Oh February how we love you and the way you kick January back into the dark corner of winter blues, you cheer us up and we soon forget how dull January has been…that is until you start bringing out the sea of red love hearts, the #MyWorld hashtags and PDA’s at every turn.
If this year the thought of valentines fills you with dread, we’ve got some great ideas on how to live your best single life, this Valentine’s week, and what better place to be single than in Sheffield ey?!
1. Alternative Movie Night
Sheffield have some quirky little spots showing a range of old school movie night favourites.
Who says you have to be loved up to enjoy a bit of romance? Get your single besties together and make an evening of it by watching ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ at Abbeydale Picture House.
Channel your inner Montague or Capulet and enjoy a free screening of the 90’s version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Church on Wednesday 13th February. Who knows you may just find your very own Leonardo Dicaprio while you’re at it.
Maybe a comedy is more your thing? Then get down to Virgin Money, Fargate where LGBT Sheffield are showing the award-winning British Comedy Drama ‘Pride’.
2. Singleton Salsa!
Ok, it’s not technically the name for it, but why not try your hand at a bit of salsa and embrace Valentine’s as a chance to give that new hobby a shot.
Cubanas hold salsa evenings every week, but this is a one-off event open to everyone organised in conjunction with the Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield Latin American and Salsa Societies. And if you fancy becoming a real-life salsa girl emoji 💃 the dress code for the evening is red.
3. Throw it back to the 80’s
The 80’s may seem like something out of a history lesson, but we’re not really sure there’s any better way to celebrate being single than with a Cheeky Vimto, a Hawaiian shirt and an inflatable flamingo?
Leadmill are starting the evening off with a screening of Dirty Dancing at 8pm for just £6, followed by a night of the best of 80’s pop with their infamous Club Tropicana night included in the price of your ticket.
4. You do you, babe.
Why not dedicate the evening to yourself and indulge in some self-care. That one thing you love but never get time for it, book some time in with yourself. Whether it’s an hour in the gym listening to your favourite podcast, a tub of ice cream with a new book or aligning your chakras with a session of yoga – set time to aside just for you.
5. Go on the hunt...
No we don't mean go on the hunt for love, we've got a much better idea, why not get yourself on a real-life treasure hunt instead. And the treasure you'll find at the end of it is much better than anything cupid could find you - it's a pub!
You can do this on your own or in a larger group and the best bit, once you’ve found your treasure (pub) you’ll find a table booked and waiting for you with 20% off the bill!
6. Speed Friending!
Ok, so we’re over Valentines, we’re not on the look out for love – but with Sheffielders being some of the most friendly in the country, why not get yourself out and make some new friends? Give Speed Friending a try with the Treehouse Café. The Treehouse Cafe is Sheffield's first board game cafe with over 400 games to choose from!
The guys at The Treehouse are hosting their first ever speed friending event, the evening will use the usual speed dating concept, with the added ice breaker of a simple quick two player board game on every table. So if you're up for making new friends or perhaps just uber competitive, speed friending could be right up your street….
7. When the only V word you want to celebrate is VEGAN.
The Botanist and LUSH are hosting a vegan masterclass where you’ll get to try some of the Botanist’s vegan nibbles, sip on a vegan cocktail, make your own vegan bath bomb and try a full vegan pamper experience with LUSH, taking home samples of everything you try on the night. #VEGANLIFE
The Botanist are also offering a special discount to dine in the restaurant afterwards. Tickets cost £15.
8. Full on rebel against the big V day.
And if you really are totally over Valentines, then Brew Dog have arranged the perfect night for anyone looking to wallow in self-pity and listen to noisy angry music with a side of beer and pizza. Their Valentines Sucks night is for anyone who can’t stand the sight of another love heart!