A Singleton’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine’s Day occurs on 14 February each year. Since the fifteenth century, Valentine’s Day has evolved into an occasion for lovers, admirers and partners to send each other flowers, chocolate and greeting cards to express their love to one another. Although there are many legends as to how Valentine’s Day became one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide, we cannot forget about those forgotten about on this day… us single people.

As if it isn’t bad enough having to pull through the Christmas season with what seems like only our onesie and family pet to cuddle up to, they, whoever ‘they’ are, decided to dedicate an entire day to those with boyfriends, girlfriends, wives and husbands and those without are yet again, indoors with our cats, our self-bought chocolate and a bottle of wine, crying after the romantic comedy marathon we thought would be the best idea to help us forget about being alone.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Dry your eyes, get out of your pyjamas and call up your single friends; this is our day too and here are some ideas to help us get through it.

* If the way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach, then singles everywhere should join couples in dining at the long list of restaurants in Nottingham this Valentine’s day. Red Hot World Buffet in The Cornerhouse are offering a lunch menu for £11.99 per person between 12 and 4pm and a free glass of champagne for evening diners. No better place for us to eat our hearts out.

* For those looking for some inspiration this Valentine’s Day, the heritage centre of twentieth century poet and writer DH Lawrence is based on Mansfield Road with his home just down the road open for tours throughout the day for just £5. There you’ll find exhibitions, the history of his family life and the minings of Nottingham as well as a bistro to eat some nice cakes. If you fancy going a little further into Nottingham, Newstead Abbey, home of love poet Lord Byron has its beautiful gardens is open all year.

‘Secret Valentine’s’ works in the same way as Secret Santa. A great way to ensure you and single friends don’t miss out on Valentine’s gifts


* If there is no sign of a secret admirer this Valentine’s and gifts are what you’re after, why not create your own ‘Secret Valentine’s’ between friends or housemates? Pick a name out of a hat, with a small budget of below £5, you can each secretly buy or make a gift for your friend which will be given and revealed on Valentine’s Day. Go as jokey or sentimental as you wish, it’s the thought that counts.

* Of course, mid-term is looming and budgeting our money is becoming increasingly important. A free night in with friends watching anything with Will Farrell in it or a good classic horror will soon help us forget about everyone all loved up. Make your own snacks and play party games involving only your mouth, a plate of whipped cream and marshmallows, first to eat it all wins. There’s nothing better than a bunch of singles making fools of themselves.

Whatever you do get up to this Valentine’s day let’s not forget next year will be our year, someone is picking out flowers to send us as we speak and until then, stick on Natasha Beddingfield’s ‘Single’ on repeat and embrace the single life.

Rhea Warren