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Kildare’s Date Ideas With A Difference

Candle-lit dinner, a single red rose, heart-shaped balloons – been there, done that! Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently this year, with these suggestions from Into Kildare.


Get Arty This V-Day

Ballymore & Maynooth

Ballymore Art Studio is a communal space for all kinds of artists – beginners to professionals – to come together and express their creative side. They believe in unlocking the creative within each and every one of us, and offer a wide range of classes for students of all ages, have a memorable date with your other half.


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Looking for something completely different to mark this occasion of love? Introducing Paint Club at Carton House! A unique and creative social event, the Paint Club will take place in the Manor House of Carton with a master painter on hand to help you create your very own masterpiece.

Paint Club is designed for everyone, with absolutely no experience necessary! Everything will be supplied, canvas, paints, easel, brushes, apron, all you need is yourself and lots of enthusiasm!

Whether you’re an established artist or a total beginner, indulge your inner creative and have fun with Paint Club at Carton House.


For those Outdoorsy Couples

Richardstown, Clane

What is more romantic than getting out into the fresh air of the rustic Kildare countryside and enjoying the beautiful outdoors?

Treat your loved one to a day out at Abbeyfields Country Pursuits with clay pigeon shooting, an air rifle range, archery and an equestrian centre. Catering for small parties from two to seven people, this is the perfect Valentine’s for those outdoorsy couples looking for a date with a difference.

Nestled in over 240 acres of picturesque Kildare countryside, Abbeyfield is less than 20 minutes drive from Dublin’s M50.


Take To The Waters With A Loved One



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What is more romantic than a serene boat trip lazily floating down the canals of Kildare?

Leave the rest of the world behind as you sail down the barge and take in the quiet of the water passing beautiful nature on the banks of the canal. charter private cruises along the canals, with champagne and afternoon tea, with a selection of sandwiches, scones, delicate cakes and teas. The barge is warm and comfortable with a wood burning stove, gentle music in the background and outdoor decks if you want to venture outside.


Get Horsing Around This V-Day

Brallistown Little, Tully

Impress your date big time with a trip to the Irish National Stud and Gardens. There’s no better time than right now to visit as the Stud is newly opened for 2019, and filled with beautiful newborn foals to coo over!

Take a romantic stroll through the Japanese Gardens and admire the Living Legends who call the Irish Stud paddocks home.

The Japanese Gardens Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate, relaxed lunch for two, with simple, wholesome food with the emphasis on freshness and flavour.


For The Animal Lovers


If your Valentine is crazy for furry friends, get in their good books and organise a date to Kildare Farm Foods this February 14th!

Filled with cuddly animals, big and small, Kildare Farm Foods is the perfect fun-filled date for those couples looking for a relaxed, easy-going day out. At the farm you can find wallabies, ostriches, alpacas, mara, pigs, goats, ponies, deer, sheep and more!

Forget the pretentious fancy meals and expensive wine, why not enjoy a delicious hearty lunch in the Tractor Cafe!


The Gift of Speed

Donore, Naas


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Give him a Valentine’s Day to remember this year with a trip to Mondello Park! The international motorsport venue lets you book a racing experience in a supercar for a loved one – a present sure to win you the Partner Of The Year Award!

If you’d rather sit back and spectate, Mondello Park are hosting the Spring Break Bash Party on February 16th and 17th

Two days of constant track time, four insane layouts, the 2019 Drift Games Nationals Licensing competition, Drift Games Extreme car reveals, passenger rides and more drift action than a normal human can even handle – this is sure to be the best V-Day date EVER for that car lover in your life.


Get In Touch with Nature


Endorsed by Failte Ireland and Ireland’s Ancient East, Lullymore Heritage Park is a unique and fun option to bring your someone special this Valentine’s Day!

Discover the ancient history of Lullymore, explore the secrets and stories of peatlands, and visit the meandering nature trails and lakes that can be found throughout the forests of Lullymore.

There is also a large cafe and shop to grab a bite to eat on site and lots of picnic areas for outdoor dining. Parking is free.


Find your Love for Cooking


Visit Kalbarri Cookery School, they welcome people of all ages and abilities looking to build confidence or improve their knowledge of food.

They want guests to experience creating and serving simple dishes with gripping middle-eastern influences, bursting with flavour and colour.

This can include baking and cooking courses that you can enjoy trying out with your partner.

The warm and inviting atmosphere in their kitchen helps bring  guests together over a love of all things food. The work table is designed in a circle, unique to Kalbarri, enhancing group involvement.