Our pick of the best days out and lovely homemade gifts to celebrate Mother’s Day
When is Mothering Sunday in 2019?
This year in the UK, Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 31st March 2019. This is also the day the clocks change for daylight saving so don’t forget to put your clock forward one hour.
Lovely days out to celebrate Mother’s Day
From afternoon tea to a day of discovery or wild arts and crafts, the National Trust is holding a selection of lovely days out for Mother’s Day at properties and gardens across the country. Activities include making flower framed photos in Glendurgan, Cornwall, afternoon tea at Mount Stewart, County Down and much more. Find a location near you: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/mothers-day-events
Tuck into a traditional cream tea (Getty)
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 a lovely time of year to visit Kew Gardens to explore the woodlands and nature reserve. While you’re there why not treat your mum to a special Mother’s Day roast lunch in the dining room of the 16th century Wakehurst Mansion. www.kew.org
Explore the beautiful Kew Gardens
Treat Mum to a relaxing classic steam railway journey through the British countryside. Make Mother’s Day even more special with First class service for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. 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. To book, visit: www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk/events/mothers-day
Enjoy a steam train ride on one of the UK’s vintage trains (Getty)
The Strathspey Railway vintage train is offering a special Sunday lunch for Mother’s Day, which is served during a 2 hour journey through the Cairngorms National Park. To book, visit: www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/mothers-day
Take a dip in one of Britain’s most historic and beautiful lidos this Mother’s Day. The grade II Bristol Lido celebrated its 10th anniversary in December 2018 after the restored Victorian swimming pool, which originally opened in 1850, reopened in 2008. The glass fronted restaurant and cafe surrounding the lido is the perfect spot for watching swimmers with a glass of wine. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor heated lido and sauna before treating mum to brunch, lunch or tapas or a treatment in the lovely spa. A real oasis in the heart of the city. Booking essential: www.lidobristol.com
Take a dip in Bristol Lido’s restored Victorian swimming pool. (Credit: Andre Pattenden)
Pack a flask of tea and cake and enjoy a spring walk this Mothering Sunday. From wildflower rambles to a coastline teeming with wildlife, celebrate the arrival of spring in the countryside with our pick of the best spring walks in Britain.
A group of wild Daffodils in a woodland setting, Gloucestershire, UK (Getty)
Foraging has been popular for some years now, with enthusiasm for gathering food from wild and natural places only increasing as we look to reduce our plastic waste and live more sustainably. We’ve foraged for the best courses across Britain and March is a great month to get started.
Homemade gift ideas to make for Mother’s Day
For those who love watching garden birds, these inexpensive feeders will be a joy to hang around the garden. They’re simple and fun to make and the birds love them.
Follow this easy step-by-step guide to create the perfect teacup candle, which makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift. Add seasonal scents and decorations to jazz up your candle. Charity shops on car boot sales are a good place to pick up second hand tea cups.
Unwind after a long day trekking across the British countryside with this invigorating sugar scrub.
This lovely flower press is perfect for flower-lovers who want to preserve their hard work in the garden for that little bit longer.
For sea loving mums, make this pretty seaglass and driftwood mobile. Perfect for hanging indoors or outside in the garden.
Try this easy and less time consuming whole fruit method of making marmalade for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed.
Orange marmalade (Getty)