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Mother’s Day ideas: These vouchers will let mum know she’s special

It may seem a little early, but sending off for Leeds Castle vouchers should not be left until the last minute

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 14, and, at this distance, it is difficult to say whether, for the second year running, the Government will be advising us to keep our distance. The current lockdown is due to run until March 8 … at the very least.

So, the earliest we can hope for any lockdown easing will be less than a week before mum’s big day. Do you think it will be possible to see your mum then? I have been doing a lot of “hope for the best, expect the worst” thinking lately and, sadly, I’ve not been wrong.

I think it’s fair to say that Mother’s Day might not be all we hope for again this year. But, even if you can’t be together, you can still show mum just how much you care with a special gift experience voucher from Leeds Castle.

Yes, I know there is about a month to go before another decision is made regarding lockdown. But, if you want to have something sorted, now might be the time to devote some thought to the subject. After all, if vouchers are a preferred choice, you have to order them, receive them and get them sent on.

Gift vouchers can be used for a host of luxury Leeds Castle experiences including a year’s worth of visits to the 900-year-old castle, ladies golf coaching on the fairways or a delicious afternoon tea. Or, if you fancy gift that’s a little left field, you could surprise mum by choosing to adopt one of the castle’s resident birds of prey for a year or maybe let her live like royalty with an overnight stay in the castle’s prestigious accommodation.

The online castle gift shop offers a wide selection of beautiful items, perfect for Mother’s Day. Choose from a range of Kentish tea and mugs fit for Her Ladyship or treat mum to one of their stunning pure silk scarves featuring floral images taken in the castle’s own Culpeper Garden. All items are available to buy online for home delivery in time for Mother’s Day.

If you are looking for a really unusual gift this year, choose to adopt one of the castle’s resident birds. You may have seen the birds of prey flying in the displays, have previously attended one of its experience days or just have a love of wildlife – whatever the reason, this gift is sure to make mum smile.

New for 2021, be one of the first people to adopt ‘Groot’ – a baby Burrowing Owl which hatched last May and is the first bird of prey to be bred at Leeds Castle. This spring, for the first time you also have the opportunity to adopt ‘Pickles’ the famous and very noisy Whooper Swan, who will turn 30 this year and is believed to be the oldest swan in the UK!

Leeds Castle bird adoptions start from £99 and include a certificate, photograph of your chosen bird and a special metal plaque displayed at the Bird of Prey Centre, which can feature your mum’s name and will be seen by visitors to the castle for years to come.  

‘Afternoon Tea for Two’ is an experience not to be missed at Leeds Castle. The perfect treat for mothers, family and friends alike, guests will be served a variety of tempting sandwiches and sweet delectable delights in one of the luxurious state rooms, on selected dates throughout the year (in line with current Government guidance). The last private owner Lady Baillie used these exquisite rooms for entertaining her illustrious weekend guests in the 1930s and today, you, too, can enjoy the castle’s famous hospitality in the same stunning surroundings. Vouchers can be bought to cover the cost of Afternoon Tea for two, with prices starting at £84.

Leeds Castle Golf Club, Marketing Pictures. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

For the active mum, gift vouchers can be redeemed against a selection of exciting golf experiences. The historical Leeds Castle 9-hole, par 34 course dates back to the 1930s and last year, it was proud to be awarded the R&A Women in Golf Charter. The golf club offers expert ladies coaching for all ages and skill levels with head PGA professional Scott Stevens as well as great value memberships and pro shop vouchers for purchases from the well stocked professional shop.

Over the course of the past 900 years, Leeds Castle has been home to six medieval Queens of England, served as a Tudor Palace for King Henry VIII and hosted some of the most influential people of the 1930s. So what better way to spoil mum than with an overnight stay at this great treasure house of England?

Overnight choices include B&B rooms in the Stable Courtyard, self-catered holiday cottages on the grounds of the estate and even medieval glamping in the summer months. For a really special treat, opt for the five-star Maiden’s Tower Bedrooms across the drawbridge and adjacent to the castle itself and sleep in 16th century Tudor opulence for the night. Gift vouchers are redeemable against all accommodation options, please check the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

It couldn’t be simpler to buy a Leeds Castle gift voucher, just visit the website and select the amount you would like to spend and the castle will do the rest. Your voucher will be sent in time for Mother’s Day. With a gift voucher you are helping to support the Leeds Castle Charitable Foundation in continuing to preserve this special place.

Note that the castle’s magnificent 500-acre grounds and gardens remain open for local visitors to enjoy healthy strolls in the stunning open space and fresh air. Please check the website to pre-book your visit and for current opening times and prices. Leeds Castle is near Maidstone just off Junction 8 of the M20.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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