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An Alternative Guide to Valentine’s Day 2018

13 February 2018 | Kate Plummer

It’s nearly here. A day that for some evokes excitement, anticipation and joy, and for others a mild sense of panic and dread. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day. If you’re in the latter camp where the sight of cupcakes, roses or anything pink/glittery/fluffy/all of the above makes you want to gag, but you still want to enjoy the day with someone special, then we’re here with a few alternative ways to spend your V-Day without the cliché.

Love Beyond the Grave Tour and The Corpse Bride – Bristol
 
If the idea of an overpriced teddy bear and bouquet enjoyed over dinner in a crowded couple-filled restaurant makes you want to die inside, then we’ve got a marvellously macabre alternative for you. The hauntingly beautiful Victorian garden cemetery that is Arnos Vale, is hosting an evening ‘Love Beyond the Grave’ tour where you’ll hear the tales of the lost and forbidden loves of the cemetery’s inhabitants. The tour is perfectly complimented by ending with a screening of the Tim Burton classic, The Corpse Bride, which you’ll curl up and view in the chapel surrounded by candlelight.
 

Image Credit: Arnos Vale Website

‘Love Beyond the Grave’ Tour and The Corpse Bride Screening is at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol on 14 February. Find out more here. Disclaimer: this particular event is sold out, but keep an eye out for future similar events on their website.
 
St Valentine’s Day Massacre Run – Sheffield
 
When it comes to love songs there are a lot of references to running, whether it’s running to you, from you or just running out of time. With that in mind, for any couples wanting a challenge this Valentine’s Day, why not try the St Valentine’s Day Massacre run in Sheffield? With options to run either 5 or 10k, or even a half marathon, the main rule is that couples are linked together somehow, meaning it’s the perfect way to show off your communication and teamwork (plus the added bonus that you’ll both definitely deserve all those heart-shaped chocolates afterwards!)


Image Credit: RunForIt website
 
St Valentine’s Day Massacre Run is at Meadowhall, Sheffield on 11 February. Find out more here.

Sing-A-Long-A Moulin Rouge - London
 
According to the song, love lifts us up where we belong. So if you’re keen to embrace the bohemian ideals of freedom, beauty, truth and love, then one of our favourite cinemas in the capital, The Prince Charles Cinema, has you covered. Known for their love of bringing people together with some audience participation, this February 14th is no exception thanks to a sing-a-long-a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s musical spectacular Moulin Rouge, where you and your date can belt out the Tango de Roxanne with Christian, Satine and co., come what may.


Image Credit: Prince Charles Cinema Website
 
Sing-A-Long-A Moulin Rouge is at The Prince Charles Cinema on 14 February. Tickets Available here.
 
Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks - Manchester
 
OK, so you may think that throwing axes like you’re a character from Game of Thrones facing a horde of the undead (also known as Tinder dating) screams Valentine's Day, but hear us out. Whether you’re secretly picturing someone you’d definitely not wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to as the target, or you fancy something a bit more adventurous than the usual hearts and flowers V-day date night, there’s something undeniably satisfying and ridiculously fun about hurling axes in the safety of Manchester’s best urban axe whisperers, Whistle Punks.


Image Credit: Whistle Punks via instagram
 
Whistle Punks is in Deansgate, Manchester. Find out more here.
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