Things to do across Kent for Mother’s Day 2022, including spa breaks, theatre shows and afternoon tea

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to show our mums just how much they mean to us. If you’re still looking for ways to treat your mum, we’ve got some great ideas she’s sure to love…

Visit Canterbury Cathedral this Mother's Day. Picture: David King/Canterbury Cathedral
Visit Canterbury Cathedral this Mother's Day. Picture: David King/Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon and some quality time with mum in the heart of Canterbury. The Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, a contemporary hotel nestled within the cathedral grounds, is holding a three-course Mother’s Day lunch in the stylish Refectory Restaurant. Once you’ve finished tucking into your delicious meal, you can take a springtime stroll through the picturesque cathedral grounds. If you’re coming in from out of town, the hotel is also offering a discount overnight stay to accompany your lunch, which includes breakfast and free entry to Canterbury Cathedral.

Lunch is served between 12.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday, March 27. Adult prices start from £35, excluding drinks. Overnight stays start from £109 per room. Book online here.

Hever Castle is hosting special events for Mother's Day. Picture: Ollie Dixon/Hever Castle and Gardens
Hever Castle is hosting special events for Mother's Day. Picture: Ollie Dixon/Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle, Sevenoaks

This beautiful location is hosting a weekend of special Mother’s Day activities on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27. The historic castle and surrounding gardens are the perfect place for the family to spend a day out together, from children to grandparents, and there will be plenty to do across the weekend. There will be free craft workshops where children can decorate their own gifts, themed photo opportunities and, on the day itself, an exclusive luxury afternoon tea held in the magnificent Tudor Suite.

The grounds will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, March 26 and 10.30am to 6pm on Sunday, March 27. The luxury afternoon tea is only available on Sunday, but the classic afternoon tea is available all weekend. Adult tickets start from £19.80.

Historic Dockyard Chatham

If your mum is a fan of BBC drama Call the Midwife, you can whisk her off to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the set at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Together, you can explore the locations of famous scenes and follow the footsteps of Nurse Trixie Franklin, Sister Julienne and Dr Turner. The walking tour is led by an expert guide who will take you through the cobbled streets and inside buildings from the show, before taking you to the dockyard’s exclusive Call the Midwife exhibition featuring authentic props and costumes.

Tours are available to book from Tuesday, March 1 and operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Adult tickets start from £27. Book online here.

Steam trains on the Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden. Picture: Lewis Brockway
Steam trains on the Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden. Picture: Lewis Brockway

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Travel back in time this Mother’s Day with a nostalgic steam train journey. You can take a seat onboard an authentic steam train carriage and watch the world go by as you journey through the countryside, including the beautiful Rother Valley, and return to the charming market town of Tenterden. You’ll also enjoy a tasty Ploughman’s lunch or indulgent cream tea as you travel.

Steam train journeys are taking place between 12.30pm to 2pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday, March 27. Adult tickets start from £20. Book online here.

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

If your mum is a fan of the musicals, why not take her to see one of the all-time classics? The West End production of Singin’ in the Rain will be making a splash at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre all week leading up to Mother’s Day, so whether you’re in the mood for a matinee or fancy a night on the town, this feel-good musical, starring Faye Tozer, is a must-see. And if you and your mum have one too many interval drinks, you still have all day to recover together on Sunday!

Singin’ in the Rain is showing at the Marlowe from Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 26. Tickets range from £15 to £64. Book online here or call the box office on 01227 787 787.

The pool at Rowhill Grange Spa and Hotel, near Dartford. Picture: Lucy Chisholm.
The pool at Rowhill Grange Spa and Hotel, near Dartford. Picture: Lucy Chisholm.

Rowhill Grange Spa and Hotel, Dartford

For a truly indulgent gift that you can both enjoy, look no further than a relaxing spa break at Rowhill Grange. The hotel offers a special Sunday night treat for two, which includes a 40-minute treatment each, full use of the spa facilities and £40 each to spend on dinner in the 2-AA rosette restaurant, RGs. The break also includes a luxurious overnight stay, all rounded off with a full English breakfast the following morning. So go on, treat yourself - and mum, of course.

The Sunday Night Spa Break package on Sunday, March 27 starts from £385 for a double room. Book online here.

Woodville Theatre, Gravesend

Nothing says mums and daughters like a night of nostalgic ‘90s pop! Perfect for a girls’ night out, tribute act the Take That Experience recreate the boy band's greatest hits and bring your favourite teenage heartthrobs closer than ever. Gary Barlow and the gang - yes, that even includes Robbie - will be belting out smash hit singles such as Pray, Back For Good, Relight My Fire and Patience, plus reenacting some of the band’s most famous looks and dance routines. Scream, sing and dance the night away - it’ll be a weekend you never forget!

The Take That Experience are performing at the Woodville, Gravesend, on Saturday, March 26. Tickets start from £26. Book online here or call 01474 337 500.

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