This year Mother's Day falls on Sunday 27 March and gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for a job mums do all year round. Beautiful Cornwall has plenty to offer mothers and grandmothers (and daughters and sons, of course) to leave them feeling truly spoilt.
From gorgeous gardens and the best springtime strolls along the beach, to luxury afternoon teas and rejuvenating spa days, we round up the best things to see and do for Mother’s Day 2022 in Cornwall.
Spend the day up and close to flora and fauna at one of Cornwall’s beautiful gardens, just make sure mum is treated to a cake after all that exploring.
Eden Project, near St Austel. ©Hufton+Crow
Near St Austell
Mums will feel the love at the iconic Eden Project this year. To mark the special day, mothers and grandmothers can be treated to free entry on 27 March, when visiting with their children or grandchildren.
Built in 1698, impressive country house Pentillie Castle on the Cornish bank of the River Tamar, will be running one of its Spring Garden Open Days this Mothering Sunday. Take in the stunning scenery as you walk around the historic woodland gardens from 11am-4pm. Treat mum to a plant at the local plant sale, or indulge in an afternoon tea.
Trewithen means ‘house of the trees’ in Cornish, and with its impressive 30 acres of surrounding woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland, the name is rather appropriate. The Gardens and Tea Shed opened at the beginning of the month ready to welcome guests who appreciate flora and fauna as well as a slice of cake and good ol’ cuppa!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Near St Austell
Flower lovers can dance with the daffodils at The Lost Gardens this Mother’s Day. Over the past few years, the Garden and Estate Teams have planted thousands (yes, thousands)of Cornish daffodil bulbs and in early spring, the Gardens truly come to life making Mothering Sunday the perfect excuse to see them in all their glory.
As a sign of appreciation, they’ll be giving away a bunch of free Fentongollan daffodils to every mother who enters the garden, on a first come, first serve basis. All that wandering can build up quite the appetite, so why not make a day of it and head to The Heligan Kitchen, where they’ll be serving a special Mother’s Day roast.
If your mum appreciates the art scene, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cornwall. At Penlee House in Penzance its ‘Jewels in the Crown’ exhibition is running until 14 May. It celebrates the people and artists who lived and worked in west Cornwall during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Gain insight into the life and works of one of Britain’s most important twentieth-century artist Barbara Hepworth. Her rather fitting sculpture of ‘Mother and Child’, is currently on display in the Tate St Ives gallery. Or visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum, which is also in St Ives.
At Newlyn Art Gallery it’s exhibiting a new series of work by local artist Hannah Waldron. She works predominantly with weaving, from her studio at Potager, near Constantine. Her exhibition finishes on 2 April, so it’s the last chance to see it.
Please note, many art galleries are closed on Sundays so check websites for details.
Give mum a break from the kitchen and treat her to something wholesome and locally-sourced from the Duchy’s larder
While your mum’s roast dinner may take some beating, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites options for this Mother’s Day.
The Gurnard’s Head
The Gurnard’s Head is rather famous for its Sunday lunch menu, and for good reason. Treat mum to three courses (priced £30) at this traditional Cornish inn. With a menu which changes seasonally, cosy up by the fire after a coastal walk, and discover roast rib of Cornish beef or Cornish roast pork loin with all the trimmings. Just make sure you save room for pudding! Or if you’re in the Penzance area, its sister inn The Old Coastguard in Mousehole is an equally wise choice.
Serving in two sittings, 12pm and 2:30pm, Tintagel Brewery’s Mother’s Day carvery offers up a delicious roast dinner with no washing up required. As a special treat, all mothers will receive a complimentary gift as a sign of appreciation for all the amazing work they do.
Carbis Bay Estate
If it’s an elegant lunch you’re after, look no further than Carbis Bay. With a specially created menu just for Mother’s Day, there’ll be a live pianist playing sweet tunes in the Main House Orangery which overlooks the stunning Carbis Bay. Diners can expect Sunday lunch classics such as roast lamb and beef, as well as Carbis Bay favourites like fillet of turbot and Thai-spiced aubergine, with three courses costing £45.
In Cornish style head to Kilhallon Farm this Mother’s Day and enjoy a traditional Sunday roast using quality Cornish meat straight from the farm – for a true homegrown experience. Local chef Jah Hemming will be cooking up a storm from 12-2:30pm, where diners can discover the taste of Kilhallon’s Red Ruby beef or Mr Bax’s Cornish Pork with all the trimmings in Kilhallon Farm’s new barn. Served in a banquet style, tuck in to roasties, seasonal Cornish greens, root veg mash, cheesy leeks and cauliflower, crackling, stuffing, a Yorkshire pudding and delicious bone marrow gravy.
If a Sunday roast doesn’t feel celebratory enough, perhaps an afternoon tea is more fitting?
A historic bolthole in the capital of Cornwall, the Alverton is an 18th-century grade II listed hotel with a unique charm and the perfect spot to indulge in an afternoon tea experience. Complemented with an afternoon of music by a pianist between 1pm and 4pm, the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party will see mums enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade sweet treats and miniature desserts. Upon your arrival at 1pm, all mums will be treated to a complimentary glass of fizz.
The Rectory Tea Rooms
Rectory Farm Tearoom’s Mother Day High Tea is not to be missed. Built in the 13th century, expect plenty of character and charm in bucket loads with afternoon tea served on delightful vintage crockery. The menu features Aga baked honey roast ham with wholegrain mustard, caramelised onion and poppy seed sausage rolls and luscious lemon layer cake. And of course, no afternoon is complete without freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream! Priced at £23.50, for an extra £5.50 add a glass of fizz to show mum your gratitude. Available on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March.
Boscastle Farm Shop
On Saturday 26 March, Boscastle Farm Shop’s wonderful café will be dedicating its afternoon tea to mums. Overlooking the Cornish coastline, the café will be serving up its Mother’s Day High Tea from 12-3pm, all presented with a bunch of freshly picked daffodils. Menu highlights include Davidstow cheddar and tomato chutney finger sandwich, a mini scotch egg. Savoury is well complemented with a selection of sweetness, from freshly baked scones to chocolate and salted caramel macaroon. Priced at £24.95 per person.
Let mum unwind and recharge her batteries this Mother’s Day by soaking up a spa day
Headland Hotel and Spa, Fistral beach, Cornwall. © Guy Harrop
The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth
The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth offers a rejuvenating ‘Tranquility’ package which is the perfect way to spend a mother and daughter day. It starts with an attuned massage carried out by your Ayurvedic therapist who will help to calm the body and mind. Then, enjoy the breath-taking views from the warming comfort of your clifftop hot tub. You’ll also get use of Scarlet Spa’s sauna, pools and steam room. And to top it off, enjoy a spa lunch or afternoon tea at the Scarlet Restaurant.
Home Spa Cornwall
Whether you’re in Cornwall on holiday over Mothering Sunday or live locally, you can give mum the gift of relaxation with Home Spa Cornwall’s Mother’s Day offer. Covering the whole county, mums can enjoy a heavenly experience without leaving home, with a deluxe 90-minute full body massage. Bringing the spa experience to you, talented therapists will arrive with a range of equipment from heated couches and relaxing music, for the ultimate at-home indulgence. Simply quote MothersDay2022 and you’ll receive £10 off your Mother’s Day gift voucher (90 minute massage costing £64), if purchased before 27 March 2022.
From large family homes to cosy apartments, we have a selection of properties which are sure to make mum feel the love.