How are you planning on spending your lockdown Valentines day this year?

Lockdown has definitely forced us to think outside the box when it comes to celebrating special occasions. There have been some great ideas for lockdown birthdays with lots of local businesses, especially here in Kent, coming up with innovative party packages.

This Valentines day will not be spent in fancy restaurants, theatre or cinema experiences. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and make your date night at home one to remember. Whether you love or hate valentines day, here are some ideas you might want to try.

Get dressed up

Whether you live with your partner or not, you can still get dressed up. Most of us have been living in loungewear for the past 10 months so its a good excuse to make an effort and wear something that makes you feel good.

Go virtual

If you don’t live with your partner, you can still enjoy a virtual date. Watch your favourite film or TV series with Nextfix, Tele Party allows you to synchronise your TV and watch together.

Fancy something a bit different, enjoy a glass of wine and cook a three course meal together via zoom. You could always make it easier by having a Gusto recipe box delivered to your doorstep so all the ingredients and prep is done for you.

pizza and toppings

Dine in

Just because we can’t visit our local restaurants, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy their fabulous food. So many local restaurants are suffering at the moment, so show your support and keep the Kent economy ticking over. Order a takeaway or collection that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. One on my list to try is The Dead Pigeon, rumoured to make the best Burgers!

If you have left it too late to order, there are always the dine in deals from the supermarkets. M&S is always a winner for me!

Indoor picnic

If you have young children and find alone time difficult, then get them involved and enjoy an indoor picnic. Layout a blanket and order in an afternoon tea or picnic box. Bliss Tea Rooms in Walderslade village offer a lovely selection of treats for the whole family.

If you prefer a more romantic picnic, you could order from the Cheese rooms in Rochester and enjoy a sections of cheeses, cured meats and chutney with a nice bottle of wine.

pink mug with hot chocolate band heart cookies

Movie Marathon

You may want to just veg out and have a movie marathon. There are plenty of local businesses in Kent that are doing treat boxes. Gibbs & Graze in Rochester offer a Netflix and Graze box filled with savoury and sweet treats to complete the ultimate cinema experience. They also have a Valentines ones if you fancy something a little special.

If you have a sweet tooth, then you could enjoy a box of sweets from Auntie sweets, she has some lovely Valentine themed sweets for you to enjoy. An Ideal gift for your loved one.

Brave the cold

If the weather is dry, why not wrap up warm, light the fire pit and enjoy a cosy evening in the garden. Toast some marshmallows or make some smores!

If you are lucky enough to have a pizza oven, get messy and have some fun making your own pizzas. But please, no pineapple!

If you are stuck for gift ideas, a gift voucher for couples or family photoshoot would be a lovely experience to look forward to once lockdown ends.


Enjoy you Valentines day, however you choose to celebrate it.