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News article created on 3 February 2015

Celebrate Valentine's day in the Tunnel of Love

Standedge Tunnel is to be turned into a ‘tunnel of love’ when it reopens to visitors on Saturday14 February, Valentine’s Day.

Whether you are a passionate boater or just passionate, we think Standedge Tunnel offers a unique opportunity to pop the question to your loved one. Ellen Richards

Those with romance in their heart who go down on bended knee and propose to their beloved during one of the visitor boat trips into the tunnel will also get a special bonus.

For not only will the boat guide be on hand to capture the moment on camera, but newly-engaged couples will also be offered a 25 percent discount on the hire of the Thomas Bourne Room in the Standedge Visitor Centre for the wedding reception. This is often used for marriage celebrations, with the bride arriving by boat along the canal. 

Pop the question

Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre manager Ellen Richards said: “Whether you are a passionate boater or just passionate, we think Standedge Tunnel offers a unique opportunity to pop the question to your loved one. You might need to wrap up because it’s still only February, but your love will keep you warm as you cuddle up together in our Tunnel of Love.”

Thirty minute guided boat trips into the tunnel will be available throughout the day, with the first trip scheduled for 11am. Families can take advantage of the outdoor adventure play area and new soft play centre in the visitor centre and younger visitors can explore the site following the Valentine’s Day trail, collecting letters to win a prize.

Watersedge café will serve hot drinks, food and themed, home-made cakes throughout the day.