Forget Boring Chocolates! Here Are Our Tips For An Unforgettable Mother's Day

Mamma Mia Sophie and Donna

Try something new for your mum or nan this Mother's Day!

Every year we rack our brains for original ideas on what to treat our lovely mums or grandmothers with on Mother's Day and we always return to the same old fail safes.

Chocolates, flowers, gift vouchers -  same ol', same ol' every year!

We've come up with some slightly different gift ideas to give your mum a mother's day to remember this year.

Flower arranging workshops

 

Why buy them ready made when your mum can arrange them herself just the way she likes them and learn a skill at the same time!

There are flower arranging courses the length and breadth of the UK so why not book a trip to a course near you and get stuck into flower arranging yourself.

Here are just a few of our top picks from around the country:

London: The Covent Garden Academy Of Flowers

Cambridge: The Cambridge Flower School

Bath: Talulah Rose Flower School

Liverpool: UK School of Floristry

Forget afternoon tea, how about afternoon gin?

Afternoon tea is so last year – take your lovely mum for a tour around a gin distillery!

And because gin comes with a heritage, gin distilleries are often housed in beautiful old buildings, making for an educational – as well as potentially tipsy – afternoon!

Here are a few we would recommend:

Hampshire:- Laverstoke Mill Bombay Sapphire Distillery 

London:  Beefeater Gin Distillery

Edinburgh:  Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tour

ManchesterThree Rivers Gin Experience

Hand Mum over to some cheeky monkeys!  

And no we aren't talking about the grandkids... 

We're talking about an unforgettable experience on mother's day – becoming a zookeeper for the day. It's a bit out there, but why if she loves animals then why not?

Zoos and wildlife parks up and down the country offer this as a gift so as long as there's a zoo nearby you wouldn't have to travel too far. 

Large zoos that offer this experience include the following...

ZSL London Zoo

Colchester Zoo, Essex

Chester Zoo

Bristol Zoo

Why not let her make her own gift at the potter's wheel

It might sound lazy but who wouldn't want to create their own work of art?

Artisan crafts and in particular Pottery is cool again, so treat yourself and your mum to a trip to the local pottery studio.

These are popping up everywhere so a quick look on the internet should point you in the direction of the nearest workshop.

Next it's up to you to decide whether your up for making the pot from scratch or to go for the easy option and just paint it....

Essex:  Hazel's Pottery Barn

Dorset: Poole Pottery

Brighton:  The Painting Pottery Cafe

Newcastle:  Pots and Pancakes

Give the gift of zen! 

 

These are on the pricier end of the scale but why not push the boat out and head off on a yoga retreat with your mum! 

Across the UK in wonderful scenic locations are secluded yoga retreats to give you a couple of days to focus on your own physical and mental well-being.

Most companies also offer courses and weekend retreats for a variety of levels including total beginner and those for self confessed yogis.

Check out some of Britain's best retreats below...

Little Yoga Company - Yorkshire

Adventure Yogi - Lake District, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, Breconshire

The Zest Life - Wales

Teach her how to cook some fancy food

And the best part? You won't even have to do the teaching!

Why not have a mother-daughter day out at cooking school and learn to make something you've always fancied rustling up at a dinner party but never had the confidence to.
 
There are courses available in cooking of all kinds from canapés and sushi to pastry and pasta making. 
 
Did your mum once try something delicious on a holiday to Thailand and always wanted to give it a go herself? Treat her to a Thai cooking course! The possibilities are endless...

Devon:  Ashburton Cookery School

Nottingham:  The School Of Artisan Food

Yorkshire:  Betty's Cookery School

London:  Leith's School Of Food And Wine

Happy Mother's day everyone!

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