Your guide to Mother's Day in Barnstaple and beyond

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By tinap | Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 12:06

Mother's Day is almost upon us and when it comes to ways to treat your mum we are spoilt for choice here in North Devon. Whether you live in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford or the surrounding areas, here are just a few ideas to help you make Sunday a special day for your mum.

Mother's Day gift ideas:

Emilia Bea has just opened in Gammon Walk in Barnstaple and has some lovely gift ideas for Mother's Day, including gorgeous brooches, scarves, bags and fashion jewellery.

La Maison in Bideford has lots of goodies to give your mum that will certainly make her day.  Located on Mill Street in Bideford the store has Cath Kidston bags and Carrie Elspeth Jewellery, new scarves and much, much more.

Ilfracombe Indoor Market is changing all the time and well worth a visit if you're looking for something different. The market now has picture frames, antiques and collectables, oh and Macavity's Little Shop of Cats as well as beautiful handmade cards and gifts for Mother's Day - plus all the regulars.

Alternatively, for those who enjoy making their mother's day gifts, The Big Sheep, near Bideford, is hosting a special cupcake baking day on Saturday 9th March so you have something special (and edible!) to say thank you this year.

The Cupcake gift workshop must be pre-booked, which can be done online at the Big Sheep website. All of the ingredients for half a dozen cupcakes, split between one adult and up to two children, will be supplied during the event. There will also be supervision and instructions to help inspire your cupcakes.

If your mum likes to be pampered, why not join her at the Hartland House & Spa which is offering a luxurious and tranquil afternoon of relaxation for £150 for two people? The price includes four hours at the Spa, an 85 minute treatment each and afternoon tea.

If your mum prefers to be pampered in her own home, then a voucher from Barefoot Nails and Beauty. might just the thing. The vouchers can be printed off here for any amount or treatment. For every voucher purchased you will receive a beautiful and individual hand-made card. We particularly like the aromatherapy massage for just £25. Using blended oils to either relax, revitalise or detox the aromatherapy massage will last approximately 75 minutes. And because it's in the comfort and privacy of your own home you can stay relaxed for longer.

Passion 4 Hair & Beauty Ltd on Holland Walk in Barnstaple are also offering a wide range of excellently-priced vouchers to suit all pockets, including express lashes for £20.00. Click here to see their full range of offers.

Mother's Day events

From costumes to carriages, Arlington Court near Barnstaple is offering a special tour relating to mothers. The exclusive pre-opening event can be followed by a tasty lunch or special afternoon tea to celebrate as a family and thank Mum for all her hard work. You can also stroll round the gardens and see the spring flowers emerging. Call 01271 851123 for more details.

If your mum loves browsing antiques, RHS Garden Rosemoor, near Torrington, has a Spring Antiques Fair this weekend. Devon County Antiques have selected stall holders from across the South West and beyond, selling a wide variety of antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and pockets. Rosemoor's Gift Shop also features products from Neal's Yard Remedies to treat your Mum - or yourself!

A trip to the theatre is always a pleasure, especially when it's the wonderful, timeless comedy The Importance of Being Ernest which is showing at Ilfracombe's Landmark Theatre this Saturday (March 9). Time: 7.30pm.  All seats £14.50. All seats (Concessions) £12.00,  NDT members/supporters £10.00, under 25s £9.00, student £8.00, young Person £8.00. Call the Box Office to book on 01271 324242.

Mother's Day menus

North Devon offers a host of restaurants, many offering special Mother's Day menus. The following are just a small selection that caught our eye.

Relish Bar & Bistro in Ilfracombe opened in March 2012 and is located in the heart of Ilfracombe's oldest street, Fore Street, set in a character heritage building. The focus is on local, fresh, quality food. Relish Bar and Bistro's Mother's Day menu offers one course for £9.95, two courses for £12.95 and three courses for £14.95

The Fortescue Arms at Woolacombe is offering a free glass of wine for every mum that dines there this Sunday. The Mother's Day Carvery includes with a choice of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, Roast pork and apple sauce, Roast turkey and stuffing with boiled & roast potatoes and six fresh vegetables. Vegetarians & vegans options are also available as well as a children's menu. 

If your mum enjoys her garden, why not combine her passion with a lovely meal in the conservatory restaurant at the popular St.John's Garden Centre in Barnstaple. Mother's Day lunch includes a Sunday carvery, plus a dessert table, or other main meals to choose from if you prefer. The children are also catered for with a special carvery price (smaller portions).

The Royal Hotel in Bideford is also offering a Mother's Day menu including a carvery, with a selection of three meats to choose from and a huge selection of fresh vegetables and potatoes, finished off with a mouth-watering dessert. Carvery only is £12.95pp. Carvery and sweet is £16.50pp.

If you are planning to combine a walk on the beach with lunch, then the Mother's Day Carvery Luncheon at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel includes two courses for £14.50 (£9.50 for children) or three courses for £17.50 (£12.50 for children).

Are you holding a special event, or offer, for Mother's Day? Let us know and we'll add you to our guide. Email:



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