With Mother’s Day on the horizon (Sunday 26 March), what better excuse do you need to spoil your mum?
Mums are not all created equal. Some crave a leisurely lunch, others a surprise day out or a visit to the spa. Whatever your mum loves to do, here’s a few top ideas for a Mother’s Day treat.
Explore the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
If you want to give your mum the royal treatment this Mothers’ Day then The Royal Yacht Britannia is ideal. Described by the Queen as “The one place I can truly relax”, this floating palace is a marvel.
You can wonder through the exquisite State Apartments before enjoying a bite to eat in the Royal Deck Tea Room while enjoying the stunning views across the Firth of Forth. Britannia‘s pianist will be playing between 12 and 1.30pm to add a touch of traditional splendour to the experience.
While navigating the ship, head to the NAAFI where special Mother’s Day strawberry, vanilla and meringue fudge is on offer.
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Stroll through Kew Gardens, London
For botanists, there’s no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend than wondering around Kew Gardens during the spectacular spring displays when over five million bulbs come into bloom.
There’s also some excellent exhibitions and installations including an homage to the famous British botanist Joseph Hooker. The exhibition charts the ‘King of Kew’s’ discoveries through his brilliant drawings which feature the earliest western illustration of Mount Everest.
For a truly unique experience, take mum into ‘The Hive’, a multi-sensory experience that highlights the extraordinary life of bees. The lights and sounds within the 17-metre structure are triggered by activity in a real beehive within the Gardens.
For something a little more sedate, head over to Kew Palace. The stunning 17th-century building was home to George II and housed George III during his bout of madness.
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Hop on a mini-cruise in York or Newcastle
A cruise on the River Ouse is a great treat for mum and one of the best ways see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights of York. Book in advance and you can get a glass of Prosecco and a box of chocolates.
After the cruise head into the City and explore the stunning York Minster or walk the network of hidden Snickelways before settling into a comfy chair in Gray’s Court, a 900-year old house found just behind the Minster, which serves coffee and traditional British cream teas.
If you’re a bit further north, a Tea on the Tyne Vintage Cruise may be the perfect indulgence for your mum. With a sightseeing tour along the river as afternoon tea is served, it’s a charming way to spend an afternoon. If your mum’s an art-lover, head over to the nearby Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Relax in one of the UK’s top spas
For a spot of true indulgence, send your mum off for some down time at any one of the UK’s top spas. While there’s a seemingly endless number of brilliant spas, from natural thermal baths to luxury secluded venues, here’s our pick of three of the best.
Cowshed Spa, Babington House, Somerset
Located in a secluded corner of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, the Cowshed Spa is a perfect rural retreat and sits ideally within the peaceful Victorian Walled Garden of Babington House.
Dormy House, Cotswolds
The spa in Dormy House is a glorious escape with a lavender sauna, salt-infusion steam room and an exceptional indoor infinity pool. A glass pavilion surrounded by the Cotswolds countryside gives guests the feel of being at one with nature.
Thermae Bath Spa
An old favourite, Thermae Bath Spa is home to Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters and has been in use for over 2,000 years.
Guest can lie back in the indoor Minerva Bath or enjoy the open-air rooftop pool and the spectacular views over Bath Abbey.