In Bristol we want to celebrate all our amazing – amazingly different – mums this Mother’s Day. So whether yours is into exhibitions or engineering, here’s some ways to make her feel extra special…
Does your mum… start the day with a yoga class and a shot of kombucha?
Image - the new spa at Bristol Harbour Hotel
HEALTH-CONSCIOUS MUMS will be bending over backwards to get to M Shed’s Holistic Festival on 25-26 March for a taster of all the weird and wonderful alternative therapies in Bristol. Then how about a fresh, Mediterranean lunch at the Victorian Lido followed by a dip in the outdoor pool? Or head over to The Old Market Assembly – a café bar/theatre known for its excellent veggie and vegan options.
If mum’s staying overnight, she’ll want to be pampered at Bristol Harbour Hotel which has its own (brand new) subterranean spa.
Does your mum… like nothing better than a family meal at a new restaurant?
Image - Delicious tapas at Pata Negra
FOODIE MUMS can raise a toast with their loved ones at Pata Negra’s bottomless brunch – quaff free flowing cava alongside tasty tapas (if you're too late for 26 March other dates are now available to book). Or she can discover the best of Bristol’s producers on an EatWalkTalk Bristol Food Tour of the Old City (Tuesday to Saturday). For even more local flavour, go for a tasting at Bristol Cider Shop, part of the new Cargo container development.
If mum’s staying overnight, she’ll be delighted by Hotel du Vin and its French-English bistro.
Does your mum… own 20 pairs of sunglasses and arrive home laden with shopping bags?
Image - One of the stylish rooms at Number Thirty Eight Clifton
STYLISH MUMS should make a beeline for Bristol Shopping Quarter. If she’s into designer fashion then Quaker’s Friars has it all, including a Harvey Nick’s where you can stop for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. Afterwards, check out The Bristol Artisan fair (25-26 March) to peruse a curated collection of beautiful products from over 40 local makers - anything from delicate jewellery and china cups to hefty fashion-forward clogs.
If mum’s staying overnight, Number Thirty Eight is a chic town house in Clifton with just six sumptuous rooms.
Does your mum... love walking the dog and live in her muddy walking boots?
Image - Enjoying the sunshine outside The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna
DOWN TO EARTH MUMS will be happy to swing by the ring-tailed lemurs at Wild Place Project with their little monkeys (mums go free on Mother’s Day). She might also like to see the deer at Ashton Court or go for a spring stroll in the grounds of Tyntesfield, a gothic revival stately home. Treat her to Sunday lunch at The Pony & Trap – a Michelin-starred pub in the Somerset countryside.
If she’s staying overnight, go wild and book The Lodge at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Does your mum…. fill her home with modern art and love a night at the theatre?
Image - See cutting edge productions at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Southville
CULTURED MUMS can start by perusing the latest exhibition at Spike Island (Lubaina Himid’s Navigation Charts runs until 26 March) before heading to Arnolfini Café Bar for a light lunch and a browse of the galleries and highbrow books in their excellent gift shop. Afterwards, depending on dates, get tickets for Othello at Tobacco Factory Theatres or Escaped Alone at Bristol Old Vic.
If mum’s staying overnight, check her into one of the new Paintworks Apartments (and bring the whole family, there’s plenty of space).
Does your mum… keep active and support a local sports team?
Image - A Bristol Tandem Hire bike parked up outside a local florist
SPORTY MUMS might enjoy cheering along at Ashton Gate Stadium – on 26 March its Bristol Rugby v Gloucester. Or if she’d like to try a new sport, gather some siblings for a round or two at inPlay indoor golf or brave a climbing session at Redpoint Climbing Centre. If you’re an only child, enjoy some quality time with mum on a tandem bike ride around town. Fill up afterwards with a nutritious meal at Mud Dock – a cycle café and shop.
If mum’s staying overnight, check her into Mercure Bristol Holland House which has a bedroom dedicated to cricket.
Does your mum… thrive on travel and new experiences?
Image - Adela Breton, the subject of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's latest exhibition
ADVENTUROUS MUMS should first head to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s new exhibition on Adela Breton – a bold Bristolian woman who spent years exploring and documenting Mexico’s archaeological sites. Then embark on a short Mother’s Day voyage round the Floating Harbour on The Matthew, a replica of the ship John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland on in 1497. Pop into Stanford’s in the Old City – a bookstore devoted entirely to travel – before grabbing a bowl of Vietnamese noodles at Pho.
If mum’s staying overnight, check her into magical, fairy-lit guesthouse The Curious Cabinet (ask about renting their fabulous show vans too).
Does your mum… often dance around in her pyjamas to her favourite band?
Image - A gig at Thekla. Credit - Theo Cottle
MUSIC-LOVING MUMS will go crazy for Bristol’s music scene, whether catching a gig aboard legendary boat nightclub Thekla or settling in for a concert at Colston Hall or St George’s Bristol. Grab some sustenance at The Canteen, which has live music most nights, or No. 1 Harbourside, which happens to have free drop-in dance lessons on Sunday evenings.
If mum’s staying overnight, check her into The Bristol – its Harbourside location is perfect for accessing the city centre’s nightlife.
Does your mum… wear red Chanel lipstick and dazzle with old school glamour?
Image - Afternoon Tea at Cox & Baloney Tearooms
VINTAGE MUMS will be thrilled to bits with afternoon tea at Cox & Baloney Tearooms (there’s a free Drunken Granny's Garden cocktail for all mums, grandmas and surrogates on 26 March), followed by a browse round the vintage boutiques of Gloucester Road. Alternatively, take her to a special Mother’s Day Sunday Session at Heartfelt Vintage, with soul music from Kizzy Morrell.
Does your mum… enjoy getting her hands dirty and learning how things work?
Image - The new visitor centre at Underfall Yard
HANDS-ON MUMS will be intrigued by Underfall Yard’s Visitor Centre, which explains the workings of Bristol’s historic docks, and nearby Brunel's SS Great Britain – the world’s first great ocean liner. Both places have lovely cafes for lunch. Follow up with a trip to Clifton Suspension Bridge. Although Isambard Kingdom Brunel is famous for this iconic engineering feat, it wouldn’t have been built were it not for the plans of mum of six Sarah Guppy.
If mum’s staying overnight, how about sleeping aboard the Kyle Blue – a luxury boat hostel.
Does your mum… love it when everyone just goes out and leaves her alone?
Image - Time for some quiet reflection at Bristol Cathedral. Credit - Dave Pratt
PEACE AND QUIET MUMS work hard to keep everyone happy all year long so relish rare alone time. She might enjoy some quiet reflection at Bristol Cathedral (which has a secret garden round the back) or a stroll amid the scented spring blooms at University of Bristol Botanic Garden (please note the gardens are open Monday to Friday, until 1 April when they open daily). Afterwards, treat her to dinner at Watershed Café Bar followed by a film.