Five last minute ideas for Mother’s Day in Essex

Essex is full of scenic spots and interesting places to explore. Promenade Park in Maldon (Photo credit: GettyImages/GeorgeWJohnson)

If you’ve waited too late to book a table at her favorite restaurant or pay for a day of spa treatments, there are still plenty of ways to show the mom in your life some Mother’s Day love.

With the spring weather finally here, why not take the family out to explore the great outdoors.

And above all, you will not need to book!

To stroll

Stroll alongside the boats and admire the view from Promenade Park in Maldon (Photo credit: GettyImages/GeorgeWJohnson)

Gather your clan and go for a drive through some of the most scenic parts of the county.

Promenade Park in Maldon has views over the Blackwater Estuary and has plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view. The park also includes an ornamental lake, a water park for children, sandboxes, a playground for galleons, a zip line and several picnic areas.

With pubs near the shipyard and refreshments nearby, mums will love a special stroll with their loved ones.

Lake Meadows in Billericay is also a nice spot for an easy build-up, and with a fishing lake, playground, cafe, skate park and crazy golf on site, it’s the perfect spot for a day out. family, with a cafe for a cup of tea outdoors.


go to the beach

Thorpe Bay beach huts (Photo credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/CSWillett)

Although it may not be warm enough to swim in the ocean, Essex has miles and miles of easily accessible coastline that is beautiful all year round.

From the beach huts of Thorpe Bay to the Blue Flag beaches of Westcliff and Shoebury, Southend is the perfect place to hunt cobwebs by the water’s edge.

Treat your mum to award-winning fish and chips on the seafront, or heighten the excitement with a trip to Essex’s premier theme park, Adventure Island.

If you fancy something a little nicer, Frinton-on-Sea offers a Victorian seaside vibe and plenty of quiet contemplation. Grab your sandwiches and sit together as you watch the waves crash.

Give her retail therapy

The Battlesbridge Antiques and Crafts Center (Photo credit: Getty/iStock/chrisdorney)

Take your mother for a leisurely stroll back in time at the picture-perfect antique center of Battlesbridge.

With over 80 antique shops housed in a variety of beautiful old buildings and courtyards, mom is bound to find a little something to take home with her.

If you prefer to shop for something a little more up-to-date, Freeport’s outlet, Braintree has over 85 designer discount stores, and town centers like Colchester and Chelmsford offer a heady mix of well-known retailers and independent shops. look alike.

There are also plenty of boot sales across the county if Mom doesn’t mind getting started early. Some of the biggest Sunday sales are in Dunton, Barleylands Billericay and Boreham.

While the Beatles may have suggested that you can’t buy love, giving your mom something that catches her eye on Mother’s Day is the perfect way to show how much you love her.

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Picnic in the park

Weald Park Lake in Brentwood (Photo credit: Paul Starr Photographer)

Essex County is packed with nature parks, which means you’re never more than a short drive from the perfect picnic spot.

Brentwood, for example, is home to the lakes, woodlands and deer enclosures of Weald Park, as well as the popular Gruffalo trail at Thorndon Country Park.

Chelmsford has covered the middle of Essex with beautiful views, a historic country house and impressive play areas in Highlands Park, while to the north, High Wood in Colchester offers woodland, open spaces (ideal for picnics), a lake and wildflowers.

Soak up some culture

Colchester Castle and Castle Grounds (Photo credit: Getty/iStockphoto/Brigida_Soriano)

Essex is not only home to great beaches and pretty country parks, it also has a lot of history to offer.

Visit the Norman Colchester Castle – the largest example of its type in Europe – to enjoy interactive exhibits, or learn about the county’s historical significance at the Chelmsford City Museum with its brand new galleries and immersive video installations.

For the most foodie mums, why not visit the Tiptree Jam Museum where you can learn more about the famous family business and sample some of their most popular jams.

However you choose to spend Mother’s Day, after two years of restrictions, just spending time together will be the best gift of all for many mums in Essex.

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