Time to treat Mum with these top gift ideas!
We love our mums, but if you’re stuck for ideas about how to spoil her this Mother’s Day, we’re here to help. Along with our pals over at Fever, we’ve put together a nifty little guide to treating Mum – with everything from gin festivals to drag shows in the mix. Read on, and discover how to do Mother’s Day in Manchester right!
1. Enjoy Chopin And Champagne By Candlelight (From March 30)
Treat your mum to a performance of Chopin at St Ann’s Church, complete with complimentary interval Champagne! The evening’s talented concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, recently became the first British pianist to perform the complete works of Chopin from memory in one series of concerts. His talent is limitless, but tickets aren’t! Get yours here.
2. Cruise Along Manchester’s Waterways With A Glass of Prosecco (March 31)
Experience Manchester at night from a different perspective and set sail from the city centre along Manchester’s historic waterway towards the sights of Media City. The 90-minute evening cruise will set sail from Salford Quays and travel along the River Irwell and Manchester Ship Canal, and there’ll be a free glass of prosecco for every mum. Book your place here.
3. See The Girls Aloud Drag Tribute Show (April 6)
The greatest girl band of the millennium, Girls Aloud, is back as you’ve never seen them before. The fierce, funny and fabulous drag extravaganza that is Gals Aloud is coming to Cruz 101 in Manchester’s Gay Village.
You and your mum will be able to join Nadine, Cheryl, Sarah, Nicola, and Kimberley in this hilarious tribute show paying homage to the highs and lows the fab five, from the early Popstars: The Rivals days to their solo careers. Expect all the hits of Girls Aloud, classic solo singles, awkward tv appearances, missing passports, cloakroom attendant altercations and the return of the one and only Javine. Click here for tickets.
4. Go Wine Tasting And Enjoy A Three-Course Lunch (April 6)
Learn the secrets of becoming a professional wine taster and enjoy an indulgent afternoon with your mum, beginning with a delicious glass of fizz on arrival. The three-course lunch will be served along with six tasting glasses of specially matched wines, two for the starter, main and dessert.
The menu has been created by Michelin Guide-listed chef Eric Moreau so guests can expect modern twists on classics such as Pineapple Crème Brûlée, as well as his signature dish Chicken 63 Degrees- slow cooked chicken. Book your tickets here.
5. Take An Art Lesson While You Drink (April 16)
Since 2013, the mission of PopUp Painting has been to bring art out of the classroom and gallery and into the places people meet on a day-to-day basis. PopUp Painting is inviting mums to unleash their creativity – drink in one hand, paintbrush in the other!
The event will be themed around the Hokusai-inspired Great Wave and experience is needed. Attendees will be guided step by step by a practising artist, while they sip, paint and create their way to becoming an artist for the night! To book your place click here.
6. Take A Trip To Bolton Wine Festival (April 20)
‘Bolton’s best Wine Festival’ will be housed in The Bolton Market Place and will open its doors to hundreds of guests looking to enjoy a fantastic array of wines, accompanied by good food and great music. Organisers are promising this year’s wine festival will be bigger and better than the last so get your tickets here.
7. Sample All The Gins At The Gin And Tonic Festival (May 10 and 11)
Manchester may run on coffee, but it certainly relaxes on gin. So when a gin festival rolls into town, you just know we’re going to be there. The Gin To My Tonic festival will set up shop in Gorton Monastery, with tipples gathered from across the UK and Europe. Meaning you and your mum will be able to sample the best of Spain, France, and the USA without needing your passports.
The festival will also welcome a range of fruit-flavoured gins, giving you the chance to wet their whistle with strawberry & black pepper, violet, and raspberry & cardamom gins. Get your tickets here.
8. Visit Europe’s Biggest Yoga Show (May 11 and 12)
The OM Yoga Show will return to Manchester’s Event City and promises to be the most relaxing weekend of the year. Whether you and your mum are just taking your first steps on your yoga journey, or you’ve been practising for years, you’ll be in the very best of hands at the OM Yoga Show.
Leading teachers from all around the world will be available to provide advice and guidance, in open classes taking place throughout the show all weekend. And more than 150 exhibitors will be on hand with products, advice and services. Get your tickets here.
9. Take In A Classical Concert By Candlelight (May 25 and June 14)
Mums who are new to the classical music scene but are keen for a relaxing candlelit experience need look no further than Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Manchester Cathedral. The concertos will be performed by the London Concertante, an orchestra popular with newbies, whose audience is made up of around of 50 per cent first-time classical concert goers and promises to leave its audience members with a smile on their faces! Get your tickets here.
10. Try An Inclusive Pole Dancing Class
Treat your mum to a fitness class with a difference! Manchester’s very own ‘Pole on a pole’ is offering inclusive pole dancing classes at his studio, GFFDamian Dance Studio, with an emphasis on fun and fitness.
Instructor Damian Kutryb said:
“I wanted to get people from all communities in and show that pole is for everyone, all genders, all sexualities, all sizes, we don’t disqualify anyone. People get the wrong idea about the classes and think we are teaching people to be strippers. But the classes that we run are not sexual, it is about fitness.
“It’s the best fitness activity out there – it combines acrobatics, strength and fitness and really helps keep you fit. Don’t be scared, come and give it a go! It’s an adventure and much more interesting than going to the gym. If you smile and have a laugh it’s 100 per cent more fun.”
Click here to book a class.
Also published on Medium.