If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this Mother’s Day, we’ve found the best mum-friendly events across the region.
Walks at Kentwell Hall
Long Melford, Suffolk
There’s a whole host of outdoor events to look forward to this spring, with some great walks and activities falling on Mother’s Day. If your mum likes to get outside and be surrounded by nature why not spoil her with a day among the last of the snowdrops and delightful daffodils at Kentwell Hall? Every weekend throughout March, the Hall & Gardens will open for visitors to enjoy its flock of rare-breed Norfolk Horn sheep which begin lambing mid-March, its colourful displays of spring flowers and ‘Welly Walks’ through the gardens and grounds. Finish your visit with tea and cake at the Stableyard Tearoom. Further details at www.kentwell.co.uk/events
Lunch at Woburn Abbey
Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire
If your mum enjoys the finer things in life, including good tasting food, then be quick and book an afternoon tea for two in the grand surroundings of the Woburn Estate. Both The Woburn Hotel and Woburn Abbey are serving up delicious teas on Sunday 22 March and for those who prefer a lunch option Olivier’s award-winning restaurant has designed a special menu ideal for all the family.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. For more information visit www.woburn.co.uk
Uncover treasure at a vintage & antiques fair
Hertfordshire, Essex & Suffolk
Decadent jewellery, shiny silverware, classic crockery and gorgeous gowns, browsing the region’s antique and vintage fairs make for a fun morning or afternoon. For mums with a style of their own, head to the Potters Bar Antique & Vintage Fair at The Wyllotts Theatre on 15 March (weekend before Mothers Day) which will have over 50 stalls selling quality clothing, homewares and accessories. Admission is only £2 so you can definitely treat her to some goodies once inside.
If you want to make a day, or even weekend of it, visit the Lomax Antiques Fair – Hinchingbrook House from 21-22 March
Why not head to Saffron Walden, where you can spend a couple of hours browsing the local antique shops and enjoy a stroll around the pretty historic market town. Stop for afternoon tea or lunch at one of the pubs or cafés (remember to book in advance) or go all out with an overnight stay. Read our guide on ‘5 things to do in Saffron Walden’.
Bucks Fizz Breakfast in Bedford
The Embankment, Bedford
Start Mother’s Day in style at the Embankment, Bedford with a Bucks Fizz Breakfast before heading out for the day. Walk along the river, enjoy shopping in the town centre or browse one of the galleries before stopping for a bite to eat. If you prefer something more traditional, The Embankment’s Sunday Best Menu – alongside delicious specials – is served right through till 9pm. Be sure to book early. Visit www.embankmentbedford.co.uk to book.
Brunch and lunch at Channels Bar & Brasserie
It’s a family affair at Channels Bar & Brasserie on Mothering Weekend with a Mother’s Day menu with the family very much in mind offering a traditional roast as well as dishes such as prawn and crayfish cocktail, squash agnolotti, and glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and granola. For Mothers-in-Law, Channels is offering a delicious brunch menu which includes smashed avocado, eggs royale and the ‘naughty butty’, with the option of a £20 bolt on free-flowing Prosecco for 2 hours. Book your table at www.channelsestate.co.uk