Mums can enjoy the high life

Mums can enjoy a special High Tea at the Spinnaker Tower on Sunday.
Mums can enjoy a special High Tea at the Spinnaker Tower on Sunday.
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This page is dedicated to things mums and dads can do with their kids every week. So it’s only right that, once in a while, the tables are turned and we focus on where kids can take their parents.

This weekend is one such occasion because it’s Mothering Sunday. And the area’s attractions have plenty going on to help spoil mums.

Mothers who like the high life can be taken up the Spinnaker Tower on Sunday, when Portsmouth’s most iconic landmark is laying on a special Mother’s Day High Tea.

Cakes, pastries, sandwiches and scones will be served with an unlimited supply of tea or coffee at the Café in the Clouds, while mums marvel at the views.

With floor-to-ceiling windows set 105 metres above Portsmouth Harbour, the tower offers 350-degree panoramic views stretching for up to 23 miles.

The tower is open daily from 10am to 6pm and High Tea costs £44 for two people.

See or call (023) 9285 7520 to book in advance or to find out more.

Adventurous mums might enjoy an underwater safari at Blue Reef in Southsea.

The aquarium is letting mums in free on Sunday when accompanied by one full-paying child (aged three to 12).

Among the newest attractions on display are hundreds of clownfish eggs as well as dozens of tiny newborn babies.

Other new arrivals include a pair of rescued baby caiman crocodiles, baby sharks, seahorses and a group of giant clams.

The aquarium is open from 10am daily, with last admission at 5pm.

Tickets cost £9.75 for adults, £7.50 for a child and £8.75 for seniors and students.

See or call (023) 9287 5222 to book or find out more.

A little further afield in Chichester, Fishbourne Roman Palace visitors can join in with a variety of activities on Sunday, from designing mosaic Mother’s Day cards and making lavender bags to playing Roman games.

They can also learn how Mother’s Day may have its origins in the Roman festival of Matronalia, a festival to honour Juno Lucina, the goddess of motherhood.

Families can take a stroll in the recreated Roman gardens and mums receive a gift of a free hot drink in the palace café.

The palace is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

To find out more, or book ahead, call 01243 785859 or visit