Tired of giving the usual bunch of flowers on Mother’s Day (Sunday 31 March)? Why not up your game this year and show how much you really appreciate her with one of these unique presents you can both experience together? Here’s our guide to the best Mother’s Day gifts in Bath:
Even if she’s never held a paintbrush in her life or hasn’t drawn a thing since she was in junior school, Paint By Wine promises to bring out her creativity. These fun, boozy workshops in central Bath help you create an acrylic painting on canvas, something both you and your mum will be proud to hang on the wall once you get home. Apparently the wine helps with creativity process…yes, really!
Who doesn’t love the excuse to get dressed up and go to the theatre? There are some superb productions coming to Bath over the next couple of months, including adaptations of two best-selling novels – Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train and Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – and award-winning mother-daughter play, My Mother Said I Never Should. If you’re not sure what she would like to see, then opt for some Theatre Royal vouchers instead and let her decide. Don’t forget to pre order those interval drinks…
This one is for the food-loving mum. The two of you will get four hours of tuition and hands-on cookery at Demuths in Bath, creating the perfect Sunday brunch from maple coconut granola to the ultimate Mexican breakfast fry up. Best of all, you get to eat it too.
How about introducing your mum to the art of creating the perfect cocktail? Walcot House host highly-rated masterclasses, where you and your mum get to go behind the bar with one their knowledgable bar tenders and learn how to make two classic, crowd-pleasing libations. Prefer just to drink the cocktails? There are plenty of local venue ideas here, all guaranteed to please a mum who loves her margaritas.
For the ultimate family portrait, book her a photography session at this beautiful former Methodist church in Bath. A great one to club together with brothers or sisters, it’s a fun experience for everyone and something she’ll really treasure for years to come.
If your mum has ever suggested she’d like to try her hand at a bit of pottery or glassblowing, then why not make that a reality? The Glass Hub in Wingfield near Bradford on Avon offer introductory half and full day taster courses on glass making, while on the Wellsway, Julia Davey runs regular workshops covering everything from mastering clay to loom weaving and brush lettering.
Finger sandwiches, scones, dainty cakes and pastries…when it comes to afternoon tea in Bath, we are genuinely spoilt for choice. For maximum brownie points, head for The Royal Crescent where, if the weather is warm enough, you can enjoy your tea and cakes in the beautiful hotel gardens; for something a bit different, try No.15 Great Pulteney – the savoury chorizo and sausage rolls, salted caramel tart with popcorn and a very moreish red almond dusted Battenberg cake are all served on a large cake stand suspended from a wrought-iron tree right over your table.