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National Trust News: Mother's Day With The National Trust

Phil Harper suggests that your should treat your mum to a special day out with the National Trust.

This Mother’s Day, treat your mum to a special day that will really mean something to her. Delight her with a delicious afternoon tea or share a passion, be it a walk in a glorious garden, an adventure on bikes or an afternoon discovering something new. Whatever you choose to do, give the gift of time this Mothers Day and make it her special day.

We’ve also got some top events taking place this year. Here’s a selection of our top ideas for Mother’s Day:

Attingham Park, Shropshire – for mums that love a spot of afternoon tea

Treat your mum to an unforgettable afternoon tea, 1930s style, at the heart of this 18th-century mansion in Lady Berwick’s tea room. Situated on the first floor with stunning views across the Repton parkland, sit back and relax as waitresses in period costume take your order.

Bateman’s, East Sussex – for a literature loving mum

The home of Rudyard Kipling, the house remains much as he left it, with book lined study and strong visual associations with the East. It remains a great place to take a mum who loves poetry, or is a fan of the Jungle Book, to learn more about the famous author and his inspirations.

Brownsea Island, Dorset – for wildlife spotting mums

A short ferry ride away from Poole, Brownsea is a magnet for wildlife so make sure mum packs her binoculars. A place of woodland, wetland and heath, mums can expect to spot rare red squirrels, large flocks of waders and deer.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire – for an active mum

Treat an energetic mum who likes to get out the house with a day out together taking in a change of scenery. With over 3,800 acres of green open space to relax in and enjoy, including over 20 miles of cycle routes through spectacular scenery, Clumber is a great place to treat a mum who likes to get a bit active.

Gibside, Tyne & Wear – for foodie mums

Stock up on some of the North East’s finest locally produced foods and drinks at Gibside Larder farm shop. Highlights include meats from the National Trust’s Wallington estate, delicious handmade fudge and a range of daily tasters to try – a perfect treat for your mum. Wander around the historic kitchen garden and be inspired to grow your own too.

Ickworth, Suffolk – for the culture vulture mum

Discover the perfect day out for a mum who loves something packed full with history. Not only a remarkable Georgian palace, the interior of Ickworth contains a veritable treasure trove of paintings, portraits, furniture and much more.

Killerton, Devon – for a fashionable mum

The sizeable Killerton Estate, one of the largest the trust has acquired, includes an array of highlights, including its beautiful gardens. The house itself hosts regular fashion exhibitions using an extensive collection, a perfect diversion for a mum who loves all things to do with clothes! This year, discover the bizarre past ways that women once made themselves beautiful on a special tour with our House Steward.

Mount Stewart, Co. Down – for green-fingered mums

With a surprise around every corner the gardens of Mount Stewart are a must-see for garden loving mums. There’s the Spanish pavilion that looks like a theatre set, political planting in the Shamrock Garden and colour-driven beds in the Italian, Sunken and White gardens. In the garden shop take home a souvenir piece of Mount Stewart with many of the plants grown on site.

Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire – for mums who want to spend time with family

A day out with a difference for mums who want to spend time with the kids. Mum can put the children to work on a family tour of the Apprentice House. Why not enjoy a family game of croquet in Quarry Bank Garden or a challenging trek through the Northern Woods? Everyone in the family will be amazed by the giant working waterwheel and whirring machines in the Mill.

Rhossili, Gower – for mums that love a good view

Enjoy time well spent with your mum at one of Gower’s most iconic beauty spots, the spectacular Rhossili. The three mile long sweeping bay is on the very tip of the Gower peninsula and offers stunning views across north Devon in one direction and along three miles of Rhossili sands in the other.

The Water Tower, Trelissick, Cornwall – for fairy tale loving mums

This holiday cottage is perfect for mums who like their hideaways quirky. Resembling the legendary tower of Rapunzel, this topsy-turvy tower has a circular room on each floor linked by a spiral staircase with the kitchen at the top, a sitting room below, and a double bedroom on the first floor. Find out more at www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk

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