5 ideas for a memorable Mother’s Day in South Devon

March 7th, 2018 | By Emily Mercer

Mother's Day - Dart Marina


With Mothering Sunday less than a week away, we’ve put together some ideas for how you can treat your mum to the day she deserves.


There are plenty of things to do in South Devon every day of the year, so we’re concentrating on just a few of the attractions that are offering something special for the Mother’s Day weekend and surrounding weeks.

1.Mother’s Day afternoon tea

February half-term - Overbecks

Treat your mum (and while you’re there, why not treat yourself too?) to a selection of teas, sandwiches, cakes and scones at Overbeck’s House in Salcombe. Explore this stunning National Trust-owned house and garden, revelling in its wonderful estuary views, before or after a relaxed high tea in the café.

The price is £13.95 per person. Booking is essential – call 01548 842893.

Find out more about National Trust houses in South Devon here.

2. Take in a show

Why not make Mother’s Day last a little longer, and book tickets to see a local show the following week? Kingsbridge’s KATS group will be performing an original musical, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, in Malborough between 20th March and 24th March. Get tickets online at http://www.kats-kingsbridge.co.uk or in person at Kingsbridge Information Centre.


3. A Mother’s Day massage and more

Treat your mum to a day of indulgence with a Mother and Daughter Spa Day at the Voyage Spa, Thurlestone. For £100 for two, this includes:

  • a 40-minute treatment each
  • a glass of bubbly each
  • unlimited use of the Voyage Spa facilities.

This promotion will run until 31st March, so there’s plenty of time to find a convenient moment (or even spring a nice surprise) for you and your mum.

For a quicker option to fit in with any other plans you might have, their treatment vouchers make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

To book or for further information please call 01548 560382 or email enquiries@thurlestone.co.uk.

4. A stroll and a meal at Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall

The beautiful Dartington Hall estate, with its striking South Hams scenery, sculpted gardens and stunning courtyard, may appear to the untrained eye to be an unlikely site of artistic experimentalism and social radicalism. But a visit to Dartington alongside a little research will reveal a history of interwar aristocratic visionaries, intellectual and artistic vibrancy and not a little controversy.

Learn about the history of this magical place as you stroll around its gorgeous grounds, and don’t forget to check out the 1947 Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Memorial Figure’ on the far side of the famous tiltyard.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take your mum to the White Hart restaurant, just off the central courtyard, where you can enjoy a special Mothering Sunday lunch (12 noon to 3 pm). The White Hart, which holds a Taste of the West Bronze Award, puts a strong emphasis on locally-sourced food. The price is £22.50 per head for three courses and canapés. Booking in advance is essential on 01803 847111, or email reservations@dartingtonhall.com.

After lunch, take a walk to the Shops at Dartington, where you can pick up an interesting range of items from local ales to kitchenware to ornaments, and stop for a coffee in the cafe.

Discover Dartington in our dedicated blog article.

5. A tasty treat at Pennywell Farm

February half-term - Pennywell

Animal-loving mums will love a day out at Pennywell Farm, South Devon’s most adorable animal attraction. From miniature pigs to mighty shire horses, there’s a host of cuddly critters and beautiful beasts to meet, including lots that you can pick up or pet.

On March 10th and 11th (Mothering Sunday), there’s a free Devon Cream Tea for mums, plus entertainment from Elfric the Jester.

Considering a family holiday to celebrate Mother’s Day in South Devon? Take a look at our range of holiday homes in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the rest of South Devon here.