When you think about your mum, what is the first memory that comes to mind? When we asked ourselves the same question here in the HELLO! offices, we were tripping over each other to share hilarious anecdotes about our mums - her reaction to our first day of school, that special birthday party she had planned just for us, the year she splashed out for tickets for that boyband we just had to see (and then sang along to the songs with us all night). We soon realised that nearly every very precious memory from childhood has a mum behind it, gently pulling the strings to make it extra special.
So, when it comes to spoiling our mums on Mother’s Day, we realised that we wanted do something a bit more special than the fail-safe chocolates, flowers or a 'World's Best Mum' mug. This year, we want to repay the honour and give her a memory to cherish forever. And we’ve found just the way to do it!
With Virgin Experience Days, you can give your mum a gift that isn't just unique, it brings you together. And with so many different experiences to choose from, even those mums who are impossible to buy for will anticipate their special treat with bated breath. Is your mum a huge Call the Midwife fan? Take her on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Historic Dockyard where it was filmed! Does she have a flair of adventure? How about taking her on a tree top adventure with Go Ape? And with special family packages, everyone can join the fun! It’s a win-win!
So, forget trawling through Google for Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and take a look at our pick of the best Virgin Experience Days that are sure to delight any mum on Mother’s Day – or any other day of the year too of course!
If your mum is a keen horticulturist, we promise she’ll be impressed by this guided tour of the stunning Kew Gardens, home to plant life from across the globe. With the gift experience, you’ll be treated to a delightful afternoon tea and granted full access to the Royal Kitchens, Palm House, Rose Garden, The Princess of Wales Conservatory, and of course Kew Palace.
If her favourite time of the day is Gin o’clock then this gin tasting experience at the fabulously kitsch Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour in London will be just the tipple! During this Gin Tasting London experience you will not only will have your fill of her favourite beverage, but there’ll also be an expert gin-oisseur at hand to make sure you mum has the most the gin-credible experience she deserves!
Looking for something different to your usual Sunday rituals? Forget the usual Mother's Day gifts and whisk her away on a helicopter sightseeing tour! The exhilarating ride will certainly be one brilliant memory to take away as the pair of you will be privy to some of London's most beautiful sights from a truly unique viewpoint, including St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace – just remember to keep an eye out for the Queen's flag!
If a helicopter tour is your mum’s worst nightmare, don’t forget that sometimes the best reward for being a wonderful mum is a day off for some serious relaxation and pampering! Treat her to an indulgent pedicure and a cheeky bottle of pink fizz, and not only will she feel truly spoiled, it'll mean spending some good old quality time together for a natter too.
What better way to make your mum feel like a VIP on Mother's Day than with a Champagne afternoon tea at one of the world's most beautiful and prestigious stores? This quintessentially British afternoon tea served in their Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon includes Fortnum's incredible smoked salmon, honey roast ham with grain mustard and coronation chicken as well as delicious cakes and freshly-made scones served with clotted cream and jam – sounds like an exquisite way to spend your Sunday lunch together!
Still yet to be convinced of the Mother’s Day activities we’ve mentioned? Then why not forget a day trip all together and make the whole Mother's Day weekend special with this one night stay for two at Brighton Harbour hotel and spa! Opt for a sea view room to make the most out of your weekend at the seaside, or keep cosy inside as you enjoy a mother and daughter spa day at the hotel's gorgeous underground facilities complete with a sauna, steam room and Scandinavian hot tubs. Where can we sign up?
We’re sure you’ve thought about treating your mum to an Afternoon Tea, but this experience is truly unique… Take a trip on the beautiful B Bakery Vintage bus to enjoy some tasty treats whilst touring the streets of London in the Spring. If your mum loves all things quaint, she'll simply adore this totally British experience!
For even more gift inspiration check out the full Mother’s Day collection of gift packs and last minute evouchers online at Virgin Experience Days