Days out and places to visit on Mother’s Day. Discover everything East Anglia has to offer this Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is the opportunity to show your appreciation with a little bit of extra thought. While Mother’s Day is looking a little different again this year, we’ve selected a handful of locations to explore.
Maldon is a lovely place to explore. Take a walk along the water or picnic in Promenade Park.If you have a nature-loving mother who is at her happiest on one of the UK’s beautiful waterways, a Thames Barge Cruise with Topsail Charters comprises a one-hour sailing trip to tidal town Maldon, located at the top of the Blackwater River which is ideal for wildlife and bird watchers.
Centred around the River Deben, Woodbridge has plenty to offer. Pick up a takeaway coffee and take a long walk along the river. A number of eateries dotted around the town are offering a takeaway service. Order lunch to go and find a space overlooking the water. The Tide Mill Museum is a popular attraction to explore. Nearby you’ll find country walks at National Trust’s Sutton Hoo and Rendlesham Forest.
Admire the beauty of Norfolk’s stunning waterway. 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. Combine a walk with a pub stop or watch the boats go by and dine in Wroxham.
The stylish city has plenty to see and do. Wander the cobbled streets passing the colleges and impressive architecture. Learn more with guided tours, such as the Cambridge Food Tour. Delve into the city’s history with a visit to one of the many museums. Explore The Backs which runs alongside the colleges. It provides stunning views throughout the year, and is covered with a blanket of daffodils and crocuses during the spring.
The River Orwell offers some of the best views of Suffolk. Hop aboard the Lady Orwell for a sightseeing tour or enjoy an afternoon tea cruise from Harwich Harbour or Pin Mill. There are a number of cruises throughout the year, including sunset options during the summer.
If you’d prefer to keep your feet on dry land but still want to experience the River Orwell landscape, pack a picnic and head to the Nacton Picnic Site, where you can watch ships navigating the narrow channel up river to Ipswich.
The historic market town is great for shopping and eating. Browse the weekly market and independent stores. There’s plenty of options for picking up lunch too. Nearby you’ll discover a number of country walks. Park at The Cole Green Way and explore the rail trail that runs from Hertford to the edge of Welwyn Garden City. The old railway line, with streams and plenty of shade, is popular with dog walkers and is a great way of working up an appetite.
View the daffodils on this good country walk. Dogs are welcome to join to but must be kept on lead within the Estate’s grounds, however they can wander freely around the parkland and woods. There are plenty of routes to follow, some leisurely, others more challenging.
Forest of Marston Vale
With 61sq miles of community forest, surrounded by beautiful Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside, there’s lots of ground to cover. Pull on your walking boots and enjoy one of the many walking routes ranging for seven to 14 miles. The Forest Centre in the heart of Forest of Marston Vale, is a great place to start your adventure. Stop by the café or gift shop or let the children have fun in the outdoor play area. Here, you can also hire a bike and explore the area on two wheels!
A pretty historic market town lined with pastel cottages, timber-clad buildings and a cobble market square. It’s home to the beautiful ornate Bridge End Gardens, full of seasonal blooms, ideal for a Mother’s Day walk. Learn more about the history with the Saffron Walden Town Trail. Pick up coffee and treats at the many cafes. Read our full guide.