Valentine’s Day is on its way and, while you might not buy into its hyper-commercialised aspect, there’s no denying that there’s a charm to its romantic roots as a chance to tell the special person in your life how you feel about them. Rather than opting for the traditional bunch of flowers or a boring old box of chocolates, here are three fun, original and unforgettable ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

Have a laugh

Nothing brings a couple closer quite like having a good chuckle together (or, rather, having a full-on laughing fit together), and there’s no better man to get you rolling in your seats than Alan Committee. His newest show, Planet Mirth, addresses everything from our obsession with hiking to the science of sign language, the craziness of family gatherings and astrology, taking comedy on a global scale. Paired with a glass of wine and some Whispers to nibble on between giggles, it’s the perfect way to spend a unique Valentine’s Day. The show will take place at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino, with tickets available online through Computicket.

Watch a movie under the stars

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet has got to be one of history’s most romantic films (shh, we’ll just ignore the ending), and the folks over at Oakfield Farm must know that because they’ve chosen it for the special Valentine’s Day outdoor picnic cinema. For R400 per couple, you can swoon over Leo and Claire while enjoying a picnic hamper of cheese, wine and biscuits under the stars together in the beautiful Oakfield Farm Gardens – it doesn’t get much more romantic than that!

Get sipping

If you’re the type of couple who is always arguing over which South African beer is best, you’ll want to book your place at SAB World of Beer for a special Valentine’s Day pairing. Think smoked salmon rosettes paired with Flying Fish Lemon and fillet of springbok paired with Carling Blue Label, making for a delicious and fun Valentine’s Day without all the candles and rose petals – the perfect combination between a romantic dinner and a Saturday afternoon spent watching the rugby.


Alan Committee’s Planet Mirth
011 461 9744


Valentine’s Outdoor Movie and Picnic
011 933 3464


Valentine’s Day Beer Pairing
011 836 4900

Lucy Sarah Heaney | Images: Supplied