Ditch the boring card and treat your mum to a day with her favourite child (you) this Mother’s Day…

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While flowers and chocolates are always well-received on Mothering Sunday, surely the lady who brought you into the world deserves something a little more imaginative, so why not arrange a day out with her top son/daughter followed by a slap-up meal (after all, just think of how many delicious dinners she cooked up for you when you were a kid).

Whether your mum is a fan of the great outdoors, can’t get enough of live music or loves nothing more than curling up in front of a film, there’s a Mother’s Day activity to please, and the best thing is you’ll get to spend some quality time with your mum and enjoy some yummy food to boot.

If your mum is a fashion aficionado…


See the Georgians exhibition at Bath Fashion Museum and have lunch at Hall & Woodhouse Bath.

Bath’s cobbled streets, high-end boutiques and historic buildings make it a lovely location for a day out with mum. After you’ve spent some time exploring this scenic city, taking in its famous abbey and iconic Royal Crescent, take your style-conscious mum to the Bath Fashion Museum to see the main exhibition for 2015 featuring original Georgian dress. There’s a Great Names of Fashion exhibition too with pieces by some of the world’s most influential designers, including Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. You can also find out if you agree with the chosen Dress of the Year – 2014’s was selected by fashion blogger Susie Bubble.

Once you’ve spent a couple of hours oohing and aahing over the gorgeous outfits on show, it’ll be high time for some sustenance, so head over to Hall & Woodhouse Bath which is just a few minutes’ walk from the museum. This suitably stylish venue serves up a second-to-none roast every Sunday. You and your mum will be treated to a choice of half a roast chicken, roast beef, roast leg of lamb or roast pork with crackling, all accompanied by a hearty serving of the usual trimmings. And it would be rude not to finish with sticky toffee pudding with hot toffee sauce and Devonshire ice cream or Earl Grey creme brulée.

If your mum deserves a bit of pampering and relaxation…


Treat her (and yourself) to spa day and meal at the Lido in Bristol 

Clifton is one of Bristol’s prettiest areas, and within it you’ll find one of the city’s prettiest dining spots: the Lido. This Grade II* listed lido is one of the oldest in the country, and boasts a laid-back poolside bar, stylish first-floor restaurant and gorgeous spa facilities, including a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna.

Book your mum in for a back, neck, shoulder and facial massage or a therapeutic hot stone massage with the Lido’s skilled therapists, before heading to the bar to tuck into some delicious tapas, or to the restaurant to treat yourself to an à la carte meal. The selection changes regularly, but mouth-watering tapas options may include chorizo and morcilla, crispy fried chicken wings with mulberry molasses, and tuna empanadilla, while the à la carte might offer such fantastic dishes as smashed avocado with chilli and coriander on toast to start, and wood-roast monkfish tail with clams cooked in Iberico pork fat, spinach and chickpeas for the main course.

If your mum is a film buff…

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Book a spot at the Mother’s Day Film Club at London’s Firmdale Hotel on Charlotte Street

A club in name only, the Firmdale Hotel’s film club welcomes all to book their spot for a screening of its movie of the week, preceded by a scrumptious meal in the restaurant. The luxurious surroundings of the Charlotte Street hotel provide the perfect setting for a Mother’s Day treat for a film-and-food-loving mum.

On Mothering Sunday, the hotel’s state-of-the-art cinema will be showing fairytale fantasy Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. For your pre-film munchies, you can choose to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea, or order from the tempting set menu in Oscar Restaurant. It’s priced at £35 per person, or £45 if you add a glass of Champagne, which, as it’s Mother’s Day, you really should. For tables of four or more, the kind folk at Firmdale Hotel will even pick up the bill for mum and prepare a special gift for her too.

If your mum loves hitting the high notes…

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Catch some live opera at Little Bay in Brighton

Little Bay’s opera evening may be the day before Mother’s Day, but at least it means you get to spoil your mum two days in a row. Befitting its quirky theatrical decor and balcony seating, this eatery, which is located in a premier spot on Brighton seafront, hosts Opera Mayhem nights every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On these evenings, the place is usually packed out with opera-loving foodie types happily tucking into Little Bay’s delectable modern European cuisine while enjoying the dulcet tones of the live opera singer.

The sliced smoked duck breast with celeriac relish and vinegar dressing is an excellent way to begin, and the classic coq au vin served with fluffy mash is a sure-to-satisfy main. And for dessert? The sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and passion fruit sorbet would certainly provide a fine finale.

If your mum is a fan of the great outdoors…

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Traverse a National Trust walk then indulge in tea and cake

Going on a country ramble is a great way to blow away the cobwebs, and where better to do so than in one of the UK’s most famous walking spots, the Peak District? Of course, one of the best things about country walks is the tea and cake afterwards, so treat your mum to a visit to one of the three National Trust tea rooms in the area – each one is in an ideal spot for weary walkers looking to rest and refuel with homemade sweet and savoury treats.

In Edale, amidst chocolate-box surroundings, The Penny Pot Café is ready and waiting to serve you up hearty fare and revitalising teas and coffees. There are even convenient bike racks outside if you and your mum have arrived by pedal power. Manifold Tea Rooms at Ilam Park also offers tasty food and drink, served, of course, with a side of glorious views. At the lovely Longshaw Estate, meanwhile, you and your mum can devour such delights as homemade panini, delicious pies and freshly baked scones at the Longshaw Tea Rooms, housed in a stone barn overlooking stunning ancient moorlands. Longshaw Tea Rooms even has its very own garden that supplies its kitchen with fresh fruit, veg and herbs.

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Michelle Grady

Michelle Grady

Michelle is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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