Mother’s Day In Kent
Mums are special, there is no doubt about it. They gave birth to us, after all, and then they nurtured us, cared for us and basically made us into the people we are today. If that doesn’t deserve an extra special day of pampering, then what does? In Kent there are plenty of wonderfully luxurious places to visit, special events, perfect gifts and even ways to celebrate at home to give Mum exactly what she deserves, whatever your budget and whatever her tastes.
Yoga Retreat with Ami and Alex
Immerse in nature. Wake up to wilderness. Retreat for three nights, (19th – 22nd March), at Elmley Nature Reserve. The 3,200 acre nature reserve is the perfect location to connect to nature, feed the soul, and promote pure health and happiness. Mum can enjoy daily yoga, breathing, meditation practices, wholesome eating, nature walks, inspirational workshops, healing fire ceremonies, storytelling and more.
Chocolate Making at Temper Temper
If your mum has a sweet tooth, and especially if she loves her chocolate, why not give her a truly special gift? Instead of buying a box of chocs for her to eat, give her the chance to make her own chocolatey creations at Temper Temper in Southborough. There are both general chocolate making workshops and truffle making workshops, so take your pick. You might even want to go along with Mum yourself…
Ploughman’s Lunch On A Steam Train
The Spa Valley Railway is a wonderful day out no matter what event you might be celebrating, but when it comes to treating Mum to something special – and unique – the Mother’s Day ploughman’s lunch has to be on your list. Departing from Tunbridge Wells West, on 22nd March, you will be able to tuck into a delicious ploughman’s on your round trip.
Imagine having the chance to feel like a model, or a movie star. Imagine having your hair done, your makeup perfectly applied. Imagine having a photographer all to yourself who will be able to bring out your best side. Then imagine giving all that to your mum for Mother’s Day – her face would be a picture.
Simon Everett Photography offers exactly this makeover photoshoot service. With expert knowledge to create the most amazing images, this could indeed be a Mother’s Day to remember.
Image credit: Simon Everett Photography
Enjoy An Animal Experience
For animal lovers there is nothing quite like getting up close and personal with a favourite creature or two. At Kent’s Wingham Wildlife Park, you can give your mum the opportunity to really get to know her favourite creatures, from tigers to penguins and plenty in between – you can even be a keeper for the day and meet lots of different animals.
These unique experience days not only enhance your visit to Wingham Wildlife Park, but they are sure to become a fond memory for years to come. If you’re looking for a special gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life, these animal experience days make the perfect present. Plus, as it helps Wingham to support their animals, it really is the gift that keeps on giving for an animal lover.
Spend Mother’s Day Weekend at Hever Castle
Show your mum just how much you love her with a wonderful family day out to Hever Castle on Mother’s Day Weekend. The historic castle and stunning gardens is the perfect place to say thank you and enjoy a family day out. Work up an appetite with a wander around the stunning 125 acre grounds or let the kids run off some energy in the Tudor Towers adventure playground and the natural play area, Acorn Dell. Your little ones can make a keyring in a free craft workshop. For an extra special day, celebrate with a delicious Mother’s Day Weekend Afternoon Tea (pre-booking is essential). Enjoy the classic afternoon tea in the elegant Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant situated in the Italian Garden overlooking the lake.
Afternoon Tea at Eastwell Manor
There is perhaps nothing as traditional – and special – as a real afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, a selection of cakes and pastries, beautiful warm scones with jam and cream and of course plenty of tea (or coffee) to wash it all down with. You might even like to add some sparkling wine to the mix; this is for Mum, after all, so it needs to be extra special.
The afternoon tea at Eastwell Manor offers all of this in the most splendid of surroundings (the oak panelled lounge) overlooking the gorgeous gardens. You can even add a customisable cake to the tea to make the whole thing utterly unique.
Make Some Jewellery
Antoinette Luckhurst’s jewellery making classes are the perfect way to spend some quality together time with your mother (or send her by herself if she would relish some alone time), and come away at the end with a beautiful piece of jewellery, completely handmade by you, to show off too. Make a sterling silver bangle, earrings, pendant, chain, or ring and decorate as you wish. So really, your mum will be getting two gifts for the price of one – firstly she’ll get to have a fun day out doing something different, and secondly she’ll have her own unique piece of jewellery with some amazing memories attached to it.
Have A Picnic
Taking the time to make a lovely picnic for Mum is a special treat. Pick her favourite foods and put them together in a gorgeous wicker basket, along with a bottle of her favourite tipple, or perhaps try the floral and tropical notes of Chapel Down’s Bacchus, and then take her out in the great outdoors of Kent and spoil her rotten. Spread a blanket on the ground, pop some flowers in a vase and let her indulge.
The only question is, where will you have your picnic?
Some of the best picnic spots in Kent include:
- Knole Park, Sevenoaks
- Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve
- Botany Bay, Broadstairs
- Lower Leas Coastal Park, Folkestone
- Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge
And there are plenty more too; there is sure to be somewhere delightful nearby, or maybe you want to stay in your own garden and enjoy what that has to offer.
Book Mum A Massage
Mums work hard. No matter what they do, no matter where they go, mums don’t ever seem to rest. So it’s no wonder they can get tense and stressed at times. Because of this, booking your mum a wonderful relaxing massage as a Mother’s Day gift is always going to be appreciated.
At Escape Holistic Therapies in Maidstone, there are plenty of different options to choose from depending what it is that your mum needs. From hot stone massage to aromatherapy and not forgetting the ultimate stress-buster, the Indian head massage, you know your mother is in safe hands here.
Bee Keeping at Bore Place
We’re finally beginning to understand just how important bees are to the survival of the human race. If your mum is interested in learning more, a bee keeping course could be the ideal way to show her that you care – at Bore Place near Edenbridge, an informal course provides an excellent introduction to the world of beekeeping. The course is designed for beginners, so no previous experience or knowledge is required.
Skincare & Pampering Evening at Neptune Canterbury
Book for mum to join Gemma Jarvis, owner of Beauty Lounge, Whitstable, at Neptune Canterbury on Wednesday 22nd April, for a fun and interactive evening designed to help mum glow in her own skin this spring – and beyond. This special pampering evening will start with a glass of prosecco and a light supper from Macknade. Where guests will learn all about the myths and facts of skin care whilst Gemma and her therapists create a detailed individual skin analysis. Guests will be treated to a full, personalised skincare routine from a Dermalogica skin expert, and will receive some gorgeous products to take home and use to help promote happy, healthy skin. If that weren’t enough they’ll also leave with a packed beauty bag, and a gift from Neptune too!
Tickets are £35pp book by calling 01227 209300, emailing email@example.com or popping into the store.
Enjoy a Mum & Daughter (or Son!) Getaway by the Sea
Enjoy some quality mum bonding time and indulge in the ultimate cosy escape at Artfuls in Broadstairs. The newly opened, quirky, Dickens-themed B&B by the sea, offers comfortable themed rooms – the ‘Beach’ room’ has twin beds – just minutes from Broadstairs’s sandy Viking Bay, shops and restaurants. With a pretty seaside coffee shop/bar boasting artisan spirits, an impressive cocktail list and not forgetting plentiful tea, coffee and too-good-to-refuse homemade cakes and cookies; let passionate owners Neal and Michael spoil mum in seaside style this Mother’s Day.