Alternative Valentine’s date ideas in the Broads National Park

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Valentine’s Day is full of clichés. Wouldn’t it be lovely to show the person you love a thoughtful day out which doesn’t cost a fortune and gives the gift of a wonderful memory? Well, we’re here to help with a few alternative Valentine’s Day dates which are perfect for couples who want to connect with each other instead of their credit card…

Canoeing © Julian Claxton
Canoeing © Julian Claxton

Canoeing in Suffolk

In Bungay, at Outney Meadow Caravan Park, you can hire a canoe for a whole or half day. What better way to spend quality time and to do something as a team than paddling some of the most romantic waterways in the world, the Broads?!

Riding on the beach

There can surely be few things more romantic than galloping through the surf together? Make the dream a reality by booking a beach ride with Pakefield Riding School. They cater to all riding abilities and could be the answer to your Valentine’s Day out.

Rockland Broad © Nicholas Oakes
Rockland Broad © Nicholas Oakes (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Rockland Marshes

Connect in the great outdoors by visiting this breathtaking RSPB reserve. It’s bijou, and offers superb views over Rockland Broad, the River Yare, reedbeds and open grazing marshes. Viewing the beautiful wildlife together will be infinitely more rewarding than a table for two.

Gallery Crawl

There are loads of amazing artists who are attracted to the Broads for its creative atmosphere. Why not take a tour of the local galleries in the area to discover inspirational art and maybe even purchase a piece to remind you of your lovely day? Galleries to check out include Riverside Art and Glass at Wroxham, Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay, the Ferini Gallery in Lowestoft and the Greenhouse Gallery in Norwich.

Weaving the Love

Pottery is a great couples activity

Why not learn a local skill together or take classes? You could try out weaving or spinning with the Worstead Guild of Weavers, dance at Bramerton, pottery at Sutton or a craft class at Wroxham Barns - the Broads is your oyster!

So rip up your cinema tickets and unbook that table, true love should be shown with original thinking and we think these should help you get well underway for a truly unique and alternative Valentine’s Day.