Dog-friendly Mother’s day ideas

In the UK Mother’s Day (or ‘Mothering Sunday’) is the fourth Sunday of the Christian festival of lent. Historically on this day people were allowed to travel back to their family home to visit their homes, ‘mother churches’ and mother. Today Mother’s Day is still celebrated in the UK and it is customary to bring your mother gifts and, for many, take them for food or a day out. This post is for all of those dog owners looking for dog-friendly things to do with their mothers, or for dog-owners themselves (pet parents!).

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Go for a walk

This is the obvious one and the one that most people do. You will find the woods, arboretums, downs and parks full of families and their pooches wandering around. You could visit a favourite local, venture out a little further, or find somewhere new. Being Bristol-based, we have visited Cheddar Gorge, Westonbirt Arboretum, Bristol Harbour, and many more.

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Go for food

You can either include this as part of a walk (who doesn’t love a good pub lunch after a long appetite building walk?). Again, you could go for a local favourite or try somewhere new. It’s best to support local independents but, if you’re at a lose-end, take a look at these dog-friendly chains.

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Visit a National Trust or English Heritage site

You may have guessed from our other posts that we like castles. Castles are always exciting for the whole family and a great way to get little ones excited by history. We are really fortunate in the UK to have access to multiple fantastic castles, ruins and great houses; however, the ruins tend to be more dog-friendly than the other properties (unless you’re happy to stick to the grounds).

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Go to a garden centre

Garden centres are great places to visit as they usually have interesting plants, a kids play area, cafe, and are dog friendly. For example, Dobbies are dog-friendly garden centres around the UK. Riverside Garden Centre is a local favourite of ours.

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Make a weekend of it and celebrate somewhere special

For those with a bit more money to spend, or for special circumstances, you could always spend the mother’s day weekend in a luxury dog friendly hotel or other accommodation.

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