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Great ideas for Mothering Sunday in the New Forest

10 ideas for Mother's Day 22 March in the Lymington and New Forest area, including ideas if staying home with Covid-19.

Mothering Sunday began as a religious event in the 16th Century, with in fact no connection to mothers at all! The word "mothering" referred to the "mother church", the main church or cathedral of the region. It became a tradition that, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, people would return to their mother church for a special service. This pilgrimage was apparently known as "going a-mothering", and became something of a holiday event, with domestic servants traditionally given the day off to visit their own families as well as their mother church.

Although in recent years Mother's Day has become more commercialised, it's a great opportunity to thank Mum (and Grandma!) and to spend some precious time together - or to remember special times together in the past. 

I recall fondly skipping home from Sunday school with a floppy bunch of daffodils, lovingly tied with garden twine, off which a hand-made sugar paper 'card' dangled precariously... and Mum was delighted. I've kept all the gorgeously scribbled cards that my lot have laboured on over the years - this year I'm just hoping the teens might come out of their rooms so that we can spend some time together!

This year Mothering Sunday is 22 March in the UK. Here are a few ideas...  

190225 Montagu Arms Partridge Beaulieu New Forest

1) Treat Mum to a special lunch

We really are spoilt for choice in the New Forest, with a huge number of fantastic eateries offering a broad variety of gastronomic delights, with prices to suit all budgets. So, whether you are looking for fine dining, a family friendly treat or a good lunch after a dog walk, you'll find the perfect answer in our guide, Great Places for Lunch or Dinner in the New Forest.

See also our Events Calendar for specific Mother's Day Lunches on 22 March.Afternoon Tea on the lawn at the Chewton Glen

2) Afternoon Tea in the New Forest

Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessential of English customs and no wonder – all those delicious sandwiches, fruit-laden slices, yummy scones and melt-in-the-mouth cakes. Treat Mum to a traditional afternoon tea, find inspiration in our guide, Afternoon Tea in the New Forest.

See also our Events Calendar for specific Mother's Day Afternoon Tea events on 22 March. 

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3) Get active on Mother's Day

Many Mums will be keen to get active on Mother's Day! 

Paddle to the pub with New Forest Activities, with a gentle guided tour through the idyllic Beaulieu River Nature Reserve. You’ll paddle to your destination in stable, 3-seater canoes – so let Mum relax as she takes in the views! 

The New Forest Paddle Sport Co in Milford on Sea currently has an excellent Sale with 40% off - perfect to get Mum kitted out for the spring! They also do gift vouchers - ideal for kayak or paddle board taster sessions. 

Treat Mum to regular classes at Shape Up Fitness who provide exercise classes, spin classes, pilates, yoga and one-to-one personal training. Classes can be booked and paid online, with no joining membership fee - it's really easy to sign up and get going! Meanwhile, Push Studios have fantastically fun and energetic fitness classes that will bring smile to your face, multi class passes are available and great value.

Get Mum on a bike! Boost Bike Hub is the long established independent bike shop in Brockenhurst, family owned and full of friendly staff, dedicated to helping you get more out of your cycling whether you are looking for carbon-performance, electric bike fun or something functional for day-to-day riding.

VINEGAR Hill Pottery hard at work

4) Try something different

Vinegar Hill Pottery in Milford on Sea runs regular one and three day pottery courses focusing on learning to make pots on the potters wheel and a delicious lunch, plus tea and homemade cake are included in the price. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for details of upcoming courses. 

The Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu holds a number of bird watching walks and guided walks throughout the year, plus interesting courses - such as the Spoon Carving Taster Session on 28 March. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for details of upcoming courses and walks.

You don't need to be a member to enjoy golf at Lymington Golf Centre: pay and play on the 9 hole course which tranquil setting, bordered by woodland and overlooking the Solent at the southern edge of The New Forest on the outskirts of Lymington. Alternatively have a giggle on the excellent 18 hole New Forest Adventure Golf course, which is also a discovery of the New Forest iteslf including Isle of Wight ferry, Lymington and Beaulieu Rivers and New Forest towns and villages.

Treat Mum to a luxury cooking day - both HH&Co Backstage at Lime Wood and The Kitchen Cookery School at Chewton Glen offer fantastic days and half days, suitable for everyone from complete beginners to budding masterchefs. A chance to learn new culinary skills, gain inspiration and on certain dates with celebrity chefs!

Anti stress massage at SenSpa Careys Manor New Forest

5) Help Mum to relax and unwind

Treat Mum to some much needed mindfulness and 'me time.'

The Natural Health Hub is a health and wellbeing sanctuary in Lymington, offering a wide range of therapies, classes and talks with the common goal of providing and promoting natural health and happiness. Take a look at our Events Calendar for details of regular classes and upcoming workshops and events.

An escape to a spa will really put a smile on Mum's face! We're fortunate in the New Forest to have a number of leading spas on our doorstep, including our favourites SenSpa at Careys Manor, the Spa at Chewton Glen and Herb House at Lime Wood. All offer a range of spa days, spa escapes and treatments. 

No 11 The Salon Lymington

6) Treat Mum to some pampering

New Forest Aromatics creates natural aromatherapy products - including candles, room fragrances, body lotions, shower gel, lip balms, gardeners hand care, wardrobe sachets, bath salts and reed diffusers. All of the products are handmade near Brockenhurst, using only natural ingredients, including lots of organically grown plants. Available at a number of local stockists and also online - perfect if you're staying at home at the moment.

A new 'do' works wonders! We recommend No 11 The Salon in Lymington and Andrew David Hair in Lyndhurst, both of whom have friendly, professional teams who will look after Mum and encourage her to relax whilst they tame and treat her tresses!

Meanwhile, Beautiful You New Forest will help Mum to look and feel brilliant! From manicure, pedicure, waxing and nails to eyes to facials, massage and Reiki: let Alison of Beautiful You enhance Mum's natural beauty. 

Buchanans bracelets

7) Find a special gift for Mum

Buchanans of Lymington offers a wide range of lovely jewellery from traditional to modern and unusual, with something for all budgets too - we especially love these gorgeously colourful bracelets (Les Georgettes by Altesse). Wander in and you'll find a big comfy sofa from which you can view the tempting display cases at your ease and in keeping with that first impression you'll enjoy a really relaxed and friendly ambience with absolutely no hard sell! 

Frame something meaningful for Mum - whether it's her old ballet shoes or a selection of precious photographs. In the Frame, Highcliffe, has a large selection of local views, from the unique coastal images to the beauty and tranquillity of the New Forest, all the images are produced as Large Canvas Wrapped images or mounted and framed prints. Karen also offers a Bespoke Framing Service, a Large Format Canvas Printing facility, a Photographic Restoration Department as well as studio facilities producing Product Photography.

Fairweather's Garden Centre in Beaulieu has a wonderful array of plants and garden paraphernalia! Treat mum to a gift voucher - or better still, take her along and enjoy a stroll together around Patrick's Patch and a cup of tea in Steph's Kitchen.

Discover something really special for Mum at the KB Spring Pop Up Boutique in Lymington on Wednesday 18 March. Browse the spring collections of three local businesses, Kempton Branson, Seaweed Purveyors of Pure and Yoo Nee Yak bags and enjoy CoffeeMongers coffee and homemade cakes - all will be donating a percentage of sales to local charity Força - Strength Against Cancer. (Staying home with the current Covid-19 situation? Order online at KemptonBranson by midnight 18 March for it to include donation to Força)

man and woman carrying toddler

9) Head out for a spring walk!

With both the New Forest National Park and the Solent Shore on our doorstep, we're spoilt in the choice of excellent walks. Take a look at our Walks section for inspiration and also this useful information about walking in the New Forest National Park.  

Haven Bar and Restaurant exterior view Lymington

10) Sundowners by the sea and music

Every Sunday, including Mother's Day, enjoy live music from 4pm at The Haven Bar & Restaurant. Fingers crossed for fine weather and you'll be able to enjoy sundowners overlooking the Lymington River and Solent Shore.

There's also live music over the Mother's Day weekend at the Soul Funk Music Weekender at Shorefield Country Park near Milford on Sea.

The power of communication

With current uncertainty as to how Covid-19 will affect us here in the UK, we hope that you're able to get together to enjoy special times this Mother's Day. Mums are a special breed and would prefer everyone to stay safe and healthy - if you have to stay at home pick up the phone for a chat - special treats can be saved to enjoy another day. 


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