Five ideas for Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday falls on the 26th of March this year and it's always a lovely time of year to get together with the family to celebrate. The weather will be warming up (if we are lucky!), flowers will be blooming and spring will have arrived.
We have come up with five ideas for ways to spend Mothering Sunday in Suffolk, and even if you are not able to celebrate with family, we think these are still really nice things to do!
Pack a sumptuous picnic
If the weather is particularly fine, a sumptuous picnic might be in order, preferably using lots of Suffolk produce.
A sourdough loaf and pastries from Pump Street Bakery, some locally smoked meat from Emmett's of Peasenhall, or what about some Suffolk Blue cheese, made in Stowmarket? Top this off with a glass or two of refreshing Suffolk beer, cyder or sparkling wine.
If you are heading to the coast, you can't beat fish and chips on the beach (or if the weather is not quite up to that, then find a cosy pub that serves local produce)
Enjoy a spa day
Weavers' House Spa in Lavenham
A day out visiting one of the county's many visitor attractions would be a lovely treat for the whole family, especially so, if it's somewhere with a lovely cafe or restaurant attached. Try Jimmy's Farm near Ipswich. Their restaurant is in a restored 200 year old barn and they offer an extensive, locally sourced menu.
Ickworth House (National Trust) near Bury St Edmunds is not only an unusual historic house, but there is also the extensive parkland to explore, a beautiful Italianate garden (don't miss the stumpery) and a restaurant for lunch or afternoon tea.
The National Heritage Centre in Newmarket is a five acre site with the National Horseracing Museum (including a racehorse simulator, if you are feeling brave); the Rothschild Yard, which stables up to eight former racehorses; and the Fred Packard Galleries with paintings by George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings among others. The on-site restaurant and bakery serves meals all day, using local produce.