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Your perfect Valentine’s Day in Winchester

Winchester College
Winchester College

Published February 2020

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re spending a romantic break with your special someone, reminding a friend how much they mean to you or celebrating the person you love, check out our top 10 ways to make it an extra special day.

Relax and be entertained

If you’re planning a night out for two, a trip to the Theatre Royal Winchester is a great focal point to your evening. With concerts, performances and jazz brunches there is something for everyone.

Clink glasses with your loved one

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery is a great place to explore the journey of Bombay gin and see the distillery whilst getting to know your special someone a little more…or at least which gin cocktail they prefer.

Experience the romance of steam travel

Sit back and relax on the Watercress Line as views of the South Down National Park pass by the window, a great place to enjoy the company of your Valentine’s.

Enjoy a mini-break

Escape to Winchester for a romantic mini-break this Valentine’s. Have you stayed at the Mercure Wessex? Book your ‘Ready for Romance’ package now and enjoy chocolates on arrival, a three course dinner, glass of bubbly for two, plus breakfast and late check-out until 2pm.

Snow DropsChawton House Snowdrops

A visit to Chawton House could be the perfect way to spend a romantic day in the district, especially as the grounds are currently filled with snowdrops. Why not extend you celebrations and visit on Sunday 16 February when they will be celebrating their Snowdrop Sunday. Make sure you stop into the tearoom for a snowdrop-themed treat.

Toast to your future

Discover the secrets of Hattingley Valley this Valentine’s Day and take an in-depth tour of the vineyard to find out how this English sparkling wine is made…and of course sample a glass of this multi award-winning wine.

Retail therapy

Take a wander through the winding streets of Winchester and discover unique boutiques and independent cafes alongside our favourite high-street brands. Treat the one you love to something special this Valentine’s Day.

Grab a cocktail

Start your date night in style and get cosy at your favourite table with great cocktails from the Cabinet Rooms. Explore the exciting wine list or discover some original cocktail concoctions, along with some classic favourites.

See the stars

Chesil Rectory

If you haven’t visited the planetarium at the Winchester Science Centre then this is a must. Have a unique Valentine’s Day flying through the Universe and exploring the galaxy.

Enjoy a meal

Winchester has a whole host of places to eat no matter what you are in the mood for. But, if you are looking for an open fire, oak beams and delicious, locally sourced food then it has to be the Chesil Rectory. Once voted the third most romantic restaurant in Britain by The Times newspaper this beautiful restaurant could be the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day.