Perfect Mother's Day days out

Keep mum sweet this Mother's Day with one of our individually crafted, day-long itineraries

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A box of Milk Tray just won't cut it this year, so choose one of our hand-tailored itineraries and treat your mum to a memorable Mother's Day. We've pulled together four handy (and potentially life-saving) Mothering Sunday days out that are guaranteed to impress Mum on Sunday March 30. Follow our schedules for culture mum, fashion mum, foodie mum or nature mum and you'll forever be in her good books.

Mother's Day for the nature mum

Admire some botanical art first thing

This exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery is the perfect accompaniment to a Mother's Day stroll round Kew, when the gardens are at their springtime best. The show brings you right up to date with botanical art, from the pen-and-ink drawings of magnified pine cones by Catharine Nicholson to Kimiyo Maruyama's fiercely detailed watercolour of a longleaf pine.

  1. Kew Gardens Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sun Aug 10
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Lunch at Petersham Nurseries Café

With picnic weather still a good month away, try the next best thing: lunch amid the blooms of one of south-west London's most picturesque gardens. But forget scotch eggs and potato salad – the chef at Petersham Nurseries is well versed in high-end gastro culture, so expect the likes of pan-fried scallops with seasonal greens and guinea fowl with olives and lentils.

  1. Church Lane, off Petersham Road, TW10 7AG
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Get muddy at London Wetland Centre

A world away from the glass-and-steel-dominated views you'll find a few miles upstream, Barnes offers some of the city's best riverside strolling. Extend your walk round to WWT London Wetland Centre, and as well as lush greenery you and mum can also check out otters, kingfishers and other colourful birds more exciting than the knackered pigeons of Zone One.

  1. Queen Elizabeth's Walk, SW13 9WT
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Indulge in afternoon tea at Orange Pekoe

Is there a mother in England who doesn't enjoy tea, cake and a nice sit down? We sincerely doubt it. Brews and bites at Orange Pekoe make a fine alternative to the glitzier, pricier hotels in the centre of town, with £19.95 covering sandwiches, scones, cakes, your choice of luxury tea and a massive grin on your mum's face.

  1. 3 White Hart Lane, SW13 0PX
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