From a leisurely AFTERNOON TEA to a SPA DAY full of pampering, your mum will love these MOTHER’S DAY treats …
1 Dating back to 1228 and once home to the Guinness family, the historic Ashford Castle in Co Mayo is celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend with afternoon tea. Mums will be treated to a special gift from Elmis with their visit to the castle for tea on Sunday. Their new menu is filled with sweet treats, sandwiches and accompanying champagne or a tasting of three champagnes. Call +353 94 954 6003 for booking inquiries.
2 Airfield Estate has a 38-acre working farm right in Dublin. Located in Dundrum, only a five-minute walk from Balally Luas stop, all mums can enjoy free access to the estate on Sunday. With plenty of room for kids to run and play, you can explore the lovely gardens or take a leisurely stroll through the farm with the cows, pigs, donkeys and hens. Their on-site restaurant Overends Kitchen will be serving brunch and they are taking bookings for large groups of 10 or more via firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 When saying you appreciate your mum this Sunday speak the universal language of film at The Stella Theatre. There is a full line up of great films to enjoy beginning with Shrek at 10am and Academy-Award winning As Good As it Gets showing at noon. Later in the day, check out the fantastic Meryl Streep in well-themed film, Mamma Mia, or head to the 6pm screening of new and celebrated The Greatest Showman, inspired by the life of PT Barnum. Lean back in their comfy armchairs, order some food and cocktails to your seat and enjoy the silver screen with mum. www.stellatheatre.ie.
4 All mums deserve pampering and Killashee Hotel in Kildare is offering a ‘thank you’ package just for them. The hotel is just 40km from Dublin and set amidst acres of the finest Kildare Stud farmland with magnificent views over the countryside. Enjoy the use of their Hydrotherapy Suite followed by a Basalt Hot Stone Massage along with customised Taster Facial & Press Point Massage. The experience lasts two hours with an hour dedicated to treatments. Afterwards, enjoy a walk in the scenic grounds or have afternoon tea in the hotel. For bookings, contact 045 895182 or email@example.com.
5 With three floors of vintage glamour and an equally extensive menu, if you’re taking your mum out for cocktails then try out the hidden speakeasy The Vintage Cocktail Club in Temple Bar. The team at the bar has come up with the special Yummy Mummy cocktail for this weekend only. Tables can be booked at www.vintagecocktailclub.com.
6 The Kilkenny Shop is offering mother daughter pampering experiences and the best thing is…they are free of charge! Beginning today, Friday March 9, the shop will welcome an assortment of specialists. On Friday, skincare expert Eva Miller from Voya Organic Skincare will provide free mini facials from 11am – 4pm, as well as hourly store talks. On Saturday, herbalist and naturopath Claire Brett from Dublin Herbalists will be providing expert skincare advice from 12pm – 3pm and offering therapeutic hand massages and mini facials using Dublin Herbalist products. Jo Browne, founder and creator of Jo Browne Natural Solid perfume, will be offering mini manicures at a pop up nail bar from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday. For more information visit www.kilkennyshop.com.
7 At Dromoland Castle this Mother’s Day, mothers and daughters can enjoy a special treat in the Spa at Dromoland with a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage followed by an Elemis Booster Facial to indulge in some well-deserved time out together. To round up the visit, Dromoland Castle invites guests to enjoy a glass of bubbly either in the dedicated Relaxation Lounge or in the Cocktail Bar. This offer is just €150 for both and is available until Sunday March 11. Afternoon Tea is also available on Mother’s Day and costs just €29 per person. Treat your mum to something special this year, Mother’s Day at Dromoland Castle is a gift she won’t forget! www.dromoland.ie.
8 Coppinger Row, serving Mediterranean plates, bold wines and signature cocktails, wants to treat your mum this weekend and let you get the credit for it. They’ll be serving up a complimentary main course for all mums on Sunday, offered to bookings with four or more for lunch and dinner. Book now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 Have you been to the newly reopened Bewley’s café on Grafton Street? Take your mum in this Sunday for a delicious treat in the beautifully restored Dublin landmark. Sit down beside the fire in the James Joyce room and try their red velvet hot chocolate, dark chocolate mousse, strawberry and pistachio opera cake and many more tasty delights. As an added bonus, one of Dublin’s top photographers will be on hand from 11am – 4pm to capture memorable photos of you and your mum that can be sent straight to you.
10 Flowers are always a great way to let your mum know you’re thinking of her and this year, The Crate is celebrating mums with a carefully arranged, hand-tied bunch of spring flowers. The arrangement includes the garden rose, vibrant blue delphinium, sweetly colored anenomes, silver dollar eucalyptus, a stem of rosemary and tuberosa- meaning ‘generous in every way’ as an appropriate testament to how mums give their time, love and support. Bunches can be ordered online at www.thecrate.ie, costing €50 and including delivery through Dublin. They can also be purchased directly at The Crate pop-up shop, located in Town Square beside the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.
Sophie Katherine Afdhal
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