“A mother would have been a constant friend; her influence would have been beyond all other. ”
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
It’s not long now until Mother’s Day, and if you’re looking for somewhere to come and treat your mum and thank her for simply being her wonderful self, then you can’t go too far wrong with Bath.
Bath has plenty of charming teashops and top class restaurants to visit, as well as an impressive mix of high-end shops and unique boutiques. In fact Bath has a vast plethora of traditional Mother’s Day favourites. But which to choose? These are our top picks for how to spend a wonderful Mother’s Day in Bath.
Number one on the list has to be some pamper time. What could be more relaxing than a dip in the glorious rooftop pool at Bath’s grand Thermae Spa? Followed of course by a facial, a massage and some time in the sauna. Perfect.
Another highlight of a visit to Bath for many is taking afternoon tea at the famous Pump Rooms. The luxurious Georgian décor is a sight to behold, and the live music provided by the Pump Room Trio does wonders for the overall atmosphere. Relax and have a good catch up with your mum over scones, cakes and several cups of tea. On Sundays bookings can be made for breakfast or for lunch, but just be aware that in the afternoon a queuing system is in place. So you might prefer to try one of Bath’s other gems such as The Regency Tea Rooms (40 Gay Street) or Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms (6-8 Saville Row). Again booking is advisable.
When it comes to entertainment you can’t go far wrong with a performance from the famous improv group, Austentatious. When they premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 they were reviewed by Edinburgh Festivals as “one of this year’s best fringe shows…you definitely don’t want to miss this Regency treat”. Happily they’ll be back in Bath for one show only at half past four on March the 6th at the Guildhall. A great choice for any fans of period drama, or anyone who likes a good giggle.
Again on the literary line comes this slightly more unusual idea. Bath’s Egg theatre will be hosting a Bardic pub quiz all about William Shakespeare. It will be filled with “music rounds, film rounds, picture rounds, live performance and not a little silliness.” You can be sure that this is not going to be your average quiz. It all starts at 7:30pm, is £3 a head and teams can be a maximum of four people.
Of course you might choose to take simply things as they come and just go with the flow. Wander around the city, soak up the atmosphere, and (we hope) the sun. Then come back to Dukes Hotel for a wonderful nights sleep, followed the next day by the very best of breakfasts. What more could a mother want?