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The Alternative Valentine’s Day Guide

Rip up the romance rule book and get loved up right now with our rebel guide to V-day.

It’s that heart-shaped time of year again, and we say it’s time to rip up the romance rule book … no soul-sucking dinner-for-two with a wilting rose here, thank you very much.

We’re here to help you avoid the Hallmark hell of a cliched Valentine’s Day with 11 of the most quirky and cool things to do in Cornwall and beyond.

Read on for our ultimate how-to guide for a fabulous – and very alternative – Valentine’s Day.

Go, go, go lovebirds!

FOR SAUCY CABARET: Slinky Minksy’s Valentine’s Special

Where are we going? The Old Library, Bodmin

Persuade me, tiger: Enjoy a night of tapas and tipples at the Ola Café with The Slinky Minsky’s who mix together the wild style of cabaret with timeless touches of burlesque. Hosted by Babalicious, who entertains you with her sultry, seductive singing, she is joined by her gorgeously talented girls, highly experienced in the art of tease.

At a Slinky event, people are encouraged to leave their hang-ups at the door. Dust off those tailcoats, slip into something slinky and celebrate how beautiful we all are.

It’s a date: Friday 14 February at 7.30pm



Where are we going? Watchful Mary, Watergate Bay

Persuade me, tiger: Ok, first rule, just never repeat the word Galentines in public! (Cringe alert). But pal-power on Galentine’s Day gets our vote every time. Get your friends together and enjoy some cocktails with the gang – we LOVE that the month of love can be all about girl-mates.

A great excuse to round up those errant friends you’ve not seen for yonks and celebrate your fabulous friendships, with a champagne cocktail in hand, of course.

It’s a date: Thursday 13 February


FOR AN ADULTS ONLY MOVIE NIGHT: Peter Pansy at The Regal, Redruth

Where are we going? The Regal Cinema, Redruth

Persuade me, tiger: By all accounts the very adult version of Peter Pan. 18++

Peter Pan lives in a magical world of naughtiness! His life would be perfect if he could just find a recipe for the little blue pill, otherwise, Bendy Wendy won’t be happy!

Bring on a whole host of hilarious shenanigans with: an evil pirate (whose name is too rude to print but it does rhyme with Hook); Princess Tiger Willy, and of course Peter’s sparkly, glamorous fairy friend.

It’s a date: 7 & 8 February 2020


FOR GETTING FILTHY: Pottery classes

Where are we going? Leach Pottery, St Ives

Persuade me, tiger: Because can anyone look at this and not hum the entire Ghost soundtrack to themselves? We challenge you. Pottery is so hot at the moment, it’s the craft du jour, so get your hands thoroughly filthy at the world-famous Leach Pottery in St Ives. This is a unique opportunity for you (and your lover, optional) to learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel in the inspirational setting of Bernard Leach’s Studio. The class includes clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders, all taught by a professional potter.

It’s a date: Monthly, February’s class is on Thursday 13th.



Where are we going? The Fallen Angel, Mousehole

Persuade me, tiger:

Whether you’ve just got hitched or the romance needs a little rekindling, the insanely gorgeous Fallen Angel, in the fishing village of Mousehole, is the perfect couple’s retreat.

This modern, architect-designed pad is set in sub-tropical gardens, with luxurious interiors inspired by Morocco and the Med. And it’s been lovingly created just for two, so you can enjoy some you and me time, with no interruptions.

In the garden-view bedroom (yes I’m going straight there!), you’ll find a huge super king bed, feature roll-top bath, walk-in shower for two and doors onto the fire pit patio.

It’s a date: Friday 14 February




Where are we going? Merchants Manor Hotel, Falmouth

Persuade me, tiger: Bringing new meaning to ‘high tea’ this lighter afternoon tea experience features sparkling tea and CBD cocktails, designed to detox and rebalance. 

The low-carb, low-alcohol offering focuses on the use of nutritious and detoxifying ingredients. Enjoy a CBTiki, a low-alcohol CBD Oil cocktail that uses the revolutionary OTO CBD Bitters. These bitters lend a unique flavour and added boost to the cocktail that is not reliant on alcohol and sugar. 

From £16pp, can also be taken as part of spa package which includes a 30 min treatment.

It’s a date: Various dates in Feb

FOR KEEPING IT CLEAN: Love your beach week


Looe Marine Conservation Group Love Your Beach Day by Looe Marine Conservation Group

Where are we going? To the beach, obvs! Various across Cornwall

Persuade me, tiger: Who says love can’t be extended to your surroundings? Show how much your environment means to you and take your significant other on a date with meaning (or take the fam and spread the love). Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall College’s Your Shore Beach Rangers Project which for 2020 extends to a whole week of beach cleaning events. Or, do your own mini clean, draw or make a heart and share the snaps on social using #loveyourbeach.
It’s a date: 14 – 23 Feb 2020

FOR THE MORNING AFTER: Brunch in the Polytunnel

Where are we going? Padstow Kitchen Garden‘s Polytunnel

Persuade me, tiger: Who wouldn’t like to be taken for brunch on a farm in a plastic tunnel! This is a proper foodie treat with all food grown or reared on the farm or sourced from nearby suppliers, with a view that packs a serious punch. A two-course brunch looking over the Camel Estuary, with everything cooked over fire using Big Green Egg’s and the OFYR firepit to give a delicious and unique flavour. Served with Bloody Marys and coffee available from Maggie’s Mobile Barista. Wear wellies and pack a warm coat!

It’s a date: 15 February, arrive between 10am and noon.

And if you’re hot-footing it to London for the day or night (oo you adventurous romantics you) here are 3 of the best to look out for …


FOR ONE-UPPING THAT BOX OF CHOCS: Rococo Chocolate Truffle Workshop

Where are we going? Rococo’s Belgravia Store, London

Persuade me, tiger: Like we really need to, yes? Master the fine art of truffle making at this swanky workshop and guarantee yourself an upgrade on a box of Celebrations this year. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing original about a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but being able to put ‘Artisan Chocolatier’ on your LinkedIn is.

Founder of Rococo’s Chantal Coady has an OBE for services to chocolate, so you’re in for a class that’s a cut above the rest. Led by a trained chocolatier you’ll explore all the techniques used by the pros from fashioning the salted caramel itself, to piping it into shells. If there’s any left (unlikely) you also get to take them home with you.

It’s a date: Saturday 15 February, 11.30am – 1.30pm


FOR DITCHING BORING BOUQUETS: Valentine’s Floristry Workshop

Where are we going? Daylesford Pimlico, London, SW1W 8LP

Persuade me, tiger: Being given flowers is soo 2019, why not make your own? Check into this make-your-own bouquet course at Daylesford in London for a day that is guaranteed to be really fun, and god, smell so great. You’ll be guided by local florist and flower designer (we actually want her job) Kat Argent.

Learn how to make a hand-tied set of seasonal blooms like you see in the best florist shops. The class covers colour, tones and structure and at the end of the day take away a pro-looking bouquet for that special someone you (or indeed yourself).

It’s a date: Tuesday 12 February, 6pm-8pm



Where are we going? London Palladium

Persuade me, tiger: This special residency runs for 15 dates in February and we think the promise of spangly corsets is more than enough reason to get yourself down to the London Palladium pronto, non? At 61 (what!?) and still flexing with the best of them, it’s going to be one darn sexy night of a show.

No giant stadiums here, just some up close, intimate warbling from her Madgesty. Never under-theatrical, expect the unexpected with this pop icon, amongst the new songs there’ll be jokes (fairly blue – so very fitting we think) and lots of cheeky banter with some lucky punters.

It’s a date: Thursday 13 February, Saturday 15 February and various dates through Feb

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