14 ideas for Valentine's Day in the East

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

With tales of royal romances and historic love affairs at many of our places in the East of England, let us continue to provide the perfect backdrop for love to blossom.

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

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. It doesn’t have to cost the earth

You don’t have to break the bank for a great day out and a stunning location may just be right on your doorstep. A walk around the hamlet of Flatford and Constable Country, along the coast at Dunwich Heath or Sheringham Park can be just as special. 

3. 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

4. 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?

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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. The raised boardwalk and grass droves at Wicken Fen allow easy access to a landscape to get lost in and the gardens at Peckover are an oasis in the middle of Wisbech, perfect for escaping the 21st century hustle and bustle.

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

9. 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.

10. Follow in the footsteps of romance

Enjoy a walk together and uncover the fantastic tales of love and romance amongst our idyllic places. Why not get inspired and discover the captivating love story of Frank and Edith Pretty at Sutton Hoo

11. Show your wild side

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

Who do you belong with?
Two swans on the water

12. Love the seaside

For a romantic spot all to yourselves, how about heading to the Norfolk Coast, where you’ll find miles upon miles of beautiful coastline? Wrap up warm and don’t forget to pack a flask of hot chocolate! Why not carve your names into the sand before you leave?

13. Give a little something back

Spread the love even further by lending a helping hand. There are lots of volunteering opportunities available at National Trust places in the East of England, whether you’re single or want to volunteer as a couple, your help can really make a difference.

14. 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

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.