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Single or coupled up? 7 things to do this Valentine’s Day

Whether you are loved up or just wanting to hang out with your gal pals. Here’s our guide to Valentine’s Day 

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New release: The Photograph promises plenty of love and romance this Valentine’s Day

Whether you fancy a night out, planning a special evening in with your loved one, or just spending time with your gal pals this Valentine’s Day, there’s loads to do. Here’s our handy guide of what to do this Valentine’s Day in Staffordshire. 

If you’re coupled up…

1. Valentine’s Pottery Date Night

If you have been inspired by The Great Pottery Showdown on TV and fancy getting your hands dirty this Valentine’s Day  – how about taking a pottery class together? Teacher Jon French will show you how to create your very own couples pot. There will also be champagne, canapes and chocolates to help you celebrate. Remakes of classic Ghost scenes optional – but maybe take a change of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Book tickets online.

Valentine’s Day Pottery Date Night | Feb 14  | 7pm – 9pm | Love Clay @ Valentine Clays, Valentine Way, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2FJ | 01782 271200 | www.loveclay.co.uk. £80 per couple.

2. See a romantic movie 

It’s the go-to date night but it never fails. And with writer-director Stella Meghie’s The Photograph due for cinema release (which brings us The Notebook chills all over again) on February 14, it’s the perfect flick to get you in the lovey-dovey mood. The romantic drama is all about a woman who must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved. Tissues at the ready. 

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2. Attend a wedding show

You might not be there yet, but if you are planning a wedding why not head on down to the Staffordshire County Showground wedding show, which promises to have amazing deals that you won’t find anywhere else! Couples will be able to buy, hire & book everything you need on the day. Expect bridal boutiques, as well as other wedding suppliers offering expert advice. 

The Staffordshire County Showground Wedding Show | Feb 9 | 11am – 3pm | Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD | 07938825861 | www.staffordweddingshow.com. Free to enter but pre-registration online is required.

3. Out for a Valentine’s Day meal 

Opt for a traditional and delicious candlelit banquet at the romantic lakeside Moddershall Oaks… Ticket includes: Pink Prosecco drinks reception, four-course dinner, beautifully dressed tables and a live pianist

Valentine’s Day Dining Roses & Rosé | Feb 14 | 6.30pm or 8.45pm | Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat Moddershall Near Stone Staffordshire ST15 8TG | 01782 399000 | www.moddershalloaks.co.uk | events@moddershalloaks.com. £99 per couple.

…Or cosy on up at Aston Marina’s scenic and romantic setting. Its menu includes pink champagne on arrival and a selection of starters, main courses and desserts. Reservations available at 6.00pm, 6.15pm, 6.30pm, 8.15pm, 8.30pm and 8.45pm. A deposit of £10 per person is required at the time of booking.

Valentine’s Day menu | Feb 14 | From 6pm| Aston Marina, Lichfield Road, Stone ST15 8QU | 01785 819702 | www.astonmarina.co.uk. £45 per person.

Date with the girls…

4. Giddy with your gals  

The sequel to the hilarious first show Menopause The Musical is touring in 2020. In Cruising Through Menopause, we fast forward five years to catch up with the same four ladies as they set off on the high seas for tales of their lives, loves and losses. Expect more hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, memory lapses and weight gain – perfect to share some laughs with a few gal pals.

Cruising Through Menopause | Feb 22 | 7.30pm – 10pm | Prince of Wales Theatre, Church Street, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1DE | 01543 578762 | www.princeofwalestheatre.co.uk. £30 per ticket.

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5. Get some revenge

Well, not literally. But if you are not in the mood for love this February, a chilling thriller might be just the ticket for you. Directed by Louise Jameson (EastEnders, Doc Martin, Doctor Who, Bergerac) this is one thriller guaranteed to leave you gripped from start to finish. Bill Crayshaw MP leads a charmed life, hailed in the corridors of Parliament, lauded in business, and loved at home. That is until he returns from a business trip to find his party agent has been killed in a terrible, tragic accident – or was it? With plenty of twists and turns and a thrilling climax that will keep audiences guessing until the final curtain!

Revenge | Feb 17 – 18 | 7.30pm | Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate St, Stafford ST16 2LT | 01785 619080 | taffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk. From £17.50 per ticket.

6. Dance in the aisles

Rock & Roll musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is heading to the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent as part of its 30th anniversary UK wide tour. The show tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. Sing-a-long, dance and forget all your relationship woes! 

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story | Feb 18 – 22 | 7.30pm |Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1AP | 08448717649 | www.atgtickets.com/stoke. From £13 per ticket.

Family time

7. Thomas & Friends 

Keeping it a family affair? Head on down to the Drayton Manor Park for its half term Thomas Land fun. Families have the option to meet Thomas and friends at Thomas Land as well as enjoying the 15-acre zoo. Families can also save up to 40% off when booking online for selected dates between February 9 and 24. 

Thomas & Friends | FEB 8, 9, 12-23| Drayton Manor Park, Drayton Manor Drive. Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW | 01827 287979 | www.draytonmanor.co.uk.

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