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Valentine’s Day in CBR

HerCanberra Team

Roses are red, violets are blue; Saturday is Valentine’s Day, so here’s what to do…

Pack a picnic

Gather your favourite picnic goodies and pack a hamper along with the rug and enjoy the outdoors this Saturday.

CSO Shell Prom

We reckon this has got to be one of the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day—(no date required). Whether you’re shacked up in love or have a night out with the girls, an evening on the lawns Government House is one pretty sweet way to enjoy the day of love as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra invokes the intoxicating music of the British Isles in the 33rd Shell Prom Concert.


Held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival (MCF), the concert program, themed A Touch of Tartan, includes favourites such as Scottish Fantasy, the Hebrides Overture, orchestral renditions of Danny Boy, and more. You can discover the program and find out more here.

Valentine’s Day Recital: Love is in the air at the Carillion

Love is the air this Saturday evening when lead carillionist Lyn Fuller and studen carillionist Anna Wong perform a special Valentine’s Day recital at the Carillion on Aspen Island. With big hits including Hey Big Spender, Sweet Caroline, and Skip to my Lou, it’s an evening not to be missed. Pack a hamper and picnic rug, and relax by the lake at sunset for this very special Valentine’s Day performance from 7pm to 8pm at Aspen Island, Parkes.

Pretty Woman at Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema

You won’t want to miss Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema‘s Valentine’s Day screening of Pretty Woman at Canberra’s central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns (near the National Library) come Saturday evening. The Jar Bar will be serving up some specially created Valentine’s Day cocktails including ‘Romance on Rodeo Drive’, a delightful ‘Pretty Woman’ twist on the Long Island Iced Tea with mixed berries that is sure to set hearts racing. Enjoy the seductive tones of Producer and DJ, Beat Taskforce, whose music draws influence from 90s R&B, alternative hits and future beats.

Lovebirds can also share a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or one of the Rocketboy wood-fired pizzas whilst snuggled with a rug under the stars. Snuggle up in comfort and style as deckchairs, bean loungers and blankets can be hired as part of the ticket packages available. Valentine’s Day tickets include a glass of Giesen wine or non-alcoholic beverage on arrival. Volkswagen Polo Class tickets also include reserved bean lounger seating, a blanket, a drink and a Ben & Jerry’s shortie. With music by day and movies by night, Openair Cinemas support local musicians and play a mix of favourite cult classics and hot new release films. Check their website for full details and bookings.

Make it about him

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, this Saturday why not make it all about him and surprise him with one or two of these local goodies? Bronwen Stead has done the hard work for you…


Does he love a good belly laugh? Tickets to the Canberra Comedy Festival could be just the thing to make him smile this Valentine’s Day.

If he loves his four wheels, then why not spoil him with a deluxe (car) wash at Waves?

Keep with the theme of live acts and take a look at the Canberra Theatre Centre’s 2015 program. Book him tickets to see Village People in March, Monkey Magic when it arrives in April or revisit the days of the bushranger with Kelly in June.

Is Top Gun his favourite movie? Maybe he has childhood dreams of being a pilot? Give him the next best thing—the chance to pilot a jet flight simulator ride. You don’t even have to leave Canberra and he can fly to wherever he likes.


The Cock & Crown


For the dapper gent, treat him to the oasis of gentlemanly calm at Groomed in Braddon or if he prefers to crack a coldie and hang with the blokes then The Cock and Crown is probably more his thing.

Treat him to a little TLC and pampering at Mawson’s Let’s Be Natural, Foot & Thai in Belconnen or if you’re southside—Sawsadee.

But if he’s a die hard football fanatic, then season tickets to the Canberra Raiders or UC Brumbies will certainly top the list.

Or for you…

Some local bling

Take his (or her) hand and lead the way to KIN Gallery for some Valentine’s Day shopping on Saturday. We promise you’ll fall in love (with the beautiful pieces on show).



Five star treatment

Whether you are in search of a romantic dinner for two or a fun way to celebrate with a group of good friends, Hyatt Hotel Canberra’s Romance in The Garden buffet dinner offers the perfect setting to enjoy Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy sunset and dine under the stars with a cocktail on arrival and sumptuous buffet that includes live cooking stations offering freshly shucked oysters, a wide array of fresh seafood, salads, a quintessential barbecue with Hyatt’s signature spit roast and a decadent assortment of desserts.

$125/person. For reservations phone 6270 1234 or make an online reservation enquiry.

If Afternoon Tea is more your style, there are two sittings at 11am and 2.30pm.  The afternoon tea buffet will feature a dessert section with a strawberry and chocolate theme.  For reservations phone 6269 8815.

Or you can celebrate with your Valentine over dinner in the Promenade Café.  The seafood buffet, live carving station and an amazing dessert buffet will be themed for Valentine’s Day.  Strawberries and chocolate will be the base ingredients for the spectacular buffet.

A red rose and a glass of sparkling Chandon will be presented to guests on arrival.  $125/person, for reservations phone 6269 8810.

Experience a slice of the countryside

Summerside Festival

Take a romp through the countryside and make the most of the beautiful summer mornings and balmy summer evenings with a horse ride through the trails at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback during the Summerside Festival.

summerside festival

Explore Canberra’s local wine region…

Experience the beauty of twilight with a riding experience and then after two hours in the saddle, relax back at Burnelee with a tasting of Poachers Pantry’s award-winning smoked meats, accompanied by a sample of Eden Road Wines. If you’re a morning person then what better way to start the day than a morning exploring this beautiful grazing property on horseback. Morning and twilight rides available on Saturday 14 February. Book early as the group size is limited.

Or get yourself to Robyn Rowe’s Chocolate D’Or for local handmade chocolates – we reckon they’re some of the best anywhere!

Read more about the Summerside Festival here.

Pialligo Estate Winery



Re-discover Pialligo Estate Winery this Valentine’s Day

You won’t want to miss out on Pialligo Estate’s beautiful Valentine’s Day menu when they open their doors to their new restaurant and dining. Overlooking the vineyard and a humble, six acre veggie patch, you can be guaranteed that what you most of what you eat (and drink) will be fresh from the garden.

Feast on Lyden Biodynamic Lamb with young carrorts, gingerbread, black cumin and gold raisins or devour the flavours of West Australian Scampi served with Nashi pear from the Orchard, Salted Pork, Mud Crab and Pertrossian Caviar. And that’s just a few. Open for lunch and dinner both Friday and Saturday. Visit the Pialligo Estate Winery website or Facebook page to discover the complete menu.

The essentials
What: Valentine’s Day at Pialligo
Where: Pialligo Estate Winery, Kallaroo Road, Pialligo
When: Lunch and dinner, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 February
Phone: (02) 6247 6060


Spoil your loved one this Saturday with a drive out to Gundaroo’s Grazing for their rustic, Valentine’s Day dinner. A set menu From 18-hour slow cooked pork belly to baked ocean trout, it’s the dessert that will be sure to sweeten you up with Caramel Salted Hazelnut custard and chocolate parfait to tempt to you in.

The essentials
What: Valentine’s Day Dinner
Where: Grazing at Gundaroo,
When: Dinner, Saturday 14 February
Phone: (02) 6236 8777

DIY Dinner

Valentine’s Day is about showing the one you love, or even your friends, how much you love, care and appreciate them. So why not have a night in and get a little creative in the kitchen with our lurve-inspired menu.


Whether it’s a dinner party with friends or a romantic dinner for two, there’ll be plenty of love in the air come Saturday.


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