Whisk Your Mum Away This Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s about time to start thinking about what you’re going to do for the special occasion. What better way to treat the Mum in your life than a weekend getaway to one of the many incredible European destinations? If you’re not sure where to go, no need to stress. At Holidaysafe, we’ve handpicked our favourite places to visit- and we’re sure you’ll love them too.
Just 1hr 10 minutes away (by plane) is Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, in Northwest Belgium. Bruges oozes charm, with its canals, cobbled streets and historic architecture which resembles that of medieval times.
Whilst Bruges is a relatively small city, it’s host to many amazing restaurants and attractions, offering more than many other more popular European destinations do. This underrated gem promises to keep you and your mum busy all weekend, providing the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together.
We recommend visiting the Bruges Market, which has been held weekly in the market square since 1985. Here, you’ll find a vast selection of fresh local food including fruit and vegetables, beautiful flower stalls selling the best Bruges has to offer- not to mention warm waffles covered in melting belgian chocolate- is there anything better?
L’Estaminet is another spot we highly recommend you visit. If you’re after somewhere cosy, authentic, and welcoming for lunch- this is the place to go. This buzzing tavern is full of life, creating Italian inspired dishes such as its house speciality- the oven- baked spaghetti. Whilst this is not typical Belgian food, it promises to be one of the best meals you’ve ever had. The large terrace welcomes al fresco dinning in the summer and in the winter, you can sit in the cosy pub and shut out the cold- enjoying good food and good company.
Whilst Paris is renowned for being a city all about romance, we think it’s the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day. Just 1hr 50 minutes on the Eurostar, this idyllic city offers unmissable attractions including, the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Palais Garnier- not to mention the incredible shopping, bars and restaurants.
If you and your mum fancy relaxing with a couple of cocktails, take a visit to the Little Red Door, a secluded 60 rue Charlot, disguised with no door sign, giving that exclusive feel. Its quirky interior and heavenly cocktails make it the perfect spot for an evening on the town.
The Eiffel Tower is a must see if you’re visiting Paris. However rather than just standing and admiring it, why not view the city from its third floor? This unmatchable view, guarantees to be one of the (many) highlights of your trip- and if the height makes you a bit nervous, why not enjoy a glass of champagne from the bar to ease the nerves.
Now this may not be your ‘typical’ Mother’s Day activity, however many families with young children will have to make a weekend break ‘child friendly’ and let’s face it, your little ones probably don’t want to be sightseeing all day. So why not have a family trip to Disneyland Paris and release your inner child. There are two theme parks, Fantasyland (perfect for kids) and Walt Disney Studios (great for parents). There’s everything from Cinderella’s castle to space mountain- not to mention all the characters wandering around the park (have your camera at the ready). There are many package deals, and discounts- to find out more click here.
A city break to Dublin is sure to be packed full of history, live music around every corner and charming streets- not to mention the odd bar or two.
We recommend taking a trip down Grafton Street, renowned for its amazing selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find buskers lining the streets, showcasing their musical gifts, adding to the bustling and lively atmosphere.
The Temple Bar area consists of narrow streets, full of pubs (including The Temple Bar)- perfect for anyone who enjoys a bit of nightlife. Its architecture is that of medieval times, which comes as no surprise given that it is one of the oldest areas in Dublin. There is a market every Saturday, galleries, thrift stores selling the best selection of vintage goods Dublin has to offer- the list goes on.
London and The South East, England
As much as we a love a getaway, for many with a young family, it just isn’t an option. London and the South East offers many Mother’s Day activities, ideal if you fancy a day trip to mark the occasion.
The Big London Bake is an amazing gift for any mum who’s a fan of The Great British Bake Off (or Paul Hollywood for that matter). Situated in Tooting and costing between £35-£44.50, it’s the perfect option if you want to do something a little different. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your baking skills. For more information click here.
If you’re willing to spend a little extra, why not treat your mum to a Mother’s Day afternoon tea at The Ritz? Costing £90 per person, which includes champagne, a gift for any mother and the afternoon tea itself- what better opportunity to get dressed up and create some memories that will last a lifetime. For more information click here.
The Secret Garden in Ashford, is a great, less expensive option, plus it offers the choice of a sweet or savoury afternoon tea. For £24.95pp or £30.95pp with a glass of bubbles, you can feast on delicious treats from warms scones and seasonal fancies to, finger sandwiches and cheese straws. This idyllic restaurant is perfect for spending quality time with your mum. For more information click here.
No matter how you decide to spend Mother’s Day, we hope you can create memories and enjoy some quality time together. If you are planning on a weekend getaway, we offer single trip policies starting from just £4.28. For more information click here.
Prices and information correct as of February 2019.
Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.