With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to treat your other half to a special day out in Wiltshire. From traditional dinner dates to leisurely garden walks and other outdoor adventures, here’s our Top 14 Date Ideas across the county.

Explore Stately Homes and Gardens

Home to a world class collection of gardens and stately homes, Wiltshire is the perfect destination for a romantic walk this season. Step back in time and enjoy some of the most historic properties across the county, before enjoying the great outdoors with a stroll through picturesque landscape gardens.

Stourhead Winter

Stourhead

Amongst the most popular places to visit in Wiltshire all year round, Stourhead creates the perfect date experience with plenty to discover across the estate. It’s 18th Century landscape garden features grottoes and temples overlooking breath-taking lakeside reflections. Here, you can walk along the waters edge and take in spectacular views of nature all around you.

During your visit, be sure to head inside Stourhead House, a Palladian mansion, home to a fantastic regency library and beautiful art collection. Head to the borders of the National Trust estate to find King Alfred’s Tower, an amazing red-brick folly offering panoramic views over Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

Longleat

Home to the UK’s original Safari Park, Longleat offers a great day out this month! Get up close to a range of animals including Red Pandas, Koalas, Giraffes, and the famous Monkeys as you drive through the Safari. Enjoy a Jungle Cruise boat trip along the lake and meet gorillas, hippos and even feed the sea lions below! Why not book a tour of Longleat House and marvel at its design, one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain.

This February, Longleat will be open on weekends and throughout half term.

Lydiard House & Park

Featuring a Palladian House, church, walled garden and formal parkland, Lydiard Park showcases the striking remains of a great country estate and offers a great day out this romantic season. Wander through the elegant state rooms, containing family furnishings, portraits, and other historic collections. Enjoy a tranquil walk through the ornamental 18th Century walled garden, and capture stunning scenes at the lake, with rolling lawns and woodland all around.

Unwind with a Spa Experience

Whether you are looking for luxury spa treatments, or a weekend of pure relaxation, unwind with a range of spa experiences in Wiltshire this romantic season…

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa

Head to Whatley Manor Hotel and immerse yourself in their Aquarias Spa this month. Restore your mind and body with access to their indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, salt scrub showers and thermal suite. Since teaming up with GAIA Skincare, Whatley Manor now offers a sustainable and natural skincare range and treatment collection, allowing you and your partner the luxury of time to unwind.

Lucknam Park Swimming Pool

Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa

Combining modern and style, the spa at Lucknam Park Hotel sets a new standard of luxury with 8 state-of-the-art treatment rooms and 5 thermal cabins, as well as a programmed of mindfulness activities including Yoga classes and forest bathing!

Woolley Grange Hotel

Housed in a contemporary oak-timber building is the Woolley Grange spa. Featuring an indoor pool with views of the walled kitchen, a heated outdoor pool surrounded by Wiltshire countryside, and a range of treatments including Ishga massages, facials, and Jessica nails manicures!

Head on an Outdoor Adventure

If you and your partner are more the adventurous type, Wiltshire offers a range of thrilling activities…

New Forest Cycling Tours

Explore some of Wiltshire’s fascinating heritage with New Forest Cycling Tours this month. Discover Medieval Salisbury and the famous Stonehenge, travel across the ancient Ridgeway and explore Wiltshire’s picturesque National Landscapes. Tours can be tailored to you and your partners requirements and bespoke tours can also be arranged.

GoSkydive

Enjoy a bucket list experience this Valentine’s Day with a tandem skydive with GoSkydive! Offering a variety of altitudes to jump from including the UK’s highest at 15,000ft, giving you roughly 60 seconds of exhilarating freefall followed by a canopy ride over the Wiltshire countryside. Pair your experience with one of their amazing camera packages to ensure every memory is captured!

The Arc, The Climbing Academy

For a fun-filled date experience, why not have a go at bouldering or roped climbing at The Arc Climbing Academy in Chippenham. Featuring a striking outdoor climbing wall, free skatepark and indoor facilities, The Arc offers an exciting day out this season.

Treat them to Something New

Wiltshire is home to a range of independent and high street shops, offering everything from locally made gifts to designer brands. Treat your other half to something special this Valentine’s Day.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Swindon

Housed in the beautifully renovated Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western Railway Works is McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon, one of the largest covered outlets in Europe! Here, you will find a quality mix of High Street and Designer Brands reduced by up to 60%. Shop the likes of Guess, Superdry, Tommy Hilfiger, Haribo, Puma and much more! Find the perfect Valentine’s gift or treat your other half to an exciting day out!

Fisherton Mill

Head into the centre of Salisbury to Fisherton Mill, the south England’s largest independent gallery. Featuring an award-winning on-site café and artist studios, here you can browse a range of homemade products including jewellery, glasswork, scarfs, paintings and more. Settle down for a bite to eat in the Gallery Café, serving a great selection of cakes and light lunches.

Wine & Dine

For a classic dinner date this Valentine’s, head to one of Wiltshire’s award-winning restaurants. Experience gourmet dining at its finest as you sample locally sourced food and drink…

The Shelburne Restaurant, Bowood Hotel

Set in the picturesque grounds of Bowood Hotel is the Two AA Rosette Shelburne Restaurant. Executive Head Chef, Rupert Taylor, offers a contemporary and inspired seasonal menu with everything from locally sourced Wiltshire breakfast to luxurious dinners, guaranteed to delight all!

Rick Stein, Marlborough

Head to Marlborough to enjoy a combination of classic dishes, excellent wines, and coastal charm at Rick Stein this Valentine’s. Featuring the freshest ingredients, discover a vast menu from steak and roast pork to chicken and their iconic seafood dishes.

Pythouse Kitchen

Pythouse Kitchen Garden

Surrounded by a stunning Victorian walled garden is Pythouse Kitchen, showcasing the very best in home-grown meals. Within the south facing garden, you can find a myriad of plants, fruit, and vegetables, all of which create a strong part in their everchanging menu. Other locally sourced ingredients include organic beef, grass-fed lamb, and milk. Specialising in outdoor cooking over the fire, Pythouse’s menu is as good as it gets and offers the perfect location for a dinner date this Valentine’s.

Find more inspiration here and plan your visit to Wiltshire this month.

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