Wednesday 26 February 2020
Like many traditions and festivities, Mothering Sunday has religious origins. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday it was once observed as a day on which people would visit their "mother" church, but it has become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.
Traditionally gifts included flowers and a Simnel cake. The flowers were picked by the workers on the way home from work for a day with their mum; they'd pick wild flowers from the country lanes.
The American “Mothers Day” is celebrated in early May and has an entirely different origin, but both now essentially celebrate the same thing - a special day to celebrate and thank our mums.
We’ve rounded up the best cream tea/afternoon tea offerings in the Chilterns and thrown in some ideas of how to walk it all off, either before or after – so there’s no excuse not to make mum feel special and get some fresh air at the same time!
Chinnor Railway is offering its usual Mothering Sunday trips on diesel or steam engines (mum travels half price) with Elevenses or Cream Teas on certain departures (please see the website for booking details).
There are some lovely walks around the West Wycombe area. You can walk up West Wycombe hill for far reaching views and visit the Mausoleum. There are some lovely cafés in West Wycombe and the nearby area – for example the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People café at Saunderton, or the Red Lion tea room at Bradenham. For more information and suggested walks please see our interactive map.
If messing about in boats is more your (mum’s) thing then Hobbs of Henley are running vintage themed afternoon tea cruises: Served on the finest gilt edged china, the afternoon tea experience includes an assortment of delicate finger sandwiches, petit fours, freshly baked local scones and cakes and loose teas. For more information and to book please see Hobbs of Henley.
Missenden Abbey is hosting a vintage rose afternoon tea featuring chocolate-dipped strawberries and rosé fizz, no less! Prior booking is essential to secure a place at this relaxed but indulgent event.
Cream tea not the right thing? No problem! Orchard View Farm near Owlswick has a fantastic Mother’s Day menu with delicious sounding kids’ options too. There’s a café, restaurant, butchery and shop – the butchery won the “Most Innovative Sausage 2019” Award, which has got to be worth a try. All products are handmade on the farm, and they’re working to remove allergens and sulphates so you could argue that these sausages are good for you… (at least that's what we're telling ourselves).
Or why not head to College Lake near Tring for a relatively flat walk and some gorgeous views over the former quarry turned wildlife haven, followed by a Champagne or Prosecco afternoon tea in the newly renovated Badger Café. Pre-booking essential.
If you can’t wait until 22nd March then there are several lovely events you could take mum along to before then such as the Snowdrop Walk hosted by the Chiltern branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association on 1st March in West Wycombe Park, the West Wycombe Craft Market on 8th March (a great opportunity to buy a little something for the 22nd) and the Daffodil Sundays in West Wycombe Park on 15th and 27th March.
However you choose to celebrate Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day in the Chilterns we’re sure it will be a memorable and fun-filled day for all.