Give the Gift of Time this Mother’s Day

This Mothering Sunday, why not try giving the gift of time and shared experiences with your mum? Instead of grabbing a last-minute box of Favourites at the nearest Tesco, take some time to plan something nice to do together or with the family.

British journalist, Ellen E Jones, often writes about Mother’s Day; and the gifts available en masse, at your convenience and at the last minute as if choosing a token to celebrate your mother was so unimportant. All the things a mother does and is -  the 24/7 love and care, the feeding, the washing, the after-school activities, the teaching, the transport, the catering and gifting of major life events, unconditional love and support - “can’t be repaid with a box of chocolates.” But of course, she urges, “it’s not supposed to be paid back, it’s supposed to be paid forwards; from the child to their own eventual children, and outwards to the world at large.” 

Pay it forward with your mum this year with a day out; whether she’s keen on crafting, flower shows, trips to the theatre, or a day at the races, we’ve got a big selection of days out to cater for all tastes and interests. Theatre trips include Phantom of the Opera, Rip it Up, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Calendar Girls and The Bodyguard. You could book a wine-tasting evening to learn about various wines and how to pair them with cheese or why not splash out and do a Ladies Day at the Grand National in early April on the iconic Aintree Course. If you and your mum enjoy learning a new craft or hobby, a stained-glass workshop could provide a nice day out. There’s a £30 saving for members at the Kirkharle Courtyard in the north-east region in early April.

If your mum’s got a busy schedule, perhaps a more flexible approach is needed. Members can gain free entry for up to three others at English Heritage and Cadw sites – which can be used at any time. Members can also get free entry for them and their mum to any of the Historic Royal Palace sites including Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and the Banqueting House; simply download a voucher in advance on the website.

Even if it’s just a trip to the cinema to see a film a together, CSSC can help with that too – the simple act of making time to be with your mum on or around Mother’s Day is likely to be the most welcome of gifts. Whether it’s going for a parkrun together or going to see a game of netball, you’ll find plenty of ideas and inspiration to make your mum smile this year.