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The top ten Valentine's Day treats in Essex

The top ten Valentine's Day treats in Essex: Image 1 What's not to love about Essex this Valentines Day? Whether you're looking for a thrill seeking adventure for two or after a romantic dinner in the perfect setting, the county  has one or two hot spots just for you.

You and your partner can enjoy a luxurious hot chocolate body wrap at Aqua Springs (www.aqua-springs.co.uk)in Colchester for just £52 per person. The treatment contains cocoa beans and algae to nourish the skin, and as the wrap heats up, it releases a sweet chocolate aroma. Your skin will then enjoy a fig and vanilla body lotion, which sounds devine! Bookings are being taken until 14th February for treatments from 9th – 28th February, 2019.

Wine and dine at the AA Rosette 1935 Rooftop Restaurant and experience something truly different with the one you love. Located on the fifth floor of the four-star Holiday Inn Southend-on-Sea (www.hisouthend.com), where the team are eagerly preparing to make everything extra special for you this Valentine's Day. With floor-to-ceiling views over the runway, it's the perfect place to sit back and feast with the person you love. The restaurants' Love is in the Air package includes a fabulous four course menu.

Get your heart racing with one of the action-packed activities available for couples at the Lee Valley Regional Park(www.visitleevalley.org.uk). Grab your partner and get cosy in a two person inflatable kayak – a Hot Dog – at the White Water Centre. Adventurous couples can conquer the rapids together as they paddle their way romantically through the legacy loop at this Olympic venue on Saturday 16th February. Afterwards why not relax with an afternoon tea and prosecco in the Terrace Bar?

The world is captivated by the most entertaining movie of last year and now you can relive the magic with a special cabaret version of The Greatest Showman at Wivenhoe House Hotel (www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk) on 15th February, 2019. A sensational evening of live entertainment, featuring all your favourite hits from the movie and a delicious three-course menu created by the Wivenhoe House Chefs. There's also a Valentine's special offer – share a room for two from £105 per person, including B&B and event tickets.

Enjoy the fizz and exhilaration of a race night at Chelmsford City Racecourse (www.chelmsfordcityracecourse.com) on the 14th February, 2019, as well as a romantic four-course meal and live entertainment from Jason Allen singing swing and lounge classics.

Down Hall, Hatfield Heath (downhall.co.uk), have a romantic package for loved ones – a four course meal with champagne, chocolates, breakfast and an ESPA gift for all guests. Available 14th, 15th and 16th February, 2019. While Orsett Hall Hotel (www.orsetthall.co.uk) will be preparing a six-course meal, prosecco and canapes on arrival, and a rose for every couple for just £54.95 per person.

Find out the true meaning and magic of Valentine's at Colchester Castle (www.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/venues/colchester-castle) with their curators, as they welcome you after hours where you can celebrate the history of love with a glass of prosecco too. Costing £7.50 per person and booking essential.

How about getting up close and personal and trying a spot of salsa dancing? Abstinence Bar (www.abstinencebar.co.uk) in Chelmsford holds regular salsa dance classes, and there's a beginners one on Valentine's Day 7pm – 8pm, plus classes for level 2 and 3 from 8pm – 9pm. At the end of the sessions there's an after party until 11pm where you can enjoy a live music set, and dance your heart away to latin grooves. You don't need to book, just wear comfortable shoes and clothes!

And finally, A Hundred Different Words for Love is being performed at the University of Essex Lakeside Theatre (www.lakesidetheatre.org.uk) on 14th February – a heart-lifting story of romance, despair and friendship from one of the best UK acclaimed storytellers, James Rowland. Featuring live music, belly laughs and lots and lots of words.

These and many other events can be found at www.visitessex.com

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