V-Day or D-Day? Five ways to celebrate 14th Feb

No one really likes Valentine’s Day.
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The dreaded time has come again. Let’s face it, no one really likes Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, you need to find something to distract you from all the loved up couples that, to be honest, make you feel nauseous. If you’re in a relationship, you know that even with a romantic restaurant reservation and the most ‘perfect’ gift, Valentine’s Day is just never that great. A day dedicated to love? Please. I’d rather take a dozen red roses on any other day of the year and actually experience an element of surprise.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to sit at home eating Ben & Jerrys and watching Love Actually on my own, nor do I want to sit in a restaurant eating a slab of overpriced meat with a glass of fizz on arrival. A bit of creativity wouldn’t go amiss. Normally, I would find the cinema an absolutely unacceptable date however The Cornerhouse happens to be showing Amelie. As this is one of my favourite films of all time and it’s definitely not a ‘cliché romantic drama’, I would be 100% ok with watching it on V-Day. As someone who has spent way too many Valentines Days as a single-ite (a girl who is too busy working and partying to date), here are a few other ways to celebrate this incredibly saccharine holiday.

1. Girls Night Out

Themiltonclub Deansgate Manchester 10906173

Grab your heels, little black dress and your ladies and hit the town! After a few porn star martinis you’ll forget about being single and hey, you might even have the courage to talk to the cute guy at the bar… #YOLO

The Milton Club presents ‘A Musical Love Affair’ this Valentines Day… just saying.
For booth bookings call 0161 850 2353

2. Learn a Little Somethin’

Cocktail Masterclass Epernay Manchester

Book a cooking or cocktail master class for you and some friends. Maybe next year you can host your very own singles bash!

Cocktail masterclasses offer you an intimate experience with one of our own in house experts. Partake in a champagne masterclass at Épernay Manchester and you will be guided through the history of Champagne. It will broaden your horizons with a specific tasting of some of their most popular Champagnes, which we can assure you, will leave your taste buds tingling with delight.

Alternatively opt for the cocktail masterclass and find yourself behind the bar, showing off your brand new skills as you learn to create a selection of Épernay’s most popular mixed drinks.
Book now: 0161 834 8802

3. Relaxation Time

City Spa Escapes Manchester

Book yourself a day at the spa. Massage, facial, nails and hair. Let’s be honest, when we look our best, we feel our best so go on, treat yourself.

Claretys is a central hideaway combining beauty and wellness through pioneering beauty and skincare treatments, situated in the heart of the city within the landmark Hilton Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester. To book your treatments, call 0161 870 1789.

City Spa Escapes, based in Hello House at Old Granada Studios, are capitalising on the fact a really good spa is hard to come by in Manchester, especially in the city centre. Specialising in mindful massages and waxing, call 0161 832 9770 to book a treatment with one of their girls.

4. Retail Therapy

Manchester Arndale Shopping

Catch the last of the January sales. Spend your day shopping the high streets and pick up that dress from Topshop you’ve wanted all season. You don’t need anyone other than you to appreciate it!

Manchester Arndale, a shopping centre located in the heart of Manchester city centre, has over 200 shops and major department stores.

The Arndale is home to a number of popular high street names including Next, Superdry, Boots, Accessorize, Apple, Kurt Geiger, River Island, TK Maxx, Dune, Topshop, Wilko and many more, alongside a host of unique independent stores. And it’s open until 8pm most nights.

5. Watch ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ at the pictures

ODEON Manchester The Gallery Lounge

Arriving in ODEON cinemas just in time for Valentine’s Day, ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ is a date movie which is sure to get people talking and pulses racing.

Welcome to the ODEON Gallery; where the cinema stops being the sticky, cramped nightmare-date hovel it so often can be, and becomes a rather chic and mature night out. Enjoy the luxury. Have free nachos refills. Wait leisurely for the film rather than sitting through a hundred adverts with Kevin Bacon in them.

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