Weekend events dedicated to our magnificent mums

Mum Sophie Cooper with daughters Penny, Stella, Ophelia and Hope at Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium
Mum Sophie Cooper with daughters Penny, Stella, Ophelia and Hope at Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Mums really are magnificent. They bring us into the world, take care of us and never get enough appreciation for it.

So thank goodness for Mother’s Day, a time for us to show our gratitude.

Many of the city’s attractions are putting on special events to help families looking for a day out to spoil mum.

Blue Reef Aquarium on Clarence Esplanade is paying tribute to some of the marine world’s most impressive mums this weekend.

Themed talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the weekend will showcase maternal instincts from the natural world, including attentive amphibians and caring cephalopods.

Turtles return to the beaches where they were hatched to lay their own eggs. These journeys can often involve travelling many thousands of miles. The females risk their lives hauling themselves up on to the beaches to excavate their nests.

Mother stingrays, meanwhile, are pregnant for a year before giving birth to up to 10 young.

And octopuses make extremely dedicated mothers. They are so committed to the survival of their young that they stop feeding for six months and die soon after the eggs hatch.

Families can find out about all these marine mums and more at the aquarium.

Tomorrow and Sunday all mums will get free entry when accompanied by two full-paying children.

Admission costs £9.75 for adults, £7.50 for those aged three to 14 and £8.75 for seniors and students from 10am to 4pm.

Along the seafront at Eastney Esplanade, the Royal Marines Museum has something to offer all the family for Mothering Sunday.

It’s teamed up with Pyramids Spa to offer a gift for mums. For £20 you can buy a certificate to allow mums to have a back, neck and shoulder massage and spend three hours in the new Retreat Spa at the Pyramids (also on Southsea seafront).

Meanwhile, the museum has a host of activities for the family and is holding a special afternoon tea on Sunday with live music.

Admission costs £19.95 for adults and £9.95 for children from 10am to 5pm.

Over at Port Solent, they are giving mums free massages. From 11am to 4pm on Sunday, mums can enjoy a neck and shoulder massage for no charge.

But, before families decide how to spend the day on Sunday, they need to get those all-important presents and cards sorted.

The aspex art gallery at Gunwharf Quays is on hand to help with this tomorrow with a special Mother’s Day craft workshop from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Workshops cost £5 and should be booked in advance on (023) 9277 8080.