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Valentine's Day love in at National Glass Centre in Sunderland

Couples can spend the day at the Wearside attraction and come away with a vintage portrait, a heart-shaped trinket dish and tickled tastebuds

National Glass Centre - Valentines Day Afternoon Tea
National Glass Centre - Valentines Day Afternoon Tea

If the looming arrival of Valentine’s Day has you and your other half in a flap about what to do to show each other just how much you mean to one another, then feel free to stop flapping whenever you’re ready.

National Glass Centre has put together a whole host of romantic activities for couples to sign up for on February 14, and is promising an extra dose of love in the Wearside air.

First up is a steamy session in the Sunderland attraction’s Hot Glass Studio.

Twosomes (or onesomes if you’d prefer to make a present for that special someone) are invited to create their your own Valentine’s Hot Heart. (£30 per person)

Guided by the Centre’s hot glass experts, visitors can experience the heat of the 1,000 degree furnace while creating their own heart-shaped trinket dish.

Anyone feeling like there is still some more romance to be squeezed out of the day will then be offered the chance to take a lead out of the Victorians’ book and get their own vintage, wet-plate photographic portrait taken (£30 per portrait).

Valentines Day Hot Hearts
Valentines Day Hot Hearts

Using ‘Thelma’, his 130 year old camera and a portable dark room, photographer Jonathan Keys will create a beautiful, vintage style portrait, using the traditional collodion, wet plate photographic process, which was invented in the Victorian era.

It will see the photographer coat, sensitize, expose and develop a stunning photograph onto a glass plate for its subjects to frame and treasure.

By this time, it’s a knocking bet that you’ll have worked up an appetite, so why not finish off the day with a romantic candle lit meal in the National Glass Centre Brasserie. Three courses, plus a bottle of wine and free gift will come in at £55 per couple.

Ooh and ‘Romantic Afternoon Tea’ will also be served between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

The Hot Heart Experience, Photographic Portrait and Evening meal can be booked for £145 per couple. Activities are also sold separately. Call 0191 515 5555 (Option 9) to book.


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