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Five alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day

Posted at 2:30 pm, February 13, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Is it just us or is everything in the shops at the moment red or pink and shaped like a heart? For some reason this Friday night is quickly becoming a candlelit dinner with Barry White crooning in the background. Yes ladies and gents, in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and if you’re reading this you’re probably having a little panic because you’ve got sod-all planned. If the idea of yet another clichéd moonlit stroll followed by fizz and oysters makes you feel nauseous then you’re in the right place. Well, you will be after reading our list of alternative Valentine’s events…

Tunnel of love, Vauxhall Village, £7.50
Wander down a disused railway tunnel to Vauxhall Village’s next big screen event. Indie films, old school classics, quirky art house films – Vauxhall Village is screening loads of great titles from Feb 13-16. Head to the back of the tunnel and snuggle up on a comfy couch with a blanket and wireless headphones.
Suitable for: mates and dates

The mythological laboratory of love at Scandalmongers, Theatre Royal Margate, £10
Some of the UK’s top storytellers will spend the evening dissecting folk tales, fairytales and urban legends to explore that incomprehensible, mysterious thing called ‘love’.
Suitable for: mates and dates

The Valentine’s Masked Ball of the Full Moon, Coronet Theatre, £25
A masked ball unlike any other. A sensual, seductive party where pleasure and pain sound like the same thing. There will be naked cupids feeding you smoked salmon, mass onion chopping, voodoo-your-ex ceremonies and bubbling womb-like hot tubs. Intrigued? You should be.
Suitable for: the open-minded

The Art of Hearts Valentine’s Ball, The Vaults, £20
The ball that has it all: art installations, live comedy, dancers, kiss-o-grams and tattoo parlours. It even has an organ donation bank where singletons can decorate a heart and hope someone steals it!
Suitable for: mates and dates

Shotgun Wedding, £8-£10
Fancy marrying a stranger? No, it’s probably not the best idea, but thankfully this wedding is 100 percent fake. Two lucky individuals will be chosen at random, coupled up for a ceremony and then everyone’s invited to their epic wedding party.
Suitable for: mates (it may be a bit awkward if you take a date and they get married to someone else)

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