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Things to do this Mother's Day

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Whether you've got a full house this Mother's Day (i.e. all your children are descending) or are spending some quality time with daughters or grandchildren, we've got plenty of ideas for things to enjoy together. Are you hoping for time to relax, a day for the whole family, or a shorter visit before the daughters dash back to be treated by their own broods? There are plenty of events going on in your local area to accompany the flowers and chocolates. Which reminds us - must give our kids a nudge about those.



spa treatment

Being a mother is hard work, so it's probably high time you and your female family members spent some well-earned relaxation time together, whether it's a day at home or an afternoon getting well and truly pampered. 

Rathfinny Wine Estate in East Sussex is offering the full works in their Mothers' Day vineyard beauty event. Enjoy gentle exercise and learn about the flora and fauna in the vineyard on a short guided walk around the estate, attend a beauty workshop with a focus on skincare during spring and enjoy a glass of Sussex sparkling and a light lunch cooked by a resident chef using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. 

CI Salons in Colchester have a Mother's Day package on offer from 20 March until 31 March. You can choose a Luxury Pedicure or a Dermalogica Level 2 Facial and a Luxury Manicure. Just as long as one hand is free to hold that glass of champers... 


Soak up some culture


Whether it's a theatre trip, an exhibition or even a visit to one of the many historical sites dotted around the country, there's a myriad of choices for mums who'd prefer to soak up some culture this Mother's Day.

Visit the 200-year-old Wymondham Windmill, a Grade II* listed building in Melton Mowbray. Partially restored, the mill provides a superb view of the village and surrounding unspoilt countryside. The windmill - together with the Tea Rooms, woodland of native British trees and craft shops - is a unique visitor attraction and a chance for you to soak up some history this Mother's Day.

Are you an avid theatre-goer and lover of all things art? Headgate Theatre in Colchester city centre is putting on two of celebrated British dramatist Harold Pinter's most acclaimed plays, A Kind of Alaska and the stylish comedy The Collection, on Mother's Day weekend. Perfect for a cultural evening out.  

Or why not head to the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, celebrating the life and work of the world's most famous nurse? Check out the museum programme for a list of events, talks and fun activities - ideal if you've got the grandkids in tow. 

For something a little different this Mother's Day, the Bure Valley Railway in Wroxham are offering a first class dining service following a ride on a steam-hauled train, including a two-course meal, tea and coffee, and after-dinner mints. 


Have fun with the family

grandparents and grandchildren

For those of you that plan to spend Mothering Sunday with the whole family, there are plenty of fun activities to keep the smaller members entertained.

If a bit of fresh air is your aim, get treated to a leisurely boat trip on the Norfolk Broads - complimentary glass of bubbly included (not for the grandkids though, of course).

Or, if you're a lover of the outdoors, enjoy the spring delights of Ness Botanic Gardens in Neston with free entry for all mums (couldn't get any better really, could it?). Take a stroll, spend some time with the family and be sure to listen to Off Pitch at the visitor centre, a 50-strong choir made up of singers from across the Wirral. And if that wasn't enough, Mother's Day this year coincides with the annual Spring Plant Hunters Fair at the gardens, so you'll be able to find some leafy gems for your own!

Matlock Farm Park in Derbyshire is hosting a Mother's Day crafts event and all mums get a free hot drink and cake! The farm park is open all year round with plenty to do for children - there are lots of animals to see and feed, as well as smaller, more cuddly animals to pet in the barn. Perfect for a day out with the little'uns.


Indulge in delicious treats

afternoon tea

Speaking of chocs, for those among us whose eyes fall instantly on the Milk Tray box as opposed to the flowers, here are some suggestions for those who love the tastier things in life. 

Sage & Onion are back in the kitchen cooking up a Mothering Sunday treat at Dedham Vale Vineyard in Essex where you can enjoy lunch in the Tasting Barn overlooking the lake.

Or take a charming two-hour vintage afternoon tea cruise aboard the Lady Diana, sailing through the Duke of Westminster's estate in Chester. Enjoy a delicious vintage afternoon tea prepared by King's Acre Cupcakes featuring freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones with jam and cream (our favourite), an assortment of teas and an array of divine homemade cakes. Complimentary glass of Prosecco and a box of chocs to boot! Indulgent? Us?

Alternatively, afternoon tea is always a perfectly elegant option <dahling>. A traditional afternoon tea at Tymperleys in Colchester promises homemade baked delights for mums, grandmothers and aunts alike. Or if you're further up north, visit the Tea Parlour in Liverpool for a traditional tea room experience in an unconventional setting - an old industrial warehouse in the heart of the city's Cavern Quarter. Sweet and sentimental, there's no better way to spend Mothers' Day, but be sure to book in advance.


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