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Looking to spoil your Mum, Grandma or the whole family this Mother’s Day? This year Mothering Sunday is on Sunday 31st March 2019 and you’ll find the perfect Mother’s Day treat in Hampshire. Choose from, luxury spa days, delicious afternoon tea and fantastic family days out at top attractions. If you are stuck for ideas and need a helping hand to plan the perfect day for your Mother, we have pulled together the below list of some of our favourite Mother’s Day treats in Hampshire.

See our 2020 Mother's Day guide here

1. Afternoon Tea at Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke

Treat your Mum to a delicious afternoon tea in Oakley Hall’s 2 AA Rosette Glasshouse Restaurant. Each afternoon tea comes with a selection of artisan sandwiches, plain and fruit scones, a selection of homemade cakes and a choice of hot drinks. For an extra special afternoon tea experience, upgrade with a glass of champagne. 

Find out more about Oakley Hall Hotel

2. Mothering Sunday Carvery at Winchester Cathedral’s Refectory, Winchester

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Winchester Cathedral with a special Mothering Sunday service. After the service enjoy a delicious Sunday Carvery in the Paul Woodhouse Suite where each Mum will receive a small gift. Pre-booking of the carvery is required.

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3. High Tea Experience at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Take your Mum 100 meters above the city of Portsmouth, at Emirates Spinnaker Tower and treat her to a high tea experience with a view. The traditional high teas include an assortment of sandwiches, cakes and scones. The high tea experience must be booked in advance. 

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4. A Day out at in Chawton with a visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton House

Spend the day with your Mum exploring the village of Chawton, famous for its connections with Jane Austen. Visit Jane Austen’s House Museum and see the desk where Jane use to write her books. Afterwards, adventure on a 10 minute walk down the road to Chawton House, discover the house’s connections to women writers, enjoy lunch in the tearooms and explore the beautiful gardens. 

Find out more about Jane Austen House Museum

Find out more about Chawton House

5. Mother’s Day Lunch and a Walk around the Gardens at Sir Harold Hiller Gardens, Romsey

If you’re Mum is a garden lover, this is a treat for her. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in located on the edge of the historic market town of Romsey and is famous for its arboretum and gardens. Enjoy lunch in the garden’s restaurant followed by a walk around the gardens to see some of the 42,000 plants that the gardens is home to. 

Find out more about Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Looking to escape and relax this Mother’s Day? How about booking yourself into one of Hampshire’s spas

6. Afternoon Tea and a Steam Train Ride on The Watercress Line, Alresford

Jump aboard a steam train this Mother’s Day and travel through the picturesque Hampshire countryside whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. This special Mother’s Day Steam Train will depart from Alresford Station and must be booked in advanced. 

Find out more about Mother’s Day on The Watercress Line

7. A Day Out on the Farm where Mums go Free at Finkley Down Farm, Andover

Pack up the family and head to Finkley Down Farm this Mother’s Day where all Mums, Aunties and Grandmas can visit for free. See the animals and enjoy serval indoor and outdoor play areas. Throughout the day there will be animal handling and feeding to keep you entertained. 

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8. Mother’s Day Paddle to the Pub with New Forest Activities, New Forest 

For an adventurous Mother’s Day head to the New Forest National Park and join New Forest Activities for a paddle down the River Beaulieu to the pub. You’ll enjoy a gentle tour along the river before disembarking at the Master Builder’s pub and treating your Mum to her favourite drink. This activity must be booked in advance.

Find out more about New Forest Activities’ paddle to the pub

9. Mother’s Day Chocolate Making Workshop with Chocolate Craft, Alresford

Is your Mum a chocolate lover? Book her onto a chocolate making workshop run by the expert chocolatiers at Chocolate Craft. Each workshop lasts for 2.5 hours and you’ll learn the techniques and skills for chocolate making. At the end of the day you can take home the chocolates you have made. These workshops must be booked in advance. 

Find out more about Chocolate Craft's workshops

10. Mother’s Day Brunch, Lunch or Dinner in one of Hampshire’s Eateries

Hampshire is famous for its food, so taking your mum for a meal out in one of Hampshire’s top restaurants or pubs is the perfect treat. Whether you are looking for fine dining, a traditional pub, the perfect place for brunch or a light lunch by the sea you’ll find an abundance of places any Mum will love!

See our guide to restaurants in Hampshire

See our guide to pubs in Hampshire

11. A Visit to The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth where Mums go Free

Henry VIII loved his mum, Elizabeth of York, but she never got to see his pride and joy – the Mary Rose! Treat your mum this Mother's Day and take her to see the historic flagship, The Mary Rose for free! Explore the famous warship and see fascinating Tudor artefacts that were unearthed from the depths of the Solent, after more than 400 years in the seabed. There will be children's activities and Henry himself regaling visitors with his stories. 

Find out more about The Mary Rose

12. Treat your Mum to a Mother's Day Treat at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

From indulgent feasts to pampering treatments, there are a whole host of ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Choose from a sumptuous Sunday lunch in the Hotel's Wild Carrot Restaurant, Afternoon Tea in the library of the hotel's restored 18th Century Manor, a delicious cocktail on Wild Carrots Bar or a day of relaxation in Four Season's newly refurbished spa. All experiences must be booked in advance. 

Find out more about Mother's Day at Four Seasons Hampshire

Make your Mother’s Day visit to Hampshire a little longer by booking accommodation. See our accommodation page for further details. 

Hampshire is home to several amazing attractions suitable for a fantastic Mothering Sunday day out. See our Attractions page for further details. 



Oakley Hall Hotel
Oakley Hall Hotel

Oakley Hall offers 47 elegant bedrooms in both the main house and the converted 19th century stable block. Bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished to a very high standard complete with every modern convenience.

Winchester Cathedral
Cathedral / Minister
Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe. Nestled at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, this magnificent Cathedral is the resting place of Saxon royalty, bishops and Jane Austen, the much-loved English novelist.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Emirates Spinnaker Tower - Panoramic View

Experience the view from Emirates Spinnaker Tower – the stunning 170-metre icon of the South Coast and Britain’s best viewing tower.  The view decks provide a great introduction to the surrounding area, offering a unique bird’s eye view that makes it a must-do attraction on any visit to Hampshire.

Jane Austen's House
Historic House / Palace
Jane Austen's House in Chawton

Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire is the picturesque country cottage where Jane Austen lived. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was here that Jane’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and had published all her novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is world famous for its arboretum and gardens – set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside; this garden is stunning whatever the season.

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'
Steam Railway
Autumn on the Watercress Line

Experience the golden age of steam on the Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'! Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or making new ones, sit back, relax and travel through the heart of quintessential English countryside by steam train, looking towards stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

Finkley Down Farm
Finkley Down Farm

Finkley Down Farm is the place to go! There is always so much to see and do. You can join in with the activities scheduled throughout the day; cuddle a rabbit, or groom a pony; you'll scarcely have time to play on the adventure playground.

New Forest Activities
Sports Ground
New Forest Activities

New Forest Activities offer a variety of safe and enjoyable activities for families, couples, individuals and groups of all ages and abilities led by expert outdoor instructors. For tours with a difference, take to the water with Canoeing and Kayaking on the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve.

Chocolate Craft
Cookery School
Chocolate Craft

Chocolate Craft are an award-winning chocolate company producing handcrafted chocolates for customers throughout the UK, including Fortnum & Mason and offer chocolate making workshops.



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