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Alternative Mothers’ Day treats

As Mothering Sunday descends, lucky mums across the land will be tucking into roast lunches or afternoons teas. There are plenty of lovely spots for both across the county but if you hanker after something a bit different this year, check out these alternative treats for size.


Get cultural

There are still tickets left for Copellia, performed by the Vienna Ballet at the Capitol Horsham this Thursday 3 March. The story of a toy-maker who falls in love with a doll is often seen as a child-friendly introduction to ballet so you could treat the whole family. Tickets are £21 (£19 concessions). It’s also showing later (19 March) at the Alexandra Theatre in Bognor (£19, concessions £18, children £13.50).

Enjoy a good rant

This one could be something of a cathartic experience for the two of you. Leading up the 60th anniversary of seminal courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men and marking International Women’s Day, 12 women express what makes them angry through drama, poetry, prose, art and music. It on in Brighton Dome’s studio theatre on Friday 4 March . Tickets cost £8 (concessions £6)

See an award-winning weepy

Take her to see Shadowlands (below, top right), the moving tale of love and loss charting the late-blooming relationship between Narnia series author CS Lewis and an outspoken American poet. The award-winning production is written by Sussex’s own William Nicholson, who also penned the screenplay for the 1993 film. It’s on at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre from  7-12 March and Worthing’s Connaught Theatre 19-23 April you can see a review here from the lovely Amber over at Muddy Surrey

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Get crafty

Book in for a mother and daughter craft session at The Courtyard, Rotherfield. A Mothers’ Day-minded evening workshop is being run on Friday 11 March where you’ll have the choice of making candles, jewellery or fabric flowers. Tickets are £28, which includes, materials, cake and a glass of prosecco.

Punch some balls!

If your mum’s still of a sprightly age, or if you’re wanting some different Mothers’ Day fun with your own children, then get yourself down to Brighton seafront for a Family Beach Volleyball Session on the sandy pitch on Madeira Drive this Sunday. Mums, Dads and kids can try out drills, tag races and volleyball games together in a session run by Yellowave. Children’s tickets are £5.50 for one, £10 for two or £15 for three and parents play free!

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Sigh with a soundtrack

Treat her to a day out in London with a special screening of Brief Encounter. Along with Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, that tumultuous Rachmaninoff soundtrack is the third star of the classic 1945 film and later this month the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing it live to accompany the film at the Royal Festival Hall. The event is on Friday 18 March and tickets cost from £9 to £39.

Make her scream!

Rather more unorthodox is the Mothers’ Day screening of Hitchcock’s Psycho, as part of Vintage Sundays at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton. It’s repeated on the morning of 10 March. Well, Bates did have a mother fixation…

Move the date

Avoid the Mothering Sunday crowd and get mum to take her treat at her leisure by buying a gift voucher for a meal or night away. The fish-focused harbourside Crab & Lobster at Pagham Harbour (above, top right) and the Halfway Bridge (above, bottom right) in the South Downs National at Lodsworth near Petworth are charming restaurants with rooms which have a range of vouchers for mums who prefer to choose their own treat. Presents start from £50 for lunch for two while a night’s stay starts from £140.


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