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6 perfect ideas for an offbeat Valentine's Day date

And not a fluffy teddy bear in sight.

WHETHER YOU BUY into the whole thing or not, chances are if you have a significant other you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day in some shape or form. Why not make the most of it?

You COULD go to a restaurant and spend the evening down the pub, or you could try something different next weekend. Trust us.

Go bowling

Remember your nerve-filled teenage dates? It’s time to revisit that at your local bowling alley.

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If you require some social lubricant, Bray Bowl and Leisureplex Stillorgan are both running BYOB nights next weekend at €10 a head.

Elsewhere, Leisureplex Cork is offering a special deal to couples next Saturday night - you get a game of bowling and an hour at the snooker tables for €15.

Take a turn for the macabre

If your sweetheart is a history buff with a taste for the macabre, try a day date wandering around some of Dublin’s museums.

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The Natural History Museum (also known as The Dead Zoo) at Merrion Square is quiet and perfect for a bit of sneaky hand-holding.

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If that’s not enough for you, try the Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the burial site of Michael Collins, Daniel O’Connell, Éamon de Valera and a host of other prominent national figures.

If all that death starts getting you down, you can always duck into the beautiful Botanic Gardens next door. Perfect.

Check out a drive-in movie

A retro treat that is sure to delight your beloved.  There are two drive-in cinemas operating this Valentine’s Day:

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  • The Movie Junction in Cork, which shows the latest films and provides rain-proof canopies for each car to ensure a clear view, whatever the weather. You can even get a pizza delivered right to your vehicle. Heaven.
  • And The Underground Cinema at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which usually takes a break for winter but is returning for Valentine’s weekend only - there’ll be family screenings of Frozen, Grease and Guardians of the Galaxy (if you can’t get away) and a later screening of Dirty Dancing on Saturday.

Get competitive in a round of mini golf

This mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but nine times out of ten a round of mini golf will stoke some healthy competition and lots of flanter*.

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There a few indoor mini golf courses in Ireland, because our weather isn’t all that forgiving to the crazy golfer:

*Flirty banter.

Gaze at the heavens

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OK, so it may not be traditional stargazing, but if you’re in the south of the country this Valentine’s Day go to Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork and check out a planetarium show. Rosemantical.

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