Mother-daughter relationships deserve the sort of attention that we pour into our romantic ones. This year, take the initiative and treat your mother to a fresh new experience and the pleasure of your company.

A Day At The Newt

For this one, you need to either be a member (£68 a year), a local member (£30 a year), purchase a day pass (£18) as a guest of a member or be a member of the RHS and visit for free on a Tuesday. If you can swing any of the above, this place is an exquisite mother-daughter destination. With beautifully executed gardens, a woodland, a deer park, a grotto, a café, cyder bar, farm shop and gelateria, there is hours of fun to be had. Book it.

A Cooking Course

Cooking Class

If she loves to cook, needs to brush up or is seeking new inspiration, consider a Borough Kitchen Cook School Gift Card for Two and book a class for both of you. Book it.

Facial At The House of Elemis

Book an Elemis Limited Edition Pro-Glow Facial (£120). In one treatment, skin looks visibly refreshed and rebalanced. There isn’t a mother in the land who wouldn’t like the sound of that. Book it.

Make Up Lesson At Jessica Hawkins Make Up

Jessica Hawkins

This two-and-a-half hour lesson is held in Jessica Hawkins’ pretty garden studio in Whitstable. For £250, Hawkins covers skincare, choosing colours that will flatter your skin tone, base, eyes and lips. She says: ‘I will offer hands on step-by-step tuition so you will both leave feeling confident in your new approach to your makeup.’ Book it.

Art Class At Chelsea Fine Arts


Book the two of you onto an art class at Chelsea Fine Arts and learn how to draw realistically, paint using oils or acrylics, draw or paint portraits, animals, still life and much more. Supplies included. All levels welcome. Book it.

Tea At Ham Yard Hotel

Firmdales Hotel

Afternoon tea is served daily at the wonderfully stylish Ham Yard Hotel. For £40 or £52 with a glass of English sparkling wine, a spread of tiny sandwiches, caviar, macarons, financiers, pastries, scones and clotted cream is laid on. Book it.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Mum Day Dates Red Letter Days Hot Air Balloon

OK, your mum needs not to have a fear of heights for this one to be any kind of a treat. Red Letter Days has several packages but we like the look of their Hot Air Balloon Ride For Two People. It costs £358 and can set sail from various locations in the UK. Book it.

Mother And Daughter Spa Day At Daylesford

Bamford Spa

If you’re feeling flush, this one is a no-brainer. For £500, you each get a 60-minute facial followed by a nourishing, two-course organic lunch. Book it.

By Becky Ladenburg
Updated March 2024