Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Mother's Days Out - ideas from Norfolk Tourism

Treat your Mum to a special Norfolk day out on Mother’s Day, Sunday, April 3. Enjoy Merrivale Model Village’s 50th birthday celebrations and BeWILDerMum’s Day at BeWILDerwood. Explore gardens open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme, or just got for a short stroll on the North Norfolk Coast or Thetford Forest. Don’t forget to book lunch in one of the county’s wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants.

Here is selection of Mother’s Day ideas:

Head to Great Yarmouth for Merrivale Model Village’s 50th birthday celebrations. Admission on Mother’s Day is 50p for all visitors, 1p for every year of Merrivale, www.greatyarmouthmodelvillage.co.uk. New attractions include St Merrivale’s Church, Uncle Stein’s Big Top Circus, Bogit & Sons Executive Housing and The Royal Yacht Club, as well as 200 additional Merrivalians!

Make your way to the Broads for BeWILDerMum’s Day at BeWILDerwood www.bewilderwood.co.uk. One Mum is free with every group. Challenge Mum to a Wobbly Wire race or brave the new Tricky Tunnels pink wall together. Make your Mum a lovely card and display if for all to see.

Or join the Mother’s Day Walk at 11am with Ian Guest, Head Gardener at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk – all Mum’s receive a free primrose plant.

Go to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and see Basketry: Making Human Nature, featuring basketry ancient and modern from around the world (exhibition runs to May 22), www.scva.org.uk.

Visit four gardens open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme www.ngs.org.uk. Hindringham Hall (NR21 0QA) is a moated Tudor Manor House with superb displays of narcissi, hellebores and primulas. The Conifers (NR16 1AT) has massed plantings of daffodils. Desert World Gardens (IP27 0TU) specialises in tropical and arid plants. Mannington Hall (NR11 7BB) is a moated manor house with a 20-acre garden with 19th century follies and a Saxon church.

Explore Maz Jackson’s solo exhibition of new work featuring her surreal egg tempera gilded paintings and sculptures and woodcut prints at Wymondham Arts Centre, Becket’s Chapel www.wymondhamarts.com.

Book the Bure Valley Railway’s special train excursion and lunch package. Starting from Wroxham, experience the magic of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside. On arrival at Aylsham enjoy a complimentary drink, then sit down to a two-course set lunch at The Whistlestop. A personal gift for every Mum is included. Return by train to Wroxham after lunch. Advanced booking essential, adults £21, children £11, www.bvrw.co.uk.

Enjoy The National Trust’s http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk houses and gardens in Norfolk. Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Oxburgh Hall will all be open.

Go for a walk or a short stroll on the North Norfolk Coast or Thetford Forest. For inspiration and other ideas see www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/outdoors.

Looking for somewhere to take your mum for lunch or afternoon tea? Check out the Eastern Daily Press restaurant reviews http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/whats-on/restaurants.aspx or VisitNorwich’s Eating Out Guide www.visitnorwich.co.uk/eating-out.aspx .

Norfolk Tourism is the county's established public and private industry partnership. Funded by its 55 partner organisations, the partnership is designed to act as a forum for all Norfolk's tourism businesses and local authorities, www.visitnorfolk.co.uk, tel. 01603 222846. See our free to use image library at www.norfolk-images.co.uk.