10 ideas for Valentine's Day in the East

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

With breath-taking locations and centuries of romantic tradition, we have everything you need to treat your loved one to a memorable day out this Valentines' Day.

1. That fairytale ‘Mr Darcy’ moment

A memorable day out needs a memorable setting. For that fairytale ‘Mr Darcy’ moment, how about Blickling, where you can pick a romantic spot down by the lake? It’s proved to be a popular place for those planning on getting down on one knee and popping the question! We've heard of many marriage proposals from the top of the gazebo at Sheringham Park too.

2. Make a stay of it

Why settle for an afternoon out when you can cap off a great day, with a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage? Experience the elegance of life at the heart of a grand country estate when you stay in the delightful Mustard Pot Cottage at Felbrigg or the romantic hideaway of Chapel Lodge at Oxburgh. 

Stay at Oxburgh in the beautiful and romantic Chapel Lodge
A view of Chapel Lodge at Oxburgh Hall
Stay at Oxburgh in the beautiful and romantic Chapel Lodge

3. The little details matter

A romantic trip out followed by dinner in a fast food restaurant just doesn’t send quite the right message! Why not treat your loved one to a meal lovingly prepared by one of our head chefs, created from ingredients grown on our estate at places like Ickworth?

4. Make it a date to remember

Maybe you're looking for somewhere for that first date? Wander hand-in-hand on a stroll through the beautiful parkland at Wimpole Estate, with its picturesque Chinese bridge, gothic folly and glistening lake, all of which add to the romance of the location. 

A lake on the Wimpole estate in Cambridgeshire
A lake on the Wimpole estate in Cambridgeshire
A lake on the Wimpole estate in Cambridgeshire

5. Say it with flowers

Delicate white snowdrops create stunning displays of seasonal flowers at this time of year. Ickworth’s snowdrop displays in February are much more memorable and impressive than any bouquet. The woodlands and gardens at Anglesey Abbey and Oxburgh are also transformed into a carpet of white.

6. Give a thoughtful gift

Rather than something impersonal, pick up something special to remember your day by. With a great selection of handmade delights and fine local produce, shops like the ones at Anglesey Abbey, Wimpole, Ickworth or Blickling are a great place to pick up a memento.

7. Find a quiet spot

With magnificent country estates, acres of countryside and miles of coastline in our care, you can always find a secluded spot or romantic corner. Why not wander around Flatford, the landscape that artist John Constable's fell in love with?

Enjoy time together in one of your favourite places
Couple and dog walking along a wooded path
Enjoy time together in one of your favourite places

8. Write them a note to treasure

Why not break the habit of a lifetime and instead of a mass-produced Valentine’s card, write something heartfelt? As a country, we have produced some of the most romantic writing in any language – from Shakespeare’s Sonnets to touching love letters written by Winston Churchill. You’ll find a love token etched onto a window pane at Felbrigg.

9. Show your wild side

Do you love nature? Head out into the great outdoors for an adventure with your loved one at Wicken Fen or Dunwich Heath and enjoy spending time together, surrounded by the sights and sounds of wildlife that call these nature reserves home. 

Who do you belong with?
Two swans on the water
Who do you belong with?

10. Watch the sun set on a perfect day

After you’ve enjoyed a walk at Dunstable Downs with its views that stretch for miles, don’t rush off, stay a little longer and watch the sun set on a perfect day. 

Enjoy the view
The stars shine brightly above Dunstable Downs
Enjoy the view

So, for all you romantics out there, why not take the love of your life to one of our places this Valentine’s Day? You never know what it might lead to!

Thank you

For your love

Your love for our places, enables us to care for them and their stories for generations to come.