Last minute Mother’s Day ideas on how to spend the day in Lancashire
Most of us will have experienced this at some point.
That feeling of doom when you realize it’s too late to book a table at your family member’s favorite restaurant for a birthday meal, that you missed the last birthday flower delivery slot, or that you simply forgot a social occasion.
Admittedly, with the amount of publicity and marketing surrounding important days like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter, it’s hard to avoid them.
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But for anyone who has planned to celebrate their mother, sister, grandmother, mother-in-law, adoptive mother and more, on Sunday March 27here are some ideas of what you can do to mark her special day.
We’ve tried to include ideas across Lancashire that don’t require pre-booking, where possible.
Also, if you want to avoid the crowds or are unavailable this Sunday, it might be a good idea to treat your mom to another day that’s more convenient for both of you.
You never know, it may even seem a little more special for her.
Go into nature
It’s easy to get carried away and feel the pressure to do something extravagant for your mom, and no one is saying she doesn’t deserve it.
But sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most, and with the weather clear, clear and sunny for the rest of the week and the weekend, how about a little walk in the fresh air to pass quality time with sound?
You could take your mom to the local park, maybe she has fond memories of a certain place, a flower bed or a view from a bench?
Or you can head to one of the fantastic National Parks and Nature Reserves waiting to be explored in our Red Rose County, from the Bowland Forest in Ribble Valley for Williamson Park in Lancaster, Martin Mere in West Lancs or Preston’s Avenham and Miller Park.
All also have cafes on site to stop and enjoy a brew and a slice of cake.
Alternatively, why not pack a picnic, a set of round balls and a Frisbee and head to a park for an afternoon with the whole family?
You could head to the Brock Low Picnic site at Claughton, near Preston to enjoy your lunch in nature, with spring flowers blooming all around you.
Beacon Fell National Park in Up Holland not only has a number of picnic tables but also large open spaces for a kick off or for a large family to set up and spread out.
While Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve in Rufford also has a lovely picnic area overlooking the lake.
Feel the sand in your toes at the beach
Another unmissable day.
The beach isn’t for everyone, but if the mother of your life loves the sea air, including a helping of fish and chips and an ice cream, then heading to the coast could be the perfect way to pass. the day.
It might be a little windy and not exactly tropical climes, but a classic seaside trip might be just the way to enjoy a few hours with your mom.
Of course, Lancashire has plenty of excellent beaches, from the wide sandy beaches with plenty to do for all ages (Blackpool), to those that tend to be quieter but pebbly (Cleveleys), to smaller and more intimate (Bispham and Half Moon Bay) or good all roundness (Morecambe).
You can also venture beyond the west Lancashire border into Merseyside and take a trip to Formby Beach or the popular seaside town of Southport.
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Head to a farm shop for local produce
Farm shops are multifunctional these days, with handmade gifts, petting zoos, and afternoon teas mixed with fresh meats and cheeses that you can buy and take home.
We’ve rounded up nine of Lancashire’s best, from farmhouses that have been in the family for generations to remote sites on the Cumbria border.
Some of them are set in beautiful countryside and forests and are ideal for a day trip with a difference.
Most farm shops don’t accept advance reservations, which is great if you forgot to plan ahead, but be prepared for it to get busy during peak hours. peak and weekends.
Sit back and enjoy a movie in a boutique cinema
A trip to the cinema doesn’t have to cost the earth or have large crowds, as you would have to negotiate multiplexes with over 20 screens.
Lancashire has a number of small independent and boutique-style cinemas, most offering sofa seating, bar service and space for far fewer people.
many of them also host classic Hollywood movie nights on a regular basis, showing movies on the big screen that first premiered decades ago.
There is the Each man at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe with black and red decor and plenty of leg room at no extra cost.
Or you can head to The bowl of flowers in Barton at one of three cinema screens named after Hollywood actresses – Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman and Uma Thurman.
Each is decorated with giant, inviting crushed-velvet sofas, complete with footstools to help you and your mother feel completely relaxed.
Recreate a beloved family portrait or visit where it was taken
This one is particularly poignant for moms who want to step back into their past and reminisce with some family nostalgia.
Maybe there’s a framed picture from an ’80s summer vacation or a scene from a ’90s springtime stroll hanging in the living room your mom absolutely adores.
It might take a bit of planning, and of course family members might live too far away to be able to contribute, but how about visiting where the photo was taken?
It could be an old place of work, a local park, the beach shopping center or a pub. If your mum can’t make it herself, why not visit the place and take a picture, have it printed and framed, and then give it to her on Mother’s Day?
Treat her to a meal of her favorite takeaways
Lancashire has some fantastic takeaways and your mum probably has her favourite, so why not order it and then, if you can, hand it to her yourself?
If she’s the type of person to try new places to eat, then how about a pizza from one of the best pizzerias in the county?
Maybe an Indian meal is something she would like or a classic serving of fish and chips.
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