Romance is alive in Tunbridge Wells

Romance is alive in Tunbridge Wells

St Valentine's Day in Tunbridge Wells

St. Valentine’s Day, 14th February, the perfect excuse for a romantic holiday break! 

It all started as an annual feast of ‘Courtly Love’ in the Middle Ages which encouraged nobility and chivalry. Where better place to pursue a modern extension of courtly love and chivalry than a romantic mini-break in Tunbridge Wells with its royal connections and romantic gardens?

Plan ahead for a Valentine break with a difference!

Show your partner your love by booking now so you don’t miss the best of what is on offer from the hotels, restaurants, spa breaks and other places to stay in and around Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells is the ideal getaway, only an hour from London with a genteel Georgian atmosphere, and an impressive array of home-grown businesses which offer delicious treats, special experiences and handmade treasures.

Here’s a helping hand to make this unusual Valentine’s Day one to remember, for all the right reasons.

We have B&Bs for the snuggly home away from home feel; self-catering to provide some extra privacy and exclusive hotels for that special treat.

There are also options right amongst the historic conservation area of our Royal town which are centrally located. Near the Pantiles and the swish High Street, is One Warwick Park, a modern, slick hotel with restaurant and cocktail bar.

Book now for later in the year and you and your Valentine will have something very special to look forward to.

A Valentine Break in a Country Hotel

For a country break of one or two nights, choose from one of the many hotel and cottage options, these are within just a 10 minute drive of the Royal town.

  • The Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel is located in the village of Pembury. A 4 star hotel built round a Georgian dower manor and oast, this venue offers you every comfort and convenience for a romantic break.
  • Flying Horse Cottage is a gorgeous self-catering cosy nook with super country views for the ultimate in a private and relaxing retreat.
  • Salomons is a grand manor in Southborough, where you can lounge around the estate in some style and there is the Bistro too.

There are many more choices of cottages and hotels where great deals can be had if you book soon.  Alternatively one of the agencies like Original Cottages can do it all for you.

Valentine Spa Breaks

For that luxurious edge why not buy a voucher for any one of the four spas or beauty rooms in the area? Self catering Granary Cottage has preferential rates for Knowle Grange Spa on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The Spa Hotel has its own Spa Spa treatment rooms to shower you with love!

Hotel du Vin & Bistro is another luxurious package sure to please.

Do book your treatments in advance so you can be assured your loved one is truly pampered. Don't forget the champagne breakfast!

Shopping for the perfect Valentine gift

Perhaps you’re planning to pop the question or are simply looking for a memorable gift this year. Then look no further! Tunbridge Wells is home to some wonderful jewellery designers including Catherine Hills based in the Pantiles. Noted for her innovative and stunning pieces, she is best known for designing bespoke jewellery featured in the Harry Potter film series.

The Diamond Setter on Broomhill Road in Royal Tunbridge Wells offers classic yet modern bespoke and personalised jewellery which make the ideal gift for him or her.

How about taking a look at the famous G Collins & Sons Jewellers in the boutique-led High Street? By appointment to HM the Queen don’t you know! Other more affordable and lovely jewellery shops are available!

If you want to say it with flowers…we are lucky to have a selection of luxury artisan florists in the Borough. The Cove, which recently opened on the High Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells, combines beautiful bouquets and a selection of artisan gins and gifts, all of which are currently available at their online shop.

Local florist Kelly and Hicks are known for their stunning and original displays, and use locally sourced and recyclable products wherever possible.

Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner, Lindsay Barrow has a shop in the charming village of Hawkhurst, and her impressive arrangements are available to purchase at her online shop.

If the lady in your life just simply loves luxury, check out From Bond Street to Your Street which stocks an impressive selection of designer fashion brands.

For the man in your life, there are over 70 funky shops in Camden Road. Unusual speciality shops offering antiques, art, bicycles, games, beer and outdoor pursuit gifts.

Local artist Jo Harris, owner of Art By The Yard has a wonderful selection of prints of Tunbridge Wells which would make an ideal present.

Why not sign up your special someone to be a friend of Trinity Theatre or The Forum and help preserve our wonderful local entertainment venues? Or simply buy them vouchers to enjoy wonderful nights out in the future. 

The Assembly Hall Theatre has launched a brand new membership scheme called Circle, starting from just £15.

In Cranbrook and Hawkhurst there is a plethora of local offers from local people: Cellarhead Brewery, Larkins Alehouse, Oooh How Lovely gift shop, Cranbrook Iron and many more online specialities to browse for a bespoke present and then delivered to your Valentine’s door.

Romantic dinner for two?

Being such a foodie region, there is no shortage of wonderful restaurants from which to order your dine-in feast. The problem will be in the choosing so here are our tips.

The team at Plateau Artisan creates tempting locally sourced platters to share with your other half.  They have designed stunning luxury cheese and charcuterie plateaux to enjoy along with a bottle of bubbly when they deliver it directly to your door this Valentine’s Day.

The Small Holding Farm and Kitchen has your dream night in sorted with their Valentine’s Packs containing everything you need to create a mouth-watering six course feast for that special someone in your life, including oysters and BBQ lobster from local fishmonger Sankey’s.

Taywell Farm Shop has a splendid range of locally grown wines with which to raise a glass to love this February.

From the heart of the hop lands, Kings of Fine Foods are offering a hamper of grazing delicacies for your heart's true love. Have a read of their yummy menu and order well in advance!

Check the websites for delivery details.

Gardens of romance

Looking for something more peaceful? Romantic walks can be enjoyed in the picturesque countryside of the Garden of England.

Ensconced in the Weald of Kent you’re never far from an impressionistic landscape or a quintessential English village with white clapboard cottages and Tudor beams.

If you want to make a big impression, visit one of four magnificent attractions that are still open for local visitors:

For something quirky and sustainable, The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum is promoting ‘personal mosaic blocks’.  Perfect for your outdoor loving partner, the natural hardwood blocks can be dedicated with a personal message and are displayed for you to enjoy every time you visit Bedgebury. 

Wine Tours of Kent offer truly memorable days out in the Kentish Countryside, purchase vouchers online for future tours and start planning your romantic weekends away in Tunbridge Wells now.

St Valentine is also the patron saint of travelling, so take the plunge and book your own romantic custom mini-break with us.

Get more ideas from the Special Offers, our blogs, like 7 places to go for romantic meals for voucher or takeaway inspiration and recommendations of things to do from the locals.

The Tourist Information Centre is here to help capture your magic memories as well so do get in touch for more inspiration.

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