You might contemplate treating a loved one to a wondrous Valentine Hawking lunch at the fairy tale Bodiam Castle, in East Sussex. After partaking of a two-course lunch at the
Wharf Tea Room, which overlooks the grounds of this celebrated castle, you will have a great opportunity to see and learn about amazing birds of prey and even gain the experience of handling one of these astonishing creatures yourself.

The historic castle is one of Britain’s most romantic and picturesque, set in the heart of 1066 country. With its spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-Century Bodiam Castle is the real thing having been completed in 1385. Following lunch, couples can enjoy a romantic stroll around the castle, looking at the medieval ruins around the estate and enjoying stunning views of the surrounding Wealden countryside. The Valentine Hawking Lunch is an unusual and rewarding experience.

16th February. Tickets: £40 per person (includes castle entry, a chance to fly a bird of prey, parking and lunch). Booking is essential, 01580 831325. Visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk