Mothers Day gift guide
12 Mar 2014
Mothers Day gift guide
Give something different this Mother’s Day and treat mum to a day out, comedy show or live performance that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

We’ve put together the top gifts for mum this Mother’s Day from a perfect day out (think eating strawberries at Wimbledon or enjoying the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo), unmissable acts who are on tour this year (from the last ever Dancing on Ice tour to Robbie Williams and Once In A Lifetime) to the best comedy tours taking place throughout 2014.

Five days out that will be hard to forget

What: Chelsea Flower Show
Where: Chelsea Hospital, London
When: 20 – 24 May 2014
Why: It started in 1913 and has earned the name of Britain’s most prestigious flower show (it used to be the largest but that title now goes to Hampton Court). The show is held in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital and 550 exhibitors will be at the show this year. There are food courts, a champagne bar and restaurants, along with the beautiful flower and garden displays, to enjoy over the course of the day.
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What: Wimbledon 2014
Where: Wimbledon, London
When: 23 Jun – 6 Jul 2014
Why: One of the most exciting events of the tennis calendar, Wimbledon, returns on 23 June – 6 July. Venture down to Wimbledon to see the best tennis players in the world compete for that elusive title, sit on Murray Mountain and then complete the day with strawberries and champagne for the perfect British summer day out.
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What: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Where: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
When: 1 Aug – 23 Aug 2014
Why: A spectacular show set to a stunning backdrop. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the culmination of the Edinburgh festival season and sees exciting performances by Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Massed Pipes & Drums and, the big favourite, Lone Piper who performs on the castle’s walls.
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What: ATP World Tour Finals
Where: The O2, London
When: 9 Nov – 16 Nov 2014
Why: It’s the highlight of the men’s professional tennis season and unmissable for any tennis fan. The best of the men’s singles players and doubles teams will compete for the last title of the men’s tennis season. Last year saw Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in an exciting final match. This year promises to be no different with both players returning along with Roger Federer, David Ferrer and more.
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What: Crabbie’s Grand National Festival 2014
Where: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
When: 3 – 5 April 2014
Why: The Grand National is the most celebrated horse race in the world. The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival 2014 spans over three days so you have the option of attending the Grand Opening Day, don your best outfits for Ladies Day or head down on Saturday 5 April for the Grand National. You can bet history will be made.
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Six unmissable tours taking place this year

What: Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice. The Final Tour 2014
Where: Manchester, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds
When: 28 Mar – 27 Apr 2014
Why: This year is the last time fans can see Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice tour, which follows on from the last ever series of the hit TV show. Celebrities from the show will take part including winner Ray Quinn, Hayley Tamaddon and Joe Pasquale. The tour is travelling around the UK and is even in Manchester on Mother’s Day.
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What: Once In A Lifetime – The Final tour
Where: Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Newcastle, Liverpool, London, Birmingham and Brighton.
When: 20 Jun – 28 Jun 2014
Why: Once In A Lifetime will truly be an unforgettable show with The Osmonds, David Essex, Showaddywaddy and Les McKeown’s legendary Bay City Rollers all performing together on one stage. It is the last time that the four acts will tour together.
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Who: Gary Barlow
Where: Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Sheffield, London, Bournemouth and Dublin
When: 29 Mar – 23 Apr 2014
Why: The OBE awarded Take That star and X Factor judge will embark on a solo tour with dates in March and April. The tour is in support of his latest album Since I Saw You Last, which he released in November 2013 and follows on from his 2013 sell-out tour.
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What: The X Factor. Live Tour 2014
Where: Nottingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, London, Cardiff and Birmingham
When: Ongoing until 29 Mar 2014
Why: The X Factor Live Tour 2014 will see this year’s contestants perform around the country. The final eight will take part in the 2014 tour, which includes competition winner Sam Bailey. Sam Callahan, Luke Friend, Hannah Barrett, Abi Alton, Nicholas McDonald, Rough Copy and Tamera Foster will also perform on the tour.
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What: Ant and Dec’s Takeaway On Tour
Where: Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin and Cardiff
When: 6 Aug – 13 Sep 2014
Why: Ant and Dec are taking their hugely popular TV show, Saturday Night Takeaway, on a nationwide tour. Just like on TV, Ant and Dec’s Takeaway On Tour will be big on audience participation and fans will get the chance to win fantastic prizes. The boys will also be joined by special guests and they’ve promised that the show will be full of surprises for the audience.
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Who: Robbie Williams
Where: Belfast, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London
When: 13 Jun – 12 Jul 2014
Why: The born entertainer has returned to his swing ways and will be taking his new album, Swings Both Ways, on a UK tour in June and July. The album landed Robbie Williams a No.1 and became the 1000th No.1 album on the Official Album Chart. Robbie’s at his best when he’s performing and this tour will be no different.
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Comedy tours that will have you laughing until next Mother’s Day

Who: Miranda Hart
Where:London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Belfast, Brighton, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff and Dublin
When: On tour until 18 Oct 2014
Why: Miranda Hart’s huge UK and Ireland tour will see her perform over 30 dates throughout March, April and October. The tour, named My, What I Call, Live Show, is the first time that she has performed stand-up comedy on stage since her hit series Miranda aired on the BBC. It promises to be full of fun and lots of laughs.
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What: Monty Python Live (mostly): One down, five to go
Where: The O2, London
When: 1 – 20 Jul 2014
Why: The Pythons are back. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin became the biggest comedy news of 2013 when they announced a reunion show. Now they have ten dates at The O2 this July, which will see a mixture of new material and fan favourites. Not to be missed!
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Who: Sarah Millican
Where: Liverpool, Derby, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Southampton, Carlisle, Glasgow, Perth, Iverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Guildford, Wycombe, Tunbridge Wells, Cardiff, Southend-on-Sea, Margate, Brighton, Blackburn, Manchester, Halifax, York, Bradford, Leeds, Cambridge, Northampton, Leicester, Nottingham, Buxton, Newcastle,
When: 9 Mar – 24 May 2014
Why: Sarah Millican is taking her Home Bird tour across the UK this spring. The tell-it-like-it-is comedian is a regular on comedy shows including QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo and has won several comedy awards.
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Who: John Bishop
Where: Plymouth, Brighton, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Sheffield, Glasgow, London, Belfast, Nottingham, Liverpool and Dublin
When: 25 Mar – 20 Dec 2014
Why: John Bishop hits the road at the end of this month for a huge arena tour across the UK and Ireland. The liverpudlian comedian will be taking his Supersonic tour to iconic venues including The O2 Dublin and Wembley Arena.
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