You never need an excuse to plan a mother-daughter weekend trip, but if you did, celebrating Women's History Month and Mother's Day would come out joint top! With the month already in full swing and day of appreciation fast approaching (Sunday 14 March if it's not already in your diary), you may be starting to think about how best to show your mum, your daughter, your sister or your nan you care. This year, why not skip the flowers and opt to spend some quality time together instead?
If you live apart, a staycation is a great way to make up for lost time, and if you live together and have spent most of the year indoors, a change of scenery will do you both the world of good. In fact, there's even a study that says going on a mother-daughter holiday once a year is good for your health.
They say actions speak louder than words, so here's a selection of UK breaks you surprise the special lady in your life with once restrictions allow.
There is a lot to be said for doing nothing to treat yourself and your mother figure to some much needed rest and relaxation, away from the distractions of home. Whether you want to take advantage of treatments like facials and massages, or simply enjoy some girly bonding time, there’s a destination spa weekend for you.
Shopping doesn’t just have to be part of your break; it can be your entire reason to travel, especially if your trip aligns perfectly with the reopening of non-essential retail. Rather than booking just anywhere, why not choose hotels close to the shopping centres and designer outlets in London, Manchester, Newcastle, York, Chester and more? That way, shopaholics that have been missing out on the action during lockdown will be able to combine spending quality time together with shopping until they drop. It’s always great to have a second opinion on a new purchase, and it’s even better to have someone with you to help carry the bags, so it’s a win, win!
Become at one with both your mother figure and mother nature during an outdoorsy weekend away. Expect to see quintessentially British landscapes like rolling hills, meandering streams, and ancient woodland that are so breathtaking, you’ll never want to leave. After a busy day of exploring the alluring Lake District or Cotswolds, enjoy a hearty meal at a country pub and soothe your aching legs in a hot tub or climb into bed back at your glamping pod or holiday cottage.
Rather than look back fondly at photos of the beach holidays you enjoyed growing up, relive them in person and treat yourself and your mum to some time away at a coastal cottage or hotel. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, cycling on the promenade, reminiscing about the past, playing in the amusements and enjoying fish and chips and an ice cream or two (with a view, of course). Seaside resorts like Whitby, Brighton and Woolacombe are becoming increasingly popular, but feel free to choose a destination that really means something to you both.
If you both like to be entertained, book a city break to cultural hubs like London or Edinburgh and combine your stay with the performance dates of a theatre production, music concert or comedian show. Be sure to enjoy some pre-show cocktails, or a nice dinner, to get the full experience. In saying that, some places will even let you combine dinner and a show so that’s always an option if you’re open to trying something a little different.
Everyone’s got to eat, so for a special treat, sample top notch cuisine at a Michelin star restaurant in London. For a more unique experience, try your own hand at chef life by attending a cookery class to learn new recipes and test your skills in the kitchen. Alternatively, if your mum prefers sweet to savoury, you should opt for a luxurious afternoon tea at a famous cafe in York or Harrogate.
Whatever your beverage of choice, be it coffee, gin, wine, whiskey or beer, there’s a tasting session and tour for you. These sorts of events are great fun, as not only do you get to sample the goods, but you also get to learn all about the history of each drink, how it’s produced, and what food pairing works best. Some places even let you blend and bottle your own brand, which would be an amazing experience for mum's who deserve that special something.
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Published on 25th March 2016
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