This year, Mother's day falls on the 11th of March. With 3-ish weeks to go, if you haven't got plans already, we've got some ideas for you below (arranged by tentative chronological order for those of you who like an itinerary)!
Go for a fun breakfast
Breakfast at Louis' Deli
Of course, you can attempt to make something good yourself - I have particularly fond memories of presenting my own mum with a tea and a dehydrated Weetabix every Mother's Day until I was about 18.
If - however - you're bad at carrying a tray and would rather head out for breakfast, try Frank's bar, cosy Louis' Deli, House, or head to the beautiful William and Florence on Unthank road for their fantastic bottomless brunch.
Pick up your trinkets
If you want to pick up something special this Mother's Day, Norwich is the perfect destination. Foremost, the brilliant fun and well-stocked Vintage and Creators Spring Market is on in the Narthex of The Cathedral of St John the baptist on Saturday the 10th (giving you time to find some gift wrap too before Sunday!). Cary's Flowers on Norwich Market is of course an abundant jungle of lush greens and spring colours at the moment, if you fancy creating your bouquet or buying one of the ready-made ones. For cards, try Elm on Dove Street, Jarrolds, or why not print your own using a woodblock from County and Eastern (who also sell really beautiful cards too if you get there and decide printmaking isn't for you this year).
A few of our favourite outdoorsy places have some special events just for Mothering Sunday. Broads Tours are offering their relaxing cruises down the river complete with a glass of wine for mum, so you'll be able to see all the beauty of the broads all from the comfort of a majestic boat.
Over at the brilliant, beguiling and completely bonkers BeWILDerwood, it's free entry for mums on their extra special Twiggle Treat Day. Take part in the annual Zippy Races, and enjoy a day in the woods where children and grown-ups alike can play on towering tree walks and the slippery slopes!
Down the garden, the wonderful Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden are offering a guided walk on Sunday, where every mother will receive a primrose. Also open on Mothering Sunday is Raveningham Gardens, as part of the National Gardens Scheme - an opportunity to see their breathtaking collection of snowdrops before the weather starts to warm up.
Afternoon Tea at the Maids Head Hotel
Because who doesn't love tea, cake, and sandwiches so small you can eat 4 of them and not even feel bad. The origin of afternoon tea was all thanks to the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. In between, the Duchess would become hungry and the delicate afternoon tea was born!
Our picks include fabulous afternoon teas at The Maid's Head, The Assembly House, Urban Jungle, Cupcakes and Bubbles, and the resplendent Sprowston Manor Hotel!
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