While a prix fixe dinner might be the standard V-Day go-to, it isn’t for everyone. If you’re not into marking the cheesiest day of the year with a romantic candlelit dinner, there’s still plenty to do in and around the city. Take a look at list of not-so-lame ideas.

1Take a romantic canal trip

2Go on a romantic cruise

Not the Mediterranean or the Northern Lights but a six-hour trip on a Manchester Ship Canal cruise from Salford Quays to Liverpool. The cruise sails through historic locks and bridges which have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago, and takes passengers past some of the region’s most stunning architectural and natural sights.

3Enjoy a massage for couples

4Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea

5Watch a romantic film

Looking to spice up your Valentine’s day? 50 Shades Darker hits cinemas just in time for the 14th and Manchester’s industrial AMC cinema is the perfect place to watch it. Share a box of popcorn and let the magic happen. Definitely worth skipping a night of Netflix and chill for.

6Take a walk in the Cloud

7Enjoy some sexy food

8Spend the night at one of Britain’s sexiest hotels

9And finally……

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