To Be a Romantic or Not To Be a Romantic

Like Marmite, you either love the 14th February or you don’t. It’s either one of your most loved days of the year or just another day, no different to any day in February. With this in mind we’ve compiled some ideas for both parties! Yes, if you want all things love; No, if you're eschewing Valentine's romance this year in favour of fun with friends and family!

  1. No – Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific finishes on Sunday 12th February, so spend Valentine’s weekend being transported to Fiji by visiting the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, and immersing yourself in some beautiful work. Even Sir David Attenborough took a trip to see it!
  2. Yes – One of Norwich’s largest and most popular wedding shows this year is the Wedding Prom and Party Show at The Holiday Inn Norwich-North. If you know you’ll be a Mr/Mrs-to-be, this is no to be missed. And what better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than planning your perfect day? Cute!
  3. Both – whether you’re celebrating the Greek love Agape, Eros or Philia, Norwich Theatre Royal has something for everyone to enjoy. With shows, such as Thriller and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, watch a show and make it a Valentine’s all about the arts. Get in quick though, tickets are selling fast!
  4. No – when we say escape it all, we really mean it! Escape the hype and cuteness-overload by trying out Cryptic Escape – Norwich’s top attraction for those who like a little mystery. Find your way out of a locked room by solving puzzles!
  5. Yes – head to one of our lovely market towns in South NorfolkWymondham, Harleston, Loddon, Diss. Enjoy a walk around the town, visit on a Farmer’s Market day, sit in a local café or pub and enjoy a peaceful and scenic day out, spending quality time together.
  6. Both – who doesn’t love a visit to the zoo? Take your partner, take a friend, and take some time to treating yourself! Visit Amazona Zoo (specialising in animals from South America also with beautiful gardens to enjoy) or Banham Zoo and make it a Valentine’s day all about wildlife!
  7. No – take your mind off the Valentine’s Day-themed everything and go for a cycle around the Norfolk Broads using Broadland Cycle Hire. Explore the quiet countryside with a large range of cycles to hire for those who don't have their own bike. A peaceful and tranquil way to have some ‘you time’ or a good catch up with a friend.
  8. Yes – St John the Baptist Cathedral is the perfect place to explore with a loved one. A Victorian Gothic Cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows and stone work, this is a cathedral well worth spending some time in. They also offer Tower Tours (must be booked in advance) where you can go up to the top of the Cathedral and see breathtaking views across the city. They even have a secret chapel -  an ideal space to have a blessing in. 
  9. Both – Download the free Discover Norwich app and find a variety of trails to complete on there, including City of Ale trails, Run Norwich route, Literary Trail and many more! So whether you want to test the foundations of your love or exercise those Valentine vibes away, Discover Norwich has you covered.
  10. Norwich in general! This city is brimming with art, culture and things to do (you only have to look at our website for further ideas!). If you fancy seeing some local theatre, look no further than Maddermarket Theatre. Or head to Norwich Castle to gaze at their amazing collection of art and ancient artefacts on display! Or why not take a day out and head the Broads for the day; it's not far to drive and you can easily come back into the city for dinner and drinks.

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