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Mother’s Day in Oxford: A Guide
Image Credit: Botanical Gardens. Anders Sandberg.

Mother’s Day in Oxford: A Guide

21 March 2017 | Belphoebe New

26 March is Mother’s Day, and it’s time to treat your mother to something a little more luxurious than the gas station flowers and a card you’ve scribbled in at the last minute. Luckily, Oxford is a wonderful place to spend a Mother’s Day, with a perfect mix of old haunts to visit and special events to try. Here are some quick suggestions.

Have Brunch at Turl Street Kitchen
 
To make up for all those times that she’s had to drag you out of bed, why not treat your mum to a long, relaxing brunch? The Turl Street Kitchen in Oxford’s city centre is a great option, with a diverse menu including the traditional full English breakfast, smoked salmon, grilled kippers and eggs, scrambled or poached.
 
16 Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DH. Visit their website.
 
Go Punting

Punting is probably one of Oxford’s most traditional activities, and a lovely bonding exercise for you and your mother to do this mothering Sunday. Experience the city together as you travel down the city’s stunning River Cherwell (and maybe hire a pro to steer you if you’re new to it).

Colourful Punting
Photo Credit: August Muench.
 
Visit the website for details.               
 
Have Afternoon Tea at Malmaison
 
Take your mother for afternoon tea in a prison! Malmaison Oxford, which is next door to Oxford Castle, are offering the classic afternoon tea with scones, chicken and avocado wraps, smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, and of course, a glass of champagne for the both of you.

Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford. Photo Credit: Douglas Neiner.
 
Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY. Visit their website.
 
Eat Dinner at Browns
 
If you’re not so confident with cooking for mum yourself, Browns have got you covered. With their three-course Mother’s Day offer, choose from a deliciously rich menu including pan fried sea bass, a sirloin of beef and salted caramel profiteroles, topped off with a glass of champagne for mum.
 
5-11 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HA. Visit their website.

Visit the Botanic Gardens
 
If you’re lucky with the weather, take your mother to Oxford’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. It’s a particularly great time of year to visit, as the flowers will be blooming for Spring and there’s a wonderful selection of lush greenery and exotic plants to see in the greenhouse. 

Botanical Gardens Oxford
Botanical Gardens, Oxford. Photo Credit: Tevjan Pettinger.
 
Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Visit their website.
 
Buy her Flowers from The Garden Oxford
 
What’s Mother’s Day without flowers? Luckily tucked away in The Covered Market is The Garden, which has an incredible selection of fresh, seasonal flowers alongside some more exotic imported offerings. Whether your mum is partial to tulips or is more a twelve red roses kind of person, you’ll find options to suit every floral taste here.
 
The Covered Market Oxford, Oxford OX1 3DY. Find out more online.
 
Visit a palace
 
Over in Woodstock, the majestic palace and grounds at Blenheim are the perfect location for a Mother’s Day wander. Spend a few hours marveling at the astonishing views of the palace and the river, spot pheasants running past you, conquer the maze together and see colourful butterflies flying in the Butterfly House.

Blenheim at sunset
Blenheim Palace. Photo Credit: Danny Chapman
 
Blenheim Park, Woodstock OX20 1PP. Visit their website.
 
Go on a Vintage Bus Ride
 
On Mother’s Day, the Oxford Bus Museum will be offering free vintage bus rides that will tour the city’s best sites, including St Giles and the Pitt Rivers Museum. There will be twilight bus rides on the Saturday night and day trips on Mother’s Day Sunday, so you take mum on a special trip around the city.  
 
Visit the website here.
 
Have Afternoon Tea at a farm
 
Just a few miles away in Witney, Cogges Farm will be running some special Mother’s Day events over the weekend. On 25 March you can drop in to learn how to plant and decorate a flowerpot or make your own scented scrubs and body creams as a thoughtful, homemade gift for mum. On Mother’s Day you can enjoy an afternoon tea together in the historic manor house, and afterwards stroll around the grounds to catch site of some of the adorable farmyard animals.
 
Church Ln, Witney OX28 3LA. Visit their website.

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