Struggling to capture your feelings for that special someone?
Say it with bespoke, welsh pottery, romantic retreats or even horse-back scenes plucked straight from a movie. Find your perfect version of Valentine's Day with five of the hottest dates Bridgend has to offer...
For those who are… Looking to immortalise their love
Immortalise your love through the historic art of ceramics with personalised commissions at the oldest established pottery in Wales, Ewenny Pottery. Located on the outskirts of the village of Ewenny just outside of Bridgend, the small family-run potters has been producing beautiful earthenware crafts for eight generations. Commemorate your love this Valentines by commissioning either a mug, bowl or vase to be uniquely and lovingly crafted by local artisans in a spot where the art dates back to 1427. Alternatively, why not pick up a heart-felt gift from one of Porthcawl's many independent shops. Find a present made with love such as a set of lovespoons from The Welsh Gift & Craft Shop.
For those who are… Riding off into the sunset
Gallop past ancient castles, through rolling green valleys and across wide sandy beaches as the sea crashes at the shore with your loved one by your side on dramatic Welsh treks with Ogmore Farm Riding Centre. Starting beside the iconic ruins of Ogmore Castle and it's mystical stepping stones, meander side-by-side with your partner on a two-hour trek downstream the River Ewenny and finally across the stretching sands of Newton Beach.
Like a scene straight from a movie, canter across the beautiful Welsh landscape, spot wildlife from your horseback heights and enjoy quality time with the person you love.
For those who… want stomachs as full as their hearts
Dine with delight with a night of fantastic flavours, live vocals and flowing love at Dockside Bar & Grill in Porthcawl. Treat your partner to a foodie feast with a diverse menu with a full A La Carte menu including the famously romantic dish of fresh welsh oysters. Pair locally sourced seafood with a bottle of crisp white wine and soak up the romantic atmosphere created by the live singer who will serenade the restaurant whilst you dine.
For those who are… looking for a slice of luxury
Treat your partner to the finer things this February with a romantic retreat away at the hidden haven of Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel. Whisk your love off their feet with bubbles, treats and fine cuisine all set against the atmospheric backdrop of the Victorian mansion. Enjoy a bottle of fizz and chocolates in the relaxing lounge whilst watching the sunset across the rolling green lawns, afterwards, surprise your valentine with a bouquet of flowers before a flavour-packed dinner inspired by classic Welsh cuisine. Sleep deeply in one of Coed-Y-Mwstwr's luxurious bedroom before waking to a Full Welsh breakfast to fuel your day.
For those who are… kindred spirits
Find you and your partners shared space of tranquillity with romantic yoga sessions amongst Europe's second-largest sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr. Considered one of the best spots to practice mindfulness and yoga across the county, recentre your energies and soak up the tranquillity of the protected national nature reserve.
For those who are… Single and sick of love
Flowers, fluffy bears and sickening facebook posts too much for you?
Get revenge on romance this Valentine's with aggression-busting axe throwing sessions at Bushcraft Adventures, Bridgend. Forget candlelit dinners and couple selfies, grab your single friends and say goodbye to Saint Valentine with adrenaline-boosting woodland axe throwing. Feel victorious with as your perfect your technique with the assistance of trained professionals before taking on the rest of your crew in a round of Viking-style competition.