Valentine’s Day 2010

Photo: Red roses at christmas. Glasgow is the place to celebrate love, romance and St Valentine’s Day – You can chose to wine and dine with your sweetheart, with many restaurants offering delectable Valentine Menus.

Glasgow’s West End caters comprehensively for the amorously inclined with both fine dining and entertainment on offer.

You may not know that Glasgow, our Dear Green Place, has special links with St Valentine, as part of his remains have been laid to rest in Blessed John Duns Scotus Church in the Gorbals. For those of you interested in ‘the past’ a walk round the Gorbals could prove more interesting than you might think.(Read what Ian Mitchell has to say about the area

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Photo: heart pendant. Gifts for your Valentine

At Nancy Smillie’s Jewellery Boutique, you can select from a range of wonderful jewellery, including very romantic designs by Genna Miller.


Photo: Necklace by Judith. If your intention is to really splash out on some exquisite mementoes you might like Judith Kenny Jewellery’s heart stud earrings Judith does an excellent line in designer jewellery to suit both men and women. You can even order specially designed commissioned one offs. Do you know someone that special?

Should you be short on inspiration your creative skills could be spurred on by a visit to Glasgow University Valentine Gallery, which it absolutely fascinating. Some of the content from days gone bye still seems pretty apt – in particular the poem: ?To the Boy Friend?, Glasgow University Magazine, Vol 43 (1931-1932), will make you laugh.

Apart from being an excellent online source of information the University of Glasgow is a very romantic place to visit. It’s Gothic towers and cloisters are perfect for strolling hand in hand and you could pay a visit to the wonderful Hunterian Gallery. Currently there is an exhibition of the work of Albrecht D?rer one of the most successful artists of the Renaissance and the greatest of all printmakers. Although he was celebrated as a painter, his fame is largely attributable to the engravings and woodcuts that spread his ideas and imagery across Europe.

You can also see:

Photo: amber treasures of poland. (Image: Miniature baroque amber cabinet of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski (the last king of Poland). Made in Gdansk after 1771. Donated by Lady Barbara Carmont of Edinburgh to the Malbork Castle Museum collections in 1979. (c) Malbork Castle Museum.)

Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QQ

5 February – 17 April 2010

Admission free

Featuring some of the finest items from the Polish national collection, this new exhibition, ‘Amber: Treasures from Poland’ offers a unique chance to see some fascinating and beautiful artefacts which represent both natural history and northern European craftsmanship. This is the first time that these items have been exhibited in the UK.

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Photo: gregory's girl. Glasgow Film Festial

Just about to kick off on 18th February is The Glasgow Film Festival; you could extend your celebrations till 25th February you could catch Ava Gardner in ‘Pandora and The Flying Dutchman’, described as “one of the most beautiful romantic tales in the history of cinema… a haunting story of love, devotion and self-sacrifice.
Another attractive option would be “New York, I Love You’ – “After the enormous success of Paris je t?aime it was only a matter of time before the whole process was repeated in another iconic city. New York, I Love You invites eleven international filmmakers to offer their vision of the Big Apple and the diverse cross section of individuals seeking to find romance and relationships within its warm embrace. (24th February). And who could restist another opportunity to see ‘Gregory’s Girl’ on 28th February. “Probably the most beloved Scottish film ever made”.
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Valentine Menus Glasgow Restaurants.

Celebrate Valentines Day at Glasgow Concert Halls

February brings with it thoughts of Valentine’s Day, and you can celebrate it with us a day early by Steppin Out with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag the glamorous stars of the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing. You can also enjoy a romantic evening of opera and song at The Mark Wright Projects “Greater Love” and If you want a jazz-filled Valentines Night then join Christine Tobin & Liam Noble for Tapestry Rewoven

Some fantastic classical music this month; soprano Karen Cargill and conductor Robin Ticciati team up again with the SCO for Berliozs dramatic LEnfance Du Christ, Toby Spence sings the songs of Jacques Brel, Neeme Jrvi conducts the RSNO in de Vliegers Orchestra Passion and Nicola Benedetti is back in town this time playing Sibelius with the BBC SSO.

For a full list of what to see in February, visit

So, young (and old) lovers wherever you are rest assured that Glasgow, and the West End, holds many attractions for the celebration of romance, budding or otherwise. ‘Valentine’s Day is “not just about romantic love, but love for your fellow human being…The people of Glasgow have big hearts and love which is unbounded,”
(Neil Baxter, The Scotsman,)

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