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Mother's Day Sightseeing

With spring making an appearance, Mothering Sunday offers the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the sights of the city and beyond. On this special day, why not take a trip out of London on a vintage steam train, book her a river cruise followed by dinner, or head out of town to England's glorious Cotswold countryside.

Mother's Day Sightseeing
 

London Eye and Lunch

Celebrate Mother's Day in the city in style this year with a package which includes a flight on the iconic London Eye, preceded by lunch in a Covent Garden restaurant. Enjoy your meal at Porters English Restaurant, located in the heart of Theatreland, where you'll get a complimentary glass of Kir Royale before settling down to a three-course lunch from the excellent table d'hote menu. Porters' best sellers include steak, Guinness and mushroom pie, pork, leek and sage sausages and salmon and prawn fishcakes, not to mention some wonderfully calorific puddings - perfect for treating mums this Mother's Day. After a leisurely lunch, stroll through Covent Garden to the River Thames for a flight on the Eye. Voted the world's most popular tourist attraction, the EDF Energy London Eye towers head and shoulders above most other city experiences. This spectacularly streamlined riverside wheel boasts an impressive 150 metre arc and allows inhabitants of its sleek, modern totally see-through glass-pods an unrivalled 360 degree view of London and beyond - the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the glorious old winding Father Thames and Windsor Castle are just a few of the 55 attractions that can be admired from the top of the arc. On a clear day the view extends to 25 miles in each direction. Relaxing, fascinating and inspiring, the Eye has become a definitive part of the London experience. What are you waiting for? Hop on and take in the capitalís greatest landmarks and sweeping panoramas safely ensconced in one of 32 fully enclosed, perfectly designed, high-tech pods.
 
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Mother's Day Sightseeing
 

Kew Gardens

With its cooling glades, romantic rose gardens, steamy glasshouses, woodland copses and elegant pagodas, Kew Gardens is a glorious place to take mum this Mother's Day. Experience the subtle and dramatic, but always magical, changing of the seasons, as you explore Kew's 300 magnificent, flourishing acres. Kew has over 40,000 plants constantly embarking on a fascinating journey through their annual cycles - flowering and fruiting, growing and resting. This spring over five million bulbs will be flowering throughout the weeks of spring, offering wave upon wave of dazzling yellows, vibrant lilacs and effervescent purples. After admiring the new bulbs escape the spring breeze and seek refuge in the pulsating humidity of one of the numerous glasshouses. When you're ready to enjoy the fresh air again, venture high up above the bedding plants via the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway which places you 18 metres above the ground. Then journey through the Japanese Gateway leading up to the elegant Oriental Pagoda and its accompanying dry-stone landscape gardens representing peace, activity and harmony. This World Heritage Site and former royal residence also boasts stunning vistas nestled within the lush landscape beside the River Thames. Hidden deep in the woods Queen Charlotte's Cottage is definitely a must-see, while the stunning Syon Vista, offering an unrivalled aspect across the Thames to the Syon Estate, makes this possibly one of the most visited areas at Kew. Mums will love this idyllic outing.
 
 
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Mother's Day Sightseeing
 

Cotswolds Coach Tour

Whisk your mum away from the hustle and bustle of the city this Mother's Day. This coach tour to the Cotswolds is the perfect way to unwind while taking in some of the most beautiful countryside in England. The first stop of the tour is in the quaint town of Burford with its crooked houses, leaning walls and gabled cottages. Your coach will then move on through the Windrush and Dickler Valley to "Venice of the Cotswolds" - the Gloucestershire village of the Bourton-on-the-Water. You will then climb to the highest town in the Cotswolds; the charming Stow-on-the-Wold is perched high up at 800ft offering great views over the surrounding countryside. After admiring this series of tiny villages and cosy cottages the tour continues to the market town of Lechlade where you and your mum will be treated to a traditional English cream tea while overlooking the Thames to round off this special day.
 
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Mother's Day Sightseeing
 

London Lunch Cruise

Take to the water this Mother's Day with a gentle, ambling river cruise and a three course lunch. Travel in comfort down the river from Embankment Pier towards Canary Wharf, admiring the diverse range of architecture that adorns the banks of the Thames. From the historic, turreted edifices of the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London to the sleek contemporary lines of the British Airways London Eye, Canary Wharf and the Gherkin, the buildings dotted along the riverbank tell the story of the city's rich history and development. Enjoy a three course - they'll throw in half a bottle of wine if you're opting for the Elite package - and after the meal you'll be treated to a guided tour with commentary on the sights all around you. Then it's back to the city, with the option of getting off at the London Eye where you and mum can explore the city on foot. Note: the cruise doesn't run on Sundays but you can always book in for the Saturday before Mothering Sunday.
 
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Mother's Day Sightseeing
 

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Accompany your mum on an action packed day out to some of the best known sights in the country this Mothering Sunday with a tour which takes in Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath. Explore the imposing grandeur of the Queen's residence, Windsor Castle, where you can see St Georges chapel and the state apartments where her Majesty entertains visiting heads of state. Then it's on to Stonehenge, the most famous - and perhaps least understood - prehistoric monument in the world. The beautiful Georgian city of Bath is the final stop where you can take tea in the Pump Rooms and see the Roman Baths. Sip on the sacred waters (they taste so bad they must be doing you some good!) and find out what it was like living in Roman Britain. The tour price includes travel and entry to all the major sights - Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the Roman Baths - so this really does offer good value for money as well as a fascinating day out that's sure to put a smile on mum's face this Mother's Day.
 
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Wetland Centre Mothering Sunday Carvery

WWT London Wetland Centre, London, SW13 9WT
Sunday 18th March 2012
Treat your mum to a memorable Mother's Day with a delicious three course lunch at the Wetland Centre's dramatic Water's Edge Room, overlooking the nature reserve in Barnes. The price of lunch includes entrance to the centre, so you'll be able to explore the beautiful 105-acre nature reserve too. The centre's collection of endangered wetland birds from around the world includes a stunning variety of ducks, geese, swans and cranes. The nature reserve is also home to a range of interesting plants (including lots of daffodils in the spring), birds and other wildlife. The £29.50 per person price (when booked in advance) includes free entry to the Wetland Centre, four-course carvery lunch, live music, Buck's Fizz on arrival, and a gift for every mother. Booking is essential and early booking recommended as the Mother's Day lunches are an extremely popular annual fixture.
 
 
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Mother's Day Sightseeing

Did you know??

 
- Chinese family names often begin with a sign that means "mother" thus honouring past mothers.
 
- In the Middle Ages most ordinary churchgoers would worship at their nearest parish or "Daughter" church. Once a year, during Lent, they would return to attend a service at their original or "Mother" church. Some believe this is where the tradition of Mothering Sunday stems from.

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