With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can make it extra special for your loved one this year, with all the current restrictions and closure of our favourite romantic venues!  Don’t worry, you can still make your loved one feel on top of the world for this Valentine’s Day, with the help of the New Forest!

Take a look at some of our ideas below to help plan a different Valentine’s Day this year…

Go all out and surprise your partner with a romantic break to the New Forest. Book the perfect magical escape for two in our gorgeous National Park for later on in the year, where you can take idyllic romantic walks together within our stunning nature and free-roaming wildlife, enjoy lunches and dinners in our charming country pubs and luxury restaurants and create lots of new unforgettable memories with each other. We have so many outstanding accommodation options in the New Forest, you’ll be sure to find somewhere perfect for your break.

Gift vouchers make for great presents – and there are plenty of options to treat your significant other this Valentine’s Day! From luxurious Spa Days, made even more relaxing being surrounded by beautiful wildlife, romantic date nights at our glorious restaurants and pubs, to vouchers for exciting activities in the New Forest, or your favourite attractions, perfect for much needed quality time and fun together.

If you want to buy a gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day, you can still do this by shopping online from local New Forest Shops. You can purchase some indulgent tasty treats including fudge – Burley Fudge even offer a vegan option -  or for someone who loves a drink every now and then, you can buy Ringwood BreweryNew Forest Cider and Bombay Sapphire tipples from their online shops. The local online shopping doesn’t stop there, brilliant online retailers also sell clothes, jewellery, make up, skincare products, photography prints, sportswear and sports products and loads more!

If you’ve got the gifts sorted and you’re stuck on a way to spend Valentine’s Day together, how about cooking up a storm, listening to your favourite tunes and dancing around the kitchen together, with some delicious recipes shared by New Forest restaurants, hotels and pubs, for you to try and recreate at home. Or perhaps, if you’re a creative couple or want to try something new and fun, enjoy an evening painting or drawing stunning photos of the New Forest (our Instagram is a great place to find lots of stunning photos!) or recreating memories of previous trips here together with paint or pencil? Or maybe you simply want a quiet night in – you can always relax by completing our New Forest themed colouring sheets!

If you’re lucky enough to be a resident of the New Forest, there is nothing more romantic than a walk through the forest as a couple this Valentine’s Day, whether it’s a sunrise, day time or sunset walk, taking a stroll through our woodland or across our heathland is the perfect way to be together.

For a romantic night in for locals of the New Forest, treat yourselves to a takeaway from the local restaurants and pubs who are offering mouthwatering food that you can collect or have delivered to your doorstep! From Italian to Indian, pub grub to Thai cuisine, there’s lots of options for you to have a wonderful date night at home. Or you could even have private cooks prepare and deliver a 3 course meal to your house from The Forest Foodie.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!