How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Hampshire 2024

This year Mother’s Day is on Sunday 10th March 2024 and I know it’s something that people start planning and thinking about weeks before. Whether you want to buy your mum the perfect gift or organise a day out to spoil her, it’s bound to be an important day on your calendar.

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

I thought it would be helpful to put together options of things to do for the Mother’s Day weekend in case you’re stuck for inspiration. From the cheap and cheerful to the extravagant, here’s a whole host of ideas for you including any special Mothers Day events across Hampshire too.

Things to do for Mother’s Day in Hampshire

National Trust

A day out at a National Trust property is always a great choice that everyone from young children to grandparents will enjoy. There are so many National Trust properties in Hampshire, many of which have trails to enjoy, play areas and beautiful walks too.

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

Hampshire Walks

It’s always nice to just go out and get some fresh air and so a walk could be a lovely way to spend a chunk of Mothers Day. The New Forest National Park is always lovely for a walk – and dog friendly too! Also, Hogmoor Inclosure and Castle Bottom are two of our favourite places to walk and you can find more inspiration for family walks in Hampshire here.

Days Out in Hampshire

If you’re looking for more than just a walk, a full day out could be just the thing. Marwell Zoo, Hurst Castle and Beaulieu Motor Museum are all great choices with tea rooms and plenty to see and do.

You can see more inspiration for days out in Hampshire here.

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

Art & Culture

You might prefer to spend the day wandering around a museum, taking in an art gallery or simply immersing yourself in the art and culture that Hampshire has to offer. There’s so much to see and do in Hampshire, and here are our favourites:

Theatre Shows in Hampshire

Theatre show are a fantastic way to celebrate any occasion and Hampshire has so much to offer this year. From MANIA: The ABBA Tribute, Buffy Revamped and Streisand | Woman In Love to Rob Brydon, Edward Scissorhands and The Billy Joel Songbook. There’s something for everyone.

Cinemas in Hampshire

Going to a cinema could be another nice option and a really relaxed way to spend Mother’s Day. There are new films being released all the time and our top pick for Mothers Day would be Mean Girls the Musical. I can’t wait to see it!

Spa Treats in Hampshire

Going on spa days is such a lovely way to celebrate Mothers Day and treat mum, plus we have so many great spas across Hampshire. From the wonderful spa at the Solent Hotel to the SenSpa at Careys Manor or the indulgent offerings at Champneys Forest Mere or the Chewton Glen spa. There are spa options to suit every budget.

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

You could always extend the treat by making it into a spa break, adding a hotel room and dinner to the experience. Or, alternatively, you may just want a lovely treatment together without making a full day or break of it. In this case, The Massage Company are just outside of Hampshire but offer fantastic massage packages for two.

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

Shopping in Hampshire

A day full of shopping, chatting and stops for tea and cake is pretty much my favourite way to spend Mothers Day and there are plenty of places that are great for shopping. You could visit West Quay in Southampton, have a wonder around Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth or spend the day at Festival Place in Basingstoke.

Mothers Day Lunch in Hampshire

No Mother’s Day is complete without a lovely meal to celebrate and there are so many great options in Hampshire for a nice Mother’s Day brunch or Mother’s Day Sunday lunch. The Aviator in Farnborough and the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire often have fantastic packages for Mother’s Day.

A chef at home experience could be a great alternative to eating out too. You save money as can provide your own alcohol but the chef saves you having to cook so you can simply enjoy time with your family. Here are a couple of options:

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

Afternoon Tea in Hampshire

Instead of a formal meal, traditional afternoon teas can be a great option. With finger sandwiches, cake, scones with clotted cream and so many teas to choose from, afternoon tea always goes down well.

We love popping to Bills or Cafe Rouge for an informal afternoon tea any time or you might prefer the more fancy surroundings of a nice hotel like The Winchester Hotel, New Park Manor Hotel or Oakley Hall Hotel. Alternatively, there are some lovely cafes that do fantastic afternoon tea like The Parlour Tea Rooms, The Orangery Tea House or Parade Tea Rooms.

You can see get more afternoon tea inspiration in these posts too:

Plus, you could always get Mothers Day afternoon tea delivered or ordered for pickup as well. Here are some of our favourite afternoon tea delivery services in Hampshire:

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

Workshops in Hampshire

If you’re looking for something creative to do for Mothers day then a class or workshop could be a great choice. Whether it’s flower arranging, pottery painting, chocolate making, cake decorating or a cookery school session there’s bound to be something for every mum.

Here are some of our favourite creative options in Hampshire:

Mayflower Theatre – Spring Wreath making Workshop – 8-9th March 2024

This spring get creative, have fun and make something really personal by joining this environmentally-friendly wreath making workshop. Enjoy a hot drink and sweet treat while you create your own spring decoration in the Ovation Suite.

The Arc – Needle Felting for Wellbeing – Mondays, 4th – 25th March 2024

A 10-hour course set over 4 weeks where you can focus upon improving your positive mental wellbeing by learning to ‘paint with wool’ and create a seasonal framed 2D picture. For this Spring term the needle felt subject will be blue tits amongst apple blossoms.

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

Weekends away in Hampshire

If you’re looking to extend the celebrations and take your mum somewhere lovely for a break away, to explore the local area and have some quality time together, there are so many choices in Hampshire. Here are some of our favourites:

If you’re happy to go somewhere further afield, here’s some more hotel inspiration for you:

Celebrate Mother's Day in Hampshire

So there you have inspiration of things to do this Mothers Day in Hampshire. We also have a Mothers Day Gift Guide if you’re looking for the perfect present this year. Whatever you do, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and it’s a special day for you and your loved ones. 

Mother’s Day in Hampshire


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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