Mother’s Day 2020: best days out and homemade gift ideas

Treat your mum this Mother's Day with our selection of lovely days out, best spring walks and homemade gift ideas.

Bunch of daffodils in a clear preserving glass on a wooden white window board with the sky and ground in the back.

From afternoon tea to the best spring walks, here is our pick of the best days out and lovely homemade gifts to celebrate Mother’s Day in the UK.

What date is Mothering Sunday in the UK in 2020?

This year in the UK, Mothering Sunday, also known by many as Mother’s Day, falls on Sunday 22nd March 2020.


Is Mother’s Day the same every year?

Mothering Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This was traditionally a day when Christians visited their ‘mother church’

Perfect days out to celebrate Mother’s Day in 2020

Afternoon tea and arts and crafts with the National Trust

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:

Scones and tea
Tuck into a traditional cream tea (Getty)
Bluebell guide

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 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.

Explore the beautiful Kew Gardens/ Credit: Getty Images

Take a classic steam train ride

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:

Steam train in the UK countryside
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,

Enjoy a swim and spa day at Bristol Lido

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: 

Take a dip in Bristol Lido’s restored Victorian swimming pool. (Credit: Andre Pattenden)

Stroll in the countryside

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.

Daffodils in a woodland
A group of wild Daffodils in a woodland setting, Gloucestershire, UK (Getty)

Go on a foraging course

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.


Easy homemade gift ideas to make for Mother’s Day

Bird feeder decorations

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.

Bird feeder (Getty)

Make teacup candles

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.


Vanilla sugar scrub

Unwind after a long day trekking across the British countryside with this invigorating sugar scrub.

Cinnamon body scrub on a white background

Make a flower press

This lovely flower press is perfect for flower-lovers who want to preserve their hard work in the garden for that little bit longer.

Pressed flower heads

Seaglass and driftwood mobile

For sea loving mums, make this pretty seaglass and driftwood mobile. Perfect for hanging indoors or outside in the garden.


Perfect Seville orange marmalade

Try this easy and less time consuming whole fruit method of making marmalade for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed.

Orange marmalade (Getty)
Orange marmalade (Getty)