Helen Statham shares her tips for a romantic date in Cumbria this weekend.
Cosy up with cocktails
With everything from gin parlours to cocktail bars, South Cumbria is the perfect place if you fancy a romantic drink with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Head to Fino in Ambleside to marvel at the mixology and a chance to try the famous Grey Goose Le Fizz. Sample a Cumbrian cocktail at Slate in Kendal who use locally roasted Carvetii Coffee to create their espresso martinis. Prefer to visit a good old fashioned gin joint? You’re in luck as that’s exactly what Virginia House in Ulverston specialises in with over 40 varieties of gin to try.
Admire the view
South Cumbria is full of romantic places to simply admire the view with a loved one. Our top tip? Feel inspired overlooking Windermere with the distant fells in the background and then treat yourself to a glass of something fizzy at The Boathouse in Bowness - the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day.
Take time to explore
Did you know that 2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter? This Valentine’s Day, you can explore the parts of South Cumbria that she fell in love with.
Take a walk in Beatrix Potter’s footsteps on a romantic guided walk from Hill Top Garden in Ambleside on Sunday February 14. Discover the places that inspired Beatrix Potter, in the part of the Lakes where she fell in love and learn what they meant to her and her husband, William Heelis.
Plan a South Cumbrian road trip
As much as we’re hoping for bright blue skies and sunny weather, it’s always good to have a rainy day activity planned for Valentine’s Day in South Cumbria too.
This weekend, take a road trip from Ulverston and drive around the Furness Peninsular. Pass the historic Conishead Priory, admire the beach at Sandscale Haws, a beautiful National Trust nature reserve, and explore the ancient market town of Dalton-in-Furness.
Organise a date night
It’s easy to plan a good old fashioned date night in South Cumbria this Valentine’s weekend.
Head to Zeffirellis to listen to live jazz music and feast on a delicious Mediterranean inspired vegetarian meal, grab plenty of popcorn and catch the latest film release at The Royalty cinema in Bowness or sit back and enjoy a pint of locally brewed ale at Vats Bar at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.
Discover an artist
With a huge selection of art galleries and museums in South Cumbria, this Valentine’s Day get lost in the work of world renowned artists as well as lots of local creatives.
At Abbot Hall in Kendal, celebrate Georgian Britain during the final weekend of the Canaletto’s Architecture exhibition. See the the Lake District through the eyes of Tessa Lyons, the artist who has her work currently on display at Heaton Cooper Studio in Grasmere. Peruse artwork on display at Leck Gallery near Kirky Lonsdale and don’t forget to admire the pieces on show at Low Sizergh Barn too.
How will you be spending Valentine’s Day in Cumbria?
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