Every year it starts earlier and earlier: the sad plastic-covered roses, the pink and red foil wrapped chocolates, the notice boards demanding you make dinner reservations… and the overwhelming pressure! We all feel put upon (whether we be single or taken) to make the day a perfect one – to find the ideal person, to plan the most romantic date. However at easyCar Club we’re all about making things, well, easy! Rent a car and escape the commercial world that is now Valentine’s Day. We’ve come up with some ideal antidotes for you.
A trip to Blackpool is all about fun, not romance. It is a pleasure beach with an amusement park, after all! Known for drawing hen and stag dos with its cheap, colourful entertainment, Blackpool is the perfect place to avoid throngs of loved-up couples. There are a whole range of activities to enjoy from arcades to zoos. One of the highlights is climbing to the top of Blackpool tower to enjoy the view of the promenade and out over the Irish Sea. If you want to escape people altogether, immerse yourself in Marton Mere, Blackpool’s tranquil local nature reserve. Rent Grzegorz’s Citroen C4 to access the seaside fun with ease.
Glasgow has transformed beyond all recognition over the last few years. It now holds its head up as stylish hub of art and culture, but its industrial past is likely to put off an influx of lovebirds this weekend. Make the most of your peaceful break by visiting the city’s wealth of galleries and museums; Kelvingrove (an extensive art collection housed in a beautiful red sandstone building), Riverside (a transport museum with striking interactive displays) and Glasgow Science Centre (complete with IMAX cinema and planetarium). If architecture is more likely to tickle your fancy, take a tour around the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. To see two excellent examples of Mackintosh’s style, start with Scotland Street School and then make the ten minute drive up to the Glasgow School of Art. Rent Duncan’s Vauxhall Corsa to zip between the cultural hotspots and to dodge any hand-holding couples clogging the pavements.
Back in 2014, Hull was voted the fourth least romantic city in the UK, making it an ideal place to avoid Valentine’s Day and all its trappings. Rent Ian’s Vauxhall Corsa to explore this port town and former trading post. Some of the most unromantic tourist destinations in Hull are connected to its proximity to the gloomy North, for example, the Arctic Corsair (an arctic trawler converted into a fishing museum) and the Hull Maritime Museum (a collection of seafaring artefacts). For those that enjoy bracing exercise, a run or cycle along the Humber Bridge is a great way to see the river views and shake off any soppy romantic notions. If you’re after something a little more sobering, take a trip to Wilberforce House which contains exhibits about the history of the slave trade. There’s no way you’ll be feeling amorous after all that!
To evade the pervasive feeling of the love in the air, why not rent Seth’s BMW 6 Series and spend your Valentine’s Day in Liverpool. Surrounding yourself with the scouse dialect is sure to prevent you from becoming loved-up as it is deemed by many to be one of the least romantic accents! Named European Capital of Culture in 2007, Liverpool has plenty of Victorian buildings that now house some of the city’s top sights. Wander the Walker Art Gallery or dine whilst gazing out over the Mersey at the renovated Albert Docks. Within the docks complex there are also plenty of museums and galleries, so after your refreshments you can study contemporary art at Tate Liverpool or learn about the ‘fab four’ at The Beatles Story. Perhaps the Beatles were wrong when they sang ‘All you need is love’, a little bit of culture and a change of scene are sometimes much more necessary!