Single on Valentine’s Day? Here are 10 activities to do with your pals and gals in Cardiff

Here’s how to embrace the single life this Valentine’s

For many people Valentines Day is a sensitive, annoying and pointless event. But instead of needing a significant other to celebrate this occasion, take advantage of the opportunity to spend time doing activities with your friends.

Need some inspiration? Here are 10 activities for when you’re single on Valentines Day with no lover required.

Pottery painting

This is a fun and creative activity which can be done either at home with some art supplies or at a studio like Peggy’s Pots in Canton where a group of you can book a slot and get imaginative. They even host BYOB nights if you fancy a boozier activity.

If you fancy a cheaper pottery painting night, get yourself down to The Works tonight.


Cardiff has numerous brunch spots for a yummy fry-up or pancake stack. You can go into the town centre and find places like Bills or Coffee Barker, or you can stick close to Cathays and visit Metchys or Café 37. The best way to start the day is with good food, especially while catching up with some friends or on some much-needed uni work.

Shopping trip

Regardless of your budget, a shopping trip can be a fun way to wander around town with friends. Especially due to the various store options available in the St Davids Shopping Centre, from Zara to the Lego Store, Space NK or JD Sports, there’s a shop for everyone to browse around for the day.

Movie night

There’s nothing better than a good movie night. Run to Lidl and grab a sweet treat and some popcorn and you’re good to go, whether you fancy a tearjerking romcom or would rather avoid romance movies all together, you’re guaranteed to have a fun evening.

Arts and crafts

Another creative idea is hosting a craft evening, this can focus on just one activity or multiple options, such as making friendship bracelets, or painting and decorating a canvas, tote bag or wine/beer glass. Stores like Poundland or The Works will have numerous options for art supplies, and this can be a wholesome way to spend time with your friends.

Cocktail night

Nothing screams girls night more than cocktails. You’ll have a great time whether you choose to dress up and go out to bars or save money by staying home and making the drinks yourself in teams or pairs. If you’re heading out, we would defo recommend taking advantage of the 2-4-1 deals at locations like Slug & Lettuce or Las Iguanas to keep it a lower-cost night out.

Yoga or pilates class

Perhaps you’re a fitness enthusiast who wants to use this day to focus on your health or maybe you aim to scout out a potential love interest at the gym. Regardless, even those not particularly into exercise might find that signing up for a yoga or pilates class is a great way to get out the house and release endorphins. Even something as simple as a hot girl walk in Bute or Roath Park is a nice way to get some fresh air and meet up with friends.


No matter if you’re a beginner or an expert, baking can be a great activity to do with friends. If you are too scared to tackle a full Mary Berry-esque bake, there are lots of simple options to choose from using readymade packets or deserts which you can decorate together using a variety of sprinkles and icing.


Karaoke is such a fun activity to do in a group whether you go up and perform yourself or just cringe at others brave enough to do so. Given that February 14th occurs on a Wednesday, The Vulcan Pub should be hosting its regular Wednesday karaoke session but if you would prefer something more intimate, Boom Battle Bar allows you to book private rooms for karaoke where you and your friends may have more confidence to sing your heart out.

Takeaway night

A takeaway is always a delicious thing to do on Valentine’s Day if you would prefer to stay at home, binge-eat and laze about with your friends. Cardiff has many of options for Thai, Chinese, or Indian cuisine in addition to a large number of chains like Dominos or Pizza Hut which frequently run money saving promotions that can help the limited student budget.

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