Treats for Mother’s Day
Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? (some chance). Either way we have ideas aplenty to spoil the most important lady in your life.
It’s countdown to Mother’s Day on Sunday 22 March and that means, quick, there’s still time to organise something worth getting out of bed for (however tempting staying in bed sounds, but, alas, this is a family day). Here are a few ideas to ponder for you and your mum, even you and your mother-in-law (yeah, you can polish that halo).
Studio Zest, Tisbury
Throughout March Studio Zest is offering a special deal in honour of all mums in the run up to Mother’s Day! They have a 90 minute treatment, including a 30 minute massage, 30 minute facial and 30 minutes of reflexology – all for just £50 – so come and be pampered. www.studiozest.co.uk
Alexandra Robins Pet Photography
If your Mum’s pet is just too cute, treat her to a fabulous photo session with our favourite pet photographer in the whole of Wilts, nay, the whole world. Alex Robins offers natural and delightful outdoor pet portrait photography, with sessions crafted around you and your pet. Gift voucher for a one hour, on-location photography session for one pet, plus viewing and ordering session of your final images at her studio, one digital image of your choice, perfect for sharing online, and one Fine Art Print 12 x 8″ with mount – £95. www.akrobinsphotography.com
Suzanne Ball Jewellery
Treat your Mum to the most special gift this Mother’s Day – an item of bespoke jewellery from one of our favourite local jewellery designers, Suzanne Ball. We chose these gorgeous flower drop earrings from her Botanical range. Stunning! suzanneballjewellery.co.uk
The Pink Pheasant
Let them eat cake (and scones, finger sandwiches, etc)
I wish I knew how our foremothers managed to eat afternoon tea without becoming huuuge because it’s such an exquisitely feminine repast, which makes it a shoo-in for a Mothering Sunday celebration, which is why we’ve dedicated a whole feature to it! Click here for inspiration. Our fave places locally are The Old Bell, Malmesbury, Bowood Hotel, Woolley Grange, The Dog and Gun, and Dinghams Cookshop.
Edible Garden Afternoon Tea, Woolley Grange, Thurs 19 March – Sun 31 May
Woolley Grange offers two entirely different teas; one especially designed for adults; and the other for children; both incorporating Potter’s best-known characters and drawing on her life as well as her classic tales for inspiration. The adult menu celebrates Potter’s life outside her writing and alongside the traditional sandwiches and scones, it also features a delicious Herdwick lamb pie to reflect the years she spent breeding Herdwick sheep on her Lake District farm. Adults can also indulge in Benjamin Bunny’s carrot cake with mascarpone and orange icing. The children’s tea includes healthy options of a hummus and crudités flowerpot and fresh carrot and orange juice, together with a selection of sandwiches and a freshly baked scone. woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
Mother’s Day at Bowood, Bowood Hotel, 22 March
Join Bowood for an extra special Mother’s Day, and let mum know just how much she means to you by treating her to one of our three fabulous feasts. Choose from a three course Sunday lunch, a carvery, or a Mother’s Day Sparkling Afternoon Tea. www.bowood.org
Mother’s Day, The Dog and Gun, 22 March
Join them and treat your mum! www.thedogandguninn.co.uk
Mother’s Day Prosecco Afternoon Tea, Dinghams, Salisbury, 22 March
£25 for 2, with a complimentary small bottle of Prosecco, a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Drop into the Cafe to book, or call 01722 506045. www.dinghams.co.uk
Mother and daughter pampering (adults only)
Sunday lunch down the pub
This is always a great option, Mother’s Day or not, but particularly on the big day when you can sit in the company of your angelic offspring, glory in what a great brood you’re bringing up (OK, wake up now), and enjoy a roast with all the trimmings, relaxed in the knowledge that you don’t have to clear up afterwards. Here are but a few of our fave venues: Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn, The Bath Arms, Horningsham, The Bell, Ramsbury, The King John Inn, Tollard Royal, The George Inn, Longbridge Deverill, and The Dog and Gun, Netheravon. The Lamb, Hindon, The King’s Head, Whiteparish, The Bull, Hinton and The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford have got some pretty cosy spaces for lunch, too.
A family walk (that’s not the school run)
If the suggestion of a walk is met with as much moaning as it is at my house, just tell them it’s your day, so you get to call the shots. If you’re feeling energetic, Barbury Castle and the Ridgeway are guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and offer a pretty spectacular view, especially on a clear day, explore the abbey and winding streets of Lacock in the 4km circular walk, or take in the Kennet and Avon canal at Bishops Cannings. We also love the 9km stroll (!) along the canal that goes past Wilton Windmill and the world’s oldest working beam engine at Crofton Pumping Station.
A stroll round a garden
With spring bulbs blooming, a stroll round some gardens is always a good outing. Picturesque Stourhead House and Gardens are stunning to walk in at this time of year, with Larmer Tree Gardens pretty impressive too and Iford Manor, sitting idyllically by the Frome river in a steep-sided valley will wow Mum.