What's On In Somerset For Valentine's Day
PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:35 20 February 2013
If you want some inspiration on how to treat your loved one this Valentine's Day in and around Somerset, look no further than these unusual ideas from the county's finest.
Bath PaperCuts Exhibition
Running from 29 January to 23 February, Rostra & Rooksmoors PaperCuts Exhibition is an ideal place to pick up a Valentines gift or go along on the day to enjoy all things pretty and crafty. It features work by renowned paper sculptor Helen Musselwhite, whose elegantly quirky card and paper scenes (as pictured above) evoke past folk traditions in a modern way. Also on show will be Laura Williams lighting, work by local paper-cut artists Helen Ward and Rebecca Coles, and handmade limited-edition silkscreen prints by Frea Buckler. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery open Mon to Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sundays/Bank Holidays 11am-4pm
Taunton Kings College Chapel
Somerset Chamber Choir present Carl Orffs Carmina Burana, and what more appropriate day than St Valentines for a performance of this popular work, with its tales of courtship, love and lust? They will be joined by South Somerset Youth Choir and three professional soloists and the concert will be conducted by Graham Caldbeck. Tickets (priced 11-20) are available now from MusicBox: 01275 349010. www.somersetchamberchoir.org.uk
Bristol Love Food Festival
Love is in the air in the event space and courtyards of Paintworks on Bath Road, when the venue plays host to the Love Food Festival Valentines Day Special. Expect local and organic produce, childrens activities, herb garden and much more! www.lovefoodfestival.com 0117 971 4320
Bath The Roman(tic) Baths
If you are planning a romantic liaison this Valentines Day, look no further than the Roman Baths, managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council, which has been voted the UKs most romantic destination in a new poll. Together with the Pump Room, the Baths is a favourite place for wedding receptions and you can even get married next to the Great Bath, at 8.30am before it opens to the public.
The Roman Baths is open to the public daily 9am-5pm, with late-night opening until 9pm in July and August. Admission prices: adults 11, children 7.20, concessions 9.50. Entry to the Roman Baths is free to residents of the district with a Discovery Card, obtainable from the Roman Baths reception, see www.bathnes.gov.uk for more details. To find out more visit www.romanbaths.co.uk or call 01225 477785.
Taunton Hestercombe Gardens
Why not take a romantic stoll through this glorious 18th-century landscape garden on Valentines Day, followed by lunch in the stylish Courtyard Cafe, which specalises in fresh, local produce? The 40-acre landscape garden will be ablaze with the last of the snowdrops and the first wild daffodils and in the Victorian shrubbery blooms such as magnolias start in February and continue into spring. Usual garden entrance fees apply; for details see www.hestercombe.com.
On 12 February, enjoy an early Valentines touch of romance with a lunchtime concert featuring the enchanting Little Baroque Company Trio; 12.50 including light refreshments.
Weston-super-Mare Social Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and waltz your loved one back to the glamour of the 20s at a Valentines Evening Social Dance, to be held at the Winter Gardens. Hosted by Sid Gateley, the event runs from 8pm-11.30pm. Tickets 7.50. For further information call 01934 417117 or visit www.thewintergardens.com.
Brent Knoll Help from Dr Love
Sanders GardenWorld in Brent Knoll has launched a unique service to help people find the ideal Valentines gift for their green-fingered loved one. Several personnel will act as love doctors on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February to give customers tips and advice on what cut flowers, gifts, chocolates, cards and even gift wrap their loved one might appreciate.
Pylle Somerset Potato Day
Want to step away from the norm? Why not pay a visit to the 5th annual Somerset Potato Day which happens to be on the 14th! Organised by Pennard Plants, this event offers the chance to choose from 100-plus varieties of seed potatoes, as well as other items for the kitchen garden. Free parking, refreshments and advice are available from 10am until 2pm in Pylle Village Hall. Telephone Pennard Plants for further information: 01749 860039.
For all you love birds getting married this year, don't miss our wedding extravaganza at themagical Powderham Castle. Click here for further details.