Student Valentine’s: 10 things to do for Valentine’s Day in Liverpool for £5 or less

Valentine's Day

We’re fast approaching the 14th February and we know that it can be quite an expensive time of year, especially if you’re surviving on a strict student budget. So we have compiled a list of lovey-dovey cutie-pie things you can do with your Ones across Merseyside, none of which cost more than a £5 per person! Got anything to add? Write a comment at the bottom ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Trip up the Liverpool Cathedral Tower
Price: FREE for LJMU student plus a guest
Date: Whenever!
Is there anything more romantic than watching the sunset with a loved one over a beautiful city vista? You might have to put on a brave face to not freak out about how high up you are, and face some serious exposure to the Mersey winds… but the view is so spectacular, your date will definitely be impressed!


The Jungle Book at the Playhouse Theatre

Price: £5 per LJMU student
Date: Tue 13 February to Sat 17 February 2018
It might not be the most romantic play you could watch on Valentine’s, but this well-known and very loved story of Mowgli the man cub battling for survival in the jungle will have you beaming from ear-to-ear. This brand new show is packed full of song, dance, spirit and adventure, and maybe you’ll leave planning your next one… (cringe glands)… together?


Enjoy a Tate Date – visit the charming Roy Lichtenstein exhibition

Price: FREE for all
Date: Until 17th June 2018
The Tate Liverpool is wonderful all the time, but this semester you have a rare chance to see Lichtenstein’s works up here. One of the biggest names in modern art, Roy Lichtenstein will certainly give you and your date something to talk about with his iconic comic-strip inspired, pop art paintings. Afterwards you could pop down to the Tate Cafe and watch the world go by on the lovely Albert Dock (whilst drinking a 10% off pot of tea!). Take your student ID card to access the discounts.


Go for a wander along one of Merseyside’s many beaches

Price: £2.70 for return train ticket with Young Persons Railcard to Crosby
Date: Whenever!
Being located in Liverpool means that a lovely sunset beach walk is only a short drive or train journey away! Crosby is the closest beach to the city centre on the Scouse Riviera, and boasts the additional interest of Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ art installation. If you fancy going somewhere a little further afield, your options include Formby (best for sand dune hopping!), Southport, Blackpool, New Brighton & Wallasey beaches.

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Visit LEAF for Spotify Wednesdays

Price: FREE entry for all
Date: Wed 14th February 2018
LEAF is the perfect setting for any occasion, but the low-lit, romantic lighting, beautiful interior and chilled vibes makes it the perfect date location for Valentine’s Day. This year they are sticking to their regular Wednesday night slot of Spotify Wednesdays; where customers can “indulge in some of your favourite tracks, old and new, via the most contemporary of all the world’s jukeboxes, Spotify.” Music, food, drink and the loveliest setting…. well as our Will wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on”.


Cocktail Classics at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Price: FREE for LJMU student plus guest
Date: Sat 17th February 2018
For an evening of glitz and old-school glamour, take your date to the gorgeous Liverpool Phil, where Gary Williams and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a set of silky smooth crooner classics. The audience are invited to dress up for the evening and can expect many well-known songs such as Moon River & Born Free. So practice your jazz clicks and go enjoy a classy night on LJMU!


Wander through the woods at Formby feeding squirrels.
Price: £3.65 for return train ticket with Young Persons Railcard
Date: Whenever!
Whilst boasting a beautiful beach for wandering along, Formby is also home to lots of wonderful pine woodlands. These spaces are particularly special to the area, as they are home to the rare native red squirrel. You can follow one of the National Trust’s short walks around the area or go off on your own adventure, just take yourselves, a flask of something warm and a blanket and you’ve got yourself a date plan!


Chinese New Year 2018
Price: FREE open event for all
Date: Fri 16th to Sun 18th February 2018
Celebrating Liverpool’s rich links with China, Chinese New Year festivities have been a huge part of Liverpool culture for a long time. To celebrate the Year of the Dog, this year’s activities will include immersive projections, live cultural performances and of course the grand pyrotechnic finale on Sunday night! Plenty of studies have shown the positive impacts of trying something new with a partner, and sharing an amazing cultural experience like CNY would be the perfect way to bond.


‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic
Price: FREE for LJMU student plus guest
Date: Mon 19th February 2018
The cinema date is a classic, and whilst there are many picture houses in the city, there are none quite like the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Watching films here is a unique experience and a different take on a normal date…. oh and in case you missed it, for LJMU students and a plus one it’s FREE. You’re a lucky lot. On just after Valentine’s weekend is the 2017 film, ‘Film Star’s Don’t Die in Liverpool’. The film is based on the romantic memoir of young actor Peter Turner’s fling with eccentric big-time Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, and with a lot of the filming having taken place on the streets of Liverpool, it feels like a little love letter to our darling city. [NB. Tickets for this event have now sold out – you can add your name to the waiting list or come along to our City Social].

Liverpool Jazz Club at the Everyman Bistro
Price: FREE entry for all
Date: Wed 21st February 2018
If you haven’t been able to something on St. Val’s Day itself, why not schedule something special for the week after? The Everyman Theatre hosts a fortnightly music of live jazz in its Bistro, and it is also FREE (seriously this city is too good to us). Get yourself down early for the best seats, and enjoy the coolest evening of toe-tapping, relaxing and maybe even a chance to join in in their free-for-all jam session!



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