5 Romantic Staffordshire Destinations
Love is always in the air in our beautiful county, and there are some wonderful, surprising romantic days out to try in Staffordshire for Valentine's Day.
Here are five which will melt your heart!
Breakfast with the Monkeys
The only UK attraction which gets you up close and personal with Barbary macaques, Trentham Monkey Forest offers something which makes a great Valentine's treat!
Breakfast with the Monkeys gives you an intimate look behind-the-scenes before the park opens, and it's limited to two people, making it perfect for animal-loving couples.
Our roving reporter Richard went along last year to try it for himself - see what happened on his blog.
As the Monkey Forest doesn't reopen until February 18th, this experience is not actually available on Valentine's Day, but it can be booked through the year until October.
Valentine's Pottery Experience
Remember that scene in the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore at the potter's wheel?
You can recreate it at Middleport Pottery on Valentine's Day! What could be more romantic than that?
After bubbly and chocs on arrival, you'll throw a pot with the help of the resident potters, which you can take home as a permanent reminder of your visit.
And there's a fascinating tour of the factory, which dates back to 1889, to follow.
Although there are various slots available, places are limited so pre-booking is essential.
Explore Staffordshire's waterways
You don't have to go to Venice or Amsterdam for a romantic canal experience - fall in love on a narrow boat on Staffordshire's waterways instead!
Tour one of four routes through the stunning Staffordshire Peak District on Joshua, the 35ft day hire narrow boat available from Hazelhurst Boat Hire.
Sample some of the great pubs along the way and soak in the scenery of the Churnet Valley, also known as Staffordshire's Little Switzerland.
Full instruction on handling the boat, locks and bridges is provided.
Intimate and inspiring
Rudyard Lake offers a surprising romantic connection to Rudyard Kipling, of 'The Jungle Book' and 'If...' fame - he was named after it!
His parents Lockwood and Alice Kipling were frequent visitors in the 1800s, when it drew thousands of visitors a day and was known as the Blackpool of the Potteries.
They were so moved by its beauty that they named their son after it.
Today it's a popular haunt for walking, cycling and fishing - why not head over on Valentine's Day and take in the scenic views that the Kiplings so loved?
Picture: Martin Sykes
The Dorothy Clive Garden on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border has one of our most romantic back stories.
It wasn't initially intended to be a visitor attraction.
During World War 2, Colonel Harry Clive's wife Dorothy was battling Parkinson's Disease, so he created the whole site to help her walk her dog and find tranquility.
After she died, he continued to maintain it in her honour, until the 1950s when he entrusted it to the Willoughbridge Garden Trust.
It's now a charming 12 acre English garden - the perfect spot for a romantic Valentine's Weekend stroll.