Forget chocolates and flowers, this Mother’s Day spoil mum with an experience she’ll remember.
There’s something special about afternoon tea. It’s an experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. Finger sandwiches served alongside pretty pastries and pots of tea – or if you’re feeling extra fancy a flute of Champagne! There’s a huge choice of establishments throughout the region. Spend a delightfully decadent afternoon at a stately home tearoom like Wrest Park or a plush hotel such as University Arms in Cambridge. Keep it traditional with a cosy café or try a quirky destination such as Carriages in Fen Drayton.
Step aboard the wooden punts and drift down the River Cam taking in the sights of Cambridge. There’s the choice to self-punt or hire a guide. Make it fun with an on board picnic or bottle of bubbles! Reputable companies include Scuadmores and Rutherfords.
You may be surprised to learn East Anglia is home to a number of vineyards, which produce some of England’s best wine. Enjoy samples, tour the vines, learn more about the growing process and pick up a bottle to take home with you. Most vineyards also have an on-site eatery so you can stop for lunch too! Click here for our guide to East Anglia’s vineyards.
Mum’s do a lot, what better to thank her for everything she does by treating her to a pamper session. Spas offer a range of packages; full and half days, afternoon tea, twilight sessions and overnight stays. Relax at the sauna and steam, take a gentle swim and indulge in a massage – bliss! A few favourite locations include Aqua Sana at Elveden Forest and Ufford Park Hotel in Woodbridge.
Feel like Willy Wonka for the day with a chocolate workshop. Chocolatiers will teach you about textures and flavours and be on hand to assist throughout the experience. There might be opportunities to sample a few too! Book at Chappel Chocolate in Colchester, The Choccie Drop in Abbotts Langley or Artistry in Cocoa in Newmarket.
Plan ahead and book tickets to a race day. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and enjoy a picnic and few drinks in the sunshine. This summer Newmarket, Huntingdon and Great Yarmouth Racecourses have a scheduled programme of race days and events.
A great experience to enjoy with mum; head out for dinner before watching a fantastic show at one of the region’s theatres. From worldwide smash hit productions and dazzling dance performances to laugh out loud comedy and music that will have you dancing in the aisles, there’s something for everyone. What’s on at the theatre.
Browsing stores isn’t for everyone, but if your mum is partial to a little retail therapy take her on a shopping spree in Cambridge or Norwich. Both have a great choice of high street stores, independent retailers and lunch spots. If you’re looking for designer goods at a great price visit Springfield’s Outlet. For something extra special treat her to intu Lakeside’s personal shopping experience. The 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. The service is free but you could buy mum the things she picks out.
If your mum is an animal lover or perhaps you fancy a family day out, go wild with a trip to the zoo or farm. Drive through lions, tigers and rhinos at Woburn Safari Park or discover the wildlife of South America at Amazona Zoo in Cromer. Mother’s Day is perfectly timed to see new bunnies, lambs and chicks at the farm. For cuteness overload head to Mead Open Farm near Leighton Buzzard, Old MacDonalds Farm in Brentwood and Easton Park Farm in Woodbridge.
Whether its self-hire or a tour, boats are a wonderful to way to enjoy the East’s pretty landscapes, spot wildlife and make lasting memories. Hop aboard Orwell Lady for a cruise along the River Orwell while tucking into afternoon tea. Broads Tours offer live commentary about the Broads and a complimentary glass of wine to all mums.
If your mother loves art, take her to view one of the many galleries across the region. Exhibitions changes regularly, and with art galleries set in beautiful historic towns, you can easily combine it with a day out.