The Jewel in the Peak District’s Crown reopens on 23 March after its winter hibernation, just in time for Mother’s Day. Treat your Mum to a day to remember visiting Chatsworth House and its beautiful gardens, maybe with lunch in the restaurant. If she’s a dog lover, she’ll particularly enjoy Chatsworth’s brand new exhibition ‘The Dog: A Celebration’, a tribute to man’s best friend and the place of dogs in art and popular culture. Check out www.chatsworth.org for more information.
And … relax!
Let your Mum relax in the most beautiful Peak District surroundings. The stunning location of Losehill House and Spa is sure to impress her, close to the lovely villages of Edale and Hope. This boutique hotel and spa has an indoor heated pool with panoramic views over the Hope Valley, a peaceful sauna and a fantastic outdoor hot tub overlooking the hills. There is also an award-winning restaurant, listed by The Times as one of their 20 ‘best wild places to eat in Britain’. See www.losehillhouse.co.uk for full details.
Buxton Opera House is a treat to visit at any time of the year. This beautiful Edwardian theatre is one of the finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design in the country and a real feast for the senses. On Mother’s Day the Opera House is playing host to an unforgettable evening celebrating the music of George Michael. The adjoining Pavilion Arts Centre presents the timeless film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn. See www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for more information.
Taste of Bakewell
The lovely town of Bakewell, with its beautiful setting on the River Wye, is a wonderful place to explore with your family. Often referred to as the ancient capital of the Peak District, it has a wealth of historic buildings and independent shops, as well as pretty riverside walks, narrow lanes and hidden courtyards. Your Mum is sure to love a day out here, and of course no visit is complete without a treat of Bakewell Pudding, the town’s signature sweet dessert.
A Breath of Fresh Air
The Peak District countryside is second to none, so make the most of it with your Mum over the Mother’s Day weekend. A great place for a weekend wander is around the beautiful village of Castleton, which has something for everyone. Visitors who enjoy a gentle pace of exploration will enjoy wandering its narrow lanes, browsing the independent shops and sampling the fare in the many tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. More adventurous types will love its proximity to Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, as well as its many show caves.
There are some brilliant venues for afternoon tea for your Mum all through the Peak District. For a real treat, try the elegant Biggin Hall Hotel in the pretty village of Biggin by Hartington. They have a wonderfully characterful oak-beamed restaurant open to non-residents, serving lunches, dinners and afternoon teas, all prepared using fresh, local, seasonal produce. They also offer a delicious Mother’s Day Lunch menu. Or if a cosy country pub is more your Mum’s style, try the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, located just a short stroll from Ladybower Reservoir in the spectacular Upper Derwent Valley.
If your Mum loves to shop til she drops, there are plenty of wonderful independent shops to browse around in the lovely towns on the edges of the Peak District. Ashbourne, Leek and Matlock are all great to explore, full of history and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Make a day of it in Matlock and take a ride on the cable cars on the magnificent Heights of Abraham, if your Mum’s got a head for heights!
If your Mum loves the Peak District and photography, or just wants to develop a new hobby, why not treat her to a Villager Jim Photography Day Experience? On her day she will learn the camera tricks and techniques used by Villager Jim and his friends to create stunning photographs, and will be driven around the most beautiful Peak District locations to capture magical scenes. See our Experiences page for more information.