May lovers rejoice – Valentine’s Day 2021 hasn’t been cancelled. For everyone else however, the day to worry about your relationship status is nearly upon us – although this year’s homebound festivities will look considerably different.

Whatever your views are on February’s recognition of romance, it is at least refreshing to finally have something fun to do. After a cascade of monotonous weekends, this Sunday gives you an excuse to celebrate – and best of all, make a whole day of it! In this week’s blog, we’re sharing ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or Palentine’s Day in a stylishly safe and socially distanced fashion!

Digital Date

The current Government guidance states people must stay at home except when absolutely necessary. This means you cannot visit your partner unless they are part of your support bubble. This rule has been difficult for couples throughout lockdown and on Valentine’s Day, the annual celebration of love, not being able to cuddle a significant other is set to be particularly upsetting for many. 

Thankfully, there are other ways to share the love this St Valentine’s Day! Why not arrange a dinner date together via FaceTime or Zoom, followed by a movie night or box set-binge using an app like Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party)? Of course, if you’re single, lockdown means that there’s no pressure to book early or pile into restaurants crammed with lovestruck couples. Simply batten down the hatches, light the candles, award yourself a takeaway and enjoy a girl’s night on Zoom!

If you’re feeling creative, you can order art supplies from The Works’ website. With everything you need from paper shapes to needle and thread – they can help you craft your way to your Valentine’s heart! Who doesn’t like receiving romantic parcels in the mail? Particularly if the contents are homemade with love! 

A Mushy Marathon

During the lockdown, you are allowed to exercise in a public outdoor space with one other person (limited to once a day and only in your local area). Therefore, if your partner lives nearby, you can meet – although you must always maintain a social distance and sitting on a bench for a Valentine’s Day tipple is sadly prohibited.

If you live with your partner, venturing out of the house together for your daily exercise session can be surprisingly romantic! Hear us out here; picture yourselves strolling hand-in-hand, hearing the snow crunch beneath your feet – then stopping beneath the swaying trees for a cheeky embrace! How does that not sound blissful? 

If you want to complete this picture-perfect moment – why not surprise your significant other with a bouchet of roses? Better yet – how about a rose made entirely of Belgian milk chocolate? Beautifully packaged in sparkly metallic foil, these stunning (and incredibly tasty) roses retail at Van Hage for a mere £2.49! 

Netflix & Chill

Being stuck at home in your trackies with your partner is no reason not to celebrate in style! Whether it’s an elaborate meal, a bottle of something delicious or an evening on the sofa with a romantic film – make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

If you’re looking for a beverage and something sweet to accompany the festivities, then be sure grab a Bottle ‘N’ Bar from Van Hage! This super romantic indulgence combines rosé gold with high quality white chocolate. Not only is it the perfect way to say ‘I love you’, but also the ideal companion for a magical night in! 

If you’re at a loss for what to watch, then why not subscribe to a new streaming service to make this occasion special? This way you can start a new TV series, or watch a movie you’ve wanted to see for a while! 

Valentine’s at Peterborough One Retail Park

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PE1 wishes all their customers a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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