Spending Mother’s Day in Oxford?

We bring you the best ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day on a budget in the City of Dreaming Spires…

Mums are magic. They know the answers to most of life’s big questions; they are able to provide the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling poorly; and they are the reason you’re even on this planet. So what happens when Mother’s Day rolls around and you haven’t got as much cash to spend on yours as you had hoped?

In all honesty? Any gesture of love on Mother’s Day won’t go unnoticed, but just in case you’re stuck for inspiration, we have decided to put together a list of more reasonable ways to mark Mother’s Day in Oxford, for when you’re on a bit of a tighter budget.

Take a punt

When most people think of Oxford, they picture punting along the river on a sunny day. Although we can’t promise that springtime weather will guarantee blue skies and warm breezes, punting along the river is still fun, even when the weather isn’t on your side. Just remember to wrap up warm and bring a flask of something hot along for the ride.


General: £22 per boat, seating up to 5 people

Climb the 124 steps

St Mary the Virgin Church boasts some of the finest views of Oxford’s beautiful skyline. If you and yours are feeling ambitious, climb the 124 steps to enjoy uninterrupted views across Oxfordshire from the 62m tower at the top. There’s also a little café serving reasonably priced fair trade teas and organic treats for if you’re feeling peckish once you’re up there. Sometimes, a breath of fresh air and a slice of cake is all you really need.


Adults: £4       Concessions: £3

Dine at Oxford Abingdon

If your mum enjoys good grub, why not treat her to an afternoon of well-deserved (and reasonably priced) indulgence at Oxford Abingdon, one of the best restaurants in Oxford? Enjoy a three course carvery lunch in our cosy restaurant and mum can have a special gift on us when you visit our gorgeous restaurant this Mother’s Day.


Adults: £16.95       Children: £9.95 (under 5s eat free)


To find out more, or to book, please call our team on 01235 553456 or email events@oxfordabingdonhotel.com.

Visit the Botanical Gardens

As the oldest garden of its kind in Britain, the Botanical Gardens make for a splendid treat for the greener fingered mothers amongst us. Wander through the orchard and experience nature at its finest in this University of Oxford-owned location.


Adults: £5.00           Concessions: £3.50         Children: Free

Museum hop

From the Ashmolean to the University’s Museum of Natural History, Oxford is a haven of exciting exhibitions and interesting events in wonderful venues, all year round. A day spent wandering around the halls of some of Oxford’s finest is a sure fire way to impress even the most cultured of mums.


If you are planning on spending Mother’s Day in Oxford, why not dine at Oxford Abingdon, one of the best restaurants in Oxford? Or perhaps make a weekend of it and stay in one of our gorgeous guest bedrooms?


Find out more about our Mother’s Day lunch.