With the season of romance fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start planning a perfect date for that special someone.
If you’re tired of the usual movie or meal out then you can do something different this Valentine’s Day in Tees Valley thanks to these alternative date ideas – from bungee jumping to salsa dancing.
Take the leap with a bungee jump
Take the leap into love and a jump from 160ft up the iconic Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough. Show off your adventurous side at the only bridge in England that you can bungee from. The next available jump is on 15 March.
For gift vouchers and to book, head to ukbungee.co.uk/bookjump.
Take things to the next level with a hike up Roseberry Topping
Take a countryside walk to the next level with a hike up Roseberry Topping. At just 1,049ft (320m) high the beloved landmark in the Tees Valley area, situated on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, may not be the biggest hill you’ll ever climb but it will certainly be one of the most distinctive.
Reminding many of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Roseberry Topping provides stunning views across Tees Valley and North Yorkshire and is the perfect first date selfie spot.
Make waves with water sports
Find your perfect match at Hartlepool Marina with an on-water experience. Feel the thrill of a powerboat cruise, jump on a jet ski or test the water with paddleboarding.
Head to the Tees Barrage in Stockton and really get the blood pumping by taking on the Olympic standard white water rafting course. Or have an excuse to hold on tightly to your partner as you conquer Air Trail, the UK’s biggest sky trail high ropes adventure course which towers beside the River Tees.
Be seduced by salsa
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they move on the dancefloor so a salsa session could be just the thing to really get to know each other. Salseros offers the best Latino bangers in Middlesbrough every Thursday at Bar Zero from 8pm for just £5. It’s also the perfect opportunity to brush up on some moves for a future date at Middlesbrough’s artisan food and drink festival, Orange Pip Market (between April – September), where you won’t only satisfy your stomach, but also your dancing shoes with salsa sessions in the street.
A date to die for
For a date with a difference that’s also to die for, head to Gisborough Hall in Redcar and Cleveland for a Valentine’s Murder Mystery on February 15. Forget the true crime dramas on Netflix for one night and become the detective in a wedding vow renewal gone wrong. The evening also includes a welcome drink, three-course meal and ends with less murder and more moves on the dancefloor.
For details and to book head to gisborough-hall.com/offer/valentines-murder-mystery.
Relax into romance
Show them your softer side with a relaxing spa experience at the five-star Rockliffe Hall resort near Darlington. Take a dip in the infinity pool in the Garden Spa and enjoy lunch, dinner or afternoon tea in one of three magnificent restaurants.
Find the ultimate romantic spot at Wynyard Hall and spend an evening in the lakeside hot tubs with a glass of fizz in hand.
For more alternative date inspiration, head to enjoyteesvalley.com/inspiration/alternative-date-ideas.