Simon and I both live quite a distance from our Mums with mine hundreds of miles away in Norfolk and Simon's a few hours down the motorway in Manchester. We're definitely guilty of not going home as much as we should and in previous years Mother's Day has involved a simple flower delivery and a phone call.
This year we decided we wanted to do something special for Simon's Mum who hasn't had the best start to her year. We hated the thought of her being by herself on Mother's Day so decided to plan a last minute trip to the North West without telling her!
As we usually spend our time in the North West rushing about we decided this time we wouldn't tell anyone else about our trip so we could just spend the whole weekend with her. We wanted to take her on a lovely day out and after studying all of the National Trust sites in the North West I decided that Tatton Park would be the perfect treat.
Tatton Park sits in 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland and if you're lucky you get a rather lovely treat when you make your way down the long drive way as the park is home to a gorgeous herd of deer. The park is free to walkers and cyclists but if you have your car it's £5 to park.
Unfortunately we didn't have time to explore the parkland but we'll be making plans to return in the Summer months - there's loads of walks to do and I'll definitely be wanting to visit the bird hide. Anyone remember that time Simon and I spent 2 hours sitting in a bird hide?!
Don't let the beautiful blue skies in these photos fool you, although we had some little spells of sunshine it was pretty cold - the kind of weather where you need a bobble hat and sunglasses, no matter how silly you look!
Feeling nice and warm it was time to take a look at the map and decide where to head first. With so much to do it was tough to decide where to begin. In the end we opted for the Gardens.
We kept ourselves warm with some brisk walking and it felt lovely to blow away the cobwebs even if it was a little chilly at times. I was forever taking off my gloves to take photographs for Instagram, I just couldn't help myself!
Our last stop of the day was to the working Farm which was what I was most looking forward to, and the main reason why I'd chosen Tatton Park over all of the other National Trust sites close by.
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Hopefully we'll see there there!