With spring in the air and the last of the big winter chill finally melting away, it’s the perfect time for heading outdoors and appreciating the beautiful places we have to visit, right here in the UK. And who better to share the adventure with than your favourite lady?
We’ve scoured the country for some of the most beautiful and inspiring places for you to take your mum to this Mother’s Day, from castles and country houses to beautiful gardens. We’re sure you can find somewhere perfect to visit. They’re all National Trust locations, so you can rest assured that you’ll be a welcome guest. And don’t forget to bring your camera; these stunning destinations provide the perfect backdrop for capturing some beautiful new family memories for your next CEWE PHOTOBOOK.
Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire
For mums with small children, a family day out together making memories is a perfect Mother’s Day gift. Explore the lavish 17th century house, and the delightful National Museum of Childhood, a treat for the whole family. This Mother’s Day, little fingers can get busy in the Learning Rooms within the museum, and create a lovely paper flower brooch for mum to wear with pride.
Don’t forget your camera: While the museum, hall and gardens offer plenty of lovely photo opportunities, natural shots of children at play are often the most effective. Try snapping away as the kids are absorbed in crafting that Mother’s Day gift, bringing your focus in on the details like small hands and cute little concentration faces.
Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall
The stunning Glendurgan Garden is located in Cornwall, and it’s a real treat for the eyes. Even now in early spring, you’ll be able to see plenty of bright pink camellias, sunny daffodils and bursts of primroses. The garden is also widely regarded for its incredible hedge maze, perfect for exploring.
Don’t forget your camera: This Mother’s Day, the staff at Glendurgan Garden are building a giant outdoor floral frame and inviting visitors to pose for some floral-themed photos. It’s a unique photo opportunity not to be missed!
Erddig Hall is one of Wales’ finest stately homes, and one of the UK’s most popular historic houses. There’s plenty to do, with the beautiful house, impressive gardens and stunning parkland to explore. This Mother’s Day all mums will be offered free tea or coffee to enjoy during their visit, as well as a very special Mother’s Day walk with the property’s head gardener. Keep an eye out for special Mother’s Day crafts to take part in during the day, too!
Don’t forget your Camera: Mothers enjoying their special day at Erddig will be joined by Mr Phoebus, providing a wonderful demonstration with his Penny Farthing as they wander the lovely gardens. It’s the perfect opportunity to snap some fun, quirky shots of your family day out.
Rainham Hall, London
Rainham Hall is a historic Grade 2 listed Georgian building in Rainham, London. Here you can enjoy a special Mother’s Day Tea Party, with freshly baked scones, dainty finger sandwiches and all the trimmings, all served on beautiful vintage china. If your mother loves a little old-fashioned nostalgia, the current exhibition is well worth a visit too; it’s a look back on the days that the Hall served as a day nursery for local children during the 1940s and 1950s. Expect fond memories of the nursery attendees and vintage photographs of the little ones who once had the run of this historic building.
Don’t forget your camera: The tea party will be served in the Hayloft, the gorgeously rustic first floor of the Stables Café. From the beams in the ceiling to your mum’s beaming face, take a few moments to capture those beautiful details before you tuck in.
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire
If your mum has a creative soul, she’ll love the current exhibition at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. “Making Her Mark: Celebrating Creative Women” is a unique exhibition showcasing portraits of some of the incredible ladies who have made outstanding contributions to the world of art and culture. From Judi Dench to J.K. Rowling, it’s an inspirational celebration of gifted women.
Don’t forget your camera: If the exhibition motivates your own creative spirit, take the opportunity to take a portrait shot of the inspirational lady in your life. Capture your mum at her best by using a long lens to fill the frame, set a wide aperture to minimise depth of field, and focus on the eyes.
Pollok House, Glasgow
An elegant stately home, set in the scenic Pollok County Park, the house is well worth a visit for its stunning Georgian grandeur and impressive art collection. And this Sunday evening, you can treat music-loving mums to an extra special experience; the classical delights of The Schubert Ensemble, within the walls of the lovely Pollok House.
Don’t forget your camera: The event starts at 5.30 pm, and sunset in Glasgow at this time of year is around 6 pm. Arrive at Pollok House a little early, and take full advantage of that glorious golden hour light outside the grand country house.
Speke Hall, Liverpool
Speke Hall is a historic gem located in Liverpool. It’s an extraordinary Elizabethan lodge, that boasts a landscape garden, tranquil moats and an Elizabethan orchard. This Mother’s Day, you can also enjoy a delicious, home-made late morning brunch or afternoon tea at The Stable Tea Room.
Don’t forget your camera: The place is bursting with rich history and old-world charm. If your mum appreciates taking a wonder through the past, she’ll love the striking black and white Tudor masonry that adorns the hall. A wide-shot of the front of the house would make a lovely double page spread in your next photo book.
If you’re feeling inspired by our list, we hope you get the chance to treat that special lady in your life to a wonderful day out enjoying our nation’s treasures this Mother’s Day. If you take any photographs you’re proud of, we’d love to see them! Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to share your passion for photography with us here at CEWE.