Great offers for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day at Weald and Downland Museum
Mother's Day at Weald and Downland Museum

This weekend is a time to celebrate one of the most important people in your life – your mother.

With that in mind, we have teamed up with two of Sussex’s top attractions to offer an exclusive buy one, get one half price offer.

Mother's Day at West Dean  HELEN YATES

Mother's Day at West Dean HELEN YATES

Observer readers can take advantage of the offer at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and West Dean Gardens.

Mother’s Day is the ideal time to visit these attractions, with newborn lambs and flowering buds bursting into life amid the glorious South Downs locations.

Weald and Downland

At the picturesque Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, visitors can step back in time and explore more than 50 historic buildings, discovering 600 years of rural life through the historical demonstrations that will be taking place.

With the chance to see brewing and baking in the authentic Tudor kitchen, hear period music performed by King Henry’s Consort and meet the resident shire horses and traditional breed farm animals, the experience offers a Mother’s Day experience with a difference.

“We have traditionally celebrated Mothering Sunday at the museum by offering a complimentary bunch of daffodils and discounted entry,” said Richard Pailthorpe, the Weald and Downland Museum’s director.

“It’s a great opportunity for families to explore the museum on this special day at the beginning of the season and hopefully return again later in the year to both attractions.”

West Dean

At West Dean Gardens, visitors can wander through the stunning displays of spring-flowering bulbs throughout the grounds, take a peek at the newly-restored sunken garden at the eastern end of the pergola then step inside the walled garden to admire the fruit trees coming into blossom.

The glasshouses will be showing new growth on the peach, nectarines and vines and out in the kitchen garden, visitors can see the first protected plantings under cloches and new additions in the vegetable frame.

Visitors who want to stretch their legs can finish with a two-and-a-half-mile circular walk around the peaceful arboretum, followed by lunch or a cream tea in the Gardens Restaurant.

In addition to the fantastic discount, there is an extra treat in store for all mothers who attend as they will receive a bunch of daffodils.

Alex Barron, events director at West Dean, said: “We are delighted to be working with our neighbours the Weald and Downland to offer Mother’s Day visitors the perfect day out, with something for all ages.”

To celebrate the start of spring, all visitors to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and West Dean Gardens this Mothering Sunday will enjoy a special discounted entry price of just £6 to get into both attractions on presentation of the voucher in this week’s Observer (page 34, Thursday, March 27, edition).

Balanced Wellness

Another great offer is being organised by Balanced Wellness in Chichester.

The relaxation sanctuary is hosting an indulgent VIP party this April, where fun, health and special pampering will combine.

A buy-one-get-mum-free offer to its Ultimate Wellbeing Party is the perfect way to treat mum to an indulgent health experience.

On Friday, April 4, at the Wellness Centre, in the heart of Chichester, the exclusive event will immerse its guests in the secrets of how to feel and look amazing from the inside out.

Healthy canapés at the organic bubbly reception will introduce the evening’s talks from leading nutritional and wellbeing experts, with pampering beauty treatments provided for all who attend.

Choosing from a selection available, the treatments include a mini manicure, hand or foot massage or a beauty makeover.

Guests can learn about the natural, chemical-free and mineral-based products the Wellness Centre uses, as well as the secrets to good application.

Those keen to embark on important health checks will particularly enjoy the food sensitivity testing and demonstrations that will be taking place to help with understanding if underlying problems with food sensitivity need attention.

In addition to the complimentary sessions and talks, guests will have the chance to enter competitions to win more than £750 worth of treatments and all will leave with a decadent gift bag full of organic and natural goodies – a treat all busy mums will thoroughly enjoy!

Tickets, priced £20, are on sale now with the buy-one-get-mum-free offer for a limited time only.

To purchase tickets and find out more, call 01243 278511 or email

National Garden Society

A visit to a beautiful garden with a cup of tea and a slice of cake is another perfect treat for Mothering Sunday.

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) opens thousands of interesting and beautiful gardens to the public each year, raising millions of pounds for good causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Help the Hospices.

In 2013, more than £3m was raised through garden visits.

“All NGS gardens are inspiring and enjoyable places to visit, ranging from small back gardens to spacious country ones,” said county organiser Jane Allen.

“They will appeal to keen gardeners and casual visitors alike: everyone will enjoy and benefit from the beauty and peace of a lovingly-tended garden.”

Chief executive George Plumptre said: “A visit to an NGS garden is the perfect treat for Mothering Sunday.

“Gardens are very much places for families, where everyone can relax and enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful, stress-free setting, with the added bonus of a homemade tea.

“We are looking to entertain many visitors who will have the double benefit of a great day out, and the chance to contribute to very good causes.”

Most NGS gardens are privately owned and rarely opened to the public, making this a unique way to spend time with your mum.

Gardens open in West Sussex this weekend include:

Lordington House, in Lordington near Chichester, PO18 9DX, open on Saturday and Sunday, 1.30pm-4.30pm, admission £4, children free.

Dachs, Spear Hill, Ashington, RH20 3BA, open on Sunday from 2pm-5.30pm, admission £4, children free.

Details of all NGS gardens opening throughout the year can be found at