It's Mother's Day this weekend and it's not always easy to think of a gift that shows your mum just how much you care about her.
Instead of buying her flowers, perfume or all the usual gifts on offer, why not spend some quality time with her?
To help inspire you - we've put together some ideas of some top things to do in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the surrounding area that will help you show your mum how much you appreciate her.
Wine and dine her
Why not indulge in some fabulous food with a Sunday lunch at The Red Bar and Grill in Mansfield? The perfect escape, the restaurant boasts charm and character and will offer you and your Mum a three-course meal for £23.90. If your mother is a foodie, then the menu will have taste buds tingling; from a delicious soup to homemade fishcakes, the feast also features a traditional roast and a delectable dessert.
Get in touch with nature
Life is busy, the rat race is fast paced and a day in the countryside with some fresh air and a few cute animals can do the world of good. Why not have a day out with your Mum at the Tropical Butterfly House? And if your Mum is not only a mother but a grandmother then this could be a great way to keep your children happy as well as this venue is inspired by a love of animals.
What better way to show her you care than by treating her to a massage at The Derbyshire Hotel? This luxurious location using the finest product ranges, a great selection of heat experiences and employs skilled enthusiastic and passionate team in order to ensure the ultimate relaxation during your visit. If you’re feeling the pinch then just get your Mum a gift voucher, but if you want to treat yourself too then you could enjoy an afternoon of indulgence.
Enjoy the great outdoors
The age old saying ‘time is money’ doesn’t need to ring true when you pay a visit to Dob Park near Hucknall. The 20-hectare woodland is home to stunning scenery and some of nature’s most curious creatures. The park is a great place to take a long walk alongside the stream, it’s also a prime bird watching location, as well as the perfect place to have a picnic with Mum and connect with nature.
Tea time for two
If your mother has a sweet tooth, then how about a classic afternoon tea? But why not trade a brew for a glass of bubbles and have your mother feeling like a lady of luxury? Here to make this a reality, the historic Old Hall Hotel in Buxton hosts a beautiful spread which includes delicious finger sandwiches, canapés, scones and a selection of cakes.
For more details on any of the suggestions above, or for more inspiration, see the Voucherbox website.