With Mother’s Day fast approaching, loving sons and daughters around the country are searching for new and unusual ways to make 26 March extra special for their mums. If you’re still struggling for ideas, here’s our guide to the top 10 experiences in Britain to spoil your mother for Mother’s Day. We hope it gives you some inspiration!
1. Start with a slap-up brunch in Manchester
Does your mum loves a full English breakfast? How about a sophisticated Eggs Benedict, some healthy porridge and fruit, or perhaps an indulgent short stack of pancakes? Whatever she’s into, brunch is always a great way to get your Mother’s Day off to a good start. Manchester is something of a hub of brunch spots, from traditional greasy spoons to trendy little cafes. Recently refurbished celebrity hangout the Koffee Pot is known for its big breakfasts and mugs of tea, Moose Coffee is the place to head for pancakes, and Home Sweet Home does a mean Eggs Benedict. Albert’s Shed is great for canal-side dining, whilst North Tea Power do a great coffee and some lighter brunch options.
2. Sample a slice of culture in Norwich
Is your mum a culture vulture? Did you know that Norwich is the first (and so far only) English city to be declared a world UNESCO City of Literature? The award recognises this East Anglian city’s literary heritage, along with its ongoing commitment to culture. For anyone who loves culture and the arts, Norwich is a fantastic destination, and boasts a huge range of galleries, museums, theatres and music venues throughout the city. Head a little further out, and you have the glorious Norfolk countryside and coast to enjoy too!
3. Experience a Victorian Highlands spa town
Proving that southern England doesn’t have a monopoly on spa towns, the charming town of Strathpeffer – some 20 miles north of Inverness – is a magical hidden gem. For the Victorians, this Scottish hideaway was the location of invigorating spa baths and even a peat bath. Today it’s a conservation village, and you can take your mum to the historic pump room to learn about the town’s history. Once you’ve had your fill of quaint Victorian charm, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding hills, or discover the nearby Pictish hill fort.
4. Delight in some fine art in St Ives
The seaside town of St Ives, Cornwall, has long served as both home and inspiration to some of the world’s leading artists, including Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo and – perhaps best known – Barbara Hepworth. Today, St Ives remains a thriving hub of art and is the perfect mother’s day destination if your mum is a fan of the visual arts. Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum are not to be missed. You’ll also find a host of galleries and buzzing workshops thriving in this delightful town, including the New Millennium Gallery, the Uys Gallery, ArtSpace Gallery and the Porthminster Gallery.
5. Grab a Sunday market bargain in North Yorkshire
Shopping may not be everyone’s favourite pastime, but if your mum loves hunting out a few hidden gems in a Sunday market, why not take her to the largest one in northern England? The racecourse at Catterick, North Yorkshire, is home to a massive Sunday market with a fun, fairground atmosphere. You can buy just about anything here, from fancy cheeses to stylish clothing and electronic gadgets. Then, when you’re done with the market stalls you can choose an indulgent treat from one of the huge range of caterers, from chilli sausages and hog roasts to ice cream and doughnuts!
6. Explore the great outdoors in South Wales
If your mum loves getting outdoors and enjoying some spectacular scenery, she’ll love a mother’s day trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales. Along with landscapes that offer some of the most extraordinary natural beauty in Britain, you can also discover something of the region’s magnificent industrial heritage, ancient ruins and mysterious caves. For a lakeside nostalgia trip, head for the Brecon Mountain Railway. Take your mum to see the amazing waterfalls, explore the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, or experience the magical beauty of Llanthony Valley.
7. Take high tea in style in the Lake District
What more traditional way to spoil your mum that with the elegance of taking afternoon tea? Enjoy delicate, finger cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with real clotted cream, the finest teas and perhaps even a glass of Champagne. There are lots of city locations for afternoon tea, of course, but the restaurants and cafes of the Lake District offer a special combination of high tea and stunning views. For a choice of beautiful and luxurious lakeside locations head for Coniston, Windermere, Ambleside, Ullswater or Derwent Water.
8. Discover the gardens and parks of the Peak District
For glorious gardens, stately homes and picturesque parkland it’s difficult to beat the gorgeous Peak District. From the magnificent Chatsworth to Lyme Park, Rode Hall, Calke Abbey and the Pavilion Gardens, there are some fantastic places to explore in Derbyshire and the surrounding areas. For a Mother’s Day treat, the Heights of Abraham offers a fabulous cable car journey across the Derwent Valley.
9. Search for sun in Sussex
March is not necessarily the best time of year to head down to the sea, but if your mum is keen on a bit of early seaside fun it makes sense to head to the place that claims it’s the sunniest place in Britain. Eastbourne, in East Sussex, offers dazzlingly white shingle beaches, grand Victorian terraces and some good old fashioned pub grub.
10. Go potty with the National Trust
With heritage locations throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland you won’t have to travel far to treat your mum to a National Trust experience. Whether it’s daffodil potting at Gibside, Tyne and Wear, snowdrop planting in Somerset, afternoon tea or a quiet wander around the grounds, a special, tranquil time for two is guaranteed!