It’s almost time to spoil your mum with a day just for her, to say thank you for the efforts she makes to spoil you every other day of the year. That’s right, Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this Sunday there will be no excuse for a lack of organisation.
We understand the daunting feeling of trying to find something that is just perfect for your mum, so here’s a list of places to visit and things to do in Hackney to make you look good:
1.Touch of Class, the Mother’s Day Special at the Hackney Empire, returns this year with a strong line-up of comedians and musicians to celebrate the mothers of this world. Organised by Affinity Arts Entertainment, the night will feature the music of Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, John Holt and more, performed by UK reggae stars. You will be rolling in the aisles at the jokes of Slim, Felicity Ethnic, Will E Robo and Mr Fraser (Real McCoy). Tickets start at £22.
2.Are you thinking of making the most of the whole day? Weather permitting, you could spend the day on a canal cruise with your mum. Hidden Depths Canal Cruises offer a tour of the Regent’s Canal through the 200 year old, one mile-long Islington Tunnel. You can bring your own drinks, food and music on board and even ask for the boat to be decorated. Tickets £10/£8 per person. The tour departs on the hour between 12pm and 5pm.
3.What if it’s nice and sunny but you don’t fancy taking to the water? Head over to Columbia Road Flower Market instead. Every Sunday Columbia Road is filled with colourful flower and plant stalls. The stall-holders will even let you select your own flowers and compose the perfect bouquet to give to your mum there and then. What could be nicer?
4.If you and your mum share a love of animals, a trip to Hackney City Farm will be the ideal way to spend the day together. You can interact with the animals, and enjoy some fresh air away from the smoke of the city. Staff will teach you how to plant vegetables and you can learn about ways to reduce your environmental footprint. The farm is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
5.Does your mum dabble in creative writing? Perhaps she just enjoys a trip to the theatre? The Arcola Theatre has put together its second annual On the Night evening. Writers will be able to pitch their stories to the theatre in advance and have the chance to see their work live, performed by a crew of actors from the Falling Pennies Theatre Company. Those of you who just like the idea of witnessing the live performances will be asked to give feedback to the writers on their scripts to help them develop their ideas and skills. This year’s theme is ‘Lost & Found’. Tickets £12 per person.
6.For the craftier mums out there, Abney Public Hall, in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street, is hosting the Independent Ceramics Market, showcasing over 60 innovative ceramists and DIY potters. This is a great opportunity to admire a wide range of ceramic artworks, and buy directly from the makers (this might be a good chance to pick up a last-minute present!). Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th from 10am to 6pm.
7.For an extra special traditional Sunday lunch, our top choices are Hawksmoor Spitalfields, Princess of Shoreditch and The Marksman. Make sure you have a reservation before you head over to any of these very popular spots in Shoreditch to avoid disappointment. And if your mum enjoys some well-crafted cocktails after lunch, walk to Nola or Callooh Callay, both on Rivington Street, or take a short bus trip to Stoke Newington favourites High Water and Victory Mansion.