by Grainne Glenny

We rely on Twitter for everything from being the first to get breaking news to discovering local and global trends, from keeping up to date with events to getting a laugh from our fave celebs.

Over time our feeds can become a bit yawn and need a little revitalisation to keep things interesting.

Every Friday, which we have now re-christened #FollowFriday, we will suggest our top three Twitter accounts to pump up your feed and put some pow back into your Twitter experience. This week’s edition is aimed at all of you desperately looking for inspiration on how to spend your Valentine’s Weekend next weekend.

1. The Merchant Hotel – @merchanthotel

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Why not whisk your loved one away for an overnight stay? An elegant evening at The Merchant would show your loved one just just how much they mean to you. The Merchant Hotel’s one night escape package is the perfect retreat for you and your significant other. The opulent Valentine’s package includes deliciously decadent chocolates and a bottle of luxury Champagne on arrival.

Guests will have the opportunity to relax and unwind together with a one hour hydrotherapy session in The Merchant’s acclaimed spa. That evening guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner in The Great Room Restaurant. Head Chef John Paul Leake will create a five course Valentine’s themed menu pleasing all senses and making your Merchant experience even more memorable. As you retire to your luxurious accommodation for the night, your loved one will be surprised with a rose petal turn-down.

This gentle and romantic finishing touch is the perfect end to your special night and will ensure the night is remembered forever.

The Merchant Hotel’s Valentines Package is exclusively available on 14 February 2016. For just £400 for a Victorian Room and £420 for an Art Deco room this Valentine’s could be the most memorable yet. For more information visit

2. Belfast Zoo – @belfastzoo

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Belfast Zoo is the perfect date whether your better half is relatively new on the scene or well accustomed to you and your ape-ish behaviour. Belfast Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species this experience will be exciting and surprising at every turn.

The main attraction at the zoo is the giraffes, a total of 33 giraffes have been born at the zoo since 1996, most recently born was a Rothschild’s giraffe calf on Monday 1 September 2014. The female, who is called ‘Ballymena’, was born to proud parents, Neja and Finn.

Belfast Zoo is located on Cave Hill and offers stunning views over Belfast Lough. The 55 acre site contains a rich variety of plants and gardens. Why not pack a picnic to impress your guest with a gourmet lunch whilst soaking in the scenery?

3. The MAC – @TheMACBelfast

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If you were looking for something to really impress your Skate Moss or Roll-ing Stone, then the MAC for a spot of Roller Disco is your best bet. The MAC will transform the theatre into a retro roller disco with pumping tunes and colour to boot.

Ticket prices includes a 45 minute skate session, hire of your roller boots and protective gear. The all adult events start from 7pm but family friendly sessions run throughout the day. Break a leg – or don’t… know what we mean…

Grainne Glenny – @grainneglenny

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