Posted 3rd Mar 2016
Enjoy a family day out this Mothering Sunday (6th March 2016), from boat rides and bug-hunting to daffodil trails and afternoon tea, we've found a treat to suit every deserving mum
Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Feast East Food Festival, 5th and 6th March, 10am - 4pm
Attend the Feast East Food Festival this Mother's Day, where the whole family can wander around marquees filled with food, drink, crafts and gifts. Treat mum to some tasty goodies including artisan cheeses and home cured meats. Set in the Essex countryside at Audley End House, the event will also feature various cookery demonstrations by well-known chefs. Admission on the day is priced at £7 per adult, while children under 16 go free if accompanied by an adult. English Heritage members will be entitled to a discount, with entry priced at £5 with proof of membership. Tickets are available to purchase from www.oakleighfairs.co.uk at a pre-show discounted rate of £6.
Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Kent
Bugs and Grubs with a special treat for Mother's Day, 5th and 6th March, 10am - 5pm
Kent Life Heritage Farm Park’s Bugs and Grubs Weekend is returning, with two days of bug-themed activities and animal encounters. Put on your wellies and get up close to nature as you join the bug-hunters and discover the mini-beasts. You can even make your own mini-beast house to take home and place in the garden. If you join the bug hunt on Sunday, mum can explore the gardens and orchards before enjoying a special Mother's Day treat of high tea, priced at £10.95 per adult and £4.95 per child. There are also plenty of farm animals to see including pigs, sheep, ducks, goats, alpacas, and new-born spring lambs. Admission is priced at £6.95 per adult and £5.50 per child, while children under three go free. For more information, visit www.kentlife.org.uk, or to book a Mother's Day high tea call 01622 763 936.
Sheffield Park & Garden, East Sussex
Mother's Day Tea and Tour, 6th March, 12pm - 2pm
Celebrate Mother's Day with a full afternoon tea and a 45 minute garden tour with the head gardener at Sheffield Park and Garden. Afternoon tea will include a selection of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, a range of sweet treats and tea or coffee. Tickets are priced at £20 per adult and £10 per child. To book, call 01825 790 231.
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Mothering Sunday Boat Ride, 6th March, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Do something different this Mother's Day and go on a gentle boat ride through the reserve at Wicken Fen. The hour-long trip on the quiet boat named 'Mayfly' will give you a chance to enjoy the spring wildlife from a new perspective. Ticket prices are £6.50 per adult, including a glass of bubbly, and £4 per child, including a soft drink. To book, call 01353 720 274.
RSPB Conwy, Wales
Mother's Day, 6th March, 9.30am - 5pm
Enjoy a family day out this Mothering Sunday at RSPB Conwy. Mum's will have free entry to the reserve, which is situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary and has spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle. Make the most of your visit with activities that involve the whole family, such as wildlife bingo, which encourages everybody to look out for nature whilst walking around the trails. There will also be a special event for children aged four to eight, where they can create their own planter and take it home to grow. Before you leave, be sure to call in at the Waterside Coffee Shop for a hot drink and a snack and don't forget to have a browse around the shop. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk.
Mother's Day Trail, 6th March, 10am - 4pm
The whole family can come along to Hughenden this Mother's Day and follow the special daffodil trail. Find 10 daffodils around the gardens and soak up some knowledge along the way. The event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue, priced at £11.50 per adult and £5.80 per child.
Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield
Mostly Mammals on Mother's Day, 6th March, 10am - 1pm
This Mothering Sunday at Stirley Community Farm promises to be a great start to the new season. Belgian Blue hares will be the focus of the small animal theme for younger guests, while families can take a stroll in the garden, discovering signs of spring. Treat mum's to a delicious lunch from the well-loved local business 'Pie Eck', who will be offering sweet and savoury filled pies.
Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath
Mother's Day, 6th March, 11am - 2pm
Enjoy a family day out at Prior Park planting snowdrops. The garden team will be on hand to help you lift the delicate snowdrops out of the earth, divide them and replant them to spread the bed of these spring flowers right across the garden. You'll also be able to take your very own snowdrop home for mum. After your spot of gardening, treat mum to cake in the tea shed. To attend the snowdrop event a £1 donation is requested to be made on the day and normal admission costs to Prior Park Landscape Garden will apply, priced at £7.20 per adult and £3.80 per child.
Images courtesy of RSPB Ben Hall, National Trust Images John Miller, NTPL Matthew Antrobus, NTPL Stephen Robson and Joanna Richards