Treat the number one lady in your life to something special in Bournemouth this Mother’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a special gift, a small gesture of gratitude or you want to plan a grand day out, there are plenty of ways to show your mum how much you care and appreciate everything she does for you.
If mum is the main chef in the house, give her oven gloves the day off with a slap-up Sunday roast or toast her good heath with three courses of her favourite cuisine – Bournemouth has restaurants to cater for all tastes, from traditional afternoon tea, to Asian fusion, Lebanese to vegetarian and vegan.
Mum ‘me’ time
If mum needs a bit of ‘me’ time to escape her busy life, Bournemouth is home to plenty of places offering pamper and spa experiences, from bespoke clinics to her pick of the town’s world-class hotels. And if you’re after the perfect gift, browse the boutiques of Westbourne, for nick-nacks in Wimborne or the trinket shops in Christchurch for something that’s as precious and unique as she is.
Why not give the new mum in your life the gift of calm and perhaps some peace and quiet too? If the weather’s playing ball you could go for a bracing buggy walk around Fisherman’s Walk in Southbourne or splash out on a relaxing pamper treatment or two for her. Many hotels and spas are offering great deals for Mother’s Day so take a look at their websites and book mum a blissful break – even if it’s just a precious hour.
Mums to be
Whether she’s already got children or she’s still busy growing her first, there’s no excuse for not including the mum-to-be in the Mother’s Day festivities! Why not enjoy a leisurely lunch or peaceful afternoon in the cinema while she’s still got some time on her hands? Let her enjoy a long and lazy bath and give her time to browse the clothing rails in her favourite shop to start planning her post-baby wardrobe.
If you’re a reformed tearaway or you still cringe at the thought of some of the things you put your mum through back in the day, it’s time to make amends with a little treat to show how much you care. Why not share an indulgent afternoon tea for two at a hotel or restaurant and enjoy some quality time together? You could spoil her with an afternoon around the shops or treat her to a trip to the theatre.
If you have an arty-crafty mum who loves to express her creative side, why don’t you head for the local pottery café, perhaps take a tour of the magnificent Russell-Cotes museum and art gallery or catch a show at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Pavilion Dance or the Pavilion Theatre. There are lots of places you can go in Bournemouth and swerve the crowds of families trying to tick off the traditional Mother’s Day haunts. Make yours an original, tailored treat perfectly matched to your one-in-a-million mum.
Give mum a day off from cooking for the troops and treat her to a slap-up meal in a Bournemouth restaurant or hotel. Many venues lay on special deals and menus to mark Mother’s Day so you can enjoy a real lavish affair, whether plumping for a platter of her favourite exotic cuisine or enjoying a hearty British roast dinner. If she’s used to multi-tasking, The Village Hotel is laying on a three-course dinner with a tasty Michael Buble tribute for afters!
Give her the night off with a night on the tiles! Whether you fancy a late-night cocktail bar, a live music venue or nightclub Bournemouth has plenty of options to help you party out every last second of her special day. Around Bournemouth town centre and into The Triangle you’ll find a whole mix of bars, restaurants and clubs offering live music in all genres, dancing and DJs playing hits from every era. If your party mum has conformed to more traditional bedtimes, she can still release her inner clubber and take care of the kids at the same time at the afternoon Camp Bestival Family Rave at the Old Fire Station!
From a brisk coastal walk to kitesurfing or paddle-boarding, a few games of tennis or crazy golf in the Gardens to a sea swim or beach obstacle course, sign up your sporty mum to an action-packed Mother’s Day. Whatever your level of fitness you’ll find plenty of activities to help you all earn that roast dinner later! Why not try the Coastal Activity Park in Boscombe, where you can scramble over beach boulders, follow the Pier Musical Trail or try your hand at table tennis, all with an idyllic sea view. Combine her thirst for activity and adventure with some cracking coastal views by signing her up to the Trust10K run from Studland’s Knoll Beach. You could be a treasure and have a slice of cake waiting for her at the café!
Animal lover mums
If mum’s an animal lover, you could take her for a fun day out on the farm with some great deals to be had at Farmer Palmer’s in Poole and Monkey World (Wareham). Perhaps plan a trip over to Honeybrook Farm in Wimborne to meet their friendly horses, chickens, pigs and cows or head for the Oceanarium on Bournemouth seafront to explore the sea life and watch the funny penguins and otters at play.
If your mum is always on the go, try to help her chill out with a leisurely stroll enjoying the beauty of Bournemouth. Scramble up Hengistbury Head with a kite in tow or take the Sandbanks Ferry and enjoy a few lazy hours in pretty Studland. If you’re blessed with good weather, sometimes there’s nothing nicer than picnicking in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens. This pretty parkland right in the heart of town offers a peaceful change of pace from the bustling town square and the popular seafront.
In the end, Mother’s Day is just another opportunity to show the important people in your life that you care for and appreciate them for all they do. If you have a person in your life who is just like a mum to you, or you’re missing your mum today like every day, why not use the occasion treat the special people – and yourself – to a beautiful day in Bournemouth?