Mother’s Day is all about celebrating the amazing mums in our lives, whether that’s our mum, grandma, partner or mother-in-law. Since our mums are so special, we want to make sure that their Mother’s Day is filled with love and joy—so what could be better than treating them to a memorable getaway?
From the picturesque countryside locations of Dorchester and the New Forest to the bustling capital city of London and the coastal town of Bournemouth, the south west offers a whole range of exciting destinations just waiting to be explored.
Whether you’re celebrating with family or just as a pair, make this year’s Mother’s Day one of the most special yet with our guide to an unforgettable Mother’s Day getaway in the south west of England. Keep reading for ideas on where to go, places you can stay, and what to you can get up to while you’re away.
Mother’s Day in London
Top on the list is the city of London. From the London Eye and Covent Garden to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, there are so many things to do in London that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Soak up the buzzing metropolitan atmosphere as you explore London’s top sites and attractions, dine out in fabulous restaurants or enjoy a spot of shopping.
Once you’re all shopped out, it’s time for a bite to eat at the La Barca in the shadow of Waterloo station, which makes for a great Mother’s Day lunch or dinner option. Serving Tuscan-inspired food, here you’ll find an impressive menu of exclusive dishes that are bound to be a hit.
One of the best things about trips away from home is getting to spend the night in a hotel. There’s just something about the feeling of relaxing into a new bed in a new city after a long day of fun and adventure, knowing you can do it all again tomorrow.
As one of London’s most impressive five-star hotels, Corinthia is the true essence of luxury. Ideally located just a short stroll from Trafalgar Square and the River Thames, you’ll be spoilt for choice over where to go first. Check out the hotel’s on-site spa before indulging in some of the best dining in the country.
To get there, catch the train to London Waterloo station, or take a look at our options for trains to London to find the right station for you.
Mother’s Day in Dorchester
Fans of history and architecture should plan a Mother’s Day getaway to Dorchester, a beautiful town in the heart of Dorset known best for its eight fascinating museums.
A true south western gem, Dorchester is home to some stunning scenery, which is unsurprising given its close proximity to the Jurassic Coast. Begin your day with a stroll in the peaceful Sculpture by the Lakes park, before heading to Maiden Castle, where you can enjoy panoramic views over Dorset’s rolling hills. Not to be missed is the Teddy Bear Museum, which features an impressive collection of life-sized antique bears.
If you’re planning a Mother’s Day getaway with the family, then why not consider a stay in the delightful thatched cottage that is the Roddy House? Located in a sleepy Dorset village just a stone’s throw from the beach, you’ll have the entirety of this two-bed cottage to yourself during your stay.
Finish off your trip with a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch at Taste Brasserie. Treat your mum to a delicious fry up where even the beans are homemade, or opt for one of the many vegan options available.
Dorchester is home to two train stations: Dorchester South and Dorchester West, both of which are just a short walk from the town centre.
Mother’s Day in the New Forest
Since Mother’s Day takes place in early spring, as the flowers begin to bloom there’s never been a better time to get out in nature. Known for its breath-taking ancient forests, trickling rivers and rolling hills, the New Forest is the perfect place to visit for all the outdoorsy mums out there.
Owned by John Illsey, formerly of the band Dire Straits, the East End Arms in Lymington is a charming and traditional country inn that’s a great option for those wanting a night away on a budget. Ideally located just a stone’s throw away from the New Forest, where you can find walking trails aplenty, and the picturesque Solent shore, the East End Arms has gained an impressive reputation in recent years and now ranks amongst the best hotels in the area!
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a stay with a luxury feel but a small price tag, then visit the Daisybank Cottage Boutique B&B in Brockenhurst. This B&B might only set you back £130 for the night, but the top-notch furnishings, super-size beds and silky-soft Egyptian cotton sheets will make you feel as if you’re staying in a five-star hotel.
Treat your mum to some luxury fine dining at The Elderflower Restaurant. Situated on the cobbled Quay Street in the heart of Lymington, this quintessentially British restaurant is popular with both locals and tourists alike—so don’t forget to book in advance. Lunch times here are particularly special, as you can sample a surprise four-course menu at lunch time created by the award-winning Chef Patron Andrew Du Bourg.
There are nine South Western Railway stations in the New Forest for you to take your pick from. These include: Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hinton Admiral, Lymington Town, Lymington Pier, New Milton, Sway and Totton.
Mother’s Day in Bournemouth
For the perfect UK beach getaway, head to Bournemouth, a seaside town in Dorset. People from all over come here to visit Bournemouth’s seven miles of stunning coastline, with some of the most popular beaches being Boscombe, Southbourne and Durley Chine, and to take in the town’s vibrant shops and restaurants.
Naturally, your Mother’s Day trip should begin at Boscombe beach, which is just a short stroll down the promenade from Bournemouth pier. Here, mums who fancy a spot of retail therapy can explore Boscombe’s newly developed spa village, while the more adventurous types can try out the various activities around Boscombe beach, from sports courts and water sports to bouldering and slack lining. Of course, if the weather happens to be nice, then the beach is the perfect spot for relaxing and topping up your vitamin D.
The Bluewater Spa is a truly stunning venue, and is a great place to treat your mum to a spa treatment or two. During your stay, make the most of the hotel’s very own spa, which offers a range of treatments from blissful massages to manicures, and includes access to the hotel’s private swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
While out and about in Bournemouth, treat your mum to a Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Dot Teas. You can expect a relaxed atmosphere, scrumptious food and a delicious selection of tea from this charming local business.
To get there, simply take the train to Bournemouth station.
Public transport is a great, stress-free way to travel on Mother’s Day, and it’s best to plan your journey in advance. Find more information about train times and ticket types, and benefit from the cheapest deals by booking in advance.