Valentine’s Day: embracing or avoiding the romance in Bristol

Whether you’re a lover or a fighter of the evening that celebrates St. Valentine’s, there are lots of exciting and quirky events happening around Bristol to keep you entertained. Grab your friends/family/new love/old flame (probably not all together) and take a gander at these opportunities to celebrate the ones you love… (or grab a bottle and hide away singing “all by myself” a la Bridget Jones. No-one is judging).

Theatre Lovers Valentine’s Day at 1766 Bar & Kitchen

Set within the gorgeous and historic Bristol Old Vic, 1766 Bar & Kitchen is inviting the romantics out there to join them for Valentine’s Day celebrations as they serve up an extra special dining package. To complement the showing of the acclaimed production of ‘Wise Children’ – which promises an all-singing, all-dancing big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy – the team at 1766 will be rolling out the VIP treatment of:

  • a glass of prosecco and nibbles on arrival
  • pre-theatre three course meal from the dinner menu
  • Interval sweet treats of macarons, dipped strawberries and of course another glass of prosecco!
Image source: 1766 Bar & Kitchen

The Theatre Lovers Valentine’s dining package is available from 13th – 16th February from 5pm and costs £45 per person (or £40 at lunch). Note: the cost does not include the price of the theatre ticket. To find out more and book your table, visit:

After Hours: LOVE 18+

Get curious about the crazy little thing called love at We the Curious, amongst over 250 interactive exhibits that reveal the workings of the world. Release your inner child, with a chance to explore and engage with activities around the theme of love, without the kids around.

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Image source: We the Curious

The night will include:

  • a guided exploration of a pig’s heart and think about your relationship with your own.
  • a journey to the birthplace of stars in the Planetarium and a chance to experience the beauty of ‘Winter Stargazing 3D’.
  • Plus there will be DJs, bars, food, and a chance to experience Juliet Robson’s artwork hertz.

Book tickets at

“PAL-ENTINE” at The Other Space

Celebrate your friends with the ultimate cosy sleepover experience at The Other Space in Wapping Wharf. Dress comfy and get ready for an evening of relaxation starting with some calming breathing and meditation at Loop (next door) that will help get rid of any stresses of the day.
Image source: The Other Space event page
The eve will continue with fizz, cookies and sweet treats to nibble on as you hang out, catch up and get crafty at some of the craft stations. There is an opportunity to get your nails tidied up and the lovely Harriet from De Winton Paper Co. (follow in Instragram – dreamy!) will be there to write out a beautiful tailored affirmation or two – to send to yourself or a friend.
There will be some exclusive discounts and offers on treatments too AND a bag full of treats to help get you through the rest of these wintery days.

Aquarium – after hours

Another opportunity to explore a usually family oriented experience but with no children in sight! (Sorry children – this eve is not about you).  Spend time exploring the Aquarium – meandering through the oasis of colour, admiring over 40 naturally themed displays and thousands of marine creatures that call Bristol Aquarium their home.

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Special offer ticket of £25 for two people are available at: Aquarium after hours booking


Chomp down on a scrumptious two course Italian menu whilst watching Wild at Heart. They’re offering a dreamy menu of:

Pasta – Polpette al Sugo – Nonna’s recipe beef and pork meatballs in a creamy tomato sauce topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese (v/vg option available)
Dolce – Chocolate and Pistachio Cannoli

Pasta Slut film review:

“In a nutshell, David Lynch does Bonnie + Clyde, but with better outfits. Part 2 of our Anti Valentine series is brought to you by Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern who serve up serious LEWKS throughout. Style, substance and sex, cheers.”

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Price: £16.50
DM via @therealpastaslut or text 07760195424 to book


Noche Negra is teaming up with Bristol’s infamous Drag Queen Bingo for a raucous night of music, entertainment and BINGO! Bringing sass galore, the queens (Carmen Monoxide and Dominique Fleek AKA The Chocolate city Sisters) will definitely tickle your funny bone and change your image of bingo forever!

Tickets include three bingo cards, all night entry, and entertainment. Noche Negra’s bar will be open for cocktails all night, so round up your friends and join them for the most outrageously unromantic night of the year!

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Image source: Drag Queen Bingo Facebook page

Get your inner drag out and put together the best outfit: as well as bingo booty, there are also prizes for best dressed!

Book drag queen bingo via wriggle

Have I missed any spectacularly different events happening in Bristol this Valentine’s? Let me know and I can add it in!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucy says:

    Great article and tips – hope to try some of these out!


    1. KBowBristol says:

      Thanks!! Hope you enjoy whatever you choose to do! 😊


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