How to show your love this Valentine’s Day

Every year we get one day to celebrate love, whether it’s love for your friends, your partner or someone you’ve just started seeing.

This February 14, if you want to impress here’s more than 20 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day around the Heritage City.

Romantic picnic

The Soul Nook Collective are holding its very first Valentine’s Day picnic event on Sunday, 14 February from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Snuggle up with your loved one listening to the beautiful soothing tones of Taylor Wilton as the sun sets on your beautifully styled picnic space.

There are four loved up packages to choose from starting at $159 to $299.

The chilled picnic space comes with rugs, cushions and a low line table with a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers for you to take home! Enjoy a grazing box full of gourmet delights as well as refreshment of your choice. You can BYO wine and beer.  Finish off the experience with a delightful ice cream from their cute ice cream cart.

The styled setting includes beautiful cane chair seating, rugs, cushions, a low line table with the same inclusions as the chilled space.

You can upgrade your experience to a beautifully styled bell tent picnic or try out the new pod picnic spaces (pictured).

To book your spot, get in touch with The Soul Nook Collective today and spoil the one you love this Valentine’s Day.

Candlelight dinner

Memories of India will host a special candlelight dinner for Valentine’s Day.

The simple two course banquet includes your choice of any main for $35.

There will also be live music by Helen Coleman from 6pm.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5pm to 9.30pm.

Celebrate with 4 Hearts Brewing Company

This Valentine’s Day the chef at Dovetails Restaurant has created a menu designed to ensure guests enjoy good food, great drinks and even better company.  This exclusive three course dinner menu is $89 per person.

While over at The Pumpyard – galentines, bromances, puppy love, self love its all about celebrating the love!

Celebrate Valentines Day in Pumpyard’s Lovers Lane this year, featuring great food specials, Cupids Cocktails and live music. Bookings highly recommended.

Paint your lover

Looking for a way to express your love – why not paint your lover Picasso style for Valentine’s Day?

This special Sip ‘n’ Dip event is being held on Saturday, 13 February from 6pm to 9pm at the Orion Springfield Central Coffee Club and includes a three course dinner.

For $130 per couple learn to paint your lover Picasso style and enjoy a shared entree, main meal and dessert plus a glass of wine each.

To book head to the Sip ‘n’ Dip website and search Valentine’s Event.

Romantic meal at historic mansion

Book a special Valentine’s Night dinner on Sunday, 14 February at Tommy Smith Cafe set in the grounds of the timeless and romantic Woodlands of Marburg.

The cafe will be open from 5pm to 9pm and the outdoor Moonshine Theatre will be screening The Notebook from 8.30pm.  Tickets cost $10 per person. Call (07) 5464 4777 to book your ticket.

Or maybe a romantic breakfast date is more to your liking?  Tommy Smith Cafe will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am for breakfast.

If you’re after a date night that’s a little different, Woodlands’ new Haunted Mansion Tour will run on Friday, 12 February.

Make the fun last longer with an overnight stay in one of Woodlands of Marburg’s Deluxe or Executive suites, from $180 per night.

Dinner and breakfast reservations can be made by calling 1800 TOMMYS.

Bucket list present 

If you really want to impress your date, a voucher for a tranquil one hour Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight will do the trick.

Spoil your loved one with a scenic flight over Ipswich and surrounding regions followed by a delicious breakfast at Fourthchild Cafe.

Head out on a trail run 

They say those that run together stay together, well that’s what the guys at Hidden Vale Adventure Park say anyway.

If you want to test out the theory, round two of the Ipswich Trail Run series is being held on 14 February. 

Brewery, fine dining and escape 

Start your night out at The Pumpyard Bar with an amazing selection of brewed and sourced craft beer, and great food.  

Enjoy delicious 4 Hearts Share Boards (combo of wings, tacos, slider, bao buns, onion rings, jalapeno bites), plus a glass of wine, schooner of beer, or soft drink of your choice.

Or head to Dovetails for relaxed modern Australian dining at its best.  Enjoy an amazing dinner for two, including your choice of two mains, two desserts, and a glass of wine, schooner of beer, or soft drink each.

After dinner it’s time to get a shot of adrenalin at Seraphim Escape Rooms, as you work as a team to find clues, solve puzzles, unlock locks, and try to escape before your time runs out. 

With three great games to choose from, get your heart racing for an experience you’ll never forget, and a date night like no other.

Prices range from $150 to $200 including dinner and your escape room game.

To book, call 0433 948 338.

Dinner and a show 

Casa Mia are holding a special Valentine’s event with a set menu, live music and free bubbles on arrival.  For $35 per head you can enjoy three courses. 

To start choose from pumpkin soup, calamari or carbonara, served with garlic pizza bread. 

For mains choose chicken or pork with king prawns and crab meat in creamy white wine sauce; spinach and ricotta ravioli; pan-fried chicken breast topped with grilled bacon and mozzarella and covered in sherry cream mango sauce; or choose any small pizza on the menu served with salad. 

For dessert choose from baked ricotta cheese cake, warm chocolate mud cake or two scoops of gelati or sorbet.

Seafood boards

On Valentine’s Day enjoy a seafood board for two with panko crumbed calamari and prawns, beer battered flathead and fresh tiger prawns at Brothers.

You will also receive complimentary bubbles on arrival and profiteroles for dessert, cost is $40 for members.

Seafood boards are available for lunch or dinner.

From 5.30pm watch singer Nicky Steel live.  The suave, sassy and sophisticated singer is the perfect ingredient to spice up your Valentine’s Day.

Four course Valentine’s menu at Mehfil 

Make it a date at Indian Mehfil with a special four course Valentine’s menu for $42 per person with a complimentary glass of wine. 

Dine on pappadums with raita, mango chutney and mixed pickles, an assortment of Samosa, Chicken Tikka and Lamb Chops with mint and tamarind sauce for your shared starter.

For mains select any two classic curries, add $3 for a seafood option, served with steamed basmati rice and assorted freshly baked naan breads. For desert enjoy gulab jamun with French vanilla ice cream.

Reservations recommended.

Couples massage 

A great way to relax with your partner is a couples massage at Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa.  

They’re celebrating the month of love and offering free chocolates with every couples massage in February.

There’s also a free Beautiful Eyes package with every Envriron Facial booked in February too, a great way to treat yourself.

A night away 

Quest Ipswich are running a Valentine’s Day promo that includes 15 per cent off the Quest best flexible rate for a studio apartment. 

The deal allows for cancellations or modifications up to 2pm on the day or arrival, late checkout (midday) the next day and a complimentary box of chocolates on arrival.

To book enter the word ‘VALENTINES’ into the promo code box on the Quest Ipswich website, call the reception team on 3813 6000, or email [email protected] and quote Valentine’s to receive your discounted stay with perks.

Valid for stays on the 12, 13 and 14 February. Availability is limited so book now.

Dinner or lunch at Fourthchild 

A special Valentine’s Day menu has been created for dinner from Friday, 12 February to lunch on Sunday, 14 February at Fourthchild Cafe, Restaurant and Lounge Bar

Indulge in three courses for $66 per person.  Share a tasting plate with your date that includes Thai chicken spring rolls with banana mayo; tomato and basil bruschetta; and Szechuan calamari salad. 

Choose a main course each, either roasted chicken supreme – chicken stuffed with mango, camembert and macadamia with potato gratin, spinach and honey mustard sauce; local crispy skinned salmon; slow cooked pork belly; or pumpkin and feta ravioli. 

For dessert choose vanilla pannacotta, choc fudge brownie, or baked cheesecake. 

Fourthchild will also be mixing up a special Valentine’s Day cocktail with brandy, cherry brandy, triple sec, lemon juice and grenadine.

Bookings are essential.

Summer Land Camels gifts 

Summer Land Camels have a Valentine’s Day skincare pack available online and at their farm shop with award winning Camel Milk body cream, hand cream and two beautiful cleansing bars.

They have discounted the farmgate price and are offering a 14 per cent discount in the online shop.

They are also holding Sunset at Summer Land events throughout February and continuing into March.

The events are held Saturday evenings from 4.30pm to 6.30pm allowing guests to enjoy stunning views with a glass of their favourite beverage in hand along with a delicious grazing platter showcasing award-winning Camel Milk Cheese and local charcuterie.

Bookings are highly recommended, email [email protected].

You could gift a camel ride or farm tour and taste experience with gift vouchers available at the farm and online. 

Camel ride gift vouchers are $60 and include a 15 minute garden ride for two people and a photo opportunity with a handsome riding camel.

The Farm Tour and Taste gift vouchers are $50 and cover a behind the scenes tour of the farm for two with a visit to the dairy, production facility and the maternity and nursery paddocks and the chance to learn about the history of camels in Australia and taste their award-winning dairy range.

A Sunrise Ride is the perfect way to get up close and personal with Summer Land’s riding camels and is available seven days a week.

Meet the beautiful riding camels and help cameleers brush and saddle them before enjoying an hour-and-a-half ride through stunning property on camel back followed by breakfast on the verandah of the Homestead Cafe. 

Online bookings essential.

Valentine’s hamper and picnic 

The Ipswich Showplace Markets are teaming up with Queensland Events and Hire to offer you something extra special this Valentine’s Day.  

Treat yourselves to a pre-ordered picnic hamper or if you really want to impress, a complete picnic experience in a COVID safe setting.

On offer is a Valentine’s hamper for two with heart-shaped sandwiches, cookies, cake pops and croissants for $30, or have a complete picnic experience with everything included from picnic tables, styling and food for $160 for two people.

You can choose to celebrate with friends at $15 per head for up to two additional people.

There will be two 90-minute sittings available, early risers can picnic from 7.30am and for those that enjoy a little sleep in, from 9.30am.

Pre-order directly through Queensland Events and Hire, message through InstagramFacebook or call Maddie on 0423 626 372.

Then all you have to do is come along to the Ipswich Showplace Markets on Sunday, 14 February to either pick-up your pre-ordered Valentine’s hamper or take a seat and enjoy the luxury of a complete Valentine’s Day picnic experience.

No planning, no fuss, no clean-up. 

Llama walk experience 

This Valentine’s Day book in to walk a Llama at The Llama Farm

A great experience for couples and friends the Llama Walk will see you take one of the farm’s curious llamas for an afternoon walk, you will also learn about the beautiful creatures from the farm’s owners.

Picnic in the olive grove 

Watercress Creek Olives and limes will be open on Valentine’s Day for singles, couples and groups to picnic in the olive grove.

Pre-order a picnic hamper filled with fresh olive produce including tapenades, dukkha and olive oil, before 14 February. 

Cupid’s weekend at CSI 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend with a great special at Club Services Ipswich

Enjoy a two course set menu that includes entrée and main dish, plus a complimentary glass of beer, wine or soft drink for $34.90 per person. 

Offer available from 12 to 14 February. 

Red velvet cake, romantic butterfly latte and Terry ice coffees 

Woah Cafe are in the kitchen whipping up delicious red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day.

Also grab your loved one beautiful butterfly pea latte, signature Terry Bear iced coffee or lemon soda ‘n’ lemon teas.

Valentine’s dinner at the Boulevard

The Boulevard Restaurant, which is now found a new home at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club will host a Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, 13 February – and this time kids are welcome too. 

Arrive at 5pm to enjoy a four course dinner with cocktail on arrival and their famous sand crab lasagne.

Dinner starts with a wine spritzer, warm house-marinated olives with herbs and confit garlic; and Brookwater sourdough.

For entree dine on porchini arancini with truffle salt and baby rocket with EVO and citrus dressing; and twice-cooked pork berry with leek and cauliflower puree and pickled fennel.

Main dishes are sand crab lasagne with Queensland sand crab and abalone cream sauce or 200g eye fillet with crispy potato rosti, baby beans and red wine jus.

Desserts are tiramisu with mascarpone and kahlua with whipped cappuccino sauce; and Boulevard signature warm chocolate brownie with chocolate ganache sauce and vanilla bean ice cream.

There is also a vegetarian or vegan menu available upon request.

You can add on an additional fifth course: caffe and digestivo which is coffee of your liking and limoncello for $8.

Cost for the four course menu is $89 per person and $15 for the kids’ menu.

The Boulevard will also host a Valentine’s Sunday Sesh with local wine and cheese tasting on Sunday, 14 February from 1pm. 

To book, call 3814 5500 or text 0431 011 151.

Shar the love at Orion with free movie tickets 

At Orion Springfield Central customers can Share the Love all February with the chance to redeem a free movie ticket every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Why celebrate love on just one day when you can celebrate for the whole month?

Simply show your same day restaurant receipt at Event Cinemas to receive a free same day movie ticket. Offer available as part of the Share The Love promotion.

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