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Treat your mum to a day out this Mother’s Day

Rather than just a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates, this Mother’s Day (March 15, 2015, don’t forget!) give your mum some memories with a special day out. Here are our 12 favourite ideas. From spa pampering to seaside hotels, lavish lunches to landscaped gardens, there’s something here to tempt every mum.
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Mother and Daughter Afternoon Tea at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon (£32.50 per person,

Served in front of a roaring log fire or, on sunny days, on the terrace overlooking the Italian gardens, afternoon tea at this grand Stratford hotel is a slice of Downton life, with finger sandwiches, scones, petit fours, macaroons and Prosecco.
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall (free entry and a bunch of Fentongollan’s Cornish daffodils for mums on Mother’s Day,

One of the must-visit spots in Cornwall, Heligan makes a memorable day out. Admire spring flowers and take a trip to the jungle and see the many exotic plants before claiming your reward of a traditional Cornish cream tea or Sunday roast made with local produce.
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Three-course lunch with children’s entertainment at Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire (£27 per adult, £13 per child under 12, children under five eat free,

What could be nicer on Mother’s Day than a three-course family lunch… prepared by someone else? Let the top chefs at this grand Witney hotel spoil you, as the kids enjoy a magician and balloon modeller. There are even take-home treats for mum!
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Cookery classes at The Good Housekeeping Cookery School (from £90,

Learn how to bake the perfect cake at this legendary school in central London where a host of half- and one-day cookery classes are on offer. Fun and educational, plus you get to make new friends in small classes of just eight. You can even book a private lesson or give mum a gift voucher for a class.
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Mother’s Day buffet at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire (from £42 per person,

Jacobean splendour, good food and flowers. Head to The Oakes Grill for a lavish buffet, sparkling wine and a potted flower for all mothers. Or book a three-course lunch in the Thundridge room where mum will be serenaded Michael Bublé-style by the Hanbury crooner!
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Spa overnighter at Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Devon (£265 per couple, selected dates only,

Take a break by the sea in this charming waterfront hotel. Mums are given a bunch of flowers on arrival, an ESPA facial and overnight stay in a room with uninterrupted sea views, plus full English breakfast.
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Enjoy Winnie-the-Pooh’s 25 Simple Pleasures (with a little help from

A recent survey asked 2,000 parents for their top traditional activities and days out, and the result is Winnie-the-Pooh’s 25 Simple Pleasures list. It’s full of ideas for Mother’s Day family fun, from fossil-hunting on Brook Beach on the Isle of Wight, to rolling down the hills around Corfe Castle in Dorset.
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Afternoon Tea in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom (£19.95,

Here’s your chance to channel a little Strictly glamour! Tuck into a traditional afternoon tea in the historic Tower Ballroom while listening to the famous Wurltizer organ. You can buy a gift voucher for mum to use at any time of the year.
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The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire (free entry for mums,

On Mother’s Day, mums go free at Trentham, when accompanied by a full-paying guest. There are Italian gardens, a lake, woodland walks, restaurants, a garden centre and shopping village, plus an adventure playground, zip wire, hedge maze and fairy trail!
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Hampton Court Palace in London (adults £15, children £7.50, 20 percent off at

If you or your mum loved Wolf Hall on BBC recently, here’s your chance to explore the Tudor splendour of Hampton Court Palace. Head for the Florimania show in the gardens, where you will be surrounded by beautiful blooms from all over the world.
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Spa & Patisseries package at The Spa at Stanley House in Lancashire (£65 per person for Monday – Thursday, £70 per person for Friday – Sunday,

Luxuriate in the thermal bathing and hydrotherapy pools, relax in the sauna, clear your mind in the Salt Infusion room, then pamper with an invigorating Himalayan Salt Ritual and your choice of one other 30-minute treatment. Then it’s Prosecco and afternoon tea!
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Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Kensington Quarter, London (£25.95,

Cute and boho, this new café, bar, restaurant and deli makes a fine afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches and homemade cakes, which mums can enjoy with a glass of Champagne or a martini.
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