Here on the Hotcourses editorial desk, there’s nothing we love more than a good rant. Whether its delays on the underground or the queue for our morning coffee, we’ve always got a complaint or two. Yet at this time of year, the ‘date night’ idea emails are top of our list. Who said Valentine’s Day had to be all about candlelit meals and overpriced chocolates? As every restaurant you’ve ever visited fights for your attention, this year, we’ve decided to come up with some alternative Valentine’s Day ideas. Whether you’re single, in a relationship or it’s complicated, we’ve got something for you to swipe right to this Valentine’s Day (and a poem, because, you know).
Roses are red, violets are blue...
But neither of these will last forever. Why not create something that will and book a pottery course? If you are less clumsy than us you’ll have something to keep and if you think pottery can’t be romantic, you’ve clearly never watched Ghost.
Just say no to that table for two.
As fun as sitting in an overcrowded restaurant may sound, for the more adventurous foodie, we’ve found the perfect match – a sushi making course. Roll and prepare your favourite bites and have a date night menu under your belt for the future.
Chocolates this time of year will burn a hole in your pocket...
You can’t eat them all without looking greedy, the diet will be ruined in one day and if we are all honest, a bar of Galaxy if far more rewarding than a coffee liquor. Why not fall in love with a new sport this Valentine’s Day and try a karate course – all the happy endorphins, with none of the saturated fat.
So learn to fix that broken plug socket.
What could be more romantic than a DIY course? (Bear with us on this one). Be someone’s knight (or dame) in shining armour and learn how to fix just about everything. Also a good option if you don’t have a plus one this Valentine’s Day – who said being single meant spending more on plumbers? Not us.
Who decided we have to dress to impress?
Why make all that effort for one evening a year? For the fashionistas out there swiping this February, we believe dressing for you is the more important message to share all year round. Fall in love with a dressmaking course and learn how to create looks that make you feel amazing, whether you’re off on a date, or just to the supermarket.
So learn a language – it’s definitely less stress!
Yeah a mini break might be romantic, but so is planning the adventure of a lifetime. Add a second language to your travel kit and get planning that summer holiday. Spending an evening a week in a classroom might be a big commitment, but we’re sure this is one date you won’t regret in the summer.
If our poem hasn’t quite persuaded you to skip the cliché and try something new, why not take a look our longer list of courses and see if one of them takes your fancy. Got some suggestions of your own? One thing we love at all times of the year is hearing from you, so drop us a line (or love letter) on Facebook or Twitter. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.