Trentham Estate Valentines WalkLove is in the air… and we’re in lockdown! But fear not, we’ve got some great ideas for you to enjoy a loved-up lockdown Valentine’s Day at home in Stoke!

Breakfast in bed?

Why not treat your loved one with a proper Stoke breakfast of oatcakes? You can really impress by making the oatcakes from scratch with the help of Staffordshire Oatcake Company who will ship out their delicious oatcake dry mix to your doorstep! Simply add water, cook and voila!

Romantic walks in the city

Head out from your front door for a romantic walk. Wherever you live in the city, you’re never far from one of our beautiful open spaces, heritage parks, greenways or canals. Westport Lake, Park Hall Country Park, and Chatterley Whitfield Country Park are beautiful spaces to explore and enjoy wildlife. The Trentham Estate’s stunning award-winning gardens and lakeside walk are open for lockdown exercise - head on a romantic stroll taking in the beautiful panoramic view of the Capability Brown landscape and spot the magical fairies! You can also view the The Three Counties Cubes - an art exhibition in Trentham's gardens until 4 April.

Enjoy a night in!

We may not be able to venture out for a nice romantic meal this Valentine’s Day but lots of our great restaurants are offering a take-out and delivery service so that you can enjoy a delicious Valentine’s meal in the comfort of your own home without needing to acquire the skills of Jamie Oliver! The Quarter are offering a delicious range of take-out Valentine treats including Valentine's Banquets for 2; Valentine's Dessert Box's; Cheese, Antipasti & Wine Package; and Valentine's Afternoon Tea! We’ve pulled together a list of places offering take-out services – but we advise to book in quick as this is likely to be a very popular option this year! 

Local gifts

Our city is full to the brim with fantastic creative folk – and many are offering some great Stoke-themed gift ideas for Valentine’s Day… available to buy online:

Gladstone Pottery Museum (aka VisitEngland's Best Small Visitor Attraction!) sells a wide range of gifts you won’t find on the High Street, including ceramic flower jewellery made and decorated by the museum's skilled demonstration staff. The museum shop also stock gifts and artworks made locally. 

Enjoy 20% off a wide range of fantastic cards and gifts featured on the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s website - simply call them to order, pay and arrange a safe location to collect outside the museum. The museum has also created a section on their website intended to bring a little romance into your lives!

Megan Rose Design is a local company that specialises in unique illustrated prints and gifts. Megan draws her inspiration from local heritage and we think you'll love her work! 

Yellowstone Art Boutique is a fantastic online shop run by the incredibly talented Hannah Stoney. Hannah is proud to sell her own work, and handpick the best of British design to sit next to it! Take a look for some great gift ideas!

Chloe Breeze is a fantastic local illustrator who will have the perfect unique present for your loved one! 

Barewall Art Gallery are based in Burslem and work with an outstanding collection, by artists connected to the Potteries. 

Theartbay Gallery is a community focused gallery, exhibition space and fine art publishers offering a fantastic range of artwork to choose from, including Sid Kirkham's collection. 

Titanic Brewery's great range of beers and merchandise make a great gift for any beer lovers! Order through their online shop and arrange collection or delivery!

Moorland Pottery offer great Stoke-themed gifts! Whether it's their Oatcake Gin, Oatcake Tea, or Stokieware range of pottery, you'll be guaranteed to win the heart of your Valentine!  

Enjoy our Attractions… later by gifting vouchers

Sadly, many of our attractions are currently unable to open but lots are offering great gift ideas including annual membership or gift vouchers so that once they are able to reopen, you’ll be able to enjoy a great experience with your special someone:

Trentham Estate’s annual pass makes the perfect gift, giving year-round entrance to Trentham Gardens and exclusive offers and discounts. 

Gift unlimited visits to see the amazing Barbary macaques at Trentham Monkey Forest with their annual membership. Also available to purchase online are gift vouchers and cuddly Barbary macaque teddies!

Give your loved one something to really look forward to with the ultimate Potteries experience by gifting World of Wedgwood’s Wedgwood Experience Day or Afternoon Tea and Tour for Two Experience.

Why not give that special someone a Middleport Pottery Membership – not only does it give a free Factory Tour and unlimited Heritage Trail pass, but you’ll also be supporting Middleport Pottery’s work and creating a future for heritage.

We've all missed a great night out at the theatre and we can't wait to get back to watching fantastic performances taking place in the city again! Why not treat somebody to a night at the theatre for Valentine’s Day by purchasing a gift voucher? New Vic Theatre and The Ambassador Theatre Group (Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall) offer gift vouchers for performances. 

Is your Valentine a fan of the Great Pottery Throw Down? LoveClay Ceramics Centre offer fantastic pottery workshops and courses and whilst the centre is closed during the lockdown, you can still buy vouchers and book upcoming courses for later in the year! You could even recreate THAT Ghost scene!

We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Share the love by using #MyStokeStory on your social posts. Please stay local and follow the rules. Stay safe! X

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