Top 10 things to do on Mother’s Day

Step away from the cheesy cards, bouquets of flowers and boxes of chocolates… Mum deserves more this Mother’s Day!

If you’re scratching your head over the best way to spoil her, we’re here to help.

We’ve put together some great activity ideas that’ll make her feel special on Sunday 26th March (or over the weekend).

If she's an outdoorsy Mum...

After breakfast in bed and unwrapping her presents, Mum may want to spend some precious time with the whole family in beautiful outdoor surroundings. If so, here are some lovely activities we think she'll enjoy.

Plant a snowdrop

The National Trust are running lots of Mother's Day events up and down the country this year, from Daffodil Potting to Secret Garden Walks. We've handpicked Snowdrop planting in Somerset as our top pick. With Prior Park Landscape Garden as your backdrop, spend a few hours together gardening and planting delicate snowdrops. Make sure you come back next year to see how they're taking shape!

The event is free, but normal charges to enter the grounds will apply. Find out more about the event here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/

If you're stuck for the perfect Mother's Day gift, why not treat her to a National Trust pass for the whole year? Read more about the memberships at:  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/gift-membership

Ride on the National Cycle Network

Whether she's a budding cyclist, nature lover or history buff, the National Cycle Network offers a range of different routes for Mum to enjoy. She can admire the best of the British countryside riding on quiet country lanes, or take on some of the longer routes passing famous museums and galleries. You'll find plenty of places to stop off for a bite to eat, too. Let's just hope the sun has got his hat on so this Mother's Day is a memorable one.

Find your nearest cycling route here: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/

Play a tennis tournament

If Mum loves keeping active, why not serve up a special Mother's Day tennis tournament? Whether you set up a court in your own back garden or pop over to your local park, she'll have an ace time playing with the whole family.

Give Mum a head start with these top serve tips so she can look like a tennis pro on her special day.

Take a river cruise

Sail into Mother's Day on a high this year, with a peaceful river cruise. With boat rides from Virgin Experience Days, Mum can sit back, relax and take in the mountainous views surrounding Cumbria's Coniston Water or admire the iconic landmarks along the River Thames, such as the London Eye and Westminster.

Book your Mother's Day river cruise at: https://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/cruises

Head to the beach

If the weather's nice, take Mum for a stroll along one of Britain's top beaches. The UK has lots to offer when it comes to coastline - from the southern tip of Cornwall to the Northern cliffs of Scotland. There's plenty of entertainment dotted along the coast, too, whether you're looking for a round of mini golf or playing old fairground amusements. Don't forget to grab yourself an ice cream before you head home.

You can find your nearest beach here: http://www.nearestbeach.co.uk/about/

If she's an indoorsy Mum ...

Mum can do lots of things but she can't quite guarantee the weather, so if she'd rather stay inside we've put together some indoor activities to thank her for all she does.

Visit an art exihibition

Mother's Day is a time for sharing good times and reminiscing about past ones together. This year, celebrate Mum with a day out to an art exhibition, where the whole family can hear stories of old and new art collections.

If you're in London over the weekend, stop by the Victoria and Albert Museum. As the world's leading museum of art and design, there is lots waiting to be discovered – from Beatrix Potter displays to Medieval and Renaissance Tours. Admission is free, so why not see what's on? https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/whatson/

You'll find lots more galleries and museums around the UK. Search for one near you at:  http://www.britainsfinest.co.uk/museums/

Go to the movies

This month, lots of films that are perfect for Mother's Day will be showing in cinemas across the UK. We've chosen the highly anticipated live action remake of Beauty and the Beast as our top flick pick.

The movie offers Disney lovers a big dose of comforting nostalgia, as the tale as old as time hits our screens again. The film will closely mirror the original 1991 animated musical, including familiar dialogue and famous songs, such as 'Be our Guest'. Yet this time around, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will take the roles of Belle and the Beast, and you'll hear a few new songs in the film, too.

So get the whole family together, pick up your popcorn and prepare yourself for some Mother's Day magic!

The Beauty and the Beast Trailer:

Try all star bowling

This Mothering Sunday, bowl her over with a trip to All Star Lanes. This boutique bowling, restaurant and bar offers more than your average 10-pin bowling experience. All Star Lanes will take Mum on a trip back to the 50s and 60s with its vintage American theme – from the authentic diner-style menu to the retro interior.

So if she loves to play games (whilst drinking cocktails), then All Star Lanes will be right up her alley! Look out for any Mother's Day promotions on offer.

All Star Lanes is in various locations, including Manchester and London. Book today at: https://www.allstarlanes.co.uk/

Laugh at live comedy

Give the gift of a giggle this Mother's Day by taking Mum to a live comedy show. Most cities in the UK play host to comedy nights, with a range of acts performing around the clock - from new and upcoming talent to comedians who've been working the circuit for years.

The Glee Club is guaranteed to put a smile on her face. With four locations in Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff and Oxford, everyone can enjoy a night of laughter wherever you are – watch out if you're on the front row, you may become part of the act!  https://www.glee.co.uk/

Or if you're further north, head over to Manchester's famous Frog and Bucket, a venue that was once home to regulars like Jonny Vegas and Peter Kay.  http://www.frogandbucket.com/manchester/

See a theatre show

Give Mum a night to remember with tickets to a hit theatre show. At London's iconic West End you'll find a motherload of musicals and plays on stage, yet if you can't get to the capital this year, why not consider watching Funny Girl?

The production is a bio-musical about Fanny Brice, the American comic and singer. In the original 1964 Broadway production and 1968 movie, Barbra Streisand played the leading lady. Now Sheridan Smith has triumphantly taken centre stage. Following the sold-out run of shows in London, Funny Girl has hit the road, and will stop off in Bristol leading up to Mother's Day and then on to Stoke-on-Trent.

With jubilant numbers and standing ovation-worthy performances, Mum is bound to love every minute! Get your tickets here:  http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/funny-girl/

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