They say you can’t put a price on love so whether you have a big budget, tight budget or no budget, Carlow offers a large range of things to do during Valentine’s. With only 3 weeks to the big day it’s time to get your thinking hat on. From fun days out, to romantic dinner plans, Carlow’s got everything you need to show that special someone that you love them...or if you’re single maybe to help you find the right person!

Valentine’s Day is normally associated with rose petals, milk chocolate dipped strawberries and romantic evenings by the fire. However, according to Rathwood, it’s associated with muck, sweaty mucky bodies running though fields & over bales. You may or may not have heard of the Valentines Muckfest which Tullow holds religiously every year. If not, don’t worry the title is fairly self-explanatory – running 5 kilometres through the muck and over obstacles. Unfortunately, they had to take a break this year but in the interest of sharing the love Tullow Rugby Club have partnered up with Rathwood to run what they’re calling the ‘Seán O’Brien Challenge’ on the 17th of February 2018. The Séan O'Brien Challenge is a fitness event for families and individuals between the ages of 8 - 80 years old. It consists of a 5km run/walk with 6 challenges along the way & while it’s not specifically promising muck, it is through a woodland in Ireland in February so I’d say chances are high! Tickets are €9 per adult and €5 per child. So if you’re looking for a great way to start your Valentine’s, visit Rathwood for the day! It starts at 9 and finishes at 5, with different entertainment being held throughout the day. Who would want to spend Valentine’s sitting by an open fire when they could be running, pushing your partner into a pile of muck – “oops sorry honey”. And if you haven’t found that someone special yet you never know, you might just bump into them!

Food is very important on Valentine’s Day. Some would say it has to be fancy, it has to scream “showstopper” while others say its all about the thought & effort, so if you’re cooking a homemade meal, I applaud you & wish you the best of luck! I pray that your oven mitts protect your hands, that your salmon or steak is cooked to perfection and that your loved one does not get food poisoning. For those of you dining out – nothing shows them how much their loved more than a fancy restaurant meal bathed in the romantic glow of candlelight. Carlow offers a wide range of restaurants catering for all tastebuds. Tapas is a firm favourite right now with Pimentos and Mimosa packed out every weekend. Not into tapas? Head to Joe’s Chinese or Jasmine Palace for an oriental flavour to your meal. Or for the more traditional meal try The Boardwalk, The Boneyard or our very own Plum Tree Bistro. Whatever your choice you won’t be disappointed! Remember to book well in advance though!

Dance the night away at our Valentines Social Dancing weekend – 3 great days of dancing from the 15th – 17th Feb. Grab your dancing partner or even go in a big group and join us in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel for music & dancing with Liam Mannering, John Molloy and Dave Lawlor. And the best part of the weekend – you don’t need to go home, stay & enjoy an evening meal & B&B along with dance admission from just €189pp. Call 059 9142 002 or email [email protected] to book.

Looking to just chill out for Valentines then check out the local cinemas. The most highly anticipated and final instalment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, will be hitting Irish cinemas on February 9th. So book your tickets soon because I’m sure they will be selling out quickly! Even make it a girl’s night out. Round up the gang & head along, after all why would you need another man when you can just watch Jamie Doran on the big screen?

If none of these entice you and all you want is a quiet day out, consider Altamont Gardens for a nice romantic stroll. Stroll hand in hand around the beautiful gardens, exploring everything the scenery as to offer. Also, you’ll be in luck because its snowdrop season and the Altamont are holding guided tours that week as well. After you’re romantic walk, why not try one of the many hot beverages and delicious cakes the café has to offer – it’s Valentine’s Day after all so you have to treat yourself!

So there you go regardless of your budget or your entertainment preferences, whatever it is you want to do, Carlow has it for you!It’s time for you to discover Carlow!

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