The Contemporary is a long-standing part of Nottingham's art scene.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to make the day perfect for that special someone.

Whether you’re the type to prefer a sit down dinner or something more adventurous, we have rounded up some of the best date ideas at every price point.

#1 – Afternoon Tea

For those of you with a more discerning taste, afternoon tea at the Colwick Hall hotel might just be for you.

Offering a menu with a wide range of savouries and desserts inspired by Beauty and the Beast, this is sure to be an incredibly romantic meal for two.

The event is running throughout February, and will cost you £50 for two during the week, or £55.90 at the weekend.

These sweet treats are not to be missed! Photo credit to Colwick Hall Hotel

#2 – Snowdrop Walks

If you and your partner prefer the outdoors to the indoors, try a scenic walk around Belvoir castle, complete with their huge blooms of snowdrops that have made their appearance for this season.

Whilst the castle itself is not open, the grounds are still available to be explored, with plenty of picturesque locations for a memorable special moment.

It’s a drive out of Nottingham, but the sights here are not to be missed. Photo credit to Belvoir Castle

#3 – Art Gallery

If your partner has an eye for art, try taking them to one of the many art galleries in Nottingham.

Try the Contemporary for their newly launched collections, opening on the 10th of February, and to finish with a coffee at their Ottar cafe.

Or, if you want to go somewhere more unique, try Inspired on Flying Horse Walk, with a range of ceramics, art prints and sculptures available to both look at and take home – a possible gift idea if you want something to commemorate the day.

The Contemporary is a long-standing part of Nottingham’s art scene.

#4 – A Night at the Theatre

Whilst “dinner and a movie” is such a ubiquitous date idea for a reason, there’s nothing wrong with shaking it up a little!

Nottingham Playhouse will be showing The Beekeeper of Aleppo, a story about a Syrian couple torn apart by war who must fight to be with each other again.

It is described on the website as “a story of connection – between friends, families and strangers” and is sure to be a very moving performance.

#5 – Cocktails and Crime Murder Mystery

The National Justice Museum are once again holding their Valentine’s murder mystery evening, perfect for a special someone who loves a gripping story.

With the event set in the museum, and a trial in the grand courtroom, it’s your job to solve who killed the owner of The Dungeon Club, the best music spot in town.

Whilst not held on Valentine’s Day, it’s sure to be a night to remember!

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