Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Make Mothering Sunday a truly magical experience by visiting one of the Treasure Houses of England. Hosting a selection of celebrations, the magnificent houses, castles and palaces all provide a beautiful backdrop to ensure Mothers feel like Royalty during a memorable day out.

Blenheim Palace
 Blenheim Palace offers an extraordinary array of spectacular sights, from their Capability Brown landscaped gardens to great lake and award-winning formal gardens – a heavenly spot to enjoy the budding spring blooms in supreme style.   Wander round the gorgeous grounds before enjoying a special three-course Mother’s Day carvery for just £24.95 served in the elegant orangery and accompanied by live music. Mothers will also receive a free peach Bellini and box of truffles to take home.

Children will be given a daffodil to give to their mum in the Chatsworth garden during Mother’s Day Weekend (17-18 March). In the farmyard, complimentary tea and coffee will be served while mothers indulge in some premier pampering at their Nail Bar, and children can craft their very own Mother’s Day cards in the Oak Barn

Harewood House
The captivating Courtyard cafĂ© at Harewood House will host families for a spectacular lunch courtesy of their exclusive Mother’s Day menu. Mothers can toast the day with a complimentary glass of Buck’s Fizz or Prosecco while listening to the talented sounds of acoustic performer, Charlie Barnes.  Meanwhile, creative types can partake in a pottery class or floristry workshop for an inspired shared experience between mother and child or friends.

Hatfield House’s Coach House Restaurant is open Tuesday - Sunday for morning coffee, lunches, snacks, salads and afternoon teas and is delivering a special Mother’s Day menu (12noon-4pm). An extra treat finds form in their special scrummy cupcake, which will be available all day for £2.50.

For an entertaining evening out, book tickets to the Chamber Music Concert at Holkham Hall (18 March, 7pm). Featuring Dame Felicity Palmer as Mezzo-soprano and Simon Lepper on piano, ‘Women on the Edge’ delivers a programme of songs by Britten, Purcell, Tchaikovsky, de Falla and Sondheim that looks set to be a spellbinding show.

Leeds Castle
 Leeds Castle ensures a spectacular setting for afternoon tea with friends and family. Offering an assortment of fine teas and coffee, the mouth-watering menu will serve a selection of freshly cut sandwiches traditionally presented on a two or three tier stand. Complete your belly fill with raisin and plain scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream followed by a lavish assortment of afternoon tea cakes (17-18 March, 3pm, £15.00 per person.  Available to book on up until 16 March).

For a fabulous Mothering Sunday, why not book an Afternoon Tea at the Duchess’ Tea Room as a special treat for mum?  Plus entry into the Woburn Abbey Gardens is complimentary with your   pre-booked Afternoon Tea.  (Price £12.50 per person)  The Gardens are celebrating Mothering Sunday and helping to raise vital funds for Keech Hospice Care. All children will have the opportunity to make something for mum with seed planting and pot painting activities taking place. Activities included in your standard gardens admission price.

Or for something a little different, head to Beaulieu on Mothering Sunday for the Lancaster Reading Aston Martin Rally. Displaying over 40 cars in the beautiful Beaulieu grounds, it will make for a unique and memorable day out for all the family.

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