Because she’s worth it
All mums deserve a treat on Mothers’ Day, as do a good number of grandmothers, godmothers, and aunts. The default is often flowers, chocolate, and/or wine, or for the more imaginative, perhaps a spa day, a meal out, or an outing somewhere. Mothers’ Day last year, we were all lockdown newbies, scratching our heads about what to do. One year on and we ought to be better at it, and with restrictions lifting, perhaps we can start making more out of this important day. So here are some ideas about some fun things to do in Cambridge on Mothers’ Day.
Fun things to do in Cambridge on Mothers’ Day
Have you seen the orange Voi scooters zooming around the streets of Cambridge? They are an ideal quick and low carbon way to get around the city while sparing us all from both noise and pollution. And what a fun way to spend Mothers’ Day? Scooting around, stopping off to take in the sights, and with still quite a few independent cafes open for takeaways, that will be lunch taken care of as well.
This one is just for the grown-ups though, as a Voi e-scooter rider must have at least a provisional driving license and be 18 or older.
Find out more here
Have a French supper
If feeding the brood is one of the many duties you are tasked with, then Mothers’ Day is the perfect opportunity to put your feet up and let the little darlings do the work. And if that fills you with trepidation or if you fancy something a bit special why not try La Maison du Steak Mothers’ Day special. Run by Ling Ling and Franck Parnin, La Maison du Steak is a well-loved well-reviewed Cambridge restaurant, specialising in different cuts of beautifully aged steak as well as other traditional French fares. This Mothers’ Day they are preparing a delicious three-course meal of smoked camembert, steak, and pannacotta. Booking in advance is essential and collect in person.
There is a small amount of work…. you have to cook your steak at home.
Find out more: visit our website or social media on La Maison du Steak then phone to make a reservation on 01223 324258
Go on a treasure hunt
As you know, Cambridge is full of amazing buildings, quaint historical streets, and thousands of years of history. Treasure Hunt Cambridge offers a fun way of seeing Cambridge in a totally different way. Over two and a half hours you will solve cryptic clues and follow beautiful maps sent to your phone. Whether you are new to the city or a long-established resident, this treasure hunt will open your eyes, with facts about well-known sites, such as King’s College and the Corpus Clock, as well as lesser-known gems such as Newton’s apple tree. You’ll come back much the wiser. The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged eight and up, but it’s open to the whole family. Perhaps you could combine it with a Voi scooter.
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Visit the Botanical Gardens
For me, the perfect place to spend Mothers’ Day in Cambridge, especially if the sun is shining. Its pockets of landscape that change with the season are wakening and will get you in the mood for Spring. Bulbs are beginning to bloom beneath the looming canopies of the redwoods and cedars, and birdsong will be everywhere. It is wonderful that the gardens have remained open during lockdown, though entry to the Gardens is now by pre-booked tickets only, with slots released one week at a time. So, if you want to secure your Mothers’ Day treat please book in time.
Even, if you are unable to get a reservation, the CUBG Science on Sunday’s series is offering a free 30-minute informal science talk, part of its monthly programme, and available by webinar. On Mothers’ Day at 2.30, Professor David Coomes will deliver ‘Planting trees to save the planet: greenwashing or golden opportunity?’.
Head to the countryside
With Spring approaching I think the Cambridgeshire countryside is at its most beautiful. I have two dogs that need a daily walk, so I am always out and about. But perhaps you need a little you time, or perhaps this is a chance to go out en famille. Either way, there are numerous places to get out into nature. Use my list to discover a new walk on Sunday 14th March, and let’s hope the sun shines. The dog is optional.
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