Mother’s Day in the UK is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This year it falls on Sunday 19th March and is all about treating and thanking your mum, Nan or special lady in your life. Traditionally Mother’s Day is the biggest flower buying day of the year in the UK but there are lots of other ways you can celebrate this special day too! With this in mind we have put together some alternative Mother’s Day gift ideas along with a selection of things to do in Devon on Mothering Sunday. Many local attractions have special Mother’s Day events and we have included a few here but be sure to look out for more as we get closer to Mother's Day. Meanwhile, read on and be inspired!
Cream Tea Hampers
Devon Heaven Cream Tea Hampers are top of the list for Mother’s Day gifting. What could be better than receiving a traditional afternoon tea by post! Perfect for sharing or for mum to enjoy all to herself. All Devon Heaven Hampers include a gift card with your personal message and delivery is free for orders placed before 10am on Thursday 16th March for delivery on Friday 17th March. Clotted cream and scones are good for up to 4 days from dispatch so afternoon tea can be enjoyed at any time over the Mother’s Day weekend. Devon Heaven Cream Tea Hampers are great value starting from £19.50.
Mother’s Day Hampers
If you’re looking for a non-cream tea hamper, Devon Heaven has a selection of hampers containing artisan food and drink produced here in Devon. Willies Cacao, Mrs Gills Heavenly Chocolate Brownies, Teoni’s Cookies, Otter Vale Chutney and Devonshire Tea are just some of the tempting treats in our Mother’s Day Hampers.
Hampers are delivered in a Devon Heaven branded gift box with your personal gift card message included. They are the perfect way to let your mum know she is appreciated and you are thinking of her, especially if you live far apart and can’t be together on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers
Going out for afternoon tea on Mother’s Day can be busy and hard to arrange, especially if you live far apart and would like to be together. Giving a Devon Heaven gift voucher is a thoughtful gift to receive and means your mum can choose to have a cream tea delivered on the weekday of her choice and might even wait for a time to be able to share it with you!
For those looking to go out for afternoon tea somewhere in Devon our blog also contains details of lots of lovely hotels and cafes offering afternoon tea in Devon.
Spa Days in Devon This Mother's Day
For a really luxurious gift, treat your mum to a day of pampering at one of Devon’s exclusive spas. The Aztec Spa in Torquay offers a wide range of relaxation and beauty treatments. Dip and dine is a great avoidable option as its large Aztec themed pool and seating area is relaxing enough. In Exeter, the REN Spa at the Magdalen Chapter is nestled in the hotel’s walled garden offering both locals and residents a wide selection of treatments for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift of relaxation. The spa also has a peaceful outside pool that is heated to a pleasant 29 degrees. For more spas in Devon try TripAdvisor’s Best Spa Hotels in Devon list.
Mother's Day Events & Attractions In Devon Including Free Mums Entry
Canonteign Falls - Mums for Free
Christow, Near Exeter, Devon, EX6 7RH
Canonteign Falls will be welcoming Mum’s for free* with a full paying child of any age. Discover the highest waterfall in the South West with spectacular views across the Devon countryside, with seven lakes, a Victorian fernery, two adventure playgrounds, Canonteign Kitchen and gift shop. There will also be special Mother’s Day cakes baked in Canonteign Kitchen. Pre-book tickets online to guarantee entry using code Mum23 (only one code is valid per booking. If coming with more than one Mum please book tickets on a separate order. Mums must be accompanied by their child (of any age). https://www.canonteignfalls.co.uk/latest-events
Stuart Line Cruises - Mother's Day Cream Tea Cruise
Marina, Pier Head, Exmouth EX8 1FE
Celebrate with your special mothers, grannies, step-mums, friends or aunties by spending a memorable Mother’s Day in Devon. Included in this cruise is a delicious Devon Cream Tea, oodles of cream and lashings of strawberry jam for you to savour as you watch the world sail by. Cruising along the tranquil and protected waters of the award-winning River Exe, this is the perfect way to unwind and spend some quality time together! A scenic river cruise, traditional Devon Cream Tea and some quality time with your favourite women- there is no better combination! Adults £12.00, Children £9.00.
Manaton, Newton Abbot TQ13 9UG
Treat Mum to a day out at Becky Falls and they will provide the cream tea* Not forgetting all the usual activities, including a choice of three circular walking trails. Explore over 50 acres of woodland rich in wildlife. Children can have a go at the Nature Challenge which includes a free prize for every child. Come and see the animals here too, along with a petting area and an Animal Discovery Zone, where the more exotic animals live. There are also offer ‘Meet the Keeper Sessions’ throughout the day where you can learn more about the animals from the people who care for them. You can watch them being fed or just enjoy their favourite activities. After all of this, you can relax and treat yourself in the woodland café and gift shop. There really is something for all ages, including your dog (who can come too!)
Becky Falls expect to be fully booked for this event. Please book in advance online to avoid disappointment.
*All mum’s accompanied by their child on Sunday 27th March 2022 will receive 1 cream tea (2 scones, jam, cream and one tea).
Tapeley Park, Instow, North Devon EX39 4NT
Tapeley Gardens re-opens on Mother’s Day, Sunday 27th March and a ‘Friends of Tapeley’ Season pass makes a great Mother’s Day present if your mum loves gardens, walking and nature. Click on the link https://buff.ly/305hTqo to purchase. For £27.50 Adults, £13.00 for Children (plus booking fee) the season pass gives access to the gardens during the season (March 2023 – 29th October 2022, 10 am – 5pm).
Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2TB
Seaton Tramway are offering a fantastic day out for everyone this Mother’s Day as Mum travels FREE with an accompanying paying child on the standard service – all day long! Why not make mum’s day extra special and treat her to a delicious Sunday roast or a scrumptious Devon cream tea at the Tramstop Café?! Or treat mum to a unique Mother’s Day activity with the Drivers Eye Experience. To pre-book a roast lunch for Mother’s Day, please phone 01297 552717. https://www.tram.co.uk/events
World of Country Life
West Down Lane, Sandy Bay, Exmouth EX8 5BY
Bring your Mum to meet the World of Country Life new Mums! There’s a whole day of fun lined up for Mother’s day on Sunday 19th March at World of Country Life in Exmouth so bring the whole family down to celebrate Mum’s special day! There will be new mums amongst the animal families –the little baby lambs and the pygmy goats have their kids jumping around in the goat nursery – so be sure to come along and meet them! There’s a full programme of daily activities as well as Mother’s Day crafts for the little ones to take home a free momento of the day – and look out for Mother’s Day special offers in Farmer Lee’s Food Barn too!
More Mother’s Day events are popping up the closer we get to Mother’s Day so be sure to keep checking the websites and social media of your favourite attractions in Devon.
Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch
Old Matford Lane, Exeter EX2 8XU
Mothers Day Carvery Sunday 19th March 2023, 12pm - 2:15pm. Treat your mum to a Sunday Carvery at The Devon Hotel. After all, nothing says ‘thank you for everything’ quite like roasties cooked to perfection. Carvery & Sweet: £22.50. Child Carvery: £15
Note: Up to date information from Devon Hotel not currently available and subject to change.
Bow Garden Centre
Bow, Crediton, Devon EX17 6LA
Treat your Mum to a special Mother’s Day Lunch in the Waterside Café at Bow Garden Centre on Sunday 19th March. The special Mother’s day menu is full of delicious home-made meals and you will receive a free plant for Mum when pre-booking. 2 courses £19.95, 3 courses £24.95. Spaces are limited so call 01363 460466 to book. https://bowgardencentre.co.uk/pages/mothers-day-menu
Two Bridges Hotel
Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park, Devon PL20 6SW
Mother’s Day Lunch, Sunday 19th March 2023. Treat your Mum to a perfect Mother’s Day treat, with a delicious and traditional three course Mother’s Day Lunch at the Two Bridges Hotel in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. The finest seasonal Devon produce, prepared with care and presented with flair, in the warm and welcoming surroundings of our award-winning Tors Restaurant. Relax – make a day of it – and take a stroll on Dartmoor after lunch. Or simply enjoy a lazy afternoon together, in our comfortable lounges. Three course Mother’s Day Lunch, with sittings at 12 noon and 2pm. Adults £35, children £27.50. Bookings: 01822 892300.
The Esplanade, Sidmouth EX10 8RY
Mother’s Day Luncheon, Sunday 19th March 2023. Spoil the special lady in your life with a luxury Mother’s Day Lunch. Forget making a mess at home cooking, and treat the special women in your life to a luxury meal out with the whole family this Mother’s Day. Treat your Mother on Mothering Sunday to a delicious luncheon in one of the two Restaurants. Either The Jubilee Restaurant with its accompanying music from the Resident Pianist or The White Room with its sea views
For further details, and to book a table, please contact Reception on 01395 512651. Five-course luncheon menu £37.00 per adult, £18.00 per child (aged 4-15 years).