Why not celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day by giving your mother that most precious gift of time together? Discover Ferries is encouraging people to celebrate Mother’s Day in style with a lovely day out or a few days away together following research which has shown that people only see their mothers 14 times a year on average.
Leading causes for people not seeing mum more often is down to their own hectic schedules according to 35% of respondents. The distance from mum was a major cause too with 34% of respondents citing that as a reason. Positively though, the largest number of those surveyed, 32%, were in touch with their mum by phone over 16 times a month.
Bill Gibbons, Director of Discover Ferries said: “Clearly, many people would like to spend more time with their mums but sometimes that’s just not possible due to people’s schedules or the distance between them. We think Mother’s Day is a great time to remedy that and treat mum to a wonderful time away.”
Treat mum to a classy day trip to France with Brittany Ferries from only £24 per person. Explore the beautiful port town of St Malo, renowned for its 18th century ramparts and medieval heritage. Stroll through the town and admire the Cathedral as well as enjoying the many galleries and cafes that line the winding streets. www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/offers/ferry/day-trips-france
Another French classic only a quick hop away is of course the cosmopolitan capital Paris! Take mum in the car with P&O Ferries on a three day short break from £70 on the Dover to Calais route – ideal for a weekend getaway. Shopping, culture, food and wine are just some of the elements that make Paris one of the best cities in the world and the perfect place for mum to unwind. Book by 31 June 2017 for travel between now and 10 July 2017. www.poferries.com
Blooming good breaks to the bright, bountiful bulb fields of Holland are available with ferry company DFDS this spring.
The company partners with Keukenhof flower gardens to offer a Dutch Bulbfields mini-cruise package on its Newcastle to Amsterdam route. The experience gives customers a chance to visit Keukenhof’s landscaped gardens, which display more than seven million bulbs of 800 varieties on a 32 hectare site from March to May each year, perfect for those mother’s into their gardening!
Prices for the mini cruise package start from £111 per person, based on two people sharing an en suite cabin. The mini cruise product includes two nights of accommodation on board the Newcastle to Amsterdam cruise ferries, plus coach transfers and entrance to Keukenhof with up to three-and-a-half hours to explore the gardens. Bookings can be made until 14 May 2017 at www.dfds.co.uk/bulbfields for travel between 23 March and 15 May, when the gardens are open.
Dine in style in The Hague
Looking to tickle Mum’s tastebuds? Treat her to a visit at The Penthouse. No visit to The Hague is complete without a stop at Holland’s highest restaurant, where the local delicacy of scallops in a white chocolate and bacon sauce is the star attraction on the menu. Advance booking is highly recommended due to popularity of the restaurant. The Hague is just a 40 minute drive from the Hook of Holland Port. Packages offering two nights stay at the Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus, a great beachfront location, and return ferry travel with Stena Line starts from £546, based on 2 adults and a car. www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland
Isle of Wight
Indulge in royalty at Osborne House – from £13.40 per person
The former summer residence of Queen Victoria, Osborne House is the perfect royal gem in the crown this Mother’s Day. Enjoy the beautiful house and grounds and lunch in the restaurant at Queen Victoria’s home. Take a stroll around the estate or even take a dip in the waters of Queen Victoria’s own private beach. On a clear day you can see Portsmouth from the beach! Treat Mum to a special lunch fit for royalty in the stunning grounds of the estate. Sail to Fishbourne from Portsmouth with Wightlink on a day return for £56. www.wightlink.co.uk
Treat mum to a spring break at The Royal Hotel – from £103 per person
A refined, historic jewel, The Royal Hotel has been receiving travellers for more than 180 years. Built in 1832 it is one of the oldest hotels on the island and has been featured in every Michelin Guide since it was first published in 1911. This Mother’s Day, why not treat mum to a Royal Retreat for an overnight stay and a scrumptious dinner or even a champagne afternoon tea at the Royal.
The deal: A party of two can travel to the Isle of Wight and enjoy one nights’ accommodation in a luxurious room, a full English breakfast, a three-course table d’hôte dinner in the evening from just £103 per person. This price includes return vehicle crossings with Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries. Based on two people travelling in March. www.redfunnel.co.uk
Irish Ferries has some fantastic joint ferry and accommodation offers including handpicked hotels offering a third night stay for free, cottage holidays offering a second week for free and a choice of over 1,400 B&Bs ranging from country manor houses to working farmhouses. Typical of the company’s family-friendly accommodation is Waterville Holiday Homes in beautiful County Kerry, where a week by the sea for a family of five costs from £702, with the option to stay for a second week completely free ideal for a restful getaway around Mother’s Day. www.irishferries.com/holidays
Does your mum fancy herself as a bit of a culture vulture? Then a short break to Dublin could be the perfect trip. Stroll around the historic Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, with its mix of classic and contemporary buildings interspersed with elegant gardens. A trip to Dublin Castle is also essential, but don’t forget to drop by the Guinness Storehouse for a tour (and taste!) of this famous Irish brew. Stena Line sails from Holyhead to Dublin from only £218 for a car and two passengers. Or sail from Liverpool to Belfast from £238 for a car and two passengers and drive down to Dublin in under two hours. Alternatively, sail from Cairnryan to Belfast in just over two hours from £214 for a car and two passengers. www.stenaline.co.uk/ferries-to-ireland
West Coast of Scotland
Is your mum partial to a spot of whisky? If that’s the case then a trip to some of the whisky distilleries dotted around the West Coast of Scotland could be the perfect Mother’s Day treat. Cal Mac Ferries offer great value day trips, combined rail and sail options and multi destination Hopscotch tickets. Combine different distilleries over a couple of days including Arran distillery, which is the newest single malt distillery in Scotland. Then head to one of the oldest, Oban distillery, which was established in 1794 which both offer tasting sessions and tours. Visit www.calmac.co.uk and book your own west coast experience now.
Isle of Man
Famous for its stunning scenery and rich history, the Isle of Man is the perfect location to treat mum to a fantastic break. The island was recently awarded UNESCO Biosphere status – the only entire jurisdiction in the world to hold the prestigious title – and when you explore the heritage sites, spectacular countryside and beautifully maintained gardens you’ll understand why.
From the Grove Museum of Victorian Life in the north to the island’s southernmost point, the Sound, there is history to discover and scenery to explore all over the Isle of Man. St John’s, at the island’s centre, is home to the Wildflower Garden, filled with native Manx wild flowers, and Cooill y Ree Gardens, a wonderful spot for a gentle walk and some stunning views. Another favourite is Milntown near Ramsey, boasting 15 acres of perfectly kept gardens and established woodland around a striking historic house. Not only can you enjoy a rewarding walk around the estate, you can also treat your deserving mum to a delightful afternoon tea at the popular Milntown Café.
And to round off the perfect day, book a table at any of the Isle of Man’s wonderful restaurants where delicious local produce is featured on the menu – and make sure you don’t miss the ‘Queenies’, the mouth-watering queen scallops the island is also famous for. There’s so much to see and do in the Isle of Man you’ll need it to be Mother’s Week, never mind Mother’s Day!
A five-day short break for a car and two people starts from £86 each way, and if you want to plan even more quality mum time you should consider the Kids Go Free Summer Special. Visit www.steam-packet.com for details and to book.
Isles of Scilly
Mother’s Day this year falls just before the Walk Scilly week in the Isles of Scilly from 1 – 7 April. This April, there are some 29 walks from which to choose across all five inhabited islands and three of the uninhabited islands. Go foraging, stroll through sub-tropical gardens, take a farm tour, beachcomb for cowrie shells or simply do each island Top to Toe. Walk at sunset, immerse yourself in maritime history; explore the uninhabited islands and get up close to our wildlife. 2017 fares will see adults pay from £45 while child fares cost from £23.50. www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly
For more information about travelling by ferry see www.discoverferries.com