With Valentine’s Day out of the way, Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day is next on the calendar. After that, it’s Mother’s Day, so it’s time to get planning for it. How are you planning to sweep your mother off her feet?
With chocolate, flowers, perfume, a bottle of wine, a gift voucher? Why not ditch the generic presents and take her on a city break she’ll adore? That way, you get a holiday, too, and you’re sure to make some memories that will last a lifetime!
Take a mother-daughter road trip to Ireland. Kiss the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. Drive the Ring of Kerry, exploring the rolling emerald hills and colourful Irish towns while admiring the rugged coastline.
If that scenic drive doesn’t prove to be enough, you can take a road trip to Dublin, Cork or Galway. Head to the last of those for traditional pubs and some live Irish folk music. Unwind from your journey and treat yourselves to a pint of Guinness.
Set in the heart of the Peak District, the historic village of Hathersage is surrounded by amazing ridges and tors such as the Iron Age fort and Higger Tor.
If your mother happens to be a literary fan, you’re in luck, as Hathersage provided inspiration for the Charlotte Brontë novel Jane Eyre. Should you visit the village, you will walk along the most famous ridge in the Peak District at Stanage Edge and be met with some stunning views.
A vibrant city with a rich art scene, awe-inspiring architecture and chic boutiques, Glasgow is a seriously impressive city. Not only is Scotland’s most populous city a world-class cultural scene, it is also home to some of the best shopping in the UK, so you can treat mum to a gift or two.
There is no shortage of places to eat and drink in Glasgow, from afternoon tea at a quaint café to five-star dining at a Michelin restaurant. An intellectual hub complete with the Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland as well as the Scottish Opera house and several museums, Glasgow offers plenty to see and do.
Shepherd’s Bush sojourn
London is one of the greatest cities in the world – and, if you’re based in England, it’s on your doorstep. Therefore, why not treat your mother to a jaunt to the capital?
Big Ben, the Tower of London, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Shepherd’s Bush… there’s so much to see and do. The last of these can make an excellent place to set up camp during your excursion to the capital.
A busy, multicultural neighbourhood set with relaxed pubs, cocktail bars and live music venues, Shepherd’s Bush can be the ultimate place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. There is also an excellent choice of hotels in Shepherds Bush.
The Westfield London shopping centre is a stone’s throw away and home to luxury boutiques, high street chains and global restaurants. For something a little more authentic, Shepherd’s Bush Market offers an array of colourful stalls with fresh produce, readily prepared food and fine African fabrics.