Spe­cial ways to cel­e­brate your Valen­tine’s week­end

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Vicky Cas­tle

A num­ber of Ash­ford venues are of­fer­ing in­spi­ra­tion for a mem­o­rable Valen­tine Day.

From ro­man­tic meals to­gether to fun ac­tiv­ity days, what­ever you’re into, there’s a chance to spend this Sun­day with that some­one spe­cial.

Ro­man­tic: East­well Manor at Boughton Aluph is of­fer­ing cel­e­bra­tion din­ners and lunches for cou­ples in a ro­man­tic set­ting. Cou­ples can choose ei­ther a three-course lunch or five-course din­ner in the Manor or The Pav­il­ion Restau­rant and the spa is run­ning a spe­cial Valen­tine’s af­ter­noon tea com­plete with pink cham­pagne and a red rose. Prices start from £70. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. east­well­manor.co.uk

Fun: Cou­ples in­ter­ested in some­thing more ad­ven­tur­ous are in­vited to try paint­balling at Great Chart Golf and Leisure, in Bears Lane. The Adrenaline Rush Pack­age of­fers cou­ples a dis­count pack­age on Satur­day and Sun­day. Paint­balling part­ners will be given all the equip­ment to play, plus 300 paint­balls for £14.50. Women will re­ceive an ex­tra 100 paint­balls, plus free body armour. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. shoot­the­boss.co.uk.

Green fin­gered: Widely con­sid­ered the most ro­man­tic flower, why not work with roses this Valen­tine’s Day? God­in­ton House in God­in­ton Lane is hold­ing a work­shop cov­er­ing plant­ing, main­tain­ing and prun­ing roses to get the best dis­play. The ses­sion is on Satur­day from 9.30am to 2.30pm and in­volves a hands-on ses­sion for gar­den­ers. The cost is £55, which in­cludes re­fresh­ments and a light lunch. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.god­in­ton­house.co.uk

Cre­ative Ash­ford’s cre­ative col­lec­tive gallery in Park Mall is invit­ing cou­ples to make their own Valen­tine’s Day cards or hearts. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. cre­ativeash­ford.org

Mu­sic Cou­ples can en­joy a night on the town at the Cameo night­club in Sta­tion Ap­proach, Ash­ford, which is host­ing Valen­tine’s nights to­mor­row (Fri­day) and Satur­day, with dis­count VIP pack­ages avail­able for cou­ples that in­clude cham­pagne on ar­rival. For more de­tails visit www. came­onight­club.co.uk/ash­ford.

Fam­i­lies: Singing, danc­ing, arts, crafts, messy play and toys are some of the things young­sters of all ages can en­joy at a chil­dren’s Valen­tine’s party.

Sen­sory Sen­sa­tions, Cook­ery Doodle Doo and Vicki-Lou’s Play­room will host the bash at Stan­hope Parish Hall to­day (Thurs­day), from 10am to noon. Tick­ets are £10 for the first child and £7 for sib­lings. To book call Katie on 07951 259913 or visit www. sen­so­ry­sen­sa­tions.com Satur­day: Four miles – start­ing from Bridge church at 2pm and go­ing to Bekes­boune and Pa­trixbourne, re­turn­ing along Nail­bourne Val­ley: Col­lyer’s Com­pan­ions.

Eight mile cir­cu­lar walk – start­ing from Church Lane, Aldington Church at 10am. Thirty minute pic­nic stop en-route: Ash­ford Ram­blers.

Sun­day: Three miles – start­ing at 10.30am from Walmer Cas­tle car park: Dover and Thanet Rights of Way So­ci­ety. 10.5 miles (fig­ure-ofeight) – start­ing at 10am in El­ham Square: White Cliffs Ram­blers.

Wed­nes­day: Five miles – start­ing at 10.30am from Petham vil­lage hall: East Kent Ram­bling Club. Eleven miles – start­ing at 10am from Mac­nade Fine Foods, Sell­ing Road, Faver­sham, pub stop: East Kent Ram­bling Club.

Thurs­day: Ten miles – start­ing at 10am from Alkham vil­lage car park, pub stop at Den­sole: White Cliffs Ram­blers.

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