Mother’s Day is fast approaching (11th March – pop it in the diary) and it’s the perfect opportunity to remind your mum how special she is. But don’t just say it with a card or flowers. Treat her to something spectacular this year. We've got six ideas for a fantastic day for your mum.
If your mum has a sweet tooth, what better way to treat her on Mother’s Day than a decadent afternoon tea? Whether you go traditional with a pot of Earl Grey, or add an extra touch of luxury with a glass of Champagne, you’ll fill up on tasty sandwiches, sumptuous scones and exquisite pastries in a beautiful setting. Check out our run down of the most Instagram friendly afternoon teas for some inspiration.
The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate offers sweet or savoury afternoon tea menus: the latter comes with classic picnic favourites like handmade sausage rolls as well as cheese scones. In London, the afternoon tea at the Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush is particularly stunning, with colourful sandwiches (think breads infused with pesto or lemon). Or try Fishmore Hall's photogenic feast (pictured above), with vibrant macarons and fluffy cakes.
Afternoon tea is also the perfect fuel for another Mother's Day activity. Check out SpaSeekers' afternoon tea spa packages.
A country walk surrounded by spring time blooms with a bit of history and art thrown in, a visit to a stately home is a great activity for whiling away a Sunday afternoon with your mum. National Trust properties across the country will be celebrating Mothers’ Day hosting events from prosecco afternoon teas and live music to card making workshops.
Sutton Hoo in Suffolk will offer its visitors an insight into the role of mothers in Anglo Saxon society, while Glendurgan in Cornwall has everything for kids to make a special floral Mother’s Day card.
If your mum is a garden lover, hunt down a property near you with a beautiful spring garden, such as Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, which has blooming beds of daffodils, crocuses and grape hyacinth, or the 18th Century Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.
Kicking back at a spa is the ideal way to give your mum the downtime she deserves, and say thank you for being a great mum. If you’re getting something just for her, a spa voucher is the way to go, so she can spend it when and where she likes. But if you’re using the opportunity of a spa day to spend some quality time together, book yourselves in together and Mother's Day spa package.
To maximise your catch-up time, be sure to book the double suite for your treatments, so you can have your massages or facials at the same time. A spa pedicure is the perfect treatment for two: get side-by-side pedi thrones and you can catch up while you unwind with a relaxing foot massage.
This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed some women the right to vote for the first time. To mark the milestone, museums and galleries up and down the country are hosting fascinating exhibitions and workshops to uncover the history of the movement.
In the capital, the Museum of London is running an exhibition of the Suffragettes – the ones you’ve heard of and plenty that you haven’t. Take your mum to learn all about these pioneering women who changed the course of history.
Elsewhere, Killerton estate in Devon hosts an exhibition exploring the relationship between politics and fashion, and how the clothes of the Suffragettes played an important part in the “votes for women” movement.
Up in York, there’ll be a week-long festival to mark International Women’s Day, ending on 11th March. There’ll be open mic sessions of poetry and prose, workshops on fitness activities and life skills, plus insightful talks on the Suffragettes of York at the York Castle Museum.
Instead of buying your mum the standard bouquet, combine beautiful florals *and* an afternoon out with a flower arranging workshop, so you can learn the craft of floristry yourselves and leave with a gorgeous bunch to show off.
Just So Pop Ups will be running a Flowers and Fizz workshop in London, teaching you and your mum how to turn spring blooms (there will be all sorts to choose from) into a gorgeous arrangement. Plus they throw in a glass of prosecco and a goody bag of gifts. (£80 per person)
Over in Bristol, check out cut flower farm Pipley Flowers, which is running two two-hour workshops on Saturday 10th March, demonstrating how to make professional standard bouquets and guiding you to make your own, while fueling you with homemade cake and scones.
A simple meal with family is a failsafe day out for Mother’s Day. But why not go the extra mile for your mum and take her somewhere with a breathtaking view while you’re enjoying your Sunday lunch.
Mother’s Day will mark the last day of Kew Gardens’ orchid festival, a riot of exotic florals. Book a table at Kew’s newest restaurant, The Botanical, for roast beef while overlooking the royal gardens’ lake and Palm House.
In Edinburgh, Apex Hotel’s Metro Bar and Brasserie has views out over the Castle, or further south, Hever Castle in Sussex is serving a slap-up Sunday lunch at its Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant, overlooking the Italian Garden.
For spectacular coastal views, the Marina Restaurant at the Quay Hotel in Conwy sits overlooking the esturary and Conwy Castle, so you can watch the yachts bobbing in the bay as you tuck into lunch.
Of course, the best cityscapes come when you’re high up. In the capital, the Oxo Tower Restaurant Bar and Brasserie, run by Harvey Nichols, is hard to beat for its panoramic view of London’s top sights. Or try Madison at One New Change, which will have you dining practically atop the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.