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Kent Mother's Day 2018: ideas for what to do for mum from afternoon tea and cream teas, crafts, gifts and days out

By Angela Cole

Make Mum's day this weekend with a host of treats which all the family will enjoy, too.

Here's what's on offer to make the day special for the woman who always makes your days special.


It's a chance to treat mum, so try a Mother's Day afternoon tea in the picturesque setting of Whitstable Castle. There's a selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with jam, butter and Cornish clotted cream, and desserts from mini cupcakes to strawberry tartlets - all washed down by tea or coffee. Afternoon tea runs from noon to 3pm on Sunday, March 11. To book call 01227 281726.

Make Mum's day this weekend
Make Mum's day this weekend


Get on board for a special treat this Mother's Day with a cream tea on the 3.35pm steam train from Tenterden Town Station. Take the train from Tenterden for a perfect day out for the whole family, with the service and style from yesteryear. There are a range of on board dining options. The 1.15pm departure also offers a traditional ploughman's lunch and the 3.35pm serves a cream tea. There's also a sparkling afternoon tea on offer in the station refreshment rooms at Tenterden Town Station. The treats run from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, March 11. To book call 01580 765155, email enquiry@kesr.org.uk or visit kesr.org.uk

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There's a private guided tour on offer for Mothering Sunday at the Tenterden house as the house steward opens up and uncovers the treasures and history nestled in the walls of the early 16th century cottage. The tour is followed by coffee and cake in the theatre tearoom. The event is on offer from 10.15am to 11am on Sunday, March 11. For details call 01580 762334 or email smallhytheplace@nationaltrustorg.uk

Afternoon teas, cream teas and high teas - take Mum to any one of them this weekend Picture: Leeds Castle
Afternoon teas, cream teas and high teas - take Mum to any one of them this weekend Picture: Leeds Castle


Make mum a hand decorated wind chime and follow it up with lunch or a cream tea at the Mote Cafe at the National Trust site near Borough Green. Children can visit the Squire's Room to decorate the chime - stocks permitting - as a special Mother's Day present, while mums can enjoy a hand massage. It costs £2 for the craft activity, plus normal admission costs, and runs between 11.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday, March 11.

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Treat Mum to a traditional Sunday lunch or a table at the hotel’s Afternoon Tea Parlour.
It costs £30 a head, with children under nine eating for half price, the whole family can enjoy lunch together in the hotel’s AA Rosette award-winning Coast restaurant.
There's Sunday lunch and afternoon tea to choose from - tea includes a selection of more than 10 teas, finely cut sandwiches, pastries and freshly baked scones with clotted cream. Book by calling 01303 267441 or visit hytheimperial.co.uk.

Hythe Imperial is doing something special for Mother's Day
Hythe Imperial is doing something special for Mother's Day


Celebrate with a high tea in the Castle View Restaurant on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Enjoy a glass of peach or berry bellini on arrival, followed by a selection of sandwiches, complimented by a variety of fine handmade cakes. The cost is £29 and £15 for 12s to 16s and £10 for under 12s. Bookings are available at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm or 3.30pm. To book call 01622 767777 or email CastleViewRestaurant@leeds-castle.co.uk to book. An admission ticket to the castle is also required.


There's a weekend of events to treat Mum at Penshurst Place on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. There are children's crafts and card making between noon and 4pm on the Saturday and adult pot pourri at the same time on the Sunday. Make sure you pop into the cafe while you're there to try the homemade cakes. Details at penshurstplace.com/whats-on

It's Mother's Day this weekend
It's Mother's Day this weekend


However choosy your mum is, you can pick up something special for her at the Gillingham shopping centre fayre, which runs until Sunday, March 11. With free admission and parking, there will be stalls featuring artisan gifts and locally produced fudge as well as artisan gin from the Copper Rivet Distillery. The centre is open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm on Saturdays and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.


Mums go free on Mother's Day at both Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury and Port Lymne Reserve near Hythe this weekend. At both sites, mums go free on Sunday, March 11 with a fully priced day entry ticket for an adult or a child. To book, visit aspinallfoundation.org

Take Mum to see mums and babies at Howletts for free this Mother's Day
Take Mum to see mums and babies at Howletts for free this Mother's Day
Visit Port Lympne near Hythe on Mother's Day with your mum
Visit Port Lympne near Hythe on Mother's Day with your mum


Hythe-based luxury hamper company, Spicers, has created a new range of gorgeous hampers. Perfect for mums with a passion for gourmet food, fine wine and delicious treats, each hamper is beautifully presented and filled with little luxuries.The company has been specialising in luxury hampers since 1926 and they range from £20 to £115. Details at spicersofhythe.co.uk.

Goodies from a Spicers of Hythe hamper
Goodies from a Spicers of Hythe hamper


Wine and dine your mamma this Mother’s Day with a three-course lunch or dinner at a Carluccio’s restaurant and enjoy it with a glass of prosecco from £22.95 per person.

Carluccio's Festa Della Mamma Menu is available on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 and includes starters traditional tomato bruschetta, Sicilian arancini and an antipasti sharing board piled high with Sardinian flatbread, caper berries, mixed olives, salami, poponcini peppers filled with pesto and mint and garlic marinated green beans and caponata.

You could treat Mum to Panna Cotta at Carluccio's
You could treat Mum to Panna Cotta at Carluccio's

Mains feature a Carluccio’s favourite - Risotto ai Funghi; a vegan orecchiette pasta tossed in cauliflower sauce with sautéed kale, chilli and turmeric cauliflower florets; and a classic Chicken Milanese.

Finish off with a lemon, passion fruit or melon sorbet or authentic gelato in a selection of flavours, vanilla panna cotta, classic tiramisu or a selection of artisan Italian cheeses. You can find Carluccio’s at West Village in Bluewater; Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, and there is a Carluccio’s in Fenwicks in St George’s Street, Canterbury. Or head to carluccios.com

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