Valentine's Day events for you and your loved one

Couple enjoying a walk around a garden

Discover somewhere special with loved ones, fall in love with breathtaking views and take a walk through centuries of romantic tradition. We care for some of the most beautiful historic houses and gardens in the country, perfect for a romantic day out. Here are some of the most romantic events going on at our places for Valentine’s Day.

Couple walking through spring flowers

South West Flower Count 

Early spring flowers are a welcome sign of the longer, warmer days to come. Every Valentine’s Day for the last 11 years, our gardeners in the South West have been busy counting the number of blooms on show, in an effort to see how our gardens are affected by climate change. Why not come along and give them a hand?

 Little girl rag rugging at Townend

Back to Backs, Birmingham 

Rag Rug Valentines Heart, 10 February, 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm

Rag rugging used to be an essential part of life in back-to-back houses, as bits of cloth and some hessian sacks were turned into rugs, chair covers and mats. Join our expert crafters for a two-hour workshop to learn these skills, and create your own special seasonal decoration.


Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

Valentine’s Stargazing Night, 14 February, 7- 9pm

For the perfect Valentine’s evening you can’t beat a bit of stargazing. Discover the wonders of the universe at Dunstable Downs with experienced astronomers who will take you on an adventure across the night sky. Peer through telescopes, enjoy a talk from space experts and stay cosy under the stars with delicious winter-warmer drinks.

Visitors using a typewriter

Greenway, Devon 

The Romantic Side of Agatha, 14 February, 2-3pm

Under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie wrote six 'bitter-sweet stories about love.' This Valentine’s Day, storytellers will be reading excerpts from these stories in the House Kitchen at her holiday home, Greenway. Stop by to hear the tales brought to life.

Visitors by the lake at Lyme Park

Lyme, Derbyshire 

Romantic afternoon tea, 10-16 February, 11am–4pm

For a truly special Valentine’s experience, why not treat that special someone to afternoon tea at Lyme? Tuck in to sandwiches, soup, sweet treats and a glass of bubbly. Afterwards you can take a stroll around the beautiful gardens, and discover the places where Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy in the much-loved BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice.

Visitors enjoying afternoon tea at one of the National Trust cafés

Overbeck's, Devon 

Valentine’s Day high tea, 10 Feb-31 Mar, 12-3.30pm

Where better to take your Valentine than a hidden subtropical paradise – on the south coast of Devon? Explore the exotic garden with its beautiful estuary views, before tucking in to a delicious selection of petit sandwiches and cakes, plus scones with cream and jam. There’ll even be glass of Prosecco for you and that special someone.

Couple enjoying a picnic on a beach

Studland Bay, Dorset 

Champers and Hampers, 11 February, 12–3pm

Treat yourselves to a champagne hamper for two this Valentine’s weekend and enjoy your lunchtime delights overlooking Studland Bay. After all those treats take a romantic walk along Studland’s glorious four-mile stretch of golden sand. Those who love wildlife can explore the heathland behind the beach which is a haven for birds and reptiles.

Waddesdon Manor in the autumn

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 

Valentine’s Dinner, 14 February, 7.30pm

You may not be able to escape to Paris this Valentine’s Day, but there’s still plenty of romance to be found at Waddesdon - a French Renaissance-style château set amid the scenic countryside. Treat your loved one to a special evening and clink glasses of Nyetimber sparkling wine on arrival, before tucking in to a delicious three-course dinner in the Manor restaurant.

Book, notes, inkwell and jug in Isaac Newton's room

Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire 

Come stargazing, 15 February, 5.30–8pm

Where better to discover the science behind stars than at Isaac Newton’s birthplace? Local astronomers will be on hand with a travelling planetarium to give you a glimpse of space with plenty of hands-on activities, talks and demonstrations, and weather permitting, some actual stars.