Halloween, Valentine’s Day… while there’s plenty of cynicism about annual events some feel are simply designed to get consumers to spend more money, it’s pretty hard to argue with a day devoted to bigging up the women who raised us. Granted, this shouldn’t be confined to a single day, but it’s certainly a good place to start.
Luckily, the UK has plenty of events and activities to help show your appreciation. How about a wine tasting in the English countryside? An operatic extravaganza in Wales? Or a blow-the-budget afternoon tea at a five-star hotel?
We’ve found some of the best things to do and places to go with your mum this Mother’s Day, whether you’re on a budget or have cash to splash.
Visit a museum
If your mum’s partial to a culture fix, consider a visit to some of the UK’s many award-winning museums. Admire African fashion at the V&A, revisit the past at York’s JORVIK Viking Museum, or learn about the life of Bernat Klein, one of the 20th century’s leading modernist designers, at the National Museum of Scotland. And if you’re feeling flush, a National Art Pass awards you access to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50 per cent off major exhibitions, meaning your mum can find inspiration all year round.
Hit the booze (responsibly, of course)
Whatever your poison, there’s a tasting experience to suit. Head to Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, one of England’s largest single estate vineyards; the historic Hook Norton brewery in the Cotswolds for a pint of something hoppy; or Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife for an easy-drinking Lowland whisky.
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Smell the flowers
Inject colour and fragrance into your mum’s life with a stroll around some of the UK’s most beautiful gardens. Sniff chocolate-scented Azara microphylla in the Rose Garden at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, admire 2,500 different tree species from around the world at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, or discover the quintessential English garden at Sissinghurst in Kent.
Embrace the drama
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