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8 ways to spoil mum in Norfolk this Mother’s Day

PUBLISHED: 16:03 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 20 March 2017

Give mum some time to relax with a break away in Norfolk

Give mum some time to relax with a break away in Norfolk


Forgo the traditional flowers and chocolates this year and really spoil your mum this Mothering Sunday with a local treat

1. Great British Mother

If your mum is fan of cake or was glued to the last series of BBC’s Great British Bake Off, then Richard Hughes’ Cookery School, at The Assembly House in Norwich, may have the ideal gift for her this Mother’s Day. Norfolk’s very own Kate Barmby will be hosting a Classic British Baking cake class on March 31, as well as several other classes, all of which would no doubt make your mum’s day. All classes are available as gifts, and can be delivered straight to her door, either as a voucher (£1.50 plus p+p extra) or in a gift box (£40 plus £9 p+p).

Kate Barmby’s cake class is £150; please see online for lists and prices of other classes. www.richardhughescookeryschool.co.uk

Kate with her Simnel cake - perfect for marking Mothering SundayKate with her Simnel cake - perfect for marking Mothering Sunday

Amanda Abbington stars in Abigail's Party at Norwich Theatre RoyalAmanda Abbington stars in Abigail's Party at Norwich Theatre Royal

2. Letting off steam!

Take your mMum on a special relaxing, journey and join the Bure Valley Railway for a special train and lunch package on Sunday, March, 26. Starting from Wroxham, experience the magic of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside before arriving at Aylsham. Receive a complimentary drink on arrival and sit down to a two-course set lunch, including coffee and mints, at the Whistlestop. In addition, each mother receives a free gift. After lunch Once lunch is finished, the train makesawaits for a leisurely journey back to Wroxham.

Limited spaces are available for this special package and therefore must be pre-booked (aAdults £25.00, cChildren £12.50, uUnder 5’s £5.00).

Alternatively, come and enjoy a steam train ride starting from either Aylsham or Wroxham and treat your mMother to a cream tea at the Whistlestop or purchase a small memento from the well-stocked gift and souvenir shop. Trains depart from Aylsham at 11:00 & 14:20 and Wroxham at 12:10 (aAdult rReturn £13.00, cChild rReturn £6.50)

7 Surrey Street Cafe's will help mum perfect her cupcake decorating skills7 Surrey Street Cafe's will help mum perfect her cupcake decorating skills

01263 733858 www.bvrw.co.uk

3. Party for mum

A day out that all the family can enjoyA day out that all the family can enjoy

If you think your mum deserves a good night out, why not treat her to tickets for Abigail’s Party at Norwich Theatre Royal? Revived four decades on from its original staging, Abigail’s Party is heading to the city from March 27 to April 1, with a cast headed by Amanda Abbington, who is probably most well- known for her recent role as Mary Watson in BBC’s Sherlock. The play sees the always-vocal Beverly and her estate agent husband decide to invite around their new neighbours, Tony and Ange, for an evening soiree at their home. Add in nervous divorcee Sue who is concerned about leaving her teenage daughter at home with lots of friends. As . As the young people’s party starts getting out of hand, chaos also ensues for the adults in a story mixing comedy, drama and tragedy.

Tickets £8-£28.50. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s, and Groups. Captioned performance on Wednesday 29 March 29 at 2.30pm.

01603 630000 www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Your mum will love a walk amongst the flowers at Fairhaven Woodland and Water GardensYour mum will love a walk amongst the flowers at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens

4. Sweet treats

If your mum has a bit of a sweet tooth and a creative side, why not book her a bit of fun me-time, with 7 Surrey Street Café’s Cupcake decorating classes. I, or if you don’t want to send her alone why not book two spaces and join her, for some extra special bonding time?. At the classes you will learn the key to the perfect cCupcake and how to create fabulous sSugarpaste decorations including rRoses, dDaisies and bButterflies, also mastering a variety of buttercream nozzles to produce stunning whirls and roses.

A night of luxury in The Assembly House's bedrooms is sure to make you favourite childA night of luxury in The Assembly House's bedrooms is sure to make you favourite child

To see the latest list of classes on offer, visit their Facebook page “7 Surrey Street Café” or email enquiries@cafe7surreystreet.co.uk for further details.

Local artwork made just for mum by De Fraine Design LondonLocal artwork made just for mum by De Fraine Design London

5. Among the flowers

Your mum doesn’t have to be “green-fingered” to enjoy a walk amongst the beautiful spring flowers in bloom at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, and this Mothering Sunday they are offering guided tours with the head gardener, to help her enjoy the predominantly yellow-flowering plants of wild primrose, skunk cabbage and daffodilsdaffodills. As an extra special treat, every mother will also received a free primose to take home and enjoy. Guided tour is 11am – 12.30pm – no need to book.

Walk is included in garden entry price, and is free to all members. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Give the chocolate to Mum or keep them for youself, we won't tell!Give the chocolate to Mum or keep them for youself, we won't tell!

6. Relax and unwind

If you think mMum is in need of a break but you don’t want to send her too far away (just in case you can’t work the washing machine) why not treat her to a night away at one of Norfolk’s many luxurious hotels? From the idyllic coastal retreat of the Victoria Inn, on the Holkham estate where a walk on their private beach will blow away any cobwebs, to the city centre luxury of The Assembly House, perfectly placed for a day of shopping, wining and dining, or to the beautiful Breckland setting of Strattons Hotel in Swaffham, with plenty of history to discover in the town and surrounding landscape, they all it makes an ideal get away for mMum’s who don’t like to sit still.

Please see online for individual prices: www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk; www.holkham.co.uk/stay-eat/the-victoria; www.strattonshotel.com

7. Written with love

De Fraine Design London is a Norfolk- based family business, who work creatively from their coastal studio specialising in personalised prints for every occasion, including Mother’s Day gifts. The Young designers, comprising of a sister, brother and our mother, they love designing and creating items that can be used to help celebrate the wonderful moments in the lives of their customers. They have designed a comprehensive range of prints, poems and greeting cards, all of which can be personalised for you and your mMum, and are availableavaliable from their online store.

Prices for unframed prints start from £15., frames can be added at extra cost. www.notonthehighstreet.com/defrainedesignlondon

8 – Why not stay in your mum’s good books for a whole year, and treat her to an annual subscription to the EDP Norfolk magazine? Every month she will receive a brand new issue to her door, each filled with all the latest news, features, recipes, walks, interiors and garden ideas from her favourite county, and you get to stay the favourite child month after month. As part of our special Mother’s Day offer you will also receive a free box of Thornton’s Classics chocolates.

Subscribe to 12 issues for £25 by Direct Debit or £30 if you would prefer to pay by credit/debit card. Your box will include 12 chocolates – one each of the Thornton’s Classic Collection giving you the choice of milk, white and dark chocolates - an ideal box for someone who loves all types of chocolate! Please visit www.subsave.co.uk/mothersday or phone 01858 438840 and quote promotion code CMMMUM7A to take up this offer. Terms and conditions can be found on www.subscriptionsave.co.uk

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