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Mother's Day 2018 

Gift ideas, great places to eat & things to do to treat mum on her special day this Sunday
 
Remember, it's Sunday 11 March this year!
 
Mothers Day in Swindon
You see it every time – usually on the day before Mother’s Day or even on the day itself – as hundreds of people queue up to buy the obligatory box of chocolates or bunch of flowers.

The idea that this is all they want every year seems to get stronger every year. But what mums really want on Mother’s Day is to be given time off from their labours and their responsibilities, or simply to be spend time with their family. After all, that’s where the whole thing started (see below).

So we’ve put together our guide for the Mother's day essentials here in Swindon - thoughtful gift ideas, great places to eat & things to do to treat mum on her special day this Sunday.
 
Because mum, we love you! 
 
1 Gift Ideas & Shopping!!

If you know a mum that doesn't love shopping, then we'd like to meet her!

Mother's Day in Swindon
 
Just one of the reasons we set up our website Swindon Shop & Style with everything you need for fashion & features, incl. Facebook, competitions, offers and, of course, a full A-Z of shops in Swindon!

And, most importantly, loads of gift ideas for Mother's Day!

> Swindon Shop & Style
 
Win her a gift card!
 
The Brunel Centre is not only a great location for picking up the perfect Mother's Day gift, this year they are also running a special competition to win a shopping trip and meal-time treat for your Mum this Mother's Day.

To enter simply tag The Brunel Swindon via Instagram or Facebook  using #justthreewords and put up a picture of your Mum with the
three words you would use to describe her.
 
The funniest and best will win one of four meal prizes and a £100 Brunel Gift Card
 
 
Brunel Swindon Mother's Day 2018
 
2 Time For A Pamper
 
Second only to shopping, every mum wants to look beautiful! So how about a pamper?
 
Spoil mum with some 'me time' and a beauty treatment at one of Swindon's top pampering salons such as OMG, Bloomin' Beautiful, The Hair Group, Karoliina Saunders, Friends, The Works, Chickkks or The Retreat at Blunsdon House Hotel.

Mum About Town

Her day could include a facial, Indian head massage, tanning, waxing(!) or any number of special treatments that hardworking mums deserve.
 
Choose from a range of venues in the Swindon area, including those listed below.
 
Remember, though, that she won’t want to go on her own, and you may need to fork out for a friend of her choice to go along too (or get together with her friend's family to buy a joint present). Better still, make it a mother and daughter day.


3 Picture this
 
Ferris Photographics
Photography has become so easy and so commonplace in the digital age that we’ve forgotten how heartwarming it can be to receive a professionally produced photograph of our loved ones.
 
She probably doesn’t own a picture of all her children or grandchildren together, so why not organise for one to be taken and framed for Mum?
 
Better still, book a session – perhaps as a surprise – which she can also attend, and be pictured surrounded by her family.


4 Places to go!
 
Rolls Royce Tour Swindon
Limousines – especially the stretched versions – are often used to treat teenagers or hired for young ladies’ shopping trips and nights out.
 
But what about really putting on the style for Mum?
 
Treat her to a Cotswold Tour in a proper Rolls Royce courtesy of Roger Sansum.
 
With it's classic, elegant lines, opulent interior and exceptional ride comfort, the Silver Dawn adds a touch of pomp and circumstance to any occasion.

Get down on the farm
 
Roves Farm
A treat for mums with young children or young grandchildren – not to mention those who are just young at heart - is a visit to Roves Farm.
 
On Mother’s Day, mums get in FREE with another paying child. It's a nice way of spending time together, especially at this time of year - and don’t you dare leave without treating Mum to a cream tea in the granary tearoom.
 
Racing season starts on Mother's Day!
 
And this year, Mother's Day see the start of the racing season at Roves as well!
 
A specially-made track has been built with small jumps, where sheep with teddy bear jockeys and saddles will run fun races!
 
Tell her she’s going to the dogs
 
But in the nicest possible way.
 
The whole family will enjoy a trip to Blunsdon Stadium, where greyhound racing takes place every Saturday evening. And they will enjoy it even more if you make mum a celebrity.
 
Enjoy a bite to eat in the restaurant and you can even name a race after her, have a message printed in the programme and get her to present a trophy!
 
 
Comedy?
 
All mums like a laugh, so whey not grab a couple of tickets to see TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions at The Wyvern on Sunday 11 March.
 
Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly!
 
 
Or Kylie perhaps?
 
Can you believe the Queen of Pop is 50 this year?
 
No, nor will your mum!
 
Kylie will be touring the UK throughout September and October, so what a great treat to look forward to!
 
Barnes Coaches also have plenty of trips for you to choose from – or you could buy her a voucher so she can choose for herself.

> Barnes Coaches

5 Make it really personal
 
There are some things that money just can't buy. So rather than buying a card off the shelf from your local newsagents (or worse still, the petrol station!) why not make a real effort and make one yourself.

And there's no-one better to help you than the lovely lady Solance at Sparkle Dreams at the Studley Grange craft village on Junction 16.

There you can choose a whole host of card designs that you can make yourself and add that special personal touch just for your Mum.
 

She can have her cake and eat it
 
Cake Swindon
Because they are only usually reserved for special occasions, we only expect to see fancy iced cakes at children’s birthdays and weddings – but shouldn’t Mother’s Day be made special too?
 
Especially if it's chocolate!
 
A personalised present that somebody has gone to a lot of trouble to make can’t fail to bring a smile to her face and maybe even a tear to her eye. And, of course, she’ll enjoy sharing it with all the family.
 
WATCH VIDEO: Cake Creations & Chocolate Comforts at Studley Grange
 
 
 
We think of Champagne as something you save for special occasions, but it’s also just the thing to tell somebody you think they are special. So buy Mum a bottle of bubbly for Mother’s Day – and make sure you crack it open on the day itself. To make it even more special, check out Magnum Wine in Wood Street, Swindon, where you can buy personalised bottles.
 
And not forgetting..... taking mum away from the dishes...
 
Mother's day Swindon
A Sunday off... surely not!
It's funny that, isn't it? Mothering Sunday falling on a Sunday? And every year, as well.
 
Hence, the ideal opportunity to take mum away from preparing the roast potatoes and clearing up while everyone else relaxes on the sofa.
 
Get all the family together and take her out for, that's what we say.
 
Mother's Day in the pub!

Another reason we set up a new website dedicated to pubs in Swindon - the great British family Sunday lunch down the pub!
 
And what better excuse than on Mother's Day when all the family can gather for a drink and a proper roast and let everyone else do the hard work!

> SwindonPubs - website 

Mothers day at 20 at The Kings, Swindon
 
Mother's Day with the Old Town Pub Co.
 
20 at The Kings in Old Town (pic. above) and The Fox & Hounds at Wroughton are two of our favourite venues - and each will be serving a fantastic 2-course Sunday lunch for just £18.00 (under 9s £8) for Mother's Day this year.
 
Spaces are filling up fast though so we advise booking sooner rather than later!
 
  
And for everywhere else...
 
So here's some of the best places to enjoy a meal together on Mother's Day in Swindon:
 
Eating Out in Swindon
Eating Out
Whatever mum wants to eat, mum should have on her special day
 
And flowers
yes, we know what we said!.....
 
Flowers Swindon
Florists
Well, if you're going to do it properly!..
 
Mother’s Day origins
Did you know?.....

Although it has become a day when mums all over the world receive chocolates, flowers and pot plants, there is more to Mother’s Day than meets the eye.
 
We may think of it as a somewhat commercialised day, but its origins are not only historical but really quite charming. It grew out of a special day off that was traditionally given to Victorian domestic servants every year.
 
Many families had at least one person in service, and athough they were of both sexes, many were girls or young women who were boarding at their place of work and therefore potentially living far from home.
 
This Mothering Sunday – to give it its proper title in Europe – echoed a religious festival dating back centuries, when people would return, once a year, to their ‘mother church’.
 
Although Victorians daughters returning home probably brought a gift home, it’s the concept of spending time with Mum which was the principle on which the day was built, and the gift is really only a bonus.
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