With Valentine’s Day and wintery days leading us to wrap up warm and cuddle up to loved ones, February really is a month of love! Southampton shows us what ‘love is’ this February…


Love is…seeing your favourite animals with your loved one this Valentine’s Day!

From loved up lemurs to cuddling coatis, Marwell Zoo has some super sweet couples for you to come and see this February. Wrap up warm with your special someone and enjoy a lovely day out together.  Marwell also has the Valentine’s gifts that keep on giving! Their unique gifts are sure to delight your loved ones and what’s more, you’ll be making a real difference to their conservation work. Whether you choose an annual membership, animal adoption or experience, photographic experience day or a special visit with their gift tickets, your contribution will help to look after Marwell residents and endangered species further afield. To see the full range of gift ideas, visit their website


Love is…a midweek discount at Go Ape Southampton!

Pre-book and save 20% midweek in February with code BKB4HT at Go Ape Southampton. Offer includes Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior and is valid on Monday – Friday adventures in February. (T&C: Excludes Corporate Events and gift voucher purchases. Participation and supervision ratios apply). Find out more here!


Love is…loving to run or running for love!

There are actually quite a romantic racers at the ABP Marathon! They have had 4 proposals in the first 2 years including one of their pacers who got his medal engraved with ‘Will you marry me’ on pre-race which he then ran with for 2 hours before dropping to one knee at the finish line. The winners of the half so fastest male and fastest female were also a couple!

OFFER: Run for Love? or Love to Run? Quote LOVEBIRDS when booking any of the ABP events which will give you 10% off!


Love is…dining somewhere with a difference


Thaikhun Thai restaurant in Westquay will transport you to the streets of Thailand in a dining experience like no other. With it’s atmospheric lighting and quirky decor you’ll be whisked away on a taste-adventure without having to leave the city. A lovely place to spend a romantic evening, with delicious food that’s great for sharing.


Love is…planning your wedding day!

If you’ve recently gotten engaged you will be starting to gather ideas for the big day! A wedding fayre is the perfect place to meet suppliers and start planning! The Dancing Man Brewery are holding a Wedding Fayre on Saturday 11th Feb 2017, so make sure you head down for some inspiration – the brewery itself is also worth a peak! Find our more here!


Love is…Billy Elliot the Musical!

Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, is coming to Mayflower Theatre in February and would be the perfect Valentine’s day treat for your loved one. Before the show why not dine in our Ovation Restaurant; book a table and start your visit in style.

Set in a small mining town in the north east of England, against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story that has captivated millions around the world, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.

Billy Elliot The Musical will be at Mayflower Theatre from 7 February – 4 March 2017. Tickets available here!


Love is…a romantic night out at the movies, live on stage! 

Gotta sing, gotta dance! The MGM Story is a romantic night out at the movies, live on stage! See the dreamy world of musicals come alive at Nuffield Southampton Theatres 19 February, with a West End cast and live band. The MGM Story traces the history of the golden age of song and dance and tells the tale of how the famous studio fostered the talent of stars like Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, composers Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and many more. This brand new musical revue will take you back to those amorous timeless classics, with songs from Singin’ in the RainAn American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz and features brand new musical arrangements. A great night out, sure to leave you starry-eyed! Tickets from £10 are available from the box office 023 8067 1771 or online at nstheatres.co.uk.


Love is…holding their hand in the dark!

SeaCity Museum was once home to the main police station and law courts in Southampton and many rooms and features remain intact. Join a unique opportunity to explore areas of the building that are normally out of bounds, including the old law courts, padded cells and custody suite. Please bring a torch with you. Find out more here!


Love is…discovering history. 

Join Tudor House and Garden for a tour of the house and garden, including the attic and cellars, to discover more about the wonderful history of the museum that spans over 800 years. Enjoy a hot drink, scone with jam and cream. Tour lasts one hour and includes steep staircases. Find out more here! 


Love is…the perfect first date!

There is a lot of pressure to get the first date just right. You want to impress them, you want to have fun together, you want to get to know them…so how about doing something really different and try out Southampton’s latest craze – Exciting Escapes! Spend 60 minutes deciphering clues to try to make your way out of the escape room. Head for a drink afterwards to recant your experience, you’ll now have plenty to prevent awkward silences! Find out more here!


Love is…precious time with the family. 

Love isn’t just about couples, it’s about all the people you love especially your family. Doing something together to create great family memories is the perfect way to share the love! You can get ‘hands-on’ at Beaulieu this February Half-Term with interactive activities for the whole family! Pick up your passbook and travel through each of our activity stations to collect your stamps. Find out more here!


Love is…a fabulous cocktail! 

For a limited time only, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery will be serving their signature Valentine’s cocktail, the ‘Brambled’. This sublimely delicious, tantalizing and effervescent gin and tonic twist is perfect to share with a loved one this Valentine’s day. The Brambled combines Bombay Sapphire, Fever-Tree lemon tonic water, and a gently squeezed wedge of fresh lemon, and laced with Chambord, available in the Mill Bar from 11th-19th February.


Love is…a romantic gift.

Oceans Southampton sell lots of Valentine Cards and romantic themed gifts such as numerous heart and “love” plaques. You will also find fresh red roses available on the 13th & 14th February, the perfect traditional way to say ‘I love you’.


Love is…live music!

A regular visitor to Turner Sims over many years, classical guitarist John Williams only tours these days accompanied by long-standing musical friends. Tonight he is joined by the sparkling jazz performer, John Etheridge and another master of the classical guitar, Gary Ryan for a programme of solos, duos and trios ranging from Vivaldi to Gary Ryan’s own Benga BeatJohn Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan (Thursday 23 February)

Standard: £24, Concessions: £23, Friends: £21.60, Students: £12


Love is…a romantic night away at a great price!

Chilworth Manor are offering a Valentine’s package at throughout February. Rooms are available from £155 per couple and it includes a 3-course meal plus glass of fizz in the restaurant and a complimentary sorbet course.