With Mother’s Day just over a week away on Sunday 15 March, we offer our selection of the top 10 Mother’s Day events 2015 from all over the UK
Florimania, Hampton Court Palace
This Mother’s Day weekend, Hampton Court Palace will be bringing the King’s State Apartments to life with stunning floral displays inspired by five centuries of history. A rich tapestry of flowering fashion and artistry will showcase popular designs from the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian eras, against the Baroque backdrop of the palace interior. Visitors can also pick up top tips from the experts, enjoy flower arranging demonstrations and wander the glorious gardens outside. And for mothers with a sweet tooth, the recently opened Georgian Chocolate Kitchen explores the story of chocolate in England.
The romantic setting of Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent is perfect for some quality time spent with Mummy dearest. The castle’s elegant Guthrie Pavilion restaurant situated in the Italian Gardens overlooking the lake is offering the chance to treat mothers this year with an Afternoon Tea or a sumptuous three course menu, featuring Eton mess and a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Young visitors can also decorate a flower pot in a free craft workshop to give as a Mother’s Day gift, as well as join a biscuit decorating workshop.
Take a glimpse into the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family for Mother’s Day this year. A charming estate with romantic woodland perfect for walks, it is offering two courses of seasonal food for Mother’s Day, including a complimentary glass of wine and a posy of flowers for mothers fresh from the Greenway garden.
Women Fashion Power, Design Museum
From shoulder pads to Gaga’s notorious dress made of meat, fashion has long been a powerful form of self-expression for women. Peeking inside the wardrobes of figures including Dame Vivienne Westwood, Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, this exhibition at the Design Museum, London, looks at how clothes have been used to feminine advantage throughout history.
English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, author of masterpiece Tess of the D’Urbervilles and a writer influenced by Romanticism, is frequently a favourite on any woman’s list of literature greats. So a fail-safe suggestion for Mother’s Day 2015 has to be a cinema trip to see the newly restored 1967 film adaptation of his novel of the same name, Far from the Madding Crowd. Starring Julie Christie, the classic film is being reissued and screened in selected cinemas ahead of the remake (starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen), which is due out in May.
Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire
The magnificent Wimpole Hall, surrounded by a vast estate with breathtaking views, is ideal for a Mother’s Day countryside jaunt. Throughout March 2015, the Friday night music series will be held in the atmospheric Hall, with its impressive acoustics, and tickets include a glass of wine and a chance to see the ground floor rooms after hours.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire
Explore the ruins of the twelfth-century Fountains Abbey, admire its water garden and spot spring flowers bursting into bloom this Mother’s Day. Visitors can also use wonderfully scented fresh spring flowers to create a Mother’s Day posy with the help of award-winning florists, Twisted Willow.
Fashion on the Ration, Imperial War Museum, London
An exhibition looking at the connection between war and fashion, Fashion on the Ration, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 1945. Fascinating for anyone with an interest in fashion or history, it’s also something of a tribute to all the women who made such remarkable efforts on the home front to recycle, mend and keep up morale through dress.
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex
Birling Gap is part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast of England, offering scenic walks with wonderful sea views for Mother’s Day. You can also enjoy a special Mother’s Day Champagne breakfast at the Birling Gap cliff top cafe.
An 18th-century garden, Claremont is a beautiful outdoor oasis within easy reach of London. Guests on Mothering Sunday can stroll through the garden and visit the Camellia Terrace in bloom, then head to the café for an afternoon tea. And Mothers get in free to the garden when accompanied by their children.
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