This year, make Mother’s Day even more memorable by treating mum to a fun day out with the National Trust.
Share an experience together, whether it be a delicious afternoon tea, a spring time stroll, or a mini craft market you can really treat mum and show her just how special she is with a day out at a beautiful National Trust house and garden.
Not only will you be spending precious time together on a day out she’ll never forget, but you’ll be helping to look after these special places – every single National Trust visit helps look after these places for future generations.
Some of our top spots for an unforgettable day out in Hampshire include:
The Vyne – Marvellous Mother’s Day Craft Fair
6 March,10am – 4pm, normal admission charge only
Back by popular demand, The Vyne’s mini marquee of 10 craft stalls treats mums to a lovely selection of gifts, from jewellery to skincare. Younger visitors can join in with craft-making activities, and create something really special for mums.
March is also the perfect time to experience The Vyne’s magnificent displays of daffodils, which you’ll find in sunny swathes along the South Drive. If you follow one of the trails through the woods, you’ll also discover delicate woodland wildflowers.
Don’t forget to return to the 16th-century Brewhouse restaurant after your springtime experiences, for edible treats including cream teas and freshly baked cakes.
There’s loads of fun for children at The Vyne, with plenty of opportunities to tick off ’50 things to do before you’re 11¼’ activities, from bug hunting and den building to bird watching. Explore the Hobbit-like tunnels of the Hidden Realm play area, or set out on a geocaching adventure to find hidden treasure.
Winchester City Mill – Mother’s Day themed baking demonstrations and tastings
6 March, 11am – 3pm, normal admission charge only
Bring the whole family along to this atmospheric medieval mill and find out how to make delicious Mothering Sunday-themed baked treats. The baking team at the Mill are using their own freshly milled stone-ground flour, combined with local produce to make pretty biscuits and buns. Taste the results after the demonstrations and collect free recipe cards (small donation for cards) so that you can treat mum when you get home!
The Thrill of the Mill
Whilst you’re at the mill watch the millers in action as they operate the machinery to make flour, then go downstairs to experience the Thrill of the Mill – the power of the river Itchen as it roars through the mill, turning the huge wheel. You can also catch up on the latest CCTV footage of the mill’s resident otters, and even plan an adventure on the nearby South Downs, thanks to the Mill’s new partnership with our youngest National Park.
Uppark House and Garden – daffodil day for mums
6 March, 10am- 5pm, normal admission charge only
Mothers visiting this Georgian gem on Mothering Sunday are in for a floral treat – each will receive a small gift of daffodils to take home.
With panoramic views over the South Downs, Uppark is a great place for mums and their families to relax outside if the weather’s balmy – stretch out on the South Lawn with a picnic, or tuck into a treat from the café whilst enjoying the vista from the tables set up outside. Don’t forget to visit the famous doll’s house and the dairy where previous 19th-century owner Harry Fetherstonhaugh fell in love with his dairy maid.
Mottisfont – glorious spring colour and family art exhibition
Every day, 10am – 5pm, normal admission charge only
This romantic house and gallery is set in beautiful riverside gardens, where you can see ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns. Take in drifts of daffodils and other springtime bulbs, or stroll along the crystal clear river Itchen, flanked by trees and meadows.
If you pop into Mottisfont’s celebrated art gallery you’ll find a major exhibition of Norman Thelwell’s famous comic illustrations, alongside his beautiful watercolours of Hampshire landscapes.
There’s additional fun for kids with Mottisfont’s Wild Play map, leading to exciting places around the gardens such as Boggy Climbing and the Pump, Pool and Paddle – perfect for splashing around.
Hinton Ampner – glorious spring colour
Every day, 10am – 5pm, normal admission charge only
A quintessentially English country house set in undulating gardens with romantic views from the terrace over the South Downs, Hinton Ampner comes into its own in spring, with cheery colour from hundreds of daffodils. The gardens, with terraced lawns and quirky topiary, are dotted with the deliciously scented pink and white heads of viburnum, whilst the pretty Kitchen Garden is full of forget-me-nots, perfumed narcissi and tulip blooms. Its fresh produce is used in Hinton’s little tea room; try savoury scones, comforting one-pot lunches, and delectable cakes.
Younger visitors can discover secret places on one of Hinton’s free family trails. Pick one up from Reception or download a copy before you leave home – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner. Hinton’s woods and parkland are the perfect place to tick den-building and kite flying off our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¼’ list!