Mother's Day is around the corner (Sunday 22 March, just saying) so get your ideas flowing with our list of jolly nice things to do.
Whether you’re doing it for your mum, your mother-in-law or yourself, it’s time to bask in the day that is exclusively – yours (and don’t we all darn well deserve it).
We reckon you all deserve a treat this month, whether you’re a parent, the mother of a fur baby or just have a history of babysitting, so keep scrolling for all the Mother’s Day inspo you’ll need.
Afternoon Teas with a Twist
A trip to the Fish Hotel is a mega Brownie-point outing for any Mother’s Day. Set on the dreamy 400-acre Farncombe country estate but just minutes from Broadway with its little boutiques. And we’re loving these two new teas – Tipsy Afternoon Tea & Doggy Afternoon Tea – they’ve unveiled for Mother’s Day.
The tipsy bit first (obvs) – start things off with a house blended Hoogly tea infused cocktail, including; white tea infused prosecco, marzipan mule and chocolate brownie with a slug of rum. Pair your cocktail with a selection of savouries such as crab, prawn and creme fraiche puff, Welsh Rarebit with beetroot chutney and a smoked salmon and Parmesan tart served with horseradish.
Finish off with a carb flourish, from pineapple tipsy cake to scones with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Tipsy Tea is priced at £32.50 per person and booking is highly recommended.
If anyone else’s dog is like mine you normally spend half the meal trying not to look into their sad eyes as you scoff away, but the Fish Hotel has come up with a canine corker to solve the problem.
We don’t know many dogs who enjoy a cucumber sandwich, so they’ve turned to Woof & Brew, The Barking Bakery and Cotswold Raw to whip up a terrific canine afternoon tea for just £19.50 per pooch.
Expect doggy-friendly cakes, biscuits, treats and herbal tea that will make them think they’ve won the doggie lottery.
Head to the luxe and lovely Cowley Manor near Cheltenham for a special Mother’s Day lunch. Dine in the glorious restaurant with views out to the gardens (where Lewis Carroll was inspired – she’ll love that trivia) and on 22 March the special 3-course lunch for £28 includes a free (surprise) gift.
Or why not book into the Cotswold House Hotel in Chipping Campden. Go up a league and dine at The Fig, a spot of fine dining with a fantastic vegan menu too.
The Fig has just 10 tables so be sure to book quick for a day with a VIP feel. Two courses are £22 and 3 courses are £28, and children under 14 go half price. Afterwards there’s a special serving of Mother’s Day Petit Fours.
The funky Malmaison in Cheltenham is calling it’s MD offering ‘ For mums who are more Daiquiris than daffodils – and we love their vibe. Not only can you do lunch at Chez Mal here £29.95, it includes a glass of champagne as well as a gift. We’re hoping it’s a giant Daiquiri, but if not there’s a great bar here to sip them to your heart’s content afterwards.
The Ivy in Cheltenham will be serving up this blooming fantastic beauty (see below). It’s called a Tulipa Dessert and we’d love to be served this (£9.50) along 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).
Talented resident chef Dylan Cappinni is serving up a Mother’s Day lunch to remember at the ever-popular (and Muddy award-winning) Prince Albert pub in Rodborough.
Expect all local produce at this feast, including Tempura prawns or tempura vegetables, lamb, and New York cheesecake as options. Price: £25 for three courses and £20 for two courses. Or secure your place as your mum’s favourite child by adding in bottle of red, white or Prosecco for just £15.
Lunch is served up between 1pm and 4pm and make sure to book ahead, spaces are limited.
Sunday Roast Ravers
Nothing much beats a giant Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. And what’s better than curling up with your (ehem, angelic) offspring, family and friends around an open fire and a plate of carbs in the knowledge there’s ZERO clearing up.
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).
The Bell at Sapperton is also roastie-heaven. 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).
The family-friendly coaching inn, The Bull in Fairford is also a lovely place to pitch up for the day, with a special 1, 2 or 3 course meal with a free glass of Prosecco for all mums available on the 22 March. (Starting at £15)
Two of our other fave 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 right!)
Or plump for the newly refurbished The Porch House which is the oldest inn in England and full of gorgeous crooked beams and open fires. It will be offering a quite fabulous, complimentary 5cl bottle of Pinkster Gin along with a delicious menu starting at £29.95 for three courses.
And who wouldn’t want to wander around Stow-on-the-Wold afterwards with all its little boutiques and art galleries.
Gorgeous Gardens To Visit
With spring blooms peeking through and daffodils bound to be abundant by the 22nd why not go for a stroll around the fragrant Garden at Miserden. With 850 acres to wander (that should walk of the roast nicely) 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. It’s one of Muddy’s fave walking spots.
Or there’s the picturesque Batsford Arboretum which is free to mums on Mother’s Day and has a children’s trail to keep the littlies entertained, and beautiful Painswick’s 18th-century Rococo Gardens has a maze to lose the kids in, or yourself, for easily a good 20 minutes we reckon.
Also, Westonbirt Arboretum is a lovely day out. One big magical tree garden which is home to 2,500 species of tree and plant, and there’s a super-fun sky-walk you can do through the treetops.
And if you want some fluffy newborn lambs thrown into the mix then head to the Cotswold Farm Park. Mums go free for the entire weekend which we love, and there’s always tons to do here, including watching the live lambing throughout March.
One walk I personally love on Mother’s Day (and where you’ll find me post lunch food coma this year), is the stunning 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, or to The Prince Albert, an award-winning Muddy fave. A stroll along these grasslands where dogs can run free and kids can climb trees, is a perfect, free Mother’s Day out.
And something a little different …
Daylesford doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Mother’s Day. The Cookery School is holding a half day ‘Ferments to Eat & Drink‘ workshop. During this half day intro to fermented food and drinks (so trendy right now) you’ll learn all about things with a K, like Kombucha, kimchi and kvass over a series of tasters and hands on demos.
The course costs £135 and is on between 10am and 2pm. Included is a lovely healthy lunch with glasses of wine from Daylesford’s sister estate Provence Chateau Leoube – which sounds terribly fancy.
And if you’re looking for a gift, we would probably promise to be your mum if we got one of these gorgeous special gifts they’ve curated for Mother’s Day!
We love the Love Leoube Gift Set and the Daylesford Cosmos Organic Bitter Orange Set Gift Set.
At the Harts Barn Cookery School in the Forest of Dean there’s a fantastic experience to get stuck into. Learn how to Create your own High Tea – for £60 you’ll be taught by the pastry pros (head pastry chef Andy) how to make French macaroons, Pimm’s scones, orange madeleines and more.
Then, enjoy your own handiwork at a sit down tea in the Apple Barn along with your choice of tea. The class takes place from 2pm – 5pm on Sun 22 March.
Or why not book into the Tudor Farmhouse in the Forest of Dean for a gorgeous afternoon of creativity and carbs. They are holding a Flower Arranging & Afternoon Tea Escape. Josephine’s Flowers will be on hand to show you how to create a glorious bouquet of flowers, and once your own bouquet is done you get to sit down for a delicious afternoon tea. Price: £50 per person.
Or, treat your mum to a Hand Embroidery & Tea Day, for complete beginners (slow crafts are so 2020) spend the afternoon learning how to create landscape scenes using just five stitches with Jennifer from Sew Forest of Dean. Then indulge in an afternoon tea to top the day off. Price: £75 per person.
Both events take place on the 21 March – because Mother’s Day is definitely a whole weekend.
Be whisked away … further afield
Head to the K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherd’s Bush, London, this Mother’s Day and spoil your mum with not only a delicious Brunch Buffet including a glass of Prosecco and Dreamy Fruity Punch of spiced Vermouth, Rosé Wine, Fresh Orange Juice & Strawberries.
You will also get a ‘complimentary’ 15-minute Neck & Shoulder Massage. Your mum will love you forever (we promise). Price: £39.00 per person.
The fam that bakes together …
Bake your own croissants with Dusty Knuckle
Lauded Dalston bakery Dusty Knuckle in London is running an all-day baking class in which you’ll learn the art of making the perfect croissants and other doughy delights. What better activity to bond over than rolling, shaping and glazing your favourite baked goods.
Learn everything there is to know about croissants, pain au chocolat and extra puff pastry. And bring a tote bag (and roomy jeans) as you’ll be leaving with plenty of pastries.
Happy Mother’s Day to you all!