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By Natasha Heard  |  March 13, 2020
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Whether you see or speak to your mum every day or not very often at all, Mother’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the special woman in your life.

From relaxing spa breaks to adrenaline fuelled experiences to once-in-a-lifetime moments, offer up some of the most varied and interesting opportunities for you and your mum to enjoy together so that you can treat her in style. We’ve shortlisted our top five picks on offer this year, the hardest part for you will be picking just one!

Five-hour chef course with four-course meal for two at The Smart School of Cookery

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A course at The Smart School of Cookery could be just the ticket

Not every mother is the stereotypical top chef, so perhaps a course at The Smart School of Cookery will be just the ticket and, even if you’re mum is fairly good in the kitchen, she may want to pick up some new techniques to take home with her. This five-hour course aims to teach intensive chef skills including boning meat, filleting fish and vegetable cuts using vital knife skills – useful information that will take your abilities to the next level.

With your new techniques you will then prepare a four-course meal to indulge in including an appetizer of home-smoked trout and carpaccio of salmon timbale, crispy skin fillet of sea bream for starter, ballotine of chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms and truffle for main and oeufs a la neige with a caramel cage for dessert – how delicious does that sound?!

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Seven-course Michelin tasting menu and overnight stay for two at Great Fosters Hotel

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Delectable delights such as this monkfish dish are on offer at the Michelin starred Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room

If you fancy letting someone else do the hard work in the kitchen for then opt for this indulgent seven-course tasting menu in Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room – a Michelin star holder with just eight tables to offer an intimate dining experience. Expect delights such as wild turbot with lemongrass and N25 caviar or Yorkshire rhubarb, crème fraiche and stem ginger, though the menus change daily to reflect the local and seasonal produce.

Full of history and character, Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey is set among a 50-acre estate and holds a tennis court, outdoor pool, manicured lawns, a cocktail bar and great selection of luxury rooms to reside in. If you still have room the next morning then head down for a delicious full English breakfast.

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Land Away double flying lesson

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For more adventurous duos head to the skies for a flying lesson

If you and your mum are a little more on the adventurous side, then why not opt for a double flying lesson? It will certainly offer you an exciting experience to remember and your new skills can even be put towards a full pilot’s licence if you have bigger flying dreams! On arrival expect a briefing before heading to the skies to observe and learn before landing and taking control for yourself during a second 30-minute flight. Head up to 2,000ft with your instructor by your side and fly through the clouds for this memorable occasion.

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Sunrise balloon flight with Champagne for two – UK wide

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Take a majestic hot air balloon flight at sunrise

If you like the thought of being up in the clouds but the idea of flying a plane (or your mum being in charge of the controls) terrifies you then how about a hot air balloon flight? Take a majestic flight at sunrise and view the beautiful British countryside from a height of up to 2,000ft. This hour-long flight will certainly be an experience to remember and cherish for life, so take your camera, enjoy the views and, after you land, sip on a glass of Champagne to toast a successful flight.

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Luxury overnight spa break with 40-minute treatment and dining at Whittlebury Hall

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Head to Whittlebury Hall for a sumptuous spa experience

If the above action-packed experiences seem a little too busy for you and what you really require is a relaxing spa break then, fear not, we have just the experience for you. Head to Whittlebury Hall for a sumptuous spa experience with the heat and ice facilities at The Day Spa before basking in a 40-minute shoulder, face and scalp massage to take your stresses away. This experience also includes a two-course buffet lunch, three-course evening meal, overnight stay and a full English breakfast the next morning so, not only, will you feel relaxed, you’ll be full of good food too.

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