Fri 20 - Sun 22 Mar
Sound the weekend gong! Praise be. We’ve got all the latest on what’s happening near you. Just check its all still happening before you set off. Better safe than sorry.
WORKSHOP: Flower Arranging, Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton, Fri 20 Mar
Muddy fave Brampton Halt are hosting this flower arranging workshop in celebration of Mothers’Day, where you can learn how to make a pretty basket arrangement using seasonal blooms
EVENT: Brewery Tour, Towcester Mill Brewery, Fri 20 Mar
Fancy the opportunity to see behind the scenes of Towcester’s heritage brew plant? Learn the history of this Grade II listed Mill, and find out about the different malt and hops used in brewing, followed up with a beer and tapas board. Bottoms up.
COMEDY: Jimmy Carr, Royal and Derngate, Fri 20 Mar
Warning: political correctness at a comedy show is like health and safety at a rodeo. Jimmy Carr is back at the Derngate with his usual irreverence.
KIDS: Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday, Royal and Derngate, Sat 21 Mar
The BAFTA winning CBeebies fave comes to life on stage in this magical adventure for your minis with music, storytelling and puppetry.
FOOD AND DRINK: The Botanical Drinks Festival, Delapre Abbey, Sat 21 Mar
Can’t tell your juniper from your star anise, or your dragon eye from your baobab? This evening of botanical drinks tastings and masterclasses in the beautiful surroundings of Delapre Abbey will set you right, and possibly get you a little bit tipsy. Hic.
EVENT: Daffodil Festival, Grendon, Sat 21 Mar
This annual village event marks the spring equinox with a glorious celebration of daffs, along with a dog show, craft and food stalls including locally produced pressed rapeseed oil and fruity gins, not to mention tons of varieties of daffodils to admire and bring home to spruce up your flower beds.
EVENT: Tea with Oscar Wilde, The Vintage Retreat, Northampton, Sat 21 Mar
Join the witty playwright himself (well, actor Jonathan Goodwin) in this comic show packed with music and audience participation, as well as afternoon tea served on vintage china.
WELLBEING: Pampering Day, Soo Yoga, Northampton, Sat 21 Mar
Escape from the treadmill and float into the dreamy bubble of Soo Yoga in Northampton. They’ve got a Mothers’ Day special on Sat 21 Mar, offering an hour of pampering for just £25 including a 25 minute deep cleansing facial, a 30 minute hydrotherm massage and a glass of Prosecco and cake. Upgrade to the £35 option to add a one class pass that can be used within one month towards any fitness, reformer pilates (above) or yoga class at the studio. Plus they have a sauna available to use whenever you’re at the studio as well as a crèche.
COMEDY: Rob Beckett – Wallop, Royal and Derngate, Sun 22 Mar
The Mouth of the South returns with to R&D due to popular demand. Expect belly laughs as Rob’s infectious smile spreads through the audience.
KIDS: Mothers’ Day Posies, Canons Ashby, Sun 22 Mar
Once your little monsters have let off some steam running around the lovely grounds at Canons Ashby they can put together a sweet posy to give to their Mums to take home on Mothers’ Day, and they’ll seem so much sweeter for it.
FOOD AND DRINK: Mothers’ Day Brunch, Evenley Wood Garden, Sun 22 Mar
An outdoorsy brunch in the rustic chic Uncle Geordie’s Shed surrounded by spring flowers is a lovely treat for any green-fingered Mums. We’ll take the smoked salmon, spinach and poached eggs on sourdough. Ta.
MOTHER’S DAY at centre:mk
In need of some inspo for spoiling the best woman in your life? This year we’re banking on Milton Keynes’ centre:mk which has a stellar line up of offers and treats across the shopping centre. Afternoon tea is a dead cert for Mother’s Day, with Patisserie Valerie offering a traditional selection of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries (£20 for two); Champneys’ Day Spa in Boots has a mother and daughter nail offer; John Lewis Beauty Retreat has ESPA Inner Beauty Facial Reveal (50 mins of relaxation is the greatest gift of all, right?!), plus there’s the new Benito Brow Bar for extra pampering. And then, on Mother’s Day weekend (21 – 22 Mar) Carluccios have a special three course Mother’s Day menu with fizz – an absolute steal at £22.95.
THEATRE: Time Machine, London Library, London, until 5 April
Local favourites Creation Theatre are heading to the Big Smoke! In this moving (literally) production, small audiences will be led through the vast London Library as Time Machine, which explores themes of neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, unfolds. Knowing Creation, it’s bound to be brilliant.