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An older mother and daughter having fun in a rowing boat on Derwent Water in The Lakes District in Cumbria

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 22nd March this year, so if you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate, why not head to the Lakes? With beautiful landscapes, peaceful countryside and friendly, local towns & villages, the Lake District has something that appeals to everyone. Take a look at our top 10 suggestions below on how to spend Mother’s Day in the Lake District and make your mother feel extra special.

1. Indulge in afternoon tea

A popular way to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Lake District is a spot of afternoon tea. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than enjoying homemade scones, indulgent cakes and a lovely warm cuppa while taking in the Lake District views. Take your pick from quaint tearooms, lakeside manor houses, or quirky hotels to find the afternoon tea that’s right for you!

If you’re looking for a traditional afternoon tea, we recommend the Inn on the Lake. Here you can enjoy a classic selection of fruit scones, sandwiches and cakes while marvelling at the views over Ullswater. Cosy up by the fires on a cold day, or enjoy afternoon tea in the sunshine on the outdoor terrace. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try afternoon tea at The Wild Boar near Windermere. Their alternative menu includes pork pies, Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets, with a veggie option also available. And if it’s luxury you’re after, The Waterhead Hotel offers a Gin & Tonic afternoon tea – the Lemon Drizzle cake with G&T frosting is a favourite!

For more ideas check out this great list of afternoon tea spots in the Lakes.

Afternoon Tea at Storrs Hall Hotel, Bowness


2. Relax with a spa day

If you really want to make your mother feel special, why not treat her to a spa day? There’s ton’s of choice from hotels to well-being centres, with a great range of facilities to match the kind of spa day you’re after. This is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Lake District, giving a taste of luxury while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

If you’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor, try The Spa at Low Wood Bay. Enjoy access to an indoor pool, steam room & sauna as well as outdoor hot tubs and the amazing Fellside Sauna. Don’t forget to try the heated outdoor infinity pool and relax while taking in stunning views of Lake Windermere! There are also a great range of luxury treatments on offer to really help you unwind.

Up in the North Lakes, we recommend a visit to Aqua Sana at Whinfell Forest. There’s a huge selection of spa experiences available here including Turkish Baths, a Japanese Zen garden, Greek Herbal Baths, water beds, reflexology plus much more! It’s the ultimate place to take a step back from your normal, busy routine and enjoy a luxurious retreat in the peaceful surroundings of Whinfell Forest.

Check out the top rated spa days in the Lake District here for some more inspiration.

Shot of a young woman relaxing in the pool at a spa

3. Enjoy a walk in the garden

If you’d like to spend Mother’s Day in the Lake District enjoying some fresh air, why not take a walk in one of the many beautiful gardens on offer. Holehird Gardens near Windermere are always a favourite, with a plant stall open usually in early Spring. Brockhole is another popular choice, with stunning grounds dating back to the early 20th Century. For those who experience any difficulty walking, there are free mobility scooters available for use in the gardens here, so everyone can get out and enjoy the fresh air. Muncaster Castle is another great place for a relaxed stroll in the gardens – you should be able to catch the display of wild daffodils in March if you’re lucky!

4. Cruise on the lake

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Lake District, why not take to the water! Hop on a Windermere Lake Cruise, the Ullswater Steamer or the Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water and marvel at the lakes from a different perspective. Rowing boats are also available to hire on Coniston Water, Windermere, Derwentwater, Grasmere & Ullswater. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even try your hand at some watersports – check out our favourites here!

5. Take a hike

If you’re up for the challenge, you could head into the fells this Mother’s Day and enjoy some peace and quiet on the summits. Pack a picnic and take in the beautiful views while making the most of some quality time together. If you’re looking for an easy hike, Catbells is a great place to start, with incredibly rewarding views over Derwentwater. For the more experienced hikers, you could take on the challenge of Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England! If you’re new to fellwalking and don’t feel confident going by yourselves, why not sign up to a guided walking adventure instead?

happy family with kids hiking in mountains, travel concept

6. Go for a bike ride

Another way to experience the beauty of the Lake District is on two wheels. Head off the beaten track with mountain biking trails at Grizedale Forest, or try some road cycling through the quiet countryside to clear your head and feel energized. If you need some inspiration, take a look at our favourite cycling trails in the Lake District and find your ideal route. If you don’t have your own bikes, never fear! There are numerous places around the Lake District where you can hire bikes; see the full list here.

Lake District Day Out Guides Biking couple

7. Enjoy a picnic on the beach

For a quieter way to spend Mother’s Day, pack up a picnic and head to the lakeshore. There are loads of great beaches to relax on, including Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater, Fell Foot Park by Lake Windermere, Penny Rock Bay at Grasmere and Crow Park on the shore of Derwentwater. Soak up the spring sunshine and look out for the local wildlife on the lake while tucking in to some tasty snacks.

A sunny day at Glencoyne Bay in Ullswater - rocky beach, green trees, blue sky and still blue lake

Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater

8. Visit the theatre

If you’re looking for something to do indoors for Mother’s Day, why not take a trip to the theatre. Escape into the world of drama, costumes, exciting story lines and captivating characters, and put your feet up for the afternoon. We highly recommend a trip to the Theatre By The Lake in Keswick. Their programme of events has something for everyone and is sure to be a fun day out this Mother’s Day. Even better, you can get discounted theatre tickets if you book a stay in one of our holiday properties – find your ideal place to stay here!

Empty red theatre seats

9. Take a distillery tour

Fancy doing something different this Mother’s Day? Take a tour of the Lakes Distillery – the first whiskey distillery in the Lake District! The guided tour will take you through each step of the distilling process, as well as telling you about the history of the building and how their journey began. You can also enjoy a taster of some of the newest and best selling products including vodka and gin – not just whiskey! After your tour why not browse the shop for some goodies to take home, or head for lunch in the bistro next door.

10. Make a weekend of it!

Can’t decide how to spend Mother’s Day in the Lake District? Why not make a weekend of it and celebrate across a few days! Here at Lakes Cottage Holidays we have a huge range of properties including cosy cottages, lakeside apartments, wooden lodges and large family houses, so there’s something to suit all tastes. Take a look at our available properties for Mother’s Day weekend and book your ideal break in the Lake District today.

Image credits: Dave Willis & Cumbria Tourism, Alice Wills Photography, Lakes Distillery (CC BY-SA 4.0)