If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this Mother’s Day (31 March 2019), we’ve found the best mum-friendly events across the region.
The Cambridge Writing Retreat, 30 March
Ditch the daffodils and the smelly bath stuff, here’s a novel idea (pun intended) for treating your mum on Mother’s Day. The Cambridge Writing Retreat in Elsworth, has some fabulous courses coming up this year. If your dear mama is a budding writer, internationally best- selling author, Sophie Hannah will be giving her workshop ‘Dream Author’ on Saturday 30 March. This is a rare chance to listen to Hannah talk about her many experiences as a writer and the things she wishes she’d known when starting out. To book visit www.cambridgewritingretreat.com/
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 The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey are serving up delicious teas on Sunday 31 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 31 March 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 Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair from 30-31 March or The Curiosity Fair Antiques and Collectables on 30 March in Saffron Walden, where you can spend a couple of hours browsing before enjoying a stroll around these pretty historic market towns. 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! The stylish bar and restaurant come up with a twist on Mother’s Day. Not only are they laying on a wonderful culinary affair on Sunday 31 March, the official Mothering Sunday, but they are also hosting a special celebration for Mothers-in-Law the day before, making it the perfect weekend to celebrate family.
Head Chef Dan Pitts, has designed 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