The best things to do in Manchester for Mother’s Day 2023

Including free fizz, terrace yoga and a three course German-inspired Sunday lunch menu.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 15 March 2023

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Free fizz and free pizza is the way to any Mum's heart. Image: Zouk /

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s about time you started thinking about how you’re going to impress your mum this year. A Moonpig card and a panic bought packet of Mini Eggs from the local garage just isn’t going to cut it. 

Lucky for you, we live in Manchester, a city known for its art, culture, music and food, and there’s plenty of Mother’s Day activities this year falling into each and every one of those categories. If it’s a tempting Sunday roast complete with all the traditional trimmings you’re after, Albert Schloss, Zouk, Impossible and Habas are all offering special deals for a family-focused afternoon out. 

However, if your mum favours hands-on fun, there are plenty of workshops and classes for you to bond over, too, including one on one pottery sessions in Macclesfield, a chance to try your hand painting one of Monet’s masterpieces in the city centre and a Magic Mike themed brunch in Wigan. Oh, and there’s bottomless WKD at that one, too.

Read on for our round-up of the best things to do in Manchester for Mother’s Day 2023.


Tattu always feels like a treat. Image: Tattu

Three-course Mother’s Day meal at Tattu

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 March
Tattu, Spinningfields’ lavish contemporary Chinese restaurant, is treating mums to a three-course set menu this Mother’s Day featuring a sneak peek at dishes set to launch on its spring/summer menu. Commencing with one of the restaurant’s signature smoking cocktails, the menu journeys through waves of seafood and meat dishes, including a tuna sashimi flower, Chinese BBQ chicken and caramel soy aged beef that’s accompanied by shiitake, ginger and asparagus. You’ll end with the Garden Of Life dessert, and, if you like, a bouquet of flowers can be pre-ordered to be delivered to your table. 

An Indian Sunday roast at Zouk

Sunday 19 March
It goes without saying that a Sunday roast on Mother’s Day is essential, and although you might think your mum’s is the best in the world, she really does deserve some rest on her dedicated day. Zouk is putting its own Indian spin on the traditional British Sunday staple, offering mums a complimentary glass of fizz before they tuck into a sharing platter complete with saji roasted lamb raan, a whole roasted chicken, juicy slices of beef topside and lashings of spicy gravy.

Free pizza for mums at Proove

Sunday 19 March
Free pizza is a tempting deal for everyone, not just mums, and Proove is treating our mums to a pizza on the house this year. A booking is required to claim the discount which applies when one mum has a pizza alongside their paying offspring. The offer applies to any of Proove’s hand-stretched Neapolitan pizzas which come topped with all kinds of lovely stuff including burrata, cured meats, fresh veggies, and San Marzano D.O.P tomato sauce.  

Enjoy a roast swimming in gravy over at Albert’s Schloss this Mother’s Day. As it should be. Image: Albert’s Schloss

Two-three course Sunday menu at Albert’s Schloss

Sunday 19 March
Albert’s Schloss has made its name as one of Manchester’s favourite Sunday spots, complete with huge plates of roasties and soulful live music from its house band. For Mother’s Day, the bar and restaurant is treating mums to a two or three course feast featuring Cheshire chicken, Lancashire beef and Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), alongside French onion soup and indulgent desserts. Our favourite, Albert’s apple strudel features caramelised apple cake topped with spiced apple and raisin compote, wrapped in filo pastry and smothered in a creamy vanilla sauce.

Braised lamb shoulder and free “Mumosa” at Habas

Sunday 19 March
Last year, Habas went viral with its huge Middle Eastern mixed sharing platter full of marinated meats. This Mother’s Day, the restaurant is expanding on its succulent success and offering mums a whole braised lamb shoulder on the bone. Served with buttered seasonal greens, new potatoes with mint and herb dressing and an olive and tomato red wine sauce, the dish is designed for four people to share and there are only 20 available. Habas will also be doing free “Mumosas” for mums.

Bottomless afternoon tea at The Lowry

Sunday 19 March
Salford’s only five-star hotel, The Lowry houses an opulent restaurant overlooking the River Irwell. For Mother’s Day, The River Restaurant is returning with its bottomless afternoon tea featuring unlimited classic scones, sweet and savoury treats, finger sandwiches and pots of tea in the impressive setting of its Grand Ballroom. After last year’s sell-out event, the menu once again includes treats such as Gravadlax salmon sandwiches with zesty lemon cream cheese, lemon tarts, Malteaser cheesecake and more. The Jack Buckley Duo will provide upbeat acoustic sounds for the event. 

Edinburgh Castle’s cosy candlelit setting is a lovely choice for Mother’s Day. Image: Edinburgh Castle

Free tapas for mums at La Bandera

Sunday 19 March
Spanish restaurant, La Bandera is offering three free tapas dishes for mums this Mother’s Day. Diners can choose from dishes including Spanish omelette, patatas bravas, chorizo al vino and calamares, alongside La Bandera’s award-winning croquetas that take the chefs two days to make. Valid only on the a la carte menu. Six or more dishes must be ordered and the three cheapest tapas dishes will be deducted from the final bill. One offer per table. Tables must be pre-booked quoting FinestMothers23 to claim the discount.  

Sharing menu at Edinburgh Castle

Sunday 19 March
Edinburgh Castle, Ancoats’ cosy candle lit pub and restaurant has put together a special Mother’s Day sharing menu this year. For £45 per person, head chef Shaun Moffat has put together a menu of locally sourced produce including Keltic Seafare oysters with rhubarb mignonette, smoked haddock and Polyspore lion’s mane mushroom and Tamworth pork belly with pear sauce. 

Meat & three Sunday menu at Cottonopolis

Sunday 19 March
This Mother’s Day, Cottonopolis will celebrate the launch of its new ‘Meat & Three’ Sunday concept, which begins with a selection of starters, before offering a sharing plate of different meats including honey and soy Tamworth pork belly, cumin and szechuan lamb shoulder and char sui celeriac and veg tempura. For the table, you can order a selection of sides featuring clarence court tamago rice, kimchi grilled cabbage and sweet potato with wasabi mayo, before ending with a burnt white chocolate cheesecake. The menu is £30 per person.

Asha’s is offering free desserts for all mums this year. Image: Asha’s

Mother’s Day set menu at Asha’s

Sunday 19 March
Named for legendary Bollywood star, Asha Bhosle, Indian restaurant has put together a set menu for Mother’s Day menu which includes a mango mimosa and a basket of poppadoms with chutney on arrival. Diners can then choose from a meaty or veggie platter for a starter, followed by a choice of Muscat gosht (lamb in spicy onion and tomato gravy), chicken or salmon curries, or paneer served either with palak sauce or in a biryani. Sides include dal makhni, bread and pulao rice and there are saffron gulab jamun and petit fours for a sweet finish.  

Free Sunday roast and Prosecco at Impossible

Sunday 19 March
Known for the quick-witted political commentary above its doorway, Impossible also does a good Sunday roast. On Mother’s Day, mums get to enjoy their roast for free. Choose from either pork belly, beef rump or a mushroom wellington with seasonal veg, roast potatoes, gravy and a huge Yorkshire pudding on the side. Mum can smugly wash hers down with a free glass of Prosecco too. 

Afternoon Tea at The Alan

Sunday 19 March
Mums love a bit of afternoon tea, and Manchester’s boutique hotel The Alan is launching its new menu this weekend, complete with freshly baked scones and an assortment of finger sandwiches. Running from 1-3.30pm you and mum can tuck into the hotel’s take on traditional treats with a pot of Boho tea for £28 per person, or why not upgrade to Telmont champagne for an additional £10 each.


Gin tasting at The Refuge’s Winter Garden will no doubt leave you sloshed. Image: Manchester Gin

Mother’s Day Manchester Gin tasting at The Refuge

Sunday 19 March
Partnering with Manchester Gin this Mother’s Day, The Refuge is hosting a tasting session for mums in the beautiful greenhouse of its winter garden. The two-hour experience explores five different flavours of gin, as well as a classic Manchester G&T, a Manchester Gin-based cocktail, and a slice of cake.

Free ‘Mum-osa’ and a gift from Kiehl’s at Canto

Sunday 19 March
We all know how difficult it is for mums to fit self care into their hectic routines. So if a table is booked with a free cocktail and complimentary Kiehl’s gift in their name, they’ve got no other choice than to take a bit of time for themselves. Canto, Ancoats’ tapas bar is offering mums just that this year, to be enjoyed alongside a selection of small plates from its Portuguese menu that spans meat, fish and vegetarian delights.

Free sparkling rose at Exhibition

Sunday 19 March
Multi-kitchen venue Exhibition is offering a free glass of sparkling rosé for all mums this Mother’s Day. Located on Peter Street, the lively bar and restaurant has impressed punters since day one, offering Scandi small plates from the team behind Osma and basque fire cooking from Baratxuri. Sunday roasts include salt aged Cumbrian beef or roasted cauliflower steak with all the usual trimmings. There are plenty of small plates and other options available too including mussels with garlic, lime and chilli, meaty and veggie Arroz del Dia, sashimi, tostadas and more.

Nothing says Mother’s Day like a free glass of bubbly. Image: Provence

Free fizz at Provence

Sunday 19 March
Famous for its on tap vino and wineoke, Provence has a free glass of fizz for all mums this Mother’s Day. To receive the free glass, you must pre-book a table at the wine bar and coffee house, and it can be enjoyed alongside the venue’s small plates, charcuterie boards, sweet treats and pastries. 

Free cocktails at The Lawn Club

Sunday 19 March
Another Spinningfields hotspot with a generous Mother’s Day offering, The Lawn Club is treating mums to a free cocktail on Sunday which can be redeemed on all booking types, including: pergola tables, bottomless brunches and Lawn Domes. 

More free booze for mum this year. Image: Peru Perdu

Free glass of fizz at Almost Famous

Sunday 19 March
Almost Famous is more than famous for its huge, inventive burgers and it’s a great place to take your mum for a well-deserved Mother’s Day treat. This year, the burger bar is giving out free glass of fizz to all mums who book a table on the day.

Complimentary G&T at Peru Perdu

Sunday 19 March
If you’re not buying your mum a bottle of flavoured gin for Christmas, you’re treating her to a free glass of it on Mother’s Day. A G&T always seems to go down a treat and Peru Perdu is giving away free tumblers of the classic combination for Mother’s Day this year. The Peruvian-inspired restaurant does a cracking Sunday roast, too, and Mum can redeem her free glass when ordering either its tiger milk roast chicken, 36 hour marinated rump cap or vegan chimichurri cauli.

Free Agnes Arber G&T at HOME

Sunday 19 March
HOME, a destination known for its eclectic calendar of cinema, theatre, art and community collaboration, will give gin loving Mums a free Agnes Arber G&T on the house this Mother’s Day. Named after the legendary natural historian of the same name, Agnes Arber gin combines “flavours that flourish” and its range features original, rhubarb and exotic pineapple notes. If you share a snap of your Mum enjoying her Arber G&T on the day, you’ll also be in with a chance of winning the full Arber range, plus glassware.


A picturesque painting session is taking place for any creative Mums out there. Image: Pop Up Painting

Paint Monet for Mother’s Day at Whitworth Locke

Saturday 18 March
Pop Up Painting is taking over the picturesque plant laden Whitworth Locke for a special Mother’s Day painting class. Themed around Monet’s famous water lilies painting, you’ll be supplied with all the materials you need to put your own unique spin on the 1916 masterpiece as you’re guided through the class by a practising artist. Soundtracked by an ambient playlist, drinks will also be available across the evening as you unleash your creativity with a wine glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.  

Mother’s Day terrace yoga with FORM

Sunday 19 March
Performed in front of a backdrop of Manchester’s skyline, FORM brings a one-hour yoga session to King Street Townhouse, offering Mums the chance to relax and unwind. The class is suitable for all levels and will end with a healthy brunch and a smoothie to sip post stretch. Mums will also be treated to a goodie bag full of gifts and skincare samples from ESPA – a natural skincare company offering luxury products designed to nurture and care for your skin.   

Sofar Sounds Mother’s Day concert

Sunday 19 March
Sofar Sounds is bringing a Mother’s Day special to the city. Taking place in a secret location revealed just 36 hours before the event, the evening combines performances from two – three of Manchester’s underground artists with a fairy-lit, intimate setting. Drinks are available to purchase at the venue, with the event usually lasting around three hours.

A healthy dose of competitiveness won’t go amiss this Mother’s Day. Image: Dog Bowl

Million Dollar Men Mother’s Day brunch at VIBE Wigan

Sunday 19 March
Remember the 1979 hit It’s Raining Men? Well, that’s pretty much the vibe at VIBE in Wigan this Mother’s Day. The club will host the Million Dollar Men brunch featuring a wild bottomless feast complete with 90s and 00s classics and some very trim blokes in the buff. The brunch includes one course, alongside two hours of bottomless drinks including wine, all cocktails, WKD, draft beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Think Magic Mike meets Wigan Pier – it’s going to be both terrifying and exhilarating.

Free bowling at Dog Bowl

Sunday 19 March
Bowling is an excellent family bonding activity that’s suitable for all levels, even if you don’t want to be the one using the ramps to score a near perfect strike. Dog Bowl, the late night bowling spot and retro arcade on Whitworth Street, is opening up its lanes to mums for free this Mother’s Day. It serves a huge menu of cocktails, as well as food from Kong’s Diner – a pop-up specialising in stacked crispy chicken burgers and other fried delights, so you can make a proper evening out of it. Book by calling 0161 228 2888 or by emailing below.

Plant Pot workshop at Ducie Street Warehouse

Sunday 19 March
No matter how old you are, mums always appreciate a handmade gift from their kids. This Mothering Sunday, Ducie Street Warehouse is hosting a plant pot workshop for guests and their mums to spend a bit of quality time together. With expert guidance and all materials included, you’ll get the chance to create a personalised pot to commemorate the afternoon that you and your Mum managed to get along for more than five minutes. 


Get Mum’s hands dirty at one of Charlotte’s classes. Image: Charlotte Baxter

Pottery masterclass with Charlotte Baxter

Artist and pottery maker Charlotte Baxter has the perfect gift for any crafty, pottery-mad Mums out there. Currently offering one on one sessions at her personal studio in Macclesfield, the two-hour taster session will teach you how to weigh and prepare balls of clay before you learn the basics of the wheel. From centring your clay, pulling, shaping and working with your tools, to beginning to learn the techniques of throwing bowls and cylinders, this is a fun and quick way to introduce yourself to throwing on the wheel whether you’ve practised before or are a complete beginner.

19% off gift vouchers at Kimpton Clocktower

One of Manchester’s most impressive hotels with its landmark tower, Kimpton Clocktower has some excellent deals for mums this Mother’s Day. You can get 19% off all gift vouchers when quoting ‘MUM19’ which can be put towards an overnight stay or dinner at The Refuge. One of the options is a stay with a luxury spa experience in the comfort of your hotel room. The package includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s premium rooms, a 30 minute facial and a 60 minute relaxing massage for two people, delivered by professional Secret Spa therapists.

A huuuuuuuge floristry event is coming to Manchester Central, and tickets are the perfect gift for Mum. Image: Interflora

The Interflora World Cup at Manchester Central

Tickets have been released for this year’s World Cup for florists – a huge celebration of floristry taking place at Manchester Central. It’s the largest and most prestigious floral design competition and this year the celebration makes its UK debut with breathtaking sculptures, live entertainment, artisan food stalls, and markets. Tickets are on sale now for the event, which takes place from 7 – 9 September.  

RE:TREAT spa at The Lowry

The Lowry’s RE:TREAT spa is offering mums the gift of a Jade Crystal Facial – designed to leave skin rejuvenated and glowing. The session can be followed by an awakening body scrub where natural skincare products from GAIA (named after the Greek goddess of nature) are massaged deep into the body, using the healing jade crystal wands to stimulate both lymph drainage and blood flow. The aim of the treatment is to awaken the body with natural sea salt, peppermint and lemongrass, gently buffing the skin, boosting circulation and leaving a calm and rejuvenated mind and body. 

Show your mum some flower power. Image: Margot Flowers

Thanks a bunch, Mum

Flowers are always a lovely gift and if you can’t spend time with your mum this Mother’s Day, you can still show her you love her by sending a bunch of flowers to be delivered to her door. Manchester has a barrel load of top florists and we have put together a handy guide so you can find the ideal one for your mum.

Book a stay at City Suites

This Friday 17 – Monday 20 March, City Suites – the lavish hotel that’s been home to some of Manchester’s biggest football stars – is offering 25% off a stay for you and mum. Just quote MUM23 and enjoy a break in the hotel’s 5 Star apartment hotels with a luxury swimming pool, kitted out gym, co-working space, café and its Embankment Kitchen restaurant.

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