10 ideas to treat your Mum this Mother's Day

Treat your Mum to a well-deserved day out this Mothering Sunday by taking inspiration from our list of places to go. 


24th March 2017

1. Take a stroll in Trenthan Gardens, Staffordshire

Treat Mum to a day out at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire this Mother’s Day. Mums get in free when joined by a paying guest. You can walk around the beautiful Italian Gardens, revived by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist Tim Stuart-Smith, or take a stroll around Trentham Lake, designed by Capability Brown. There’s plenty to keep little ones busy too, with an adventure playground, Hornbeam hedge maze and fairy trail. 

Or visit website here


2. See the first spring colours at Kew Botanical Gardens, London

Alternatively, if you fancy a weekend in London, pay a visit to the tranquil Kew Botanical Gardens in south-west London. Spring has sprung in Kew and the gardens are brimming with vibrant flowers and wildlife is returning. It's an enchanting time to visit Kew with your mum. If your Mum has a head for heights, we'd recommend taking a stroll along the tree-tops. It's a little early for bluebells but if you treat your Mum to a membership as a Mother's Day gift she can return in April or May to see carpets of these colourful flowers. 

Visit: www.kew.org


3. Take tea at Kilworth House

If you’re looking for a bit of an indulgent treat, why not take champagne afternoon tea at Kilworth House in Leicestershire? On the afternoons of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March, the Orangery of this historic country house,
now a hotel and theatre, will echo with the sound of clinking china and scones being scoffed. £31 per person.
To book, call 01858 880058

Or visit the website


4. Lunch on a luxury Pullman

And to really go to town, take your mother on a round-trip through beautiful British countryside from the comfort of a classic steam train. Vintage carriages from an elegant time – many ran on 1920s services such as the Brighton Belle – are the setting for champagne, fine food and expansive views. The Belmond British Pullman departs London Victoria at 10.45am and returns at 1.30pm. From £285.

Visit site here 


5. Solve a mystery in Tyntesfield, Somerset


Photo credit: ©NationalTrust

Recently appearing in the latest BBC drama Sherlock Holmes, Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland.

Step back in time and explore the house, before taking a stroll around the beautiful gardens and estate, which has stunning views across the North Somerset countryside. There's also a decent garden centre, second-hand bookshop and nice cafe, which serves light lunches and delicious cakes. 

Visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield


6. Explore Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland


Photo credit: Guy Edwardes

Take your Mum to explore our 2015/16 Landmark of the Year - the majestic Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. England's largest inhabited castle is a breath-taking sight, with 14 public areas to explore. Straddling the coast at Bamburgh, the views are spectacular. 

Refreshments are available in the Clock Tower Tea Rooms. Specialising in Northumberland produce sample a range of delicious home cooked meals and light snacks.

Visit: bamburghcastle.com

7. Cycle a forest trail through Grizedale, Lake District

Photo credit: iStock

Wild landscape, wild walking and wildlife: the Lakes have everything in abundance. Grizedale is just one haven of tranquillity between Windermere and Coniston Water. It has a reputation for its contribution to the arts and literature – Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth all found inspiration here.

Grizedale still inspires today and the dramatic surroundings are a magnet for bikers because of its excellent cycling routes that cater to all abilities. Follow Julia Bradbury's cycle route here.

8. Go for a trail run and enjoy beautiful countryside

Going for a run might not be everyone's idea of a treat, but if your Mum loves running then one of these five routes should fit the bill. 

Here are five relatively easy running routes for beginners, in some of Britain’s most spectacular countryside. 

9. Go for snowdrop walk

Photo credit: iStock

Snowdrop season has now started, so why not take your Mum for a stroll in one of these picture-perfect valleys carpeted in snowdrops. Magic. 

10. Visit costume drama landscapes

Photo credit: iStock/Isle of Skye

If your Mum loves period dramas, then don’t miss this costume drama locations guide to discover how you can experience the stunning film-worthy scenery. Finish off the day with a box set of your Mum's favourite drama and you're onto a winner. 

You are currently reading: 10 ideas to treat your Mum this Mother's Day - 24th March
Get your first 5 issues for just £5 when you subscribe to BBC Countryfile magazine!

Subscribe to BBC Countryfile Magazine today and you can enjoy generous savings from the shop price plus, free UK delivery and discounts off special editions and back issues.

Countryfile Magazine - Current Issue