Things to do and days out on Mother’s Day
This year Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday 26 March. It’s a great day to show your appreciation and give your mum the ultimate treat to thank her for all she does. Below are some ideas for what you can do on Mother’s Day for all types of mums…
Mother’s Day spa offers
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat your mum to a relaxing spa experience at the Seckford Hall Spa in Suffolk. Their My ‘Kinda Mood’ spa experience is a tailored two hour indulgent facial and full body massage sure to leave your mum feeling pampered and refreshed. For more spa days visit our article on the best spas in East Anglia
Boat trips in March
A boat trip on the Norfolk Broads is just the ticket for mothers to relax and unwind. The Broad Tours Mother’s Day trip includes live commentary about the Broads and all mums accompanied by their children will be treated to a complimentary glass of wine.
Hot air balloon rides
Celebrate Mother’s Day in style by treating your mum to a Virgin hot air balloon experience of a lifetime. She’ll be wowed as she witnesses the fantastic views and once landed will receive a glass of champagne along with a certificate signed by the Pilot and endorsed by Sir Richard Branson! Locations available throughout the East of England at www.virginballoonflights.co.uk
The second annual Deepdale Spring Market perfectly falls on Mother’s Day weekend (24-26 March) with an array of stalls to browse. Over 50 local Norfolk artisans and producers will be in attendance with a variety of items on sale in the marquees and beach hut pop up shops.
intu Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex offers an independent free personal shopping experience to leave your mum feeling fabulous! A 30-minute consultation is followed by a one and a half hour shopping spree with a stylist on hand to suggest styles and colours that flatter and suit her personality.
There’s free flowers for mums at the Royals Shopping Centre in Southend-on-Sea on Saturday 25 March between 11am-3pm. Bring the whole family and whilst the kids hang out with Ryan the Lion and his Little Royalty gang for fun and games, plus a complimentary bunch of beautiful daffodils for all mums (while stocks last).
If your mum loves watching the likes of the Antiques Road Show and Bargain Hunt then she may enjoy browsing 70 stalls of antiques at the White Knight Bushey Meads Antiques Fair on Sunday 26 March. Taking place in Hertfordshire with plenty of quality antiques and collectables on offer who knows what you might discover.
Sunday lunch on Mother’s Day
Ufford Park in Woodbridge, Suffolk, is holding a special Mother’s Day Lunch accompanied by Mr Tim and his Saxophone between 12pm and 4pm on Saturday 26th March. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a delicious lunch in The Park Restaurant. £17.95 for 2 courses, £21.95 for 3 courses. Children 5-12 years half price, children under five free.
Two sittings are available, 12 noon and 2.30pm. Booking is essential. See Ufford Park for more information.
Treat mum to a fantastic à la carte Mother’s Day lunch menu at the Brudenell hotels AA two rosette restaurant. Located in Aldeburgh, Suffolk the floor to ceiling windows will let you take in the true beauty of the local seaside. All mums will also receive a small gift to take home.
Mother’s Day afternoon tea
Mums will love being treated to a Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Peckover House and Garden in Cambridgeshire. Your visit to the Reed Barn Tea Room will include cakes and sandwiches beautifully presented on a vintage cake stand. After tea take a stroll in the gardens and enjoy the sights of early spring.
There’s also a special afternoon tea at the Woburn Estate. The 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell, is widely acknowledged as popularising the wonderful English tradition of afternoon tea so where better to enjoy a sumptuous Mother’s Day treat? Both teas offer a selection of finger sandwiches, plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and jam and a choice of delectable cakes and pastries and, of course, a variety of teas or coffee. Afternoon Tea and Garden Tour at The Sculpture Gallery is £28 per person, £25 per child or just tea is £24 per adult and £17.50 per child. Afternoon tea at The Woburn Hotel is £20.95 per person.
This year’s eighth annual East of England food festival falls on Mother’s Day weekend (25-26 March) in its new home at the Hertfordshire County Showground. There’s delicious food stalls to browse and plenty of mouthwatering samples to try. Foodie mums will love the cooking demonstrations with Mother’s Day featuring a demo by much loved celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novell.
Zoos in Suffolk
Africa Alive is an African themed park in Lowestoft set across 100 acres of beautiful countryside. Discover over 80 species of animals including rhinos, giraffe’s, lions and lemurs. Learn all about them at the feeding talks and you can even take a ride on the free safari road train!
Farm days out on Mother’s Day
Marsh Farm in Essex is the perfect place to visit on Mother’s Day with mums getting free entry when with a full paying admission. Meet the animals including the new lambs and feed the birds in the walk through aviary. You can even groom a pony and enjoy a tractor ride throughout the park.
Ventura Wildlife’s Zoological Gardens opened last year making it one of the UK’s newest small zoos. Set within two acres of beautiful grounds this unique friendly zoo offers an interactive animal adventure ideal for mum and the whole family to meet. The zoo is home to a number of wild animal species and entrance includes a variety of keeper talks, animals feeds and indoor animal encounter shows which take place throughout the day.
Indoor sky dives
Twinwoods Adventure is a multi-activity adventure site just north of Bedford. It hosts a variety of exciting activities including indoor sky diving. If your mum would love this experience she’d be following in the likes of Daniel Craig’s footsteps. He used the Twinwoods body flight wind tunnel when training for the sky diving scene in James Bond, Quantum of Solace!
For a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget why not take her to Thetford Go Ape in Suffolk. Set within 50,000 acres of pine this tree top adventure will see the family spending three hours in the trees tackling the zip wires, tarzan swings, rope ladders, obstacles and crossings. For the ultimate adventure they also have a Segway experience that will have you zooming around the forest on two wheels.
White Water Rafting
A must for adrenaline seeking mums is a trip to Lee Valley to take on their white water rafting experience. You’ll have a raft guide on hand as you ride the waves on the same course used at the London 2012 Olympic Games!
Written by Tracey Dean