Valentine’s Day is Tuesday. This coming Tuesday. In 4 days.
Did you forget all about V-Day until your Mum asked if you’re doing anything special with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Or a Facebook ad for flower delivery jogged your memory? Are you scrambling to find something to do with your loved one and wondering if you can possibly keep bae away from all Valentine’s Day paraphernalia until the day has passed? Are you wondering if lighting a candle while watching My Kitchen Rules is romantic enough? Never fear! Whether you’re on your first date with the girl you super-liked on Tinder, or looking to sweep your life partner off their feet, Radelaide has got your February 14th romantic rendezvous covered.
Run by Splash Adelaide, Love Notes offers everyone the opportunity to write a lil’ mushy message to their recipient of choice. You can also go a step up and attach your declaration of feels to a flower of your choice. All writing materials are provided, all you have to do is think of what to write. The gardens will also be home to an array of music, pop-up shops and even a garden bar. Pair Love Notes with a picnic in the gardens and you’ll look like you’ve been planning the day for ages. More information is available here.
Where: International Rose Garden in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Corner North and East Terrace, Adelaide
When: 1pm – 8pm
Wanting a twist on the classic dinner and a movie date? The Moonlight Cinema has you covered with a special Valentine’s Day screening of La La Land so you can soak up the love under the stars. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, or spend big on the $9 bean beds for hire. The Moonlight Cinema is BYO, and if you’ve got a (well-behaved) pooch, they’re welcome too! Take insect repellent unless you want to bond with your date over swatting mozzies. More information and bookings here.
Where: Botanic Park, Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide
When: Gates at 7pm, movie at 8:30pm
Cost: $19 for adults, $16.50 for students
Market Breakfast Tour
Want to find out if your darling is a morning person? Wake 'em up early and drag them out of bed to go on a breakfast tour of the Adelaide Central Markets. Kicking off at 8am outside the Providore stall, lovebirds can wipe sleep from their eyes while enjoying a light breakfast followed by a tour of Adelaide’s foodie Mecca. The tour promises friendly guides and samples of local produce such as coffee beans, nuts, fruits, yoghurt, meats and locally-made chocolates. To book/find out more, head here.
Where: Adelaide Central Market, 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Cost: $80 pp
River Torrens Popeye Cruise
There is no date more Adeladian than this. Honestly, Popeye has been on the River Torrens since 1935. My Nanna probably went on a date on this vessel. Popeye offers a 40 minute round cruise departing from Elder Park Wharf, travelling down to the Torrens Weir, all the way upstream to the Adelaide Zoo before heading back to the wharf. Your knowledgeable skipper will highlight landmarks and points of interest along the way, making for a pretty and educational date. Opt in for the whole trip, stop off at the zoo, or travel one way only - with no bookings required you can cruise on down (hah) whenever suits you. For more information, suss here.
Where: Banks of the River Torrens opposite Adelaide Zoo and Elder Park Wharf
When: 10am – 4pm, every hour on the hour
Cost: $5 - $15 depending on trip length
The Blending Bench
Make a romantic day trip out of Valentine’s Day and head down to picturesque McLaren Vale. Less than an hour from the CBD, d’Arenberg offers stunning views of South Australian wine country. Participants get 90 minutes to play wine-maker and create a unique blend using wines made by the d’Arenberg team in an interactive, hands-on experience. You even score a bottle of your blend to take home and drink with your date. More information and bookings available here.
Where: d’Arenberg Cellar Door, Osborn Road, McLaren Vale
Valentine’s Day at The Propaganda Club
The Propaganda Club, Adelaide’s only late night supper club, is ready to help you wine and dine your valentine with a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Hosted in the luxurious Manhattan Room, Propaganda offers customers a delicious three course meal featuring seafood, meat and dessert paired with wine and champagne. For a more low-key affair the Soho Lounge will be offering an aphrodisiac share plate and champers. Seating is limited and spaces are filling up fast – so get your skates on if this sounds like your ideal night. More information and bookings can he found here.
Where: The Propaganda Club, 110 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
When: 6:30pm or 8:30pm
Cost: $75pp, with the option of a $55pp drinks package
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