Posted by Sarah
I know I’ve already made up my mind on what I want to get my mum for Mother’s Day (Jacko’s just revealed 14 more London dates – yay!) but have you? If not, it’s not too late to book a Mother’s Day break. I mean, flowers, chocolates and a nice dinner are all well and good – but if they’re in a genteel or picturesque location, I’m sure your mum will enjoy them even more.
If your mum lives in the city, for instance, it might be an idea to treat her (and a companion of her choice!) to a relaxing countryside break. I’d recommend Yorkshire. A visit to the Bronte sisters’ home, for instance, could be the perfect thing, with a spa visit in Harrogate to top it off. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more rugged, a trip up to the Isle of Mull in the Scottish islands could be just the thing – although how much you’ll love the countryside there really depends on the weather.
The same works the other way round too. If your mum lives somewhere a bit more rural, a trip to the big city might offer a dazzling way to spend a weekend. Look for last minute theatre breaks in London, perhaps, and pick a show that she’d really love – Mamma Mia, Hairspray and Oliver would probably be my shortlist. Glasgow and Cardiff are great places to spend a short break too, especially if your mum likes experiencing shopping! And of course, there’s my favourite, Edinburgh – truly one of the UK’s most breathtaking cities.
If you feel like blowing your budget, or getting a joint Mother’s and Father’s Day present for your parents, a short break in Europe might be the perfect solution. If your parents live in London or Kent, for instance, hopping a train to Paris is even easier than getting to the north of England these days. Or plan ahead and get them a nice break in an Italian villa over the summer.
All it takes is a little imagination – something that I better start utilising if my Michael Jackson plan fails… watch this space!