10 treats for Norfolk and Suffolk mums on Mothers' Day
PUBLISHED: 17:46 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:46 01 March 2018
It’s Mothers’ Day on March 11. From art to a zip-wire race, and from handmade cards to big days out, here are 10 ways to treat mum
1 Make a card. Handmade and homemade are what mums really love from their small sons and daughters (and from adult sons and daughters too, especially if accompanied by additional treats.)
2 There is a free primrose for every mum enjoying a Mothering Sunday walk at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, near Acle. Explore the beautiful spring woodland garden with its wild primroses, daffodils, wood anemones, camellias and skunk cabbage, on a guided tour with the head gardener at 11am. No need to book. Walk included in admission price
3 A Mothers’ Day with a difference at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse includes activities for the whole family including stalls, crafts, talks, singing and story-telling - and a free cream tea for all mums! Make mum a crafty brooch, design and print a Mothers’ Day card, explore the spring flowers and traditional farm across the 50 acre site, and find out about local women’s groups. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, the Museum of Norfolk Life, reopens for the 2018 season on Mothering Sunday. All activities included with admission, 10am-5pm. museums.norfolk.gov.uk
4 Have an Anglo-Saxon Mothers Day at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge. Although the Anglo-Saxons didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day as we know it, there are plenty of fascinating facts to discover about motherhood. The burial mounds provided a wealth of information when they were excavated. Treat your mum to a day of discovery and give her a hand-tied flower posy in exchange for a donation to Sutton Hoo. March 10 and 11, 10.30am–5pm. nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo
5 Mums can take on their children at zip-wire races at Bewilderwood, near Hoveton, on Mothering Sunday. Mums with an accompanying child get in free to explore tree top walkways, get lost in the maze, whizz down slides and fly through the air on the zip wires.
6 If the Broads float mum’s boat then try a special Mothers’ Day boat trip from Wroxham with Broads Tours. The hour-and-a-half voyage includes the chance to enjoy views and wildlife, a live commentary from the skipper – and a free glass of wine for every mum accompanied by her children. Trips begin 11.30am and 2pm. Adults £9, children £6, under-fives free. broadstours.co.uk
7 Thousands of bulbs are looking beautiful at Woodwards garden, near Stowmarket. The garden will be open in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities on Sunday, March 11. Home-made teas. Adults £3.50, children free. ngs.org.uk
8 Raveningham gardens, near Beccles, will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme charities, 11am-4pm on Sunday, March 11. See the 18th century walled kitchen garden with its Victorian glasshouses, the large stumpery, an arboretum, a lake, and contemporary sculpture. The tearoom will be open. Adults £5, concessions £4.50, children free.
9 Centuries ago mums were given simnel cakes on Mothering Sunday. The fruit cake, with layers of marzipan, was a special treat during the deprivations of Lent. Make your mum her favourite cake – or breakfast in bed, or a break from all chores.
10 And if mum just can’t get enough of Mothers’ Day then there are more Mothers’ Days to come. It will be on March 21 in Egypt, May 6 in Spain and Portugal, May 13 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, India, Malaysia and the United States, May 27 in France, and mums in Russia have to wait until November 26.