Mum’s Time Out!

We all need more time to ourselves, so here are some ideas. And there really is something for everyone! Get a few of you together and let your hair down. You deserve it!



The Adrenalin Jungle, Nottingham

A luxury venue on the edge of Sherwood Forest for your spa and activity experience, incorporating a beauty treatment e.g. massage / facial, plus two activity events: choose from archery, sumo, assault course, laser tag.

two days (1 night) from £160 pp

Assault courses

Go Ape, Trent Park, Cockfosters

Take in the views from the trees and share a few hours of fun with your (pri)mates, taking on Tarzan Swings, rope bridges and zip wires.

duration 2-3 hours, cost £30


James Andrew Golf School, East Sussex

Beginner’s Golf course, designed for newcomers to the sport.

Two days, one night for £360


Hamble School of Yachting, Hampshire

An introduction to sail cruising for novices – ladies only (up to 5 people per boat)  learn the basics of yachting in a fun and enjoyable environment with professional and friendly instructors. All meals and tuition included.

18.30 Friday – 16.00 Sunday = £220 pp (Apr-Sept) / £199 pp (Oct-Mar)


Activity Wales

Walking breaks in Snowdonia

two nights for £199 (hotel) or £149 (hostel)




Brambles Art Retreat, Devon

Learn how to paint in beautiful surroundings.

Fri 17.30 – Sun 16.30 = £225 per person for two people sharing  / £320 single occupancy (full board)

The Art Academy

Three weekenders on offer: introductions to painting, sculpture printing or life drawing in London

Sat and Sun for £170


Gosforth Pottery, The Lake District

A taste of pottery on one of their weekend pottery courses giving you the chance to try the potter’s wheel and make your own hand built pots.

Two days for £265 (including accommodation and meals)


Sarah Raven’s Kitchen and Garden, East Sussex

Wedding and Party flowers arranging

1 day course (October 3rd 2012) 10.30-15.30 for £195


Fashion Antidote, Brick Lane, London

A fashion school, offering lots of courses from the basics of using a sewing machine and cutting patterns

intensive day (school hours) or block courses from £95 depending on your choice of course



Ashburton Cookery School, near Dartmoor

Delicious Dinner Party weekend – aimed at the enthusiastic home cook, you don’t have to be an expert but you do have    to be able to follow a recipe. This course will build your competence and confidence in all areas of the kitchen. There are many other weekend options – visit the website to find out more.

Two days for £315 per person (currently on offer at £283.50 until September)

River Cottage, Axminster, Devon

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s cookery school

Learn butchery, fish skills, foraging and bread making. Whether you have your own smallholding, fancy yourself a bit of a gardener, or just have an enthusiasm for all things seasonal & local.

Courses are seasonal, and run over one day (typically from 10am – 5pm), include a full lunch and course materials so you can continue your learning at home and range from £145 to £225 per person.

Cookaway Foodbreaks, Herefordshire

Weekend cookery courses incorporating their own fruit and vegetables.  There are two autumn courses currently on offer (one Oct and one Nov)

Fri Eve to Sunday afternoon costs £350 (including accommodation and all meals)

The Henley Cookery School, Oxfordshire

Offering a wide variety of cookery courses on either a Saturday or Sunday

1 day from as little as £65

Chocolate Delight, Bournemouth

Fundamentals of chocolate course – the art of making delicious Belgian chocolate truffles and you get to keep all the chocolates you make, with the added bonus of being at the seaside!

2 days (Tues and Weds) various dates throughout the year cost £289 per person (plus £75 if you stay at the venue overnight)

Delicio’s cakes

Cake decorating courses including cupcakes, novelty cakes and wedding cakes

1 day for £65

Jane Pettigrew, Chesterfield Hotel,  London

Tea Master Class – explaining and sharing the fascination of the origins and taste of tea in Britain

1 day for £189 (including lunch and afternoon tea)

L’atelier des Chefs, London

Cookery classes of many types with meals and desserts from around the world

from 30mins to 4 hours depending on course chosen costing from £15

The Charming Cup Cake Company, Hertfordshire

Making and decorating delicious cup cakes

1 day course from £99



Macdonald Botley Park Hotel and Spa, Southampton (they also have 24 other locations in the UK)

A revitalising spa package with pool and golf course facilities also available to use

1 or 2 night breaks (half board) from £119 (visit website for further details)

Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire

Spa break with excellent facilities like hydrotherapy pool, sauna, swimming, steam room, reflexology footbaths, cycling and tennis

3 for 2 nights (four days in total)

£280 (accommodation, spa facilities and meals)

Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire

Health hydro and thermal spa weekend – use of all facilities and choice of special treatments

two nights (three days) commencing Fri or Sat nights from £355 (full board)



Cadbury World, Birmingham

A chocolate lover’s dream tour through the creation of everyone’s favourite treat

day trip costs £14.75 adult entry (5% discount when booked online) or book a ‘Purple Thursday’ ticket (2 for the price of one)

Orient Express

Luxury train journeys on the British Pullman or Northern Belle to great and historic places of interest in the UK

day trips from £195 – visit website for destinations



Street Beat, London

Salsa Rapido – learn the basic concepts, style, body and rhythm

one day intensive for £75 for two (special offer at the moment)

Pineapple Studios, Covent Garden

Drop in dance classes of all types (no need to book)

a couple of hours / £8 per lesson



Chix and Mortar

A course for women to learn basic tiling, home maintenance, decorating and plumbing

1 or 2 days for £125 (1 day) or £199 2 days at locations across the UK



Wendy Short Interiors, St Albans

Whether you fancy a hobby or career involving upholstery, there are a number of courses on offer from cushion making to upholstery qualifications.

1 morning per week from £220



Southwark College, London

Christmas Designs course, create festive floral arrangements

November – four weeks, 3 hrs per week – for £160



Mysteries, London

Psychic development workshop – learn to trust your intuition and to use your skills to ‘sense’ and ‘see’

one day course for £60

The Mythic Triumph Centre, West London

Beginners Mythic Tarot course – how to approach and work with tarot

2 days for £139 which covers course, assessment and certification




City Lit (Adult Learning) Covent Garden

– Abstract Expressionism and Landscapes

– Develop your drawing

– Art and design and Photoshop

A learning centre offering many short and weekend courses including art, languages, photography, drama, dance and music

Creative writing

Bishopgate Institute Learning Centre, London

A course intended to inspire and provide you with the tools to be able to write through practical exercises, visualisation and story telling.

Wednesday afternoons between £67-£89 (depending on if you qualify for discounts)


And now for something completely different…

Got a spare couple of acres?

Keep pigs

Oakland Pigs, Kent / East Sussex border

All you need to keep your own pig(s) An informative and fun experience with plenty of handling of pigs! Bring a change of clothing or you may go home smelling like one!!

A one day event costs £100 (or £190 for two)


Fed up with a normal routine and want a sabbatical from family life?


The Academy of Circus Arts

Comprehensive training in all types of acts including tightrope walking, trapeze, juggling whilst living with the Circus.  You will need to have your own caravan and must be prepared to travel!

6 months on the road with the Circus

£3,500 (plus public liability insurance of £15.50)



Feel like ‘stretching’ yourself more? then join the UK Bungee Club

Fancy jumping from Tower Bridge, O2 Arena or other locations all over the UK?

one day from £60



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