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Looking to treat the one you love this Valentine’s Day? Want to step away from the status quo and do something a little different? This year Valentine's Day is on Friday 14th February 2020 and you can treat the person you love by spending a romantic day in Hampshire. From your traditional Valentines activities to something a little different, Hampshire has it covered. Enjoy unique experiences, fun days out, relaxing hotel, romantic walks, dinner for two, gin tasting, a driving experience or a kayaking adventure…

Couple Walking on Old Winchester Hill


Romantic Valentine’s Day Walks in Hampshire

Wrap up warm and get outdoors this Valentine’s Day. Explore Hampshire by foot, hand in hand with the one you love. Here are a few of the best romantic walks in Hampshire:

Old Winchester Hill, South Downs National Park

Situated in the South Downs National Park this ancient hill fort is a designated National Nature Reserve and offers stunning views as far as Portsmouth, Southampton and on a clear Day the Isle of Wight.

Lepe Loop, New Forest National Park

Explore part of the New Forest’s coastline on this 5-mile circular walk that goes along the beach and into the surrounding parkland. After your walk stop off at the Lookout Café and enjoy a hot drink and a delicious slice of homemade cake.

Fleet Pond Circular Walk, North Hampshire

Discover the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire and enjoy a romantic walk around it. Walk the full 2.5-mile distance along the lake and through varied habitats including heathland, woodland and reedbeds.

Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard, New Forest National Park

Walk hand in hand along the peaceful Beaulieu River. This gentle route starts in the chocolate box village of Beaulieu and follows the river 5-miles to the picturesque Buckler’s Hard.   

Gilbert White Circular Walk, South Downs National Park

Explore the village of Selborne and walk in the footsteps of Gilbert White. This figure of eight route includes a unique zigzag path offering stunning views of the village below. After your walk, pop into Gilbert White’s House’s coffee shop and enjoy a hot drink and a bite to eat.

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Couple Eating Dinner at Hampshire Pub


Romantic Dinner Spots in Hampshire

Hampshire is famous for dishes with high quality local produce, so why not treat your Valentine to a romantic dining experience at one of these top restaurants:

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Voted the most romantic restaurant in the UK by the Times, the Chesil Rectory is a Valentines must visit!

The Avenue at Lainston House, Winchester

Located at the 5 star hotel, Lainston House. The Avenue offers an intimate setting serving English cuisine with a modern twist.

The Peat Spade Inn, Test Valley

The picture postcard setting of this Test Valley inn is the perfect place to spoil the one you love this Valentine’s Day.

The Jetty Ocean Village, Southampton

Head to the city of Southampton and enjoy a romantic meal in The Jetty, which specialises in oysters and fresh seafood caught daily by local fisherman.

Beefy’s at Hilton at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Bowl your Valentine over by experiencing the best of local Hampshire food in a stylish setting next to the Ageas Bowl Cricket ground. This year will host The Southern Brave cricket team, part of the new cricket competition The Hundred.

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Valentines Day out at Bombay Sapphire


Valentine’s Days out for two in Hampshire

Treat your Valentines to a day out at one of Hampshire’s best attractions. Walk through the gardens of stately homes, enjoy a glass of local sparkling wine or step back in time and discover which historic ship Henry VIII loved the most:

Gin tasting at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, near Basingstoke

Take a guided tour around the distillery, see the famous glass houses and finish with a cocktail to tantalise your taste buds.

Wine tasting at Hambeldon Vineyard, South Downs National Park

Enjoy some award-winning bubbles and learn about why Hampshire is the perfect place to locate a vineyard.

Visit Mottisfont National Trust, Test Valley

Explore the beautiful grounds of Mottisfont in the Test Valley. Stroll hand in hand along the River Test and step inside this beautiful stately home.

Shopping and lunch at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

Treat the one you love to a spot of shopping and lunch by the coast. With over 90 famous brands to shop at you’ll be sure to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Visit Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Adventure 100 metres above the city of Portsmouth and enjoy views across the Solent. Make your visit extra special by booking a Valentines High Tea experience to enjoy at the top of the tower.  

Explore the Mary Rose, Portsmouth

Henry VIII loved the Mary Rose and it is said to have been his favourite ship. Step back in time with the one you love to see his beloved ship and find out about its fateful history and astounding story of being lifted from the seabed.

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Valentines Day Hotels in Hampshire


Romantic Valentines Hotel Breaks in Hampshire

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a few nights away in a luxurious hotel:

Lainston House, Winchester

Drive down the winding driveway into 63 acres of countryside and escape the everyday at this beautiful country house hotel, situated on the outskirts of the historic city of Winchester.

Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke

Treat the one you love to a night away at the place where Jane Austen once use to dance. This rural country hotel offers the perfect place to switch off and enjoy time together.

Langstone Quay Resorts, Hayling Island

Get some vitamin-sea and stay by the coast. Spend the day explore Hayling Island before enjoying the hotel’s leisure facilities and dining in their first-class restaurant.  

The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

Enjoy a city break in the vibrant city of Southampton and stay within the city’s historic walls. Explore the city, it’s history, attractions and nightlife.

Chewton Glen, New Forest National Park

For a luxurious breakaway stay at Chewton Glen in the New Forest National Park. Chewton Glen offers stunning rooms, beautiful spa facilities, fine dinning and you can even stay in one of their luxury treehouses. 

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Quirky Valentine's Day Activities and Things to do


Something a little different this Valentine’s Day in Hampshire

Traditional Valentine’s Day gifts not your thing? How about something a little different to show your love:  

Driving Experience at Thruxton

Book the one you love the ultimate driving experience for Valentine’s Day. Get behind the wheel and take some of the world’s best supercars for a spin around the UK’s fastest circuit. 

Kayaking Adventure with New Forest Activities

Take to the water on a couples kayaking adventure and explore the River Beaulieu in the New Forest National Park.

Archery for Two with New Forest Activities

Become Cupid for the day on a couple’s archery experience. Be taught the basic skills before enjoying a friendly competition.

Learn to Indoor Climb at Calshot Activities Centre

Take your love to new heights on an indoor climbing course. Learn new skills and have a go at climbing on the 1200 metres of climbing wall.

Tickets to One of Hampshire’s 2020 festivals

Make Valentine’s Day last a little longer by booking tickets for a summer festival. From kitesurfing, food, music to cars Hampshire has a festival for everyone.

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