Just because love is in the air doesn’t mean it’s easy to know how one is supposed to celebrate it on Cupid’s special day. Luckily, we’ve rounded up a few of our go-to ideas around Manchester for those loved up or hoping to be this Valentine’s Day.

Get romantic with Spinningfields' glowing heart installation | Until 16 Feb | Free

Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than a massive red heart in the middle of one of Manchester’s glitziest districts, so why not take your true love to see the ‘With Love’ installation in Hardman Square this Valentine’s Day? Launching on Wednesday 12 February, the six metre inflatable heart by artist Franck Pelletier will also feature a button that couples can push to hear a song chosen based on their individual heartbeats. The sculpture also takes the ‘pulse’ of the city based on light, noise and heat and reflects it back from the sculpture. To celebrate, the Spinningfields’ Instagram is running a special competition with a dinner for two at 20 Stories. Find out more here.

Hardman Square, Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3EB
Find a doggie date at Hounds of Love at Hatch | Fri 14 Feb | 6pm - 9pm | Free

If your true love is of the four legged variety then Hatch is the place for you to try and catch Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day. If you’re single but dogged-up, then you can meet other like-minded dog obsessed singles at the pooch friendly box park. With special four leg-based snacks and drinks (including paw-secco) there’s no need for your furry friend to feel left out when you’re chatting to the human at the other end of the lead. The canine speed dating is on from 6pm and runs until 9pm.

Hatch, Tel: 103 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED
Jump in the pool at Victoria Baths’ cinema night | 14 & 15 Feb | Various Times | From £11.50

This Valentine’s weekend sees The Village Green Events Co return to Victoria Baths with a projector, a big screen and a massive mound of popcorn as they bring their film nights back to the old swimming baths. The Grade II listed building will be the setting for showings of True Romance and Bridesmaids. The Tarantino written romantic crime film is on the evening of Valentine’s itself whilst Bridesmaid’s is on the Saturday 15 February. Tickets to the showing get film fans in a couple of hours before the screening to wander the baths and get yourself settled with a drink and some snacks.

Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE
Gaze at the stars with Godlee Observatory | 7pm - 9pm | Free

It’s not strictly Valentine’s Day related but there are very few things more romantic than a bit of star gazing, so a trip to an observatory this Thursday may make their eyes twinkle. Manchester’s starry crown jewel, the Godlee Observatory, hosts regular open evenings for the public to see if the Manchester Astronomical Society is for them – the open evenings feature a talk and, weather permitting, a chance to observe the wonders of space. The next one is this Thursday, so just in time for Valentine’s – it’s recommended you get in touch beforehand to ensure the event is going ahead.

Godlee Observatory, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3NL
Fri 14 Feb
Joe Daly
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Thu 13 Feb 2020