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Mother's Day 2024: where to treat Mum in Preston

26 February 2024

Days out, great eats and event ideas.

This Mother's Day - Sunday 10 March - there are a variety of ways you can show your mum you care. Preston boasts the choices and rich diversity of a city with scenic rural settings and nature on its doorstep, making it a fantastic choice for exciting days out, relaxing retreats and countryside strolls. You will also find an abundance of places to eat and drink - each as unique as every mother out there - and many serving the failsafe gift of an afternoon tea. 

Days out 

Samlesbury Hall exterior

Preston has an amazing selection of venues that cater perfectly for Mother's Day, these include the old stately home Samlesbury Hall and the grand Hoghton Tower. Or, why not opt for a walk in the great outdoors to welcome Spring and get the whole family out in the fresh air. 

Avenham and Miller Parks is one of Preston's most popular attractions and adds interest and luxury to a day outdoors, with its Japanese Gardens and numerous Victorian features. Thanks to the central location of the parks, a visit here can also be accompanied with a drink or meal at one of the city's cafes and restaurants

The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre is an ideal indoors visit for Mother's Day. This flower-themed entertainment centre not only has a number of eateries to choose from, inside you will also find a cinema, curling, crazy golf, and bowling - all with an added pinch of luxury. And, if your mum is an avid gardener, the Barton Grange Garden Centre sits just opposite. 

Or, if you're looking to truly pampering your mum, then why not indulge in a relaxing spa experience to unwind, refresh and recharge.

Eat out

Delishus by Saladdishy interior

When it comes to eating out, the city delivers in a big way with a thriving foodie scene. If it's a lunchtime treat you're after, the city centre boasts an assortment of brilliant cafes offering a mix tasty lunch menus, speciality coffee and artisan cake, which are sure to be a hit with your mum. Or if you're looking to splash out on an evening meal, then you'll be spoilt for choice with Preston's wide range of restaurants from authentic aromatic Asian cuisine, sophisticated French dining and colourful Caribbean flavours, through to delicious Italian plates, traditional hearty British dishes and much more. 

Afternoon tea

If you fancy indulging in a spot of classic afternoon tea, then the city has an ample choice of venues both within the city centre and wider Preston. So, whether you'd prefer an chic urban setting or rural countryside location nestled in the lush Lancashire countryside, the city delivers on both fronts with an array of amazing venues to enjoy this popular quintessentially British tradition.

For more information see our afternoon tea blog.

Mother's Day events 

Cream Tea experience at Ribble Steam Railway

Preston's historic locations and countryside retreats make an extra special day out at the best of times. Now, with these special Mother's Day events, you can push the boat out and give mum the ultimate treat.  

Special Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - Samlesbury Hall 

Date: Sunday 10 March 

Cost: £33

Spoil mum with a special afternoon tea in Samlesbury Hall's historic rooms. The café is doing a set 2/3 course menu only and a deposit of £10 per person is required, plus a pre order for groups of 6+.

For more information and how to book visit Samlesbury Hall - treat your mum this Mother's Day.

Special Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - Bartle Hall Hotel 

Date: Sunday 10 March 

Time: 2pm 

Cost: £40 per person, £15 per child 

What could be a more perfect way to say 'thank you, mum' than an indulgent afternoon tea in a timeless country house? Bartle Hall's afternoon tea includes a glass of pink prosecco and live music from the baby grand piano. 

For more information and how to book visit Bartle Hall - Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - Dobbies Garden Centre

Date: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 

Time: various times between 2pm and 3:30pm

Cost: £25 per person

Enjoy three tiers of delicious savoury and sweet treats, including a glass of fizz plus unlimited tea and coffee refills at Dobbies. They also offer a children's afternoon tea option, so the whole family can get involved.

For more information and how to book visit Dobbies Garden Centre - Mother's Day Afternoon Tea.

Mother's Day Cream Tea or Coffee and Cake - Ribble Steam Railway

Date: Sunday 10 March 

Time: 11am and 12:30pm

Celebrate Mother's Day aboard a vintage steam train with cream tea or coffee and cake in a historic restored Great Eastern Railway Royal Saloon, built in 1898. The carriage was specifically built for the the Princess of Wales, Alexandra, wife of the future King Edward VII. 

For more information, prices and how to book visit Ribble Steam Railway - Mother's Day Cream Tea.

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Map address for Mother's Day venues

Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UP
Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Nr Preston, PR5 0SH
Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT
The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, Garstang Road, Barton, Preston, PR3 0BT
Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston, PR3 0BT
Bartle Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant, Lea Lane , Bartle, Nr. Preston, Lancashire, PR4 0HA
Dobbies Preston, Blackpool Road, Clifton, Preston , PR4 0XL
Ribble Steam, Railway, Chain Caul Road, Preston, Lancashire. PR2 2PD