A mother and her child spend the day at the National Marine Aquarium

Inspiration for spending Mother’s Day at Sutton Harbour

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – Sunday 19 March and there are plenty of gift ideas and ways to spend a day out at Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour. Whether you’re celebrating your own mum, an important mother figure to you or just showing some appreciation for the women in your life — there’s something for everyone.

Do they love a gift? Perhaps they’re just looking to have a delicious meal on the Barbican or a fun-filled and lovely day out by the sea. If you’re looking for some inspiration this Mother’s Day, we’ve put together some great ideas.


Mother’s Day Gifts

If your language of love is gift giving, then you’ll be spoilt for choice when shopping around the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. With a handful of independent shops along Southside Street, you’re sure to find something to suit that special person. Whether they like art, glass, homewares or houseplants you can find the perfect gift while supporting local businesses too.

Sutton Harbour is also just a short walk away from  Drake Circus shopping centre. With a huge range of top brands, something is sure to catch your eye if you’re really struggling to find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts.

Book ahead on a summer sundowner cruise from Plymouth Boat Trips as something for your VIP to enjoy. Starting on Saturday 1 April, it’s the seasonal return of this iconic summer evening boat trip. As each ticket includes a free drink, they’ll be able to relax in luxury while taking in the breath-taking scenery of Plymouth Sound.

Dining Out

Why not treat them to a delicious dining experience? There are plenty of great restaurants along Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. Do they have a love of seafood or the tastes of a particular country? The Barbican is home to Rockfish and The Harbour, two premier seafood restaurants offering everything from chips and mushy peas to oysters and calamari. Mombay Brasserie sits on Sutton Harbour serving authentic Indian dishes. For a taste of Greece, the alfresco eatery The Greek offers salads, wraps and artisan ice cream.

Fancy a tipple? HonkyTonk Wine Library offers both a stellar food selection, as well as a drinks menu. From breakfast to sharing platters and cheeseboards, they even cater to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. With an endless drinks’ selection, be sure to ask for any recommendations if you’re unsure as HonkyTonk are experts at what they do.

Why not make an afternoon of it at Daisy’s Tea Rooms & Coffee Shop? Friendly owners Carl and Jackie go above and beyond to make your experience a memorable one. As well as offering an extensive menu, they also have afternoon tea which you can upgrade to a prosecco or gin afternoon tea. Perfect for celebrating on Mother’s Day!

Be sure to check out any Mother’s Day deals available at these restaurants — or feel free to ask!

Special Ideas

Need some inspiration when it comes to taking the lady in your life out on Mother’s Day? Make the most of the spring sunshine and living in Britain’s Ocean City.

If you can’t wait for that summer sundowner cruise from Plymouth Boat Trips — why not head out for a Scenic Harbour Cruise? Setting sail every Thursday (11:00am and 12:30pm) and Saturday (12:30pm and 2:00pm) in March, this one-hour trip is extremely popular. Pass all the famous landmarks of Plymouth Sound, learn about some of the fascinating history, and enjoy the licensed bar for a perfect Mother’s Day experience.

If the person you’re treating is more of a landlubber, a relaxing walk along Sutton Harbour or the Hoe is always a winner. You can still take in all the sights and get the benefits of that salty sea air. Make sure to stop for a coffee at Alfresco and (if it’s warm enough) ice cream is a must.

Other attractions

Perhaps you’re looking for Mother’s Day ideas that are fun for the whole family? In that case, be sure to head to the National Marine Aquarium. With over 5,000 inhabitants to look at from the tiniest fish to sharks and giant stingrays, it makes for a great day out for everyone.

As well as hosting a range of great independent shops, Southside Street is also home to Clay Art. If you’d quite literally like to get stuck in, stop by for a session! From painting to plaster cast and clay prints, not only do you get to spend some quality time together, you also have something to commemorate the day.

Just a 10-minute walk away from the Barbican and Sutton Harbour you’ll find The Barcode. If you’re looking for an adrenalin hit, there is the 4DX cinema, escape rooms and mini golf. It’s the perfect place for a thrilling Mother’s Day and sure to put a smile on any face.

Mother’s Day in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or to make perfect memories this Mother’s Day, head down to Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour. For updates on all the events happening in and around Sutton Harbour, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.