Rekindle the romance with a quirky weekend break in Nottingham

by Katie Rowe

Category: Romantic Ideas
February 25 2014

Auntie VE solves your romantic problems - part two

VisitEngland has teamed up with relationship coach Sarah Abell to recommend some great romantic getaways designed to help get your love lives back on track.

Sarah is the author of Inside Out - How to Have Authentic Relationships with Everyone in Your Life, former Agony Aunt for the Daily Telegraph and regular love columnist for Psychologies magazine.

In her second column, Sarah suggests a cheap romantic getaway in Nottingham that won’t break the bank.

Dear Sarah,

My girlfriend and I have been together for two years. I fear the spark is starting to fade and I want to get it back. I have about £250 to spend on a weekend away and I want to show her that I do love and appreciate her. What do you recommend?

Ian, Birmingham

Dear Ian,

All relationships are likely to fall into a rut at sometime. The good news is that you can rekindle your spark with a few simple changes and a weekend away is a great opportunity to give them a try.

I’d recommend a romantic getaway to the historic city of Nottingham. Robin Hood managed to woo the beautiful Maid Marion in Sherwood Forest – so what better place to recapture the heart of your beloved?

Sherwood Forest ©VisitEngland/ExperienceNottinghamshireBook yourselves into the award-winning Browns Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Forest. At £77 a night with breakfast it should work within your budget. It’s the perfect couple’s retreat: beautiful rooms and four-poster beds that will hopefully bring out the romance in you both.

My first tip for rediscovering your love for each other is to show your appreciation. Why not write down ten things you love and appreciate about your girlfriend and hide them around the room for her to find?

My second tip is to have a laugh together. You could try ice skating at the National Ice Centre in Hockley. The entrance fee is £5. If you aren’t very good it could be fertile ground for some comedy moments.

The third and final tip is to try something different. Come up with a new activity that pushes you both slightly out of your comfort zones. As long as you’re both game for the adventure, it’s likely to bring you closer. If you don’t usually visit historical sites – try a trip to Nottingham Castle and explore the underground caves or hunt for ghosts at the Galleries of Justice Museum. If outside activities aren’t normally your thing, try archery, splashing about at Robin Hood’s water park or exploring on the Robin Hood Walking Tour. 

There is plenty to do in Nottingham and the wider Midlands area. The important thing is that you enjoy creating new memories and exploring the area together. Hopefully, in the process you’ll rekindle that missing spark and fall in love all over again.


Need some more K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in your life? Plan your own romantic getaway at

Katie Rowe

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