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Mother's Day days out, afternoon teas and events in Kent

It's the mother of all special days - here's how you could be treating the first woman in your life in Kent for Mother's Day


Mother's Day is coming
Mother's Day is coming

Treat Mum to a family day out on the Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22. Children can take part in a free workshop to make a keyring while there will also be free face painting for the kids. Explore the historic castle and wander around the125 acre grounds or let off steam in the Tudor Towers adventure playground or Acorn Dell natural play area.

Book in for an afternoon tea of freshly prepared finger sandwiches and selection of cakes and desserts in the Pavilion Restaurant, along with hot and cold beverages or a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for the grown-ups or elderflower fizz. The afternoon tea costs £27.50 per person or £12.50 per child up to 12 and is served from 1pm on Saturday and noon, 2.15pm and 4.15pm on Sunday.

Mother's Day at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens/Kate Hutchings
Mother's Day at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens/Kate Hutchings

On the Sunday visitors can also enjoy a luxury afternoon tea at 2pm in the wood panelled Tudor Suite Dining room, costing £38 and £17 for under 12s. The menu is subject to change and all afternoon teas need to be pre-booked. Normal admission costs to Hever Castle and Gardens are payable. To download a menu and book go to hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on


Celebrate in style with a High Tea at the Castle View Restaurant at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone on Mothering Sunday, March 22. There will be a selection of sandwiches complemented by a variety of handmade cakes. Bookings between noon and 5pm cost £21 per person, and you will need an admission ticket to the castle for each visitor. Book at leeds-castle.com


There will be marshmallow toasting and drop-in crafts to create a special gift for mums at the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens at Riverhill House, Sevenoaks on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, between 10.30am and 5pm both days.Entry costs £30 for a family. Find out more at riverhillgardens.co.uk

How are you treating Mum this Mother's Day?
How are you treating Mum this Mother's Day?


Besides making Mum breakfast in bed, little ones can also treat her to a handmade gift by taking part in some free spring activities at Whitefriars in Canterbury. Children can make a personalised Mother’s Day gift on Saturday, March 21 from 10am to 4pm. The free activity will take place in the Marlowe Arcade and no booking is required – just turn up on the day. Details at whitefriars.co.uk


You can treat your mum to a ploughman's lunch on board a steam train on Mothering Sunday, March 22. The steam train will depart at noon from Tunbridge Wells West and travel through the countryside on its way to Eridge stopping at High Rocks and Groombridge on the way.Lunch is served at your seat in one of the 1960's heritage carriages. When the train pulls in to Eridge there will be some time to admire the visiting Standard 4MT No. 80078 (see image attached) before re-joining the train ready to head back to Tunbridge Wells West. The ploughmans and the steam train journey costs £15 for children and £20 for adults. To book visit spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Take a trip with the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells
Take a trip with the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells


You could win your mum a special prize, offer or giveaway in time for Mother's Day at Fremlin Walk in Maidstone. On Saturday, March 21, between 11am and 4pm, select a numbered door from the Pick & Win lockers to reveal an exclusive treat. It could be jewellery, a sweet treat, money off her shopping, a goody bag or a gift card.To learn more about the prizes to be won, visit fremlinwalk.co.uk


You can make lavender bags or pot pourri to take home and treat Mum on Mothering Sunday, March 22, at Penshurst Place between 11am and 4pm. Children of all ages can involved in creating something to help you enjoy the scents of a spring garden at home. Details at penshurstplace.com


Tenterden-based winemaker Chapel Down has arguably the mother of all English wines ready to spoil the woman that came first in your life on Mother’s Day, made from the Bacchus grape – England’s answer to sauvignon blanc.

The Rosé Brut Sparkling is a delicate rosé with aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries with background notes of toasty shortbread with a crisp and fresh style and is currently on offer in Waitrose for £26.99, or direct from Chapel Down, or Selfridges £29.99.

The English Rose 2017 is an elegant rosé with a balance of soft summer fruits and floral notes followed by a refreshing crisp finish. You can get it for £13 from Sainsbury’s. More at chapeldown.com

Chapel Down Rose Brut
Chapel Down Rose Brut


Treat Mum to a cream tea on the transport of yesteryear with KESR on Sunday, March 22. They include a ploughman's from Tenterden at 12.30pm and a cream tea on board at 3.30pm.

Book at kesr.org.uk/events/mothers-day

* Events and bookings available at the time of publishing.

The KM Group's My Mum supplements are in this week's papers.

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Get out for Mother's Day at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens/Kate Hutchings
Get out for Mother's Day at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens/Kate Hutchings

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