No time for romance on Valentine’s Day

Does the thought of a romantic Valentine’s day make you feel queasy? Would you rather avoid the commercial hype and spend the day having fun?  Love doesn’t just have to be for ‘couples,’ so grab your friends, spread the love and make a date with them. Why not try one, or more, of these great North East attractions.

Escape Newcastle – Newcastle’s answer to The Crystal Maze! Find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape to freedom. You and your team are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to escape. With 2 games rooms, teams of up to 10 people can play.

Surfing – Don’t let this cold weather put you off, be brave and get into the North Sea for a surfing session. Northside Surf School in Amble organises surfing lessons for groups and individuals at various locations on the beautiful Northumberland coastline or give Tynemouth Surf Co. a try and enjoy a surf off the award winning Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Beginners sessions generally run from March – October, but contact the company as additional sessions can be arranged, subject to conditions.

Afternoon Tea – You can never go wrong with afternoon tea and the North East has an array of eateries where you can sit back, relax and treat yourself to some home baked goods. Why not add a glass (or bottle) of fizz to proceedings too! Some of our favourite afternoon tea locations are The Great British Cup Cakery, Jesmond Dene House, The Running Fox Bakery and The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.

Sausage Making – Yes you read that right, Sausage Making. Northumberland Sausage Company offers sausage making courses for beginners, intermediates and the advanced. Learn about the history of sausages, the ingredients that make them special and then have a go at making some yourself. You get to take your own creation home and on top of that you can enjoy a glass of fizz whilst making them. Groups of approx 10 can enjoy the fun with Northumberland Sausage Company at Brockbushes Farm.

Feeling blue because you’re not sharing this Valentine’s day with a beloved? They say laughter is the cure for everything, so laugh it off, grab your mates and enjoy a rip roaring night at The Stand Comedy Club. Live stand-up is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday across Valentines weekend so you’ve got no excuse to avoid a chortle! Make a proper date of it and enjoy a meal at the on-site bistro too.

Perhaps adventure is more your thing. Head to Slaley Hall in Northumberland where you can get your adrenalin pumping with All Out Adventures. Activities on offer include quad biking, archery, off road driving, mountain biking and segway. With all of this on offer you won’t have time to think of Valentines, long lost love or heartbreak, you’ll be too busy having fun!

If you’re planning a day out with friends, an action-packed weekend with a loved one, or if you’d like some more tips on things to do to make your event or occasion more exciting, get in touch with Waterfall Events via email at and we’ll give you some inspiration.