As the spring flowers tentatively begin to brighten the flowerbeds and verges, and the sun makes a cautious appearance, we’re starting to look forward to longer days, lighter evenings and the arrival of spring. Spring often seems to start around Mothers’ Day, and as Easter (and therefore Mothering Sunday) is late this year, hopefully Spring will be well underway by Mothers' Day!
Originally a day when domestic servants were given the day off to return to their ‘mother’ church, Mothering Sunday was often the only day families had when they could all get together. Children would pick wild flowers on the way to the church service and the religious connotations of this traditional day have gradually evolved into the secular celebration of mothers that Mothers’ Day is now known for.
As an office full of mums, we are wholeheartedly in agreement that mums deserve to be treated for a day, so make a note of the date and remember your own mothers this Sunday 26th March!
We have a few suggestions as to how to treat your hardworking ma this year, from a traditional bunch of wild flowers to a holiday away together, we know one thing for certain: the money spent won’t matter; she will be happiest with her children around her, spending time with her, or thinking of her from afar. And if you’d like some inspiration on what to do, here are our ideas for a Mothers’ Day to remember.
Book a relaxing short break
For a relaxing long weekend away, we have many lovely properties where your mum can put her feet up and relax while enjoying the beautiful north Cornwall coast. We recommend:
Or if she’d prefer more of a party, we have larger properties to host a family get together beside the seaside! (Just remember - you're cooking, not mum! Luckily these three properties all have a dishwasher!)
Edgecumbe Villa - Cornish stone cottage close to beach, with good size garden and decking. £515.
Tregundy Cottage - A spacious 4 bedroom semi-detached stone cottage with elevated views across Perranporth beach. £565.
Starboard - High spec modern house with garden, balcony & WiFi. Pets welcome off season. £515.
Local church services
If your mum would like to go to church on Mothering Sunday, there are two Church of England churches in Perranporth: St Michael’s Church in the centre of the village and the beautiful Perranzabuloe church up at Penhallow which was built using some of the stones and features from St Piran’s original 11th century church in the sand dunes, including the font, pulpit, pew ends and the ‘Celtic face’ above the door.
There is also a Methodist church on Ponsmere Road in Perranporth and a timber clad Catholic Church on Wheal Leisure containing some stained glass work from Buckfast Abbey. In St Agnes the picturesque parish church is tucked back just off the main street (the part of the village known as Churchtown) and there is also a Methodist church on British Road.
There are any number of places in Perranporth and St Agnes for a delicious lunch, Sunday carvery, or cream tea, depending on your mum’s preference! The Watering Hole do a wonderful carvery, as does the Tywarnhayle pub; The Boatshed and Del Mar have lovely lunchtime menus; or try Chrissies Tearooms for a tasty afternoon tea.
Experience the Cornish Springtime
Make the most of the season and get out into the sunshine for some quality time with mum!
Enjoy a clifftop or woodland walk, and see if you can name the wildflowers you spot along the way. Odds on Mum gets more than you! Pop in to see us first, as we have a selection of walking books and maps. Or plan a visit to one of Cornwall’s many stunning gardens to see beautiful spring magnolias and other stunning displays.
Cornwall has a plethora of natural beauty spots and National Trust locations – Carnewas, Crantock and St Agnes Head are all within a short drive of Perranporth and lovely spots to experience the beauty of springtime in Cornwall.