at Hogarths for £34 per person with the resident pianist on the 13 February and saxophonist, singer and dancing on the 14 February.

Dine at Quills at The Stratford and receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco. Offer valid from 1 January - 31 March (excludes 13 – 15 February), subject to availability, valid for tables of 2 or 4 with spends of £25 per person or more. Reservation essential and offer must be quoted at time of reservation.

Book in for a luxurious two night stay on 13 & 14 February with a 4-course dinner at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. Priced at £510 for two people, the package includes flowers, chocolates, light entertainment during dinner, Champagne in the room and a spa treatment.

Enjoy a romantic break at the Avonlea Guesthouse in Stratford-upon-Avon staying in a Super King bedroom from £85 per room per night including breakfast. Enjoy an extra night with 50% off Sunday nights when 3 or more nights are booked.

Spend a romantic break at the Macdonald Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon. Cost from £120 per person per night with full English breakfast, dinner, a hot stone massage for her and deep tissue back massage for him and a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.

Treat your loved one to a special dinner at The Arden Hotel. Cost is £39.50 with a glass of pink fizz. Stay overnight at The Mallory Court Hotel on 13 & 14 February and enjoy breakfast, flowers, chocolates, glass of champagne and 5-course tasting menu in the main house on one evening from £425 per room. Dine from a 5-course tasting menu with canapés at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden on 13 & 15 February for £45 per person.

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