Hate Valentine’s? We’ve got the antidote

The lovey-dovey feelings of Valentine’s aren’t for everyone. So we’ve collected together some great events and activities up and down the East Coast for when love isn’t in the air.

So why not grab your mates and head out making the most of our small groups’ discount.


Cold-hearted fun 

The perfect antidote to smoochiness, Pop Horror is hosting the Anti-Valentine Ball at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern . So grab your mates, head down and enjoy a night of fun and frolics as you dance the night away. Expect live music and cabaret, all this and more hosted by some fabulous drag queens. Why not throw some shade at love?

When: 14 February
Price: £12 on the door

London Dungeon lates with cocktails 

Experience the London Dungeon after hours with the first late of 2019. Spend your evening in the historic streets of Jack the Ripper, beginning at a Victorian Gin Palace with a complimentary gin fizz with Sweeny Todd and Mrs Lovett followed by a drink in the Ten Bells served by the landlady. The finale is an exhilarating drop ride which may leave you in need of a stiff drink, luckily for you the dungeon Tavern awaits.

When: 14 February
Price: £29 (Ticket includes two free cocktails)

 London Dungeon

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Skating at Life

The festival period might be over but there's still plenty of time to enjoy a hot drink with your friends at the open-air ice rink at the Centre for Life. Grab your mates for a spin around the ice and make the most of your trip with a combo ticket to visit the Life Science Centre's 4D Motion Ride, amazing planetarium, live theatre shows and brilliant hands-on activities.

When: until 24 February
Price: From £10

Kung Hey Fat Choi! 

It’s more than just Valentine’s in February. Join the celebrations in and around Newcastle’s as the Year of the Pig is ushered in with events and performances marking Chinese New Year. Watch the spectacular dragon and lion dances under the ornate ceremonial arch or take part in traditional crafts and dances before enjoying food and drink at the vibrant and colourful party. 

When: From 5 February
Price: Free

Chinese New Year


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Escape Valentine's

We can't think of a better way to spend Valentine's than locked in a room with your nearest and dearest. Leeds has a huge selection of rooms to choose from and our friends at Leeds List have reviewed them for you. Why not take a trip to the culture capital of Yorkshire and put your minds to the test this February and save the city! 

When: Daily
Price: From £7.50 

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Spark joy in York

Spark:York is the new indie spot in town. Grab your friends and spend Valentine's together in and amongst the street feed, independent venders and cosy fairy lights. The newly installed roof and outdoor heaters and blankets will keep you snug so you can enjoy a beverage and bite to eat whatever the weather. The food venders can change but our experience is that there's always a selection of the tasty dishes, from burgers to Thai cuisine, to suit even the fussiest of friends.

When: Open Wednesday - Sunday
Price: Free to visit

Beer heaven at the Brew York beer hall

Brew York might be another play on New York - but this is a not-to-be-missed Old York special. The tap room and beer hall is the perfect location to pile your pals into a long table in the heart of the atmosphere for the freshest beers and burgers in town. With a selection of over 50 cask ales, IPAs, porters and more to try from, you're sure to find your Fairytale of Brew York. 

When: 12am-11pm Monday - Saturday. Open until 9pm on Sundays
Price: Beers start from as little as £1.20 for 1/3, burgers are from £8 

Brew York

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