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See our 2021 Mother's Day guide here

Looking to spoil your Mum, Grandma or the whole family this Mother’s Day? This year Mothering Sunday is on Sunday 22nd March 2020 and you’ll find the perfect Mother’s Day treat and day out in Hampshire. 

Choose from luxury spa days, delicious afternoon tea, fantastic family days out at top attractions or a walk in the Hampshire countryside.

If you’re stuck for ideas, plan the perfect day for your Mum with our guide below of some of our favourite Mother’s Day activities.

Mothering Sunday visit to Jane Austen’s House and Cream Tea

Say thank you to your Mum this Mother’s Day and treat her to a day out at Jane Austen's House with a cream tea at Cassandra's Cup. Explore Jane’s house and gardens before popping over to Cassandra’s Cup for a delicious cream tea. Booking is essential at Cassandra's Cup to avoid disappointment.

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Mother’s Day at New Forest Wildlife

Join New Forest Wildlife Park this Mother's Day for a fun filled day in the Wildlife Park with 'Mum's the Word' quiz trail. Follow the quiz around the park to find the answers whilst learning about the park's animal Mums. Normal admissions apply.

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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea and Lunch at Langstone Quays Resort

Treat your Mum for an afternoon tea or lunch in Langstone Quays Resort's wonderful waterside location. With two menus to choose from and live singing by the fantastic Amy Baker, Langstone Quays offers the perfect place to trest the special woman in your life. Booking is required.

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Shopping at Gunwharf Quays

A Day Shopping at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth

With over 90 famous brands Gunwharf Quays is the ultimate shopping destination and a perfect treat for any Mother. With clothing, accessories, shoes and handbag shops you and your mum can shop until she drops. Visit one of Gunwharf’s many restaurants and cafes for a delicious lunch and to recharge after your spending spree. 

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Afternoon Tea at Oakley Hall

Treat your Mum to a delightful 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 to a glass of champagne. 

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Half Price Entry for Mums at Exbury Gardens

All Mums visiting Exbury Gardens on Mother's Day will receive half price admission. Enjoy a spring day out walking along paths lined with camellias, magnolias and early-flowering rhododendrons. After exploring the gardens enjoy cake and tea in Mr Eddy's Restaurant. 

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High Tea at Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

Mother's Day High Tea at Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Live the high life this Mother's Day and treat mum to 'High Tea' at Emirates Spinnaker Tower's exclusive Café in the Clouds. Enjoy mouth-watering cakes, sandwiches and scones with an unlimited supply of tea or coffee, while marvelling at the spectacular views set 105 metres above Portsmouth Harbour. High tea must be booked in advance. 

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Mothering Sunday Lunches and Afternoon Tea at Chawton House

Explore Chawton House and gardens and afterwards treat your Mum to a special 2-course home-cooked lunch in the Old Kitchen Tearoom or Chawton House's brand new Afternoon Tea menu, being served today only in the Great Hall. Lunch and afternoon tea should be booked in advance. 

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Mother's Day Paddle to the Pub with New Forest Activities

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

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.

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

Hampshire is famous for its food, so taking your mum for a meal out to 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

Mother’s Day Walks in Hampshire

Don the wellies, wrap up warm and enjoy a family walk exploring Hampshire’s two national parks, countryside or coast. From all day hikes to circular walks with a pub stop, treat your mum to an outdoor adventure in Hampshire:

See our guide to walking and hiking in Hampshire

Mother's Day Basingstoke Canal Cruise

Mother’s Day Cruise on Basingstoke Canal

Explore the little known but beautiful Basingstoke Canal on a special Mother’s Day cruise aboard the trip boat John Pinkerton 11. Departing at 10.30am enjoy a 2.5-hour leisurely cruise to King Johns Castle and back. Plus, every Mum onboard will receive flowers and chocolates.

Find out more about the Mother’s Day Cruise on Basingstoke Canal

Mother's Day at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Visit Four Seasons Hampshire this Mother's Day and enjoy an extra special farmers' market lunch in their Wild Carrot restaurant or one of their famous afternoon teas in the hotel's library. Make your Mum's day extra special by booking her a luxury spa treatment. All Mums who visit the hotel will receive a heart leather keyring from luxury leather company Aspinal of London. Bookings should be made in advance.

Find out more about Four Seasons Hampshire 

Mother's Day out at one of Hampshire Top Family Attractions

For a Mother's Day out that the whole family will love, visit one of Hampshire's top family attractions. Blast into space at Winchester Science Centre, ride the rollercoasters at Paultons Park, see the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, marvel at the views across Portsmouth from the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, step inside historic ships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, get up close with animals at Marwell, learn about Henry VII's favourite ship at the Mary Rose and so much more. 

See our guide to Hampshire's top family attractions

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


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

Today visitors can step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps, exploring the home and garden that Jane knew and loved, uncovering the story of her life and times, and getting up-close to objects from the museum’s unparalleled Austen collection, including Jane’s letters, jewellery and the little table at which she wrote her much loved novels.

The New Forest Wildlife Park
Animal Collection / Zoo
Giant Otter at The New Forest Wildlife Park

Visit the New Forest Wildlife Park and meet Victor the red deer stag, Hamish the pine marten and Hettie the hedgehog. Ogle at all the otters or be enthralled by the tropical butterfly house at this lovely woodland park, which helps to conserve endangered species and rehabilitates injured animals from the wild.

Gunwharf Quays
Shop / Shopping Centre
Lady With Bike at Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays is the UK’s only waterfront outlet shopping destination. Located on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront, you can shop at over 90 famous brands including Coach, North Face, The White Company, Hugo Boss and Nike; grab a bite to eat in a choice of over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes; and watch the boats go by as you take in the stunning marina location.

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.

Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower - Panoramic View

Experience the view from 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.

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.

New Forest Activities
Sports Ground
Family Canoeing with 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.

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Countryside, Parks & Gardens
Exbury Gardens in the New Forest

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is currently closed for winter maintenance. We look forward to welcoming you back from 1st March 2021.

Chawton House
Castles & Stately Homes
Chawton House

Chawton House was owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward, and known to her as ‘the Great House’. Jane lived in a cottage on his estate and would stroll up to ‘dawdle away’ many an hour in the grand Elizabethan manor and its picturesque gardens.

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Four Seasons Hotel

This Georgian manor house, set in 500 acres of rolling grounds and English Heritage listed gardens, offers the upmost in luxury and relaxation, just an hour from London.



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