Ideas for the best mum!
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. Choose from talks about the history of Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands in London, or go for the complete clotted cream and bubbly guilt-free overload afternoon tea in an old post office, or a newly restored vineyard. There’s an Italian fish supper club up for grabs in Hertford, and a play-as- you-go workshop with flowers and greenery in the courtyard of an arts and crafts house. Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day workshop, All in One Season, Sat 25 March
I have just had the great pleasure of experiencing an All in One Season workshop with Alice – pictured above – and it was joyously different from anything you might expect in a floral workshop. In musical terms, this is more jazz than classical. As a teacher, Alice has an intuitively light touch and she gave us all permission to play. And it really was playful, as we gradually shucked off the stresses of adulthood to find delight in a tangled twig encrusted with lichen. Personally, I felt my shoulders float down as I massaged damp moss. Everyone got into the zone and while we started by chatting a lot – topics covered included no longer fashionable doughnut walls at weddings, Broadchurch, wine o’clock and The Replacement. And then at one point I realised that we were all quiet, glorying in the glueing, and making decisions about feathers or no feathers. Perfect to do with your mum or your daughter. Sons also very welcome. Total relaxation, creativity that catches you by surprise, frothy coffee, hot chocolate and cakes galore. Recommended.
Neopolitan supper club, Number One Port Hill, Hertford, Fri 24 and Sat 25 March
I am looking forward to joining this much talked about Hertford supper club soon. The tickets fly, so be warned. You can choose between Friday or Saturday evening and the event is designed as an early Mother’s Day treat. Be quick if you want to enjoy an Italian celebration of fish in this award-winning Georgian townhouse hotel.
History of Mother’s Day, Museum of Brands, Notting Hill, Sun 26 March
To London for this one, but it sounds as if it could be worth a trip. For anyone who enjoyed Back in Time for Dinner you will love this walk back in time through Spangles, Angel Delight and other packaging nostalgia. But the Museum of Brands is also very contemporary and offers fresh and clever thinking. This event is part of the current Women in Advertising exhibition that goes on until June. On Mother’s Day there are talks in the afternoon that look at the history of Mother’s Day and how mums have been portrayed in media. And yes, there’s a cafe, serving up to date tea and cakes.
Mother’s Day tea, The Old Post Office Tea Rooms, Datchworth
The Old Post Office is on my list of places to visit, particularly now that they are doing fish and chip evenings, but I can only think that the scones will be good because this place is owned by brothers Tom and James Bainbridge, known for their creativity and food at The Tilbury opposite and the White Hart in Welwyn. You can enjoy this champagne afternoon tea in quirky surroundings, then stroll around Datchworth with its picture perfect village green.
Kenwood House, Hampstead
I always think Kenwood is easy to get to and good for vistas and an interesting day out, particularly if you’re in north Herts. You can go for tea in the Brew House Cafe and then there’s always a little light retail before stomping off to find Henry Moore’s Two Piece Reclining Figure No 5. There’s never a dull moment walking on Hampstead Heath with every designer dog breed represented. It’s also good for people watching – particularly the more well known designer faces – if that’s your bag. Wonderful view from Parliament Hill.
Audley End, Saffron Walden
Another big house with loads to see and do. There’s an abundant spread of gardens: formal, off piste woodland, and also a walled vegetable garden where you can buy some of the produce. Good plant shopping. Loads of stuff for children, including a visit to the stables and the recently refurbished nursery wing with fab playroom. Explore the old kitchens, complete with sculptural jelly moulds and gleaming copper, then make your way upstairs to tea and cakes in the Servants’ Hall Tea Room.
Afternoon tea, Frithsden Vineyard
The owners of Frithsden Vineyard, Natalie and Simon, put a huge amount of creativity into their events. On Mother’s Day this would be a great place to go for tea, washed down by Frithsden Fizz, followed by a vineyard tour, and if you want to walk a bit further, you’re minutes from the Ashridge Estate.