Reinvent your relationship with a reviving experience for two
Need to press reset on your relationship? There’s nothing like a bungee jump together to blitz away those blues. Or a dreamy escape to the Cornish seaside to remind each other that, yes actually – you two are doing alright.
As a member of Virgin Red, the new rewards club from Virgin, you have instant access to all kinds of reviving experiences for two, from 5,000 to 50,000 Virgin Points and beyond.
Whether you’re a gin tasting type of couple, or you’d prefer to hop aboard in a surf lesson for two – or even tackle a crime scene investigation together – there’s something in our goodie sack of rewards to suit all. Whoever said date night was dull?
Take a Lovers Leap tandem bungee jump
Nothing says “you sometimes annoy the life out of me but I love you really” like tethering yourself to your beloved for a 160ft freefall through thin air. This tandem bungee jump is sure to get your hearts racing in unison, as you buckle up to plummet hundreds of feet before boomeranging back up. Afterwards, toast your bravery with half a bottle of bubbly included in the reward. This is couple goals all the way.
Conduct a crime scene investigation together
You’ve binged multiple episodes of CSI together – now’s your chance to put that TV viewing to the test. Unearth your inner detective with this thrilling day out, which takes you backstage to a gritty “crime of the day” alongside a team of real-life experts. Forget date outfits: you two will be donning forensic suits before entering the crime scene to lift fingerprints, analyse blood spatter, identify suspects and more. Is that a new career in crime-busting we hear calling?
Learn how to Scuba dive for two
Ready to take the plunge? This fun scuba diving masterclass will teach you everything you need to know about life down under (the sea). You’ll learn all the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool, with a certificate to showcase your new skills. And from there, the world is your oyster. Once lockdown is done, no more lounging about – Barbados and its 200 shipwrecks await. Or maybe you’ll pop on over to Australia, for a mooch around the Great Barrier Reef. Choices, choices.
Savour a Michelin star tasting menu
You’ve spent months dreaming up exotic dishes to keep one another entertained on lockdown (barbecued banana bread anyone?). Now is the time to let loose and be looked after by someone else for a change. Get your glad rags on for a signature seven-course tasting menu at L'Ortolan, serving up fine French cuisine of a Michelin-star standard. With exquisite flavours and textures in the offing, this is a truly special night out – pasta pesto will never look the same again.
Share a laugh together
If you love some laughs, Virgin Red stand-up nights are here for comic relief. Book in for some much-needed Lolz with an evening of live comedy – locations available across the UK. This is your chance to dust off those couple cobwebs and remember what it’s like to ROFL your heart out. After all, those that joke together, stay together.
Tuck into craft beer and gourmet burgers
Micro-breweries are all the rage right now: Britain is straining at the seams with hip local beer brands. Brewhouse and Kitchen is one of them, and it’s here where you and your other half will learn all about beer brewing under the expert eye of a Brewhouse master. There’ll be eight beer samples to go with the experience, along with gourmet burgers and chips for you both, to give your swigging session wings. Ale you need (sorry) for the perfect day out with zero fuss.
Craft your own personalised couples’ gin
If gin is more your tipple, however – have we got news for you. As VIP guests at the City of London Distillery, you and your amour will get hands-on with the gin lab (let’s face it: the best kind of lab) as you conjure up your very own bottle of the good stuff. Discover the flavour and scent of different botanicals over tastings for two, before designing your own recipe and distilling a bespoke spirit together. What better way to salute the great gin-influence you two have on each other?
Live the high life on a heli flight
Grab a slice of the James Bond lifestyle with this riveting flight for two: the best way to soak in this green and pleasant land of ours. Scared of heights? No worries: your loved one is there to hold your hand and cheer you on. And after, all that adrenaline will make you two feel like you’re on Cloud Nine (well, you pretty much were).
Conjure up some paintballing chemistry
Rather than another everyday dinner date, why not change things up with a spot of paintballing? This riotous day out promises a laugh a minute as you and your partner chase each other around in full combat gear, ready to get blasted in paint. Stealth is everything in this thrilling game of hide and seek: but will you work as a team or play rival agents? Only time will tell.
Sample the sweet life on a vineyard tour
Of course, paintballing isn't for everyone. On the more genteel end of the scale, a date with a twist may come in the form of this winery tour at an award-winning East Sussex vineyard. Learn your bouquet from your body profile as you two stroll around acres of scenic vineyards before getting down to business with wine tasting. Back in the tasting room, you’ll get to try out a ream of delicious local wines and share favourites with your loved one. Aah, life.
Skim the waves in a couple’s surf lesson
Doing a Joe Wicks PE class together from the comfort of your sweaty kitchen is so last year. To really up the ante, you need to try surfing. During this beginner’s session, you’ll get the hang of cruising those waves at the world’s first inland surfing lagoon in Snowdonia, Wales. Once you’ve mastered the art of staying on your board and maybe even catching a few crests, you’ll have a whole new couple’s hobby at your fingertips. Next stop: Hawaii.
Share a luxury Chocolate Afternoon Tea
No-one does chocolate like Charbonnel et Walker. And no-one does afternoon tea like the 5* May Fair Hotel. So the combination of these two delights makes for a pretty sublime afternoon for two. Loosen up your waistbands as you dive nose-first into this opulent foodie homage, complete with chocolate sauce doughnuts, signature tiramisu and Charbonnel et Walker truffles. If chocolate be the food of love – get stuck in. One of London’s grandest hotels is the place to do it.
Meet the meerkats together
Kids driving you both a bit bonkers? Escape for a day and hang out with the meerkats instead. These super-sociable desert creatures make great companions: in a meetup overseen by an experienced keeper, they’ll soon be clamouring all over you. A rare opportunity to get close to the mongoose family – and maybe break free your own. After feeding these guys together, you can’t help but feel those warm fuzzy vibes flow.
Cut a dash to a medieval castle for the night
Hold your horses: your run-of-the-mill weekend away just got an upgrade. Ruthin Castle in Wales is steeped in history and atmosphere, with romantic parkland views. The ideal spot for a sneaky couple’s escape, featuring 24-hour room service, welcome drinks and a full Welsh breakfast to follow your night together in castle grounds. One for the prince or princess in your life, after a less than royally good year.
Head for the ultimate rooftop date night
Well there are date nights – and there are date nights with bells on. With front-row views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city of London skyline, this night out falls into the latter category. Eat, drink and be merry together at Madison, a Manhattan-style rooftop restaurant overlooking one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. A three-course menu is yours for the taking, featuring treats aplenty from the wood-fired grill. The experience kicks off with welcome champagne, so you have every excuse to let the good times flow.
Make the dream work with white water rafting
Team work makes the dream work with this rapid running experience – you’ll need both of you pitching in to keep your raft afloat. Much like marriage, really. You’ll be wet suited and booted with helmets and life jackets, before floating away on a river wild – with just each other for company (well and a qualified instructor nearby, too). Oars away: this is what true adventures are made of. And if you can work together on this, you’ll work together on anything. The perfect test, some may say…
Escape to a Cornish seaside haven
If you’ve yet to be acquainted with the pleasures of the Lugger Hotel in Portloe, you’re in for a major treat. This one-time smuggler’s inn is nestled in a cove on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula, with rooms overlooking the wild Cornish sea. This reward includes a three-course dinner for two and cooked breakfast: and with seafood freshly-caught just metres away, the food is truly something to write home about. Spend some quality time with your loved one, with rugged coastal walks and excellent meals, and you’ll come away 100% more loved up.