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6 great days out for Mother’s Day

Stuck for ideas this Mother’s Day? Spoil your mum – or the mother figure in your life – with a city break and make the most of some one-on-one bonding time. From afternoon tea in Edinburgh to a bottomless supper in Manchester, here are some ways to show your mum just how much you care this Mother’s Day. The best news is, you can travel to all of them by coach with megabus. That means plenty of nattering time as you sit back and relax en route…

1)      Enjoy a Mamma Mia Bottomless Supper in Manchester


Does Your Mother Know how much you love her? (And did you see what we did there?) She will if you book a Mamma Mia Bottomless Supper at Banyan Spinningfields in Manchester on Friday 17 March. Tuck into some pub classics – accompanied by a Super Trooper Spritz or two – and you’ll soon be ready to Take a Chance on the microphone at karaoke. Unlimited cocktails, Swedish pop at its finest, and a right old laugh with your mum? That’s the Name of the Game.


2)      Go on a Blossoms & Blooms walking tour in London


If your mum or the special lady in your life is besotted with Monty Don, and knows her daffodils from her dahlias, we’ve got just the thing for her this Mother’s Day. Treat her to a Blossoms and Blooms walking tour at Kew Gardens in London. It’s the perfect time of year to watch the glorious gardens come to life, and an expert tour guide will talk your through the spring arrivals. The price is included with entry to the gardens, and tours are daily.


3)      Paint Monet in Birmingham

If an artistic streak runs in your family, you can brush up on your skills at a ‘sip and paint’ event in Birmingham to celebrate Mother’s Day. It takes place at The Rose Villa Tavern, and you’ll be inspired by Claude Monet’s iconic Water Lilies painting. With a wine glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, you and your mum can make a real impression with your brushstrokes. And when you’ve finished your masterpiece – which you get to hang proudly at home – you can both go paint the city red.


4)      Make a splash at Bristol Lido


Love swimming? You’ll be in your element at the Bristol Lido. The city’s much-loved outdoor pool in Clifton is open year-round – including Mother’s Day. For swim fans, they’re putting on a Swim & Lunch event, where you can use the pool and relaxing spa facilities followed by a two-course à la carte lunch in the poolside restaurant. Prefer eating later? There’s an evening Swim & Dine option instead.


5)      Eat afternoon tea and see Steel Magnolias in Edinburgh


At 2pm on Mother’s Day, the Grassmarket Community Centre in Edinburgh is treating mums and loved ones to an afternoon to remember. You’ll relive – or discover for the first time – the 1989 comedy-drama, Steel Magnolias, with its all-star cast. Spoiler alert: you’ll laugh and cry in equal measures. Plus, the community centre’s award-winning café will serve up a delicious afternoon tea before the scene is set for Sally Field et al. Don’t forget the tissues.


6)      Escape on a Barcelona Mini-Break from Gatwick Airport


Our last offering may be pushing the boat – or plane – out when it comes to a Mother’s Day getaway, but she’s worth it, right? From 27 March, you can take a megabus coach to Gatwick airport, where you and your mum can hop on a flight to Barcelona for an unforgettable mini-break. For shopaholics, the Passeig de Gràcia is a must – this street is lined with designer favourites like Gucci and Chanel. Or, for more of a bargain, you can’t beat El Raval for some vintage shopping. When it’s time to unwind, make it a carafe of local wine and some mouth-watering tapas to share. Imagine her surprise when you present this gift on Mother’s Day.