Best Mother’s Day Treats

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we thought we’d put together some of the best ways to show your love to your mummy this Mothering Sunday. Sunday March 11th is the time to spoil her rotten with a special activity, meal or gift, so check out our top Isle of Wight treats.

Pamper her...

For the ultimate treat book her in for the Liz Earle Signature Facial at the Island Wellness Spa at The West Bay Country Club. Lasting a luxurious hour and a half, this is the ultimate bespoke facial, a deep-cleansing treatment using traditional hands-on methods combined with non-invasive skincare technology such as steaming and vacuum suction and intensive massage from our expert therapists. You also get a pampering neck and shoulder massage and your choice of foot, scalp or additional shoulder massage, while the naturally active products help to revitalise your complexion. Heaven!

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Or spend a whole day at the Lakeside Park Hotel, with treatments around your lunch. The Lakeside spa has a 10 x 5m heated indoor hydro-pool with integrated shoulder massage jets, spa pool, sauna, steam room and a fragranced 'Experience' shower to “stimulate, awaken and revitalise the senses.” The Price is Wight has a trio of Luxury Spa Days at the Lakeside Park Hotel Spa currently on offer that include a choice of Elemis treatments, share platter, afternoon tea or two-Course lunch and full use of the facilities from only £56.95 per person that cover the Mother’s Day period.

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Explore the great outdoors...

Every mum would love a visit to Osborne House, former home of one of the most famous mothers on the planet, Queen Victoria. Portraits of her nine children cover the walls, and there are even plaster casts of their hands and feet in the nurseries on the top floor. This is a great family excursion and kids will love the Swiss Cottage that Prince Albert had built for his children, along with the museum full of artifacts given to the royal family and collected on their travels around the world.

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The Donkey Sanctuary is another great visit with the family, especially if it’s a lovely sunny day, and they’ve got a Magic Mums package that includes meeting the mummy donkeys, grooming them in the paddock and a cream tea.

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Mottistone Manor Gardens are a must-see in the Spring with carpets of primroses and daffodils, and if you’re feeling energetic you can walk up the bluebell lined path bordering the garden to the Longstone, for fabulous views across the wild west coastline of the island. The gardens reopen for the season on Mother’s Day, March 11th.

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Wine and dine...

Thompson’s in Newport have a special Mothering Sunday menu for £39.95 per person. If you want your mum to have the best meal on the island then this is it. Watch the chefs prepare your meal at a downstairs table or eat upstairs beneath the rafters.

Check out the menu for Mothering Sunday here.

If you’re a sailing family, or just interested to see the interior of the historical Royal Ocean Racing Clubhouse on Cowes seafront then take the family to roast lunch on Mothering Sunday. It’s not usually open to the public, so this is an exclusive opportunity for non-members to dine at the club. Formerly the Cowes Royal Corinthian sailing club, this building has an illustrious history –during the Edwardian period it was run by Rosa Lewis to provide a retreat and entertainment for gentlemen visiting the Royal Yacht Squadron -  ladies were not permitted inside the royal club across the road at that time.

Book your places early by calling 01983 293581 or email

Treat mum to an afternoon tea somewhere a little different this year, at the Needles Old Battery where they have a specially prepared Mother’s Day set menu of sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee, all served with dramatic views of the Needles Rocks and seas beyond for £15 per head. Booking essential on 01983 754772. 


Buy her some gifts...

A hamper of Island goodies, including their five cheeses made in their brand new dairy, from Briddlesford Lodge Farm shop. Cheddar, Gouda, Caerphilly, and feta style and halloumi style cheeses are all made from the creamy milk that their Guernsey herd produce. Loads more island produce is sold in their pretty farm shop, and you could even treat mum to lunch at their Bluebells Café.

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The Isle of Wight Distillery has recently opened a new shop and cocktail bar called The Mermaid, in Seaview. Drop in with your mum for a pre-lunch cocktail and pick her up a bottle of their award winning Mermaid Gin and it being made in the distillery through glass walls in the bar area. Blended with flavours that include locally foraged Samphire and elderflower and hops grown at Ventnor Botanical Garden, she’ll have the spirit of the island to take home with her.

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Alix Robinson

4 February 2018

By Alix Robinson in Articles