Things to do on Mother's Day

It was the Americans - bless 'em – who first came up with the concept of Mothering Sunday. But we Brits certainly know how to celebrate iMother's Dayt, oh yeh – with bunches of from the local garage, cheap boxes of chocs, the odd fridge magnet, and maybe (if you're lucky) a quick scoff at the local pub. Enough is enough! Mums aren't just Mums, they're human beings – so how about you skip the petrol station, hold off on the Milk Tray and try doing something a bit more special for your mum this Mother's Day. She's worth it, dammit! 

Padstow Cookery School

Not to say that Mum should spend more time in the kitchen, but for a keen cook a class at Rock Stein's place in Cornwall is the perfect present.

My Personal Sanctuary

Massages, facials, pampering and all-round welll-being – and you don't have to move form the comfort of your front room

Brasserie Max at the Covent Garden Hotel

Sip champagne whilst scoffing cucumber sandwiches at one of the most luxurious places to enjoy afternoon tea in London.

Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens

Could there be a great mother's day treat than eating here high above Kensington High Street and enjoying the Spanish, Tudor and Woodland gardens?  

The Ambrette

Taking your mum out for a curry on mother's day might not seem like much of a treat, but this is no ordinary Indian, offering food that's a cut above your average curryhouse.

Knockinaam Lodge

It's not easy to be a family-friendly Michelin-starred restaurant but this place somehow pulls it off. 

The Curlew

One of only three Sussex restaurants to hold a Michelin star, so the food's pretty good, But the atmosphere is more on of a country, pub, if a rather smart one – ideal for a Mother's Day treat.

Wildmoor Spa

Everyone loves to be pampered occasionally, not just mums, but that doesn't make this any less of a Mother's Day treat.

Fistral Spa

Enter the multimillion-pound Fistral Spa and rejuvenate under the spell of massage treatments and saunas; or take a dip under the massage water canons in the pool.

Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall

Just outside Durham, this is one of the northeast's most luxurious spas, the place to go fi you're after some serious papmering, so it;s just the pace to make mum feel special. 

Thermae Bath Spa

One of our favourite spas in the entire country, and as such the perfect treat for Mother's Day.

BBC Birmingham Tours

Just the thing for the TV- or radio-obsessed mum. with tours of the newsroom and studios, including  the HQ of the Archers!

Renishaw Hall

Relive that iconic 'swoon' moment when Mr Darcy walks through the pond in Pride & Prejudice at Renishaw Hall – the location for Mr Darcy's gaff in the BBC TV series.  

East Ruston Vicarage Garden

If you only ever take your mother to one showpiece garden, make it this lesser-known Norfolk gem.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Lots of history for royalist mums on the vessel that ferried the royal family around the world for much of the last century. 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

An artsy, outdoorsy sort of day out, following signposted walking trails to over 60 works of art scattered around 500 beautiful acres, just outside Wakefield.