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Things to do in Chelmsford this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, but there is still time to plan the perfect day or choose the perfect gift for your mum. Chelmsford is filled with some lovely, unique places where you can make the best memories. You can do anything from going for a walk in the park, to going for lunch or even enjoying an afternoon tea.

If you’ve run out of ideas and need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Below are some suggestions for things to do in Chelmsford. Interested? Keep reading…

Please note, as Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, bookings and availability may be limited. However, we have tried to give you plenty of options to choose from. It’s always worth checking websites in advance to avoid disappointment. We hope you have a lovely day celebrating.


Great afternoon tea spots

County Hotel

County Hotel, located on Rainsford Road, offers a delicious afternoon tea Monday-Sunday 12-5pm. You can enjoy a selection of cakes and sandwiches (with vegan options available) and sit back and relax. There are also gift vouchers ready to buy on the County Hotel website. A voucher would make the perfect present for your mum if you didn’t feel like going yourself.

Slug and Lettuce

Did you know that Slug and Lettuce offer an afternoon tea? Between 12pm and 4.30pm, you can have a classic afternoon tea for only £15 per person. There is a delightful selection of sandwiches and wraps to choose from as well as scones and bite-sized desserts. The helpful staff will display the treats in a bird cage which will make for some great photo opportunities and memories. This could be a chance to get dressed up and enjoy an afternoon of fun with your family/mum.

Small Talk Tearooms

Offering a selection of traditional cakes and sandwiches you won’t be disappointed with Small Talk Tearooms. Whether this be for some lunch or a traditional afternoon tea, there are some delicious options available. You can also get a gift voucher which will make for the perfect treat. They also offer an extensive tea selection from around the world which might be something you’d like to experience.


Great day out suggestions

Visit Chelmsford Museum

If you haven’t taken a trip to the Museum in a while, then there is no better time to go than this Mother’s Day. With a wide range of displays and changing exhibitions, you can see, hear, smell and touch Chelmsford’s past. The Museum offers a free and educational day out in the surroundings of the beautiful Oaklands Park. Chelmsford was around in the Ice Age, and the Museum takes you on a journey through the ages and shows you how it has transformed over the years. Perhaps you would like to know more about Chelmsford’s past?

Once you’ve walked around and soaked in the history, you can pop into the Hive café for a coffee and delicious cake, or for lunch.

Chelmsford Museum Exterior

Take a walk in one of Chelmsford’s parks

As Spring is here, there’s so many reasons why being outside to get some fresh air can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. It is also an inexpensive way to show your mum you care about her by simply giving her your time and attention. Perhaps pack a picnic and go on a lovely walk to your local park or green space. If you aren’t sure what parks are in Chelmsford, go to the Love Your Chelmsford website.

Conduit in Admirals Park And Tower Gardens

Browse in Chelmsford’s indoor market

Chelmsford’s high street is filled with unique small businesses. Chelmsford’s indoor market boasts many features that you can’t get anywhere else, including fresh food, such as a greengrocer, a butcher and a stall selling one of the widest varieties of cheese in the area. The market has lots for the home and garden, and you’re spoilt for choice by the three plant and garden ornament stalls, plus garden furniture. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

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Charlotte Maltby
Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes about the environment, parks, recycling, business, planning, public realm and democratic services.