VIRTUAL gin tastings, takeaway afternoon teas and a live Facebook ‘lambcam’ are a few of the lockdown Mother’s Day events happening in Coventry and Warwickshire this weekend.
Tourist attractions and hotels have stepped up to the challenge by planning a host of imaginative events and gifts around social distancing for Mothering Sunday this weekend on March 14.
Chief executive of Shakespeare’s England, Helen Peters, said: “I am thrilled that our members are coming up with ways to help people celebrate Mother’s Day, whether that’s on the actual weekend or later on as things ease.
“They are offering a variety of choice, so you will be able to find something perfect for your mum.
“I would urge everyone to take a look at what they have available as this is the perfect way to support an industry that has been massively affected by this pandemic.”
Here are 10 gift ideas for mums across the region:
Britain’s Got Talent 2018 finalists The D-Day Darlings have been drafted in for a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with a live online video stream. On Sunday, March 14, three of the vocalists from the group will be performing a collection of songs from the wartime era at the venue, which mums will be able to watch from the comfort of their own homes while indulging in a takeaway afternoon tea.
Treat wildlife-loving mums to a family day out with butterflies at this Stratford-upon-Avon attraction once lockdown lifts.
To mark Women’s History Month the museum has created online activities inspired by women who influenced the motor industry. There is also a Mother’s Day card for children to download and decorate.
Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa has launched a new Mother’s Day takeaway Afternoon Tea. Afternoon tea for two and Spa Day gift vouchers are also available. The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon is offering an Afternoon Tea for two voucher and a Dinner for two voucher.
Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Local families can take a rejuvenating walk in the parklands of Compton Verney this Mother’s Day. With 120 acres to roam enjoy the fresh, spring air, wide open spaces, and pick up takeaway outdoor refreshments from the Horse box. Access All Areas Membership gift vouchers are also available to order online from £37.
Book a future tour experiences for your mum exploring the rural towns and villages of the Cotswolds. Gift vouchers are available.
Moreton Morrell College’s popular Lambing weekend will be virtual again in 2021, with a wealth of online video content and information available from this rural agricultural, floristry and animal welfare college campus in the Warwickshire countryside.
Discover more about the whole process of lambing and the care students and staff take at working Nethermorton Farm on campus. Lambcam will be back too, with a Facebook Live stream of lambs being born between 10am and 3pm on March 13 and 14. Plus, there will be a live Q&A with farmers Henry and Jack from 2pm to 3pm on March 14. Both these live video streams will be featured on the Facebook page
Antona at Home has created a delicious Mother’s Day Menu that provides all the ingredients to truly spoil your mum this year. Diners can relax knowing that a team of talented chefs from Andreas Antona’s Michelin-starred restaurants have undertaken all the hard work. The dishes are made with the best British seasonal produce and are inspired by the menu at The Cross at Kenilworth. Every course is presented with clear instructions on how to reheat and present.
The Howard Arms, Illmington
This attractive rural country pub has a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and Lunch available to takeaway. The Afternoon tea will be available between 12pm and 4.30pm, while the lunch will be available between 12pm and 7.30pm. For further information or to book call 01608 682 226.
The Stratford-upon-Avon distillery is running a number of virtual events for gin loving mums including: ‘Mother’s (Day) Ruin’ live Virtual Gin Tasting event taking place on Mother’s Day on Sunday March 14 from 4pm-5pm on Zoom.
Groups of 8+ can also book a Virtual Home Gin Tasting or Virtual Cocktail Masterclass on a date/time to suit. Both interactive experiences include a one hour Zoom call with the Home Gin Tasting/Cocktail Kits sent in advance. There is also an ‘At Home’ cocktail kit for two which comes with ingredients and a link to a pre-recorded video by mixologist Sam, and a gift card which can be redeemed in the shop.