VALENTINE’S Day – regardless of your relationship status – doesn’t have to be a cliche of chocolates, roses, oversized teddy bears and Ed Sheeran songs.
Whether you’re shacked up, single and ready to mingle, or somewhere in between, prepare to have fun.
Out of the Square media decided it was a day for Novocastrians to fall in love with all the offerings just at their front door.
Watch their Ode to Newcastle.
Bring a picnic rug, your sweetheart, best friend, dog or mum to this relaxed night under the stars.
Listen to local band Soda, who will be playing smooth jazz in the rotunda, and enjoy food from vendors including El Poco Loco, Kid & Cat, Retro Kombi and handmade éclairs by Choux Patisserie.
Two Wild Hands will be offering posies and Magnetic Shots will have a free photobooth for polaroid magnets.
The Grateful Boutique & Bouquet has combined with Heidi Pollard from UQ Power to offer a women’s only workshop that promises to offer the opportunity to fall in love with yourself again.
Targeted to women who want to do something special for themselves and who may feel a bit stuck, lost, overworked and under appreciated, it includes either a morning tea or light supper, gift, reflection, meditation & sharing and a flower posy workshop.
The nightclub has asked patrons to be ready “to sing your heart out to all the songs you put on that mix CD for your high school crush”.
The night includes free student entry, $5 drinks, a kissing booth, heart candy and roses for the first 100.
The landmark Merewether pub is inviting patrons the opportunity to meet their intellectual – or romantic –match at their weekly trivia night, which will be a little more “loved up” than usual.
February 14 is also Sweetheart Day, raising awareness of congenital heart disease.
The pub will donate $1 from every steak sold this week to HeartKids.