14 ideas for Mother’s Day in Sussex: Gifts, spas and more

PUBLISHED: 12:06 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:16 07 March 2019

Afternoon tea at Amberley

Afternoon tea at Amberley


She’s always on the end of the phone and she loves you to bits. Let her know how much she means with a treat this Mother’s Day. We have some suggestions

Flowers and plants

The Homegrown Flower Company, Five Ashes

Florist Zelie grows her own flowers here in Sussex and whips them together into beautiful arrangements. Treat Mum to a gorgeous country-style bouquet of in-season flowers, such as anemones, tulips, hyacinths, forget-me-nots, hellebores, dicentra and wallflowers.

Spriggs, Petworth

This town florist always has something interesting on offer. For Mother’s Day order a jolly spring bouquet of tulips, hyacinths, ranunculus, narcissi and anemones.

Wyevale, Wych Cross

If Mum is green-fingered, head to the nursery at Wych Cross to treat her to something beautiful and fragrant for the garden, such as Clematis montana Elizabeth or Rosa Eglantyne.


Afternoon Tea

The Grand, Eastbourne

Afternoon tea in The Grand’s elegant Great Hall is a treat. Enjoy sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and pastries, all washed down with a pot of tea... and perhaps even a glass of champagne. On the last Sunday of each month, a string orchestra plays in the background.

The Grand, Brighton

Enjoy afternoon tea in the legendary Grand hotel, which overlooks the sea and the West Pier. The menu designed by executive chef Alan White consists of tea, sandwiches, pastries, cakes, scones and an optional glass of champagne.

Amberley Castle, near Arundel

Head to the gorgeous historic surrounds of Amberley Castle for a stylish afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream, and (an optional) glass of champagne.

Steyning Tea Rooms, Steyning

Situated in a 500-year-old building in Steyning, this is a lovely place for fresh homemade scones and cakes with a cuppa. Why not take a visit to the heart of the South Downs National Park for a relaxing lunch in a village with historic buildings and beautiful scenery.



Wickwoods Country Club, Hassocks

The 2018 Spa of the Year winner at the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards have a number of fantastic treatments available. Their spa days include a 2 course lunch, full menu of Temple Spa and Guinot treatments and full use of the facilities. 

Alexander House, near Crawley

Set within 120 acres of countryside, this luxurious hotel is a lovely place to unwind. The Utopia Spa offers a hydrotherapy pool, gym, exercise classes and treatments, such as massage and ‘facelift’ facials.

Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield

Escape to this historic hotel’s nine acres of gardens and parkland for some R&R. Enjoy natural skin treatments, aromatherapy massages, manicures and pedicures, take a dip in the heated swimming pool and work out in the fitness studio.



Treatment Rooms, Brighton

The massage menu here includes the blissful La Stone Therapy (using warm stones) and an Ayurvedic Massage (tailored to your constitution or dosha); and there are wonderful facials on offer too.

Amirii, Shoreham

These treatment rooms offer a great selection of beauty and spa treatments, such as Dermalogica facials, hot stone massage, aromatherapy massage, reflexology, manicures and pedicures.



Capriccio, Lewes

This womenswear boutique on Lewes High Street offers lovely cashmere knits by Ochre Cashmere. The range includes a good choice of pieces, from classic button-up cardigans to flattering tops.

Stephen Lawrence, Chichester

This designer outlet stocks some great brands, including Joseph. Their must-have knits come courtesy of British brand Cocoa Cashmere, which creates luxurious cashmere pieces in contemporary styles.



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