20 Ways to say I love you on Mother’s Day
Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? (some chance). Either way, we have some brilliant ideas to spoil that lady in your life on 27th March. From special afternoon teas set to a grand piano to glorious gardens, classes and a Mamas & Mimosas spa day (ooo!). Find some lady-shaped fun here.
Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday, so get in there early with our guide to what to do with the most important women in your life on the big day (Sunday 27 Mar people), or thereabouts.
Book mum (or yourself) in for one of these pronto…
TAKE AFTERNOON TEA
Afternoon Tea at No.131, Cheltenham
Sink into one of the sleek velvet sofas scattered with plump cushions or sit amongst the perfumed planters on the terrace at No.131. This exquisitely stylish bar, hotel and restaurant is a gorgeous place for a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. Stick with a traditional cream tea or opt for an indulgent high tea filled with with sweet treats, scones and sandwiches. And, if the mood takes you, add a glass of bubbles for good measure.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, GL50, Cheltenham
There’s a special MD Afternoon Tea at GL50 on Sunday 27th March with five (yes five!) different options to make it really bespoke to your mum, from 1pm to 5pm. Treat her to Traditional Afternoon Tea with unlimited teas & coffees (£35 per person). Cocktails & Afternoon Tea (two cocktails of choice per person, £55 per person), Fizz & Afternoon Tea (glass of Gusbourne sparkling rose per person, £60 per person), Full Afternoon Tea Extravaganza (two cocktails per person and a bottle of Gusbourne sparkling rose for the table at £110 per person). Book here now.
GORGEOUS GARDENS & STROLLS
Head for the fragrant Garden at Miserden in Stroud. With 850 acres to wander it’s a gorgeous sanctuary for flora and fauna. Bring the whole family and dog and take one of the restorative woodland walks around the stunning lake here. End up at the cafe which has been converted from one of the old glasshouses in the former kitchen garden for a giant slab of cake.
Or there’s the picturesque Batsford Arboretum which is always gorgeous for a stroll, or Painswick’s 18th-century Rococo Gardens which has a maze to lose the kids in, or yourself, for easily a good 20 minutes we reckon.
Take her to the most spectacular tree garden in the UK at Westonbirt Arboretum, this is a lovely day out. One big magical tree extravaganza, home to 2,500 species of tree and plant, and there’s a super-fun, 30 metre high, Sky Walk through the tree-tops too.
If you want some fluffy newborn lambs thrown into the mix then head to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. There’s always tons to do here, including watching the live lambing on Mother’s Day weekend in the new lambing barn. And we hear that mums go free with every full paying admission. Members can bring Mum along for free! (One free Mum ticket per valid member) Check ahead.
One walk I personally love on Mother’s Day (and where you’ll find me post lunch food coma this year), is the stunning National Trust Rodborough Common. You get absolutely breathtaking views up here over the Stroud Valley and even out to the River Severn.
End the walk with a trip to Winstone’s Ice Cream parlour in the middle of the Common or the ever-welcoming Bear of Rodborough. A stroll along these grasslands where dogs can run free and kids can climb trees, is perfect, free Mother’s Day out stuff.
The Queen’s Mother’s Day Lunch, Queen’s Hotel, Cheltenham
The super stylish Victoria’s restaurant here always makes us feel like royalty when we dine in its Regency surrounds, and it’s serving up a special Mother’s Day lunch on the 27th, with three courses and a variety of delicious choices such as pan-fried fillet of salmon and a leek, spinach and gruyere tart with watercress aioli. Priced at 32.50 per person between 12.3- and 3pm, book mum in here.
The Ivy in Cheltenham will be serving up this blooming fantastic beauty (see below). This floral Mother’s Day raspberry, almond and pistachio macaron incorporates all the flavours of spring and is served alongside luxurious vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. Available on Sunday, 27 March. Eat it with one of this swanky eatery’s Mother’s Day recommended cocktails – The Ivy VLS Cocktail (Vodka, lime and soda) or the Virgin Bellini (peach fizz, peach puree and apricot soda).
Head to the Five Alls for the Sunday lunch of dreams. One of Muddy’s fave spots to hang out on a slow-burn Sunday. Go for a 2 or 3 course meal (£26 and £34 respectively) which includes roast beef, chicken or pork with the full works (or a vegetarian alternative).
Three-course lunch with a Steinway, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 27 March
Treat your mum to a three-course lunch in the elegant surroundings of Pittville Pump Room. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival and every mum will receive a free gift! The best bit? Relax over lunch with live background music from the resident pianist on the grand Steinway piano – heaven.
The Bell at Sapperton is the place to go to take her for a roastie-heaven Mother’s Day. We love the whole spatchcocked chicken (for two) they do, and the giant Yorkshire puddings here are some of the best we’ve had (and we’ve had a lot).
Two of our other fave pub lunch picks are The Frogmill in Shipton Oliffe and the Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold. If you are going en-masse The Frogmill is brilliant, it’s a huge pub with loads of tables and nooks to sit in, which means you won’t feel like you’re squashed up against 39 other mums (we like you to feel spesh), a three course meal is £29.95 with a choice of roasts or other options.
Plus upstairs they have a brilliant games room where you can send the kids when you’ve had enough of them (because we all know they’ll be bored after 25 minutes).
Wild Thyme & Honey, Ampney Crucis
Treat your mum to a stay at the beautifully refurbished new Wild Thyme & Honey boutique hotel near Cirencester. Featuring luxe rooms, roll top bars and a riverside setting it’s just the ticket, along with the adjoining Crown at Crucis next door where they serve up a treat menu for Mother’s Day.
Mamas & Mimosas + Yummy Mummies Spa Days, Malvern Spa, Malvern, Worcs
Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day with the gorgeous sounding Yummy Mummy Spa Session. Unwind in the comfort and privacy of one of the brand-new spa pods whilst indulging in delicious afternoon tea hamper. This special March offer includes a 4-hour spa session with exclusive pod hire and an afternoon tea hamper to enjoy in the pod. Only £75 per person. OR, book her in for a full day of Mamas and Mimosas. This package includes spa facility use from 9.30am-5.30pm, a delicious Mimosa, a £10 allocation towards lunch and a 50-minute Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Facial designed to smooth, hydrate, and revitalise the skin. £130 per person.
ACTIVITIES MUM WILL LOVE
Afternoon Tea Treats Baking Class, Cotswold Baking Workshop, 26 March
Treat mum to an afternoon of scrumptious baking fun. Baking together, you will learn how to achieve tall, uniform, buttery scones, and create three other delectable fancies before sitting down with a pot of tea, clotted cream, and jam to enjoy your treats together. Lots of goodies to take home to share with family and friends. Cost is £75 Per Person
A Colour and Style Consultation, House of Colour, Glos & Worcs
Time for a style zhush up! Let her feel like queen for the day by booking in with House of Colour’s wardrobe wizardesses. Book in to have a style and wardrobe MOT with Sophia Carter (in Gloucestershire) and Jo Gaffney (in Worcestershire). Bespoke sessions will show her the the tricks of how to look good in her own skin and gain heaps of confidence in the process, as well as a bespoke colour analysis she’ll come away with her own style charter. Plus, book a make-up consultation too why not.
‘Make a necklace’ parent & child workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 26 March
This fun and friendly workshop is a great chance to spend some time together and learn a new skill. Expert Stina will guide you through her method of making these pretty necklaces using sterling silver, pearls and semi – precious stones. At the end of the session both of you will be able to take your necklaces home to treasure. Perfect for some mum & son/daughter bonding we think. Ticket price of £80 includes a place for one parent and one child and the materials to make a necklace each. Suitable for children aged 12 – 17 years old.
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