Mother's Day: Celebrate the one you were #RaisedBy

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Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate our Mums, but not everyone has a mum to share the special day with. This year, we want to help you say, ‘thank you’ and show your appreciation to the ones who raised you. From mums to aunties and sisters or grandparents, let us help you say, ‘thanks for everything’! So, grab that special someone, hop on the train and explore!

Unwind on a Yoga Retreat

We know how busy life can get, so why not relax and enjoy a yoga retreat for the weekend? With most studios offering different levels of yoga, it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or a certified yogi – there’s something for everyone. Take a read of our Yoga Retreats blog to see our top picks.

Girl meditating on a yoga mat

Take in the culture

Looking to immerse yourselves in a city for the day? There are plenty of cultural cities to choose from! There’s the historic city of Oxford or ever-busy Newcastle which has quite the thriving restaurant scene! Check out our Days out UK section to find the perfect city to visit.

Explore the great outdoors

Ah, the great outdoors! Nothing beats a good walk after a big lunch, so whether you’re after a city loop or a hike through the Peak District, there are lots of lovely walking routes across the UK. March can still be quite fresh so why not take one of our Winter Walks? We’ve mapped some out in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Bournemouth. Or, if the sun is shining, why not stroll through a botanical garden or park?

Live on Chocolate for the day

Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate by visiting Cadbury World in Birmingham. Take a tour of the factory and see how some of your favourite chocolates are brought to life. Whilst on the tour you’ll hear about the story of Cadbury, and, most importantly, get to try some samples!
Or, why not head up North to York’s Chocolate Story? York has been home to 3 confectionary families with the Rowntree family probably being the most famous! The tour of the museum lasts around an hour and includes some yummy treats along the way!

Take a trip to an Art gallery

Whether your loved one is an art connoisseur or just someone who enjoys looking at art, there are plenty of art galleries to explore across our network! In Oxford there’s the Young Rembrandt exhibition in the Ashmolean or the Hal Fischer exhibition in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. For more on Art in Glasgow why not read out Art Exhibitions Glasgow post and see what’s on this year!

Dine out in style

Everyone loves a good meal out, so why not treat the person who raised you to one? From big chains to independent eateries, there’s so much to choose from. If you’ve got little ones coming too, why not check out these Child-Friendly Restaurants in Cardiff? Or, if your need to make sure the menu is vegan, we’ve explored the Best Vegan Restaurants in the UK.

Have a giggle at a comedy club

Still cringing from those embarrassing childhood stories that are told about you time and time again? Make sure it’s not you they’re laughing at anymore by spending an evening at a comedy club. From Birmingham to Edinburgh, many of the UK’s major cities host some of the best comedy acts in the world. A great bonding night for you and the person who raised you, an evening enjoying some of the best comics in the country will leave you in stitches.


Whatever you do we hope you enjoy Mother’s Day with the people who raised you! Want to make a surprise visit to them? Book directly with us through our website or Train Tickets app. You could save up to 70%* with CrossCountry Advance train tickets.
Last-minute plans? We've got you covered. There are limited CrossCountry Advance tickets available on the same day as travel, up to 15 minutes before departure, offering you great value tickets closer to departure.

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