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A thoughtful Valentine’s gift guide

Whether you're looking to treat a partner, a loved one or yourself this Valentine's, we've got your back. Give the gift of an experience with one of these thoughtful presents.

Written by High Life North
Published 07.02.2020

Sightseeing helicopter tour 

Go all out and travel in a unique style as you and your partner take to the air in your very own helicopter tour. Explore either Tyne & Wear or Durham and Darlington with Ferryhill Virgin Experience helicopter tours. Fly over the cities and discover somewhere new from a fresh vantage point. The couples tour starts at £158, including an experienced pilot who will point out well-known sights as you fly over the region. 


Cost: Now £158 (was £390) 

100 date bucket list

If you find yourself running out of ideas for date night, fear not. The 100 dates bucket list is the perfect present that both you and your significant other can enjoy. Explore new areas and try new hobbies with the scratch poster. Once you have completed the date, scratch it off the list and pick another idea until you have worked through them all.  

Gin tasting at Blackfriars 

Book in early for your chance to experience premium gins from around the world at Blackfriar’s ‘Gin O’clock’ event on 5 March. Treat your partner to a class and learn the history behind some of the best gins in the world. Not only that, but each visitor will receive 10% off a three-course meal in the restaurant afterwards. 


 3-course dinner and hotel stay 

One of Newcastle’s best city hotels has a Valentine’s offer that’s hard to resist. Hotel Du Vin near Newcastle’s Quayside is offering an ‘Everything your Heart Desires’ package, which includes a three-course dinner and overnight stay with breakfast and a glass of Champagne. Make your booking quick as the deal is only available from 13 to 16 February.


Cost: Starting from £203  

Indulgent spa day 

Fancy the ultimate relaxation experience for two? Rockliffe Hall offers a couple’s getaway spa day package which includes full use of the wellness facilities, a Rasul steam and mud bathing ritual as well as a 45-minute warm oil massage. The couples package also includes a two-course lunch and a two-hour Spa Garden Room experience so you can enjoy the panoramic views from the infinity pool or the sumptuous loungers. 


Cost: £155 per person 

Walking beer tour 

Explore Ouseburn – dubbed the Shoreditch of Tyneside – and its buzzing breweries with this brand new beer tour. If you love a pint or want to explore the area, then embark on the tour which starts with lunch at The Factory Kitchen cafe inside The Biscuit Factory. Following the River Ouse, you will have the chance to taste some of the brewed drinks at Tyne Bank Brewery and a further four pubs and breweries along the way. The tour finishes at the pub claimed to have the best views of the River Tyne. 


Cost: £50 per person  

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