Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, stems from a centuries-old Christian tradition. People returned to the parish where they were born for a Church service in their “mother” church, on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It was one of the few occasions when children in service saw their parents, and it became an important family reunion.
These days children do not fly the nest aged ten and we get a bit more time off from the workhouse, however it might feel. But, as any parent knows, time with your children is as precious as ever.
This Mother’s Day, take the family festival back to its humble origins and spend the day together. Here are eight wholesome activities you can do in beautiful Cornwall.
Mothering Sunday Lunch at Hotel Bristol (well we would say that)
Crispy potatoes, a glug of rich gravy. Now we’re talking.
We can’t get enough of Sunday Lunch. It’s the quintessential family event, and in many families, Mum is right at the helm. At our Mothering Sunday Lunch, she’ll be head of the table. Let us look after you all so Mum can relax.
Cornwall is the place to make the most of a National Trust membership. There are stunning country estates all around, but the legion of daffodils that decorate Trerice Manor around Mother’s Day are a burst of sunshine you’d be silly to miss.
Admire the gothic manor house and amble around its peaceful gardens as they blossom into life. You can also sample a Cornish cream tea here.
Afternoon Tea at Hotel Bristol
Cornwall is rightly renowned as the home of Cream Teas (back off Devon). It’s a serious business.
Afternoon tea at Hotel Bristolis a wonderful indulgence. Tuck into homemade finger sandwiches, cakes, and fresh scones. The latter of course topped with lashings of jam and clotted cream.
If you sit in one of our lounges you can admire panoramic sea views and watch the surfers, too.
Welcome to Kernowfornia, a surfer’s paradise.
If you’re already on board, you’ll know all about the magnetic pull of the sea. The gentle tug toward the swelling wave, the moment it begins to break, the exhilaration of a crisp ride in.
If not, we couldn’t be better placed to introduce you. Newquay is blessed with fantastic surf, as well as instructors who know what to do in it. It’s the perfect place to try the sport in a friendly and accessible setting.
Sure, the March sea is no bathtub, but our surf schools are more than prepared for the elements. All-season wetsuits will keep you surprisingly snug, and there’s nothing like the thrill of catching your first wave to make you forget the cold. When you’re done, we’re just a gull’s cry away- so unwind in our sauna or take a hot shower before you enjoy a hot chocolate in the cosy lounge.
Fistral Beach Clean
When it comes to maintaining our beautiful beaches, we can’t afford to keep our heads in the sand. Cornwall is the birthplace of Surfers Against Sewage; our shores are the frontline in the fight for pristine waters.
Plastic waste is choking the sea. Shipping containers full of our landfill, trawling fishing, and individual litterers collude to ruin our beaches.
Keep Britain Tidy, Cornwall Council, South West Water, The Environment Agency and Visit Cornwall have teamed up to protect Fistral Beach by running a monthly clean. If you both love the area, and why wouldn’t you, give a couple of hours to keep it beautiful. You’ll both meet likeminded people, have fun, and leave a wonderful place better than you found it.
Meet on the last Saturday of each month at Seaspray Café, South Fistral, at 9am.
Discover Poldark’s Cornwall
Ross Poldark won the nation’s heart on our golden shores and brooding heathland. The BBC hit chose filming locations as atmospheric as the drama itself, and many are right in our backyard.
If Mum is a Poldark fan, why not take her on a tour of his Cornwall? There are local tours or you can use Visit Cornwall’s map to devise your own.
You may recognise nearby Holywell Beach, a sweeping bay with a distinctive ‘M’ shaped rock out to sea. It played host to Dwight and Caroline’s horse race in Poldark and many of Ross and Demelza’s sea strolls.
Park Head is a meeting point of tumbling cliffs and foaming Atlantic. The stretch of coastline was irresistible to the production team. Scenes of Ross galloping in pursuit of Love or Justice, to the rousing strain of a fiddle, would not be the same without this otherworldly backdrop. Check it out.
Explore the greatest adventure playground with Newquay Activity Centre. Take paddle boards for a gentle pootle around the bay or embark on an eco-tour on the river or around the Headland.
Anyone who hasn’t tried it is missing a trick. Paddle boarding is whatever you want it to be, from an all-body work out to a water-based meditation. A paddle board can be everything. A ride through the waves, transport on your adventures, or a quiet space to practise yoga, sip coffee at sea, or simply be still.
Hotel Bristol Wellness Break
A wellness break is a stint of welcome respite to listen to your body and put your health and happiness first. Forget work commitments and other worries: this is your time to enjoy some me-time.
Our Wellness Breaks are all about gentle rest and relaxation. Enjoy great food, therapeutic treatments and ample time to exercise at your pace, on the beach or at our yoga session.
People say they sleep better by the sea. It’s something to do with the negative ions in the air and the lulling rhythms of the waves upon the shore. For us, the proof is in the pudding. Hotel Bristol is perched right above Tolcarn Beach, so you can sink into a deep slumber whilst watching the tide roll in.
Wellness Breaks include dinner on the first night, a 50 minute treatment, 1 hour yoga session included on Fridays 7:30am - 8:30am, pro-juice smoothie, and two night’s bed and breakfast. From just £134 per person, claim your me-time now!