Two of the UK’s longest-standing holidays are coming up over the next couple of months. Mothering Sunday is in a couple of weeks’ time, while Easter this year falls in mid-April –with both holidays offering the ideal opportunity to get away from it all.
Windmill Lodges, who offer lodges with hot tubs in Suffolk, explain the history behind each, and how we offer the ideal place to mark the holidays in a very special way.
Mothering Sunday to give it its proper name, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This year, taking place on March 19 in the UK.
The origins of the day date back to the 16th century when it was the day people returned to their ‘mother church’ where they were baptised, or the main church or cathedral in their area.
…or Mother’s Day?
The more modern iteration of Mothering Sunday began in Grafton, West Virginia, America, in 1907. Anna Jarvis, the daughter of peace activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, held a special service for her mother in the town’s Episcopal Church.
She wanted to recognise “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. The service was the precursor to all US states recognising Mother’s Day as a public holiday by 2011.
The term Mother’s Day has largely taken over from Mothering Sunday, even in the UK (although the date is the same).
The story of Easter is rather better known. To put it simply, it is the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus. Like Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday), the date of Easter changes from year to year. However, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox. If the full Moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the next Sunday.
This year, the date is Sunday April 9, although the preceding Friday (Good Friday) which marks the actual crucifixion and death of Jesus, and the following Monday (Easter Monday) are the public holidays in the UK.
Marking the Occasions at Windmill Lodges
Sellers of flowers, greetings cards and chocolates usually do particularly well out of both Mother’s Day (and Easter) – but if you want to do something a little bit different from cards or chocolate, then why not book your loved one a Mother’s Day holiday at Windmill Lodges?
Our lodges, which each have their own personal hot tubs, provide the ideal opportunity to relax and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. All of our lodges also face a small wildlife lake.
Even though our lodges all have fully fitted kitchens, there are plenty of opportunities to eat out in the surrounding area, including the resorts of Southwold and Aldeburgh, and the nearby market towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge.
And, if you want to add a traditional touch, you can also order flowers and chocolates from us in advance.
If you decide to visit at Easter, there will plenty of family-friendly opportunities to mark the holiday weekend. For instance, Framlingham Castle is hosting an adventure quest from April 1-16 with egg rolling, an egg and spoon race, and other challenges.
Further afield, there should be plenty of animal attractions in the shape of new-born lambs at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge, as well as at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm and Jimmy’s Farm, which are both near Ipswich.
Windmill Lodges, which is located in the heart of Suffolk, is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of the county because everywhere is within easy reach.
Lodges with Hot Tubs in Suffolk at Windmill Lodges
Depending on which lodge you opt for, we offer four or five-star log cabin holidays, thanks to our high ratings from Visit England. You can check out the current availability of our cabins here.