Local attractions offer fun for Mothers’ Day

Treat mum to seeing amazing creatures of the sea at the Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea this Mothers' Day
Treat mum to seeing amazing creatures of the sea at the Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea this Mothers' Day
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Mums around the world get the chance to be spoilt rotten on Sunday, during the one day of the year that is dedicated solely to them.

But just how do you show them just how much they mean to you and thank them for everything they have done for you?

Local attractions have done half of the work for you, by organising a range of activities and events with mum in mind.

Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium is paying tribute to some of the marine world’s most magnificent mums this Sunday.

The event is part of the Southsea attraction’s Mothers’ Day celebrations and all human mothers visiting the aquarium on the Sunday will enjoy free entry when they are accompanied by a full-paying child.

Blue Reef‘s Jenna MacFarlane said: ‘Mothers’ Day is always a particularly popular time for families to visit the aquarium and we thought it would add to the celebration of motherhood by highlighting some of the oceans’ most attentive mothers.

‘In reality many sea creatures lavish lots of care and attention on their babies ranging from tiny seahorses to giant whales – in some cases they are even prepared to die to protect them.’

One of the amazing creatures you can see during your visit are seahorses.

But did you know that one of the marine world’s best mums is actually a dad?

Seahorses are unique in the animal world in that it is the male rather than the female who carries the eggs and gives birth to live young.

They are able to do this because of a specially adapted brood pouch on their abdomen.

Find out more fascinating facts by visiting the aquarium on Southsea seafront – open daily from 10am. See bluereefaquarium.co.uk/portsmouth.

Staying on the water theme, Port Solent offers a fun and unique way to celebrate Mothers’ Day.

The waterside venue encourages you to treat your mum to a special day out that’s a little bit different, as Tim Bat, the City Gent Trickster will be on hand between 11am and 4pm, to entertain her in his own unique way.

If mum has an eye for jewellery a trip to the Square Tower, Portsmouth is a must. Only open on the first Sunday of every month, you will find small antiques and boutique businesses not on the high street selling unusual finds for your home.

View and buy beautiful jewellery or relax and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake courtesy of the vintage tea party girls all served up to you on old-fashioned vintage crockery.

Best of all, this nostalgic way to spend an afternoon is completely free!