At Capital, we believe that caring for and making memories with the ones you love is the most important aspect of life, so what better day to do this than Mothering Sunday (31st March).
If you’re looking for inspiration on any budget, then look no further, we’ve put together some ideas of how you can spend time with the ones you love.
For the outdoorsy Mum…
Escape with the family to the scenic village of Alfriston located in the beautiful Cuckmere River valley and with the South Downs Way going through it. Sightsee around the fourteenth-century thatch and timber Clergy House, the historic St Andrew’s church, and the village green (perfect for a picnic if it’s a nice day). Alfriston is full of hidden delights such as the charming café, Badgers @ The Old Village Bakery (also known as Badgers Tea House), where you can enjoy a home-made cream tea, or the Tudor-style Inn, the Star where you can feast on a hearty Sunday roast with a glass of red or a pint of local beer.
Take a stroll in the idyllic 250-year-old Royal Botanic Gardens, just a stone’s throw away from London in Kew. Explore the old Victorian Palm House and the glasshouses with different climates designed to nurture everything from the world’s largest water lilies to delicate Alpine flowers to tropical blooms.
Even more fascinating views can be discovered on The Tree Top Walkway where you can see a birds-eye view of the park’s centuries old trees.
Exploring the great outdoors is hungry work so afterwards you could treat your mother to one of the quick-service style eateries inside Kew Gardens. Or if you are feeling more extravagant pop over to the nearby Michelin star restaurant, The Glasshouse, which serves a sophisticated modern European cuisine.
But before you leave, don’t forget to check the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.
If this sound like your mother’s scene, adult tickets can be purchased online or at the gate for around £16.50 or family of four tickets for around £40.00. Tickets are cheaper when brought online.
For the traditional Mum…
A tradition family dinner
If your mum loves nothing more than having the whole family around her and indulging in some hearty home cooked food, then why not celebrate with a family dinner at home?
The modern Mother’s Day is not just about celebrating your mother. With growing complexity of families and grandparents becoming ever more important in children’s life than in any other generation, Mother’s Day is now about appreciating all the important females in your life such as grandmothers, step-mothers, aunties and sisters, so if you have a lot of people to celebrate Mother’s Day with this may be your perfect option.
For the artistic Mum…
Take a class with Paintbox Studios
Get creative and take mum to an art class. There will be many different art classes around your local area like the Paintbox Studios in Chelsea. Paintbox offer 2.5-hour classes on daytimes, evenings and Saturday suitable for all levels, including painting, drawing and life drawing classes. Paintbox even offers one-to-one and home tuition classes if your mum would prefer a more personal experience. A class is lovely way to spend time with your mum enjoying a shared passion. If painting isn’t her thing, why not Google for cooking, fitness, yoga and wellbeing. Limited only by your imagination.
Spoil mum with a luxurious afternoon tea at the ever so elegant Sketch, situated in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair. Exuding artistic and stylish décor after being designed by British artist David Shrigley, this restaurant provides the picture-perfect setting to sip on champagne and nibble on the exquisite selection of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes.
In 2016 Sketch Gallery was awarded the Afternoon Teas Award 2016 Highly Commended.
Mother’s Day Afternoon tea at this adorable venue is priced at £59 per person or Afternoon tea with Champagne is around £75.
You can book by calling their reservations line on 020 7659 4500 or booking now
For in-need-of pampering Mum…
Why not celebrate Mother’s Day with a pampering session? London Grace have everything you need to spoil your mum; nails, coffee, cupcakes and cocktails! Their branches are in Clapham Common, Putney, and Leicester Square, and all offer packages for groups of 7 to 20 guest. Perfect for social butterfly Mums to enjoy a mother/daughter group Afternoon Tea Party or Pizza and Prosecco party, costing £20 – £28 pp when purchasing a treatment, which starts from just £9. Whether it is just you and mum sipping coffee and getting a manicure or a pampering party, we’re sure you’ll have a unique experience at this boutique chain.
Let her escape into the tranquil paradise of a Champneys Spa, situated in our locations around England, including; Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.
This Spa gives you and your mum the ultimate relaxation experience, float around the pools (including one with underwater music!), relax in a thermal heaven heat experience and enjoy the amazing treatments on offer.
From the 25th March until 26th April these Spas are offering a Mother’s Day package, including 9am-6pm full access to the spa, fitness classes and relaxation experiences, Head in the Clouds scalp massage for both, Champneys gift for mum, 3 course buffet lunch, robe hire and your very own pair of flip flops to take home. From £180 to £230.
And finally, look around you. Do you know any single mothers or elderly widows who would treasure a kind thought from you on the 31st?
However you decide to spend Mothering Sunday this year we hope it is full of happy memories and the people you really care about.