The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

5 ideas for Mother’s Day

14 Mar 2017

She taught you how to tie your shoe laces, baked cakes for your birthdays and wiped the tears away when the first boy hurt you… mum’s are the support system that keeps on giving. Even if you think it’s commercial hooey, Mother’s Day serves to remind us of everything they do for us, and lets us say a hearty ‘thank you’ – even if just for one day.

Norfolk is rife with options for spoiling mum this year – here’s five ideas:

Afternoon tea:

Afternoon tea at Folly Tearoom

Let’s drink tea and eat cake my dear! Great but, erm, where? If you’re Holt-way, Folly Tearoom is an institution. Vintage romance is the theme, with afternoon teas served on cream three-tier stands adorned with butterflies, while cotton doilies grace the tables. Live near Aylsham? Biddy’s is a Victorian-inspired tea room with record players, tassled lampshades and Union Jack bunting. Afternoon tea here is more bespoke, with diners choosing their own blend of tea, their own sandwiches, their own cake and their own scones. You’ll find waitresses dressed in 1920s gear at Norwich-based Harriet’s where tier stands are silver, cream is clotted and chandeliers hang from the ceiling. They even make their own jam.

Spa time:

Spas and Mother’s Day go together like Easter and choccies – gossip in the hot tub, enjoy a relaxing massage or facial and then lunch in the comfort of your white robe, glass of fizz in hand. Norfolk has hundreds of options, from small city spas for express treatments (try Bannatyne) to large spas based in historic luxury hotels (think Dunston Hall or The St Giles House Hotel). Outside of Norwich is rife with spa options too: check out Park Farm in Hethersett for lush countryside, Congham Hall near Kings Lynn for spa-time combined with a walk on the beach, Barnham Broom for spa and golf (it’s not just for men you know!) and The Pig near Holt for luxury spa suites.

Beach walk & fish ‘n’ chips:

Cromer Pier

You don’t have to pre-book something to have a special day out with mum – in fact, the more spontaneous the day, the better (sometimes). And there’s nothing more bracing, or spontaneous, than a walk on the beach following by some fish and chips sat wherever you can find a spot near/on the sand. Amazing beaches are all over Norfolk, each sporting decent fish and chips to tuck into when hunger strikes: try Wells for great harbour views, Cromer for a traditional seaside pier, Great Yarmouth for all the fun of the fair, Brancaster for taking pooch along and Hunstanton to watch watersports in action. Posh it up with little bottles of Prosecco and two straws.

Sunday Roast en fam:

I’ve often wondered whether Mothering Sunday falls on a Sunday in Winter (well, not technical but it’s still only March) so that your family can tuck into a warming roast while putting the worlds to rights. “Pass me the roast potatoes please dear… and the mustard while you’re at it.” It’s a sociable affair, and an excuse to drink copious amounts of wine -those massive plates working hard to soak it all up. I can’t possibly list all the amazing pubs that do great roasts in Norfolk (my hands would fall off), but here are my tips for ensuring you have a great Mothering Sunday Roast:

  1. Choose a pub over a chain restaurant – it will be more warming and cosy
  2. Ask if there is an open fire and whether it will be lit (some pubs have stopped lighting fires now that the season has turned)
  3. Doublecheck that all roasts, be it chicken, pork or otherwise, come with Yorkshire puddings (it should be illegal, but some pubs still only serve them with beef – pah!)
  4. Book ahead – this is a must!
  5. Mums: make sure you order dessert – it’s your day after all

Theatre:

The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea

There’s no reason why Mother’s Day can’t be Mother’s evening, with plenty of cultural options to enjoy after dark. Get dressed up, trip into town and enjoy a pre-theatre tipple before watching a play or musical. Seasoned theatres such as Norwich’s Theatre Royal, Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre, Great Yarmouth’s St Georges Theatre, Cromer Pier, and Gorleston’s Pavilion will be hosting productions of national interest, while smaller theatres like the Norwich Playhouse, Sheringham Little Theatre and The Granary Theatre in Wells-next-the-Sea will host independent, art-house productions.

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