10 ideas to treat your mum this Mother’s Day

In 2018 Mothering Sunday is on Sunday 11th March, so plan to treat your mum to a well-deserved day out. We have plenty of inspiration in our list of places to go this Mother's Day. 



Take a look through our list of days out and special events for Mother’s Day 2018. With our list of ideas you’ll be able to pick an activity that your mum will enjoy, and is as special as she is.


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1. Take a stroll in Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire

Treat mum to a day out at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire this Mother’s Day, as mums get in free when joined by a paying guest or an annual ticket holder. You can walk around the beautiful Italian Gardens, revived by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist Tim Stuart-Smith, or take a stroll around Trentham Lake, designed by Capability Brown. There’s plenty to keep little ones busy too, with an adventure playground, Hornbeam hedge maze and fairy trail. 

For further details visit the website here.


2. See the first spring colours at Kew Botanical Gardens, London

If you fancy a weekend in the capital, pay a visit to the tranquil Kew Botanical Gardens in south-west London. Spring has sprung in Kew, the gardens are brimming with vibrant flowers and wildlife is returning. It’s an enchanting time to visit Kew with your mum – and if she has a head for heights, we’d recommend taking a stroll along the tree-tops. 

You could also treat your mum to a special three-course Mother’s Day lunch in the dining room of Wakehurst Mansion. There’s a free glass of pink proscecco for mum, and a child’s menu available for younger guests.

Visit the Kew Gardens website for more details.

3. Take tea at Kilworth House

On 11th March you can enjoy a Mother’s Day lunch in the Orangery Restaurant or Wordsworth Restaurants, at Kilworth House in Leicestershire. Private dining rooms are also available, and every mum will be given a gift of chocolates. 

Or for another indulgent treat you can treat your mum to a champagne afternoon tea on the afternoons of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March.

To book, call 01858 880058 or visit the Kilworth House website.

4. Lunch on a luxury steam train

And to really go to town, take your mother on a trip through beautiful British countryside from the comfort of a classic steam train. Along with First Class Silver Service, on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway you’ll be served finger sandwiches, tea or coffee, and a delightful cream tea on your return journey.

For more information and to book see the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway website.

5. Solve a mystery in Tyntesfield, Somerset

The house seen from the garden at Tyntesfield, North Somerset.
Photo credit: ©NationalTrust

You may recognise Tyntesfield House from the BBC drama Sherlock Holmes, which was filmed in this spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland.

Step back in time and explore the house, before taking a stroll around the beautiful gardens and estate, which has stunning views across the North Somerset countryside. There’s also a decent garden centre, second-hand bookshop, and a nice cafe, which serves light lunches and delicious cakes. Standard admission charges apply on Mothering Sunday.

For more details visit the National Trust’s Tyntesfield page. And other National Trust properties around the UK have more Mother’s Day events too – check out the events list here.

6. Explore Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland


Photo credit: Guy Edwardes

Take your mum to explore our 2015/16 Landmark of the Year – the majestic Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. England’s largest inhabited castle is a breath-taking sight, with 14 public areas to explore. Straddling the coast at Bamburgh, the views are spectacular. 

Refreshments are available in the Clock Tower Tea Rooms. Specialising in Northumberland produce sample a range of delicious home cooked meals and light snacks.

Visit: bamburghcastle.com

7. Cycle a forest trail through Grizedale, Lake District


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Wild landscape, wild walking and wildlife: the Lakes have everything in abundance. Grizedale is just one haven of tranquillity between Windermere and Coniston Water. It has a reputation for its contribution to the arts and literature – Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth all found inspiration here.

Grizedale still inspires today and the dramatic surroundings are a magnet for bikers because of its excellent cycling routes that cater to all abilities. Follow Julia Bradbury’s cycle route here.

8. Go for a trail run and enjoy beautiful countryside

Going for a run might not be everyone’s idea of a treat, but if your mum loves running then one of these five routes should fit the bill. 

Here are five relatively easy running routes for beginners, in some of Britain’s most spectacular countryside. 

9. Go for a snowdrop walk

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Snowdrop season has now started, so why not take your mum for a stroll in one of these picture-perfect valleys carpeted in snowdrops. Magic. 

10. Visit costume drama landscapes

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If your mum loves period dramas, then don’t miss this costume drama locations guide to discover how you can experience the stunning film-worthy scenery. Finish off the day with a box set of your mum’s favourite drama and you’re onto a winner.