Ways to spoil your mum with all the family in Norfolk this Mothering Sunday
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Let your mum put her feet up and have a well earned rest for a special treat this Mothering Sunday. We have some great places to take her and ways to spoil her.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, March 26, 10am-5pm, £11.95 (£11.40 cons), £9.55 children, £40.65-£30.50 family, 01362 869263, museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Gressenhall celebrates Mother's Day with flowers, crafts…and a free cream tea for all mums! The spring flowers are coming into bloom across the 50 acre site near Dereham. Spoil mum with treats on her special day, including a free cream tea in the Mardlers' Rest Café. Discover the Victorian 'language of flowers', learn about the fascinating floral objects in our collections and have a go at making your own paper tissue flowers - each with its own unique meaning. Get creative and make your mum a special brooch. Down on the farm, see if you can spot any more signs of spring.
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Mothering Sunday Walk
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, Norfolk, March 26, 11am-12.30pm, included in normal admission £6.75 (£6.15 cons), £3.85 children, under-5s free, 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk
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Explore the first signs of the beautiful spring woodland colour at Fairhaven with the head gardener. Enjoy the wild yellow primroses, daffodils and narcissi, which are starting to show, as well as white wood anemones and camellias. Every mother receives a primrose too. Elsewhere enjoy time well spent on a walk with mum at Sheringham Park. Climb to the top of the viewing towers to experience breathtaking views of this beautiful Norfolk landscape. Explore Oxburgh Hall Garden, wander along one of the trails in Thetford Forest Park, or just stroll round Whitlingham Broad. Don't forget to book lunch somewhere special too…
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, until June 25, Sun 1pm-4pm, £8.80 (£7.90 cons), £7 children, £29.90-£22 family, 01603 493648, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Peep through the windows of historic mansions, modernist villas and modest family homes to find miniature worlds, recreated in perfect, diminutive detail. Moments frozen in time and picked out in miniature in a series of exquisite houses, are part of Small Stories – an exhibition of dolls' houses at Norwich Castle, a great Mothering Sunday destination. The diminutive des reses include 18th century country mansions and grand townhouses, rooms set into a Chinese-style cabinet, a 1980s house recreating 1940s family life in miniature, and 22 new dolls' house rooms, designed by Norfolk people. The 12 historic dolls' houses from the Victoria and Albert's Museum of Childhood in London are on a world tour.
Wroxham Barns, Hoveton, Norfolk, until June, open daily 10am-5pm, farm admission £6.25 per person, under-2s free, 01603 783762, wroxhambarns.co.uk
Popular lamb-feeding sessions at Wroxham Barns are a great family treat on Mother's Day. Visitors can bottle-feed lambs with sessions at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Other places to see new lambs include Snettisham Park (10am-3pm, 01485 542425, www.snettishampark.co.uk) and Church Farm at Stow Bardolph (10.30am-4pm, 01366 382162, churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk), where love the lamb sessions will take place. There are lots lambs to coo over at Melsop Farm Park (10am-5pm, 01953 851943, melsopfarmpark.co.uk).
Gayton Hall, near King's Lynn, 1pm-5pm, £5, children free, 01485 528432, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mums visiting the splendid Gayton Hall gardens in Gayton, near King's Lynn, will be helping nursing charities as well as enjoying 20 acres of lawns, lakes, streams, bridges, woodland, waterside borders and paths. And what mum would refuse the chance to see the unusual skunk cabbage growing on her special day? There are also lots of spring flowering bulbs and woodland full of unusual trees. Viscount and Viscountess Marsham's gardens are open from 1 to 5pm on Mothering Sunday, in aid of the National Garden Scheme. Refreshments available.
Mother's Day Boat Trip
The Bridge, Wroxham, March 6, 11.30am/2pm, £8.50, £5.50 children, under-5s free, 01603 782207, www.broadstours.co.uk
What could be a more peaceful way to treat your mum than a trip on the Broads enjoying the wildlife and scenery (even if you will have a wrap up warm)? Broads Tours are again running their popular Mothering Sunday trips. The skipper will give a live commentary; he will explain the origin of the Norfolk Broads, point out the abundance of wildlife and other points of interest along the way. All mums accompanied by her child or children will receive a complimentary glass of wine too. Trips will run at 11.30am and 2pm and last an hour and a half.
Mothers VIP Day
Bure Valley Railway, March 6, 11am-3pm, pre-book 01263 733858, www.bvrw.co.uk
Take your mum on a relaxing journey aboard the Bure Valley Railway special VIP Mother's Day Express. Starting from Wroxham, experience the magic of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside, following the picturesque Bure Valley. On arrival at Aylsham receive a complimentary drink and sit down to a two-course set lunch. In addition, each mother receives a gift. You can also let the train take the strain on the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway which giving mums half price travel on Sunday and the beautiful narrow-gauge line will be open from 10am to 5pm.