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Book now! Things to do on Mother’s Day

Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? Chance would be a fine thing! Either way, we have some fabulous ideas to spoil the most important lady in your life.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you haven’t arranged anything yet you better get a shift on. Everything gets booked up so flipping early and who wants to be in the doghouse for the next month. I’ve pulled together a delicious bundle of Mother’s Day ideas across the two counties that’ll get you back into your mum’s good books. Don’t panic if they don’t have availability for the 22nd – vouchers to any of these suggestions or a promise to take your mum on a less crowded day will go down just as well.

Mother’s Day Lunch at The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester

the Rupert Brooke grantchester

Glorious Grantchester is always a good idea, especially on Mother’s Day when the daffodils and blossom are out and the village is looking its spectacular best. The Rupert Brooke has a new head chef and there’s a renewed focus on the high quality food and fantastic service, so you can be sure you mum will feel very special here. They’ve got a special Mother’s Day menu in place for the 22nd, with two courses for £28 and £34 for three courses (incredible value for the quality of food), so grab one of the last tables sharpish.

Mother’s Day Concert at Ipswich Corn Exchange, 22 March 

Does your mum regularly tune in to Classic FM? If so, she’ll be delighted if you take her along to Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mother’s Day Family Concert at Ipswich Corn Exchange this year. TV star and Classic FM DJ Bill Turnball narrates the story of Peter and the Wolf, while Antiques Roadshow trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins will be performing as well as Suffolk soprano Lisa Cassidy.

Dinner at Cotto, Cambridge  

Cotto Gonville Hotel

Looking for something swanky to spoil your mum? Cotto in Cambridge is in The Gonville Hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece and is run by Hans Schweitzer and his team, who have a fabulous reputation – in 2015 Cotto was placed in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in the UK. If you’re a foodie and want to splash out on a very special dinner (it’s only open in the evenings) then this is up there amongst the top restaurants in Cambridge. You’ve probably guessed already that this one’s for the grown ups – start the evening with a cocktail in the bar at the hotel before heading on through to the purpose built glass restaurant.

Cotto, Gonville Pl, Cambridge CB1 1NA,

Mother’s Day Floral Workshop, Ely Food Station, 15 March

Don’t just buy flowers this year, make a bouquet for or with your mum on the 15th March at Ely Food Station. During this tea and cake-fuelled workshop you can learn how to make a personal hand-tied arrangement for your mum. After watching an initial step by step demonstration, you can get creative and make a bouquet in your mum’s favourite colours, using fresh seasonal flowers and foliage.

Calligraphy and Cakes Masterclass, The Northgate Bury St Edmunds, 14 March


Handwriting looks like a child’s scrawl these days? Mine too. Here’s a chance to go back to school and learn calligraphy. Take mum along for a fun afternoon together or go it along so you can go home and surprise your mum with a beautifully written Mother’s Day card. Lettering artist and stationery designer Kirstie Bird from Ink and Flow London is teaching a class at The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds on 14 Mar but it will also be taking place during selected upcoming Saturdays.

Mother’s Day Pampering Event, Molton Brown, Cambridge, 21 and 22 March 

molton brown presents

Luxury smellies, beautiful flowers and afternoon tea all in one place – yep Molton Brown in Cambridge is the place to take mum on Mother’s Day. The shop is putting on a special free ticketed event with Farm Flowers, where mums get a complimentary Hand & Arm Massage, and you can treat her to a champagne afternoon tea, a bouquet and a goody bag with any purchase. Mother’s Day – sorted!

Sunday Roast with the most at The Hog Hotel, Pakefield, Lowestoft 

conservatory area in the hog hotel

Has your mum got a sweet tooth? Then she’ll love the Mother’s Day roast on offer at The Hog Hotel in Lowestoft where she gets a free pudding (I’ve tried them and they are device!) plus a small gift. The hotel is also running an offer called Pakefield Pint (or prosecco or glass of house wine) for just £3. Taxi!

Afternoon tea at Poet’s House, Ely 

Poets House Hotel, Ely

This boutique hotel occupies a handsome trio of Grade-II listed Edwardian buildings in the centre of Ely and is an elegant and intimate option if you want to treat mum. For Mother’s Day they’ve got a special afternoon tea offer – £35pp including Prosecco and a gift for your Mum, which is sure to go down well.

Afternoon tea at The Clayton Hotel, Cambridge

The Tumberlain Hotel, Cambridge Garden Room

Anything that looks this good is just my cup of tea. Experience afternoon tea in the The Clayton’s (you probably know it as The Tamburlaine still!) colonial-inspired Garden Room, brimming with greenery, luxurious silk velvet sofas, and alluring Victorian wallpaper. The Garden Room also has its own private terrace area – perfect for lounging around post-scones and bubbles if the weather plays ball.

Afternoon tea at SIX,The Varsity Hotel, Cambridge 

Six, Varsity Hotel, Cambridge

SIX, the top floor restaurant at The Varsity Hotel in Cambridges is a popular haunt if you’re after a la-di-da London type setting without the hassle of a train journey. This sixth floor restaurant has stunning panoramic views over the rooftops of Cambridge and with a contemporary interior it’s all rather lush. This is for teenagers upwards – perfect if you want some adult time to sit back and enjoy the view.

Mother’s Day Lunch at The Old Bridge, Huntingdon 

The Old Bridge Hotel

The Old Bridge, Huntingdon, is a handsome, ivy-clad, 18th century townhouse hotel.  It sits on the banks of the River Ouse, but also on the edge of the town centre and it’s a popular destination for both the local community and visitors to the area. Fancy a getting a bit tipsy with your mum? The Old Bridge has a wine shop with 24 wines open to taste. Not what you’d normally find in a hotel but a logical add-on to a hotel-restaurant when the owner, John Hoskins, is a ‘Master of Wine’. They’ve got a three-course Mother’s Day lunch happening on the 22nd at £39.50 (including coffee and choccies) that mum will definitely show mum how much you love her.

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