15 Ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day in Oxford

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Oxford has so much to offer as a city. From the myriad of colleges for exploring, to galleries, cinemas, cafes and of course our much loved indie stores. Throw in a burgeoning street food scene, thanks to Bitten Street, as well as brilliant farmers markets in many neighbourhoods; there really is a hive of activities and experiences to indulge in, as well as beautiful and unique products to cherish and keep.

So as we march on into spring (see what I did there?!) and the daffodils and blossom are bursting forth, we wanted to share some great ideas for Mothering Sunday, 6th March. We’ve gathered together wonderful things to do, and found lovely places to find awesome gifts, to help you celebrate and say thanks, this Mother’s Day.

Charming prints from Sanders of Oxford 

Explore Sanders of Oxford, one of the largest print sellers in the UK, and features a varied and wide-ranging collection. We love this colourful contemporary print by John Dilnot. John was inspired by childhood memories exploring his grandparents garden.

John Dilnot Moths

John Dilnot Moths Screenprint £15

Ultimate Picture Palace Membership

The perfect gift if your mum is a bit of a film buff. Membership is £25 which includes 2 free tickets, £2 discount on tickets, a complimentary drink on joining, plus local discounts at nearby businesses.

Upp Cinema

Spring fresh style at Kinship of Oxford

Check out the new SS16 range at Kinship of Oxford for some great gift ideas, including these lovely silver foiled scarves. Find Rosie and the Kinship Mother’s Day Pop Up Shop this Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm at The Missing Bean Roastery on Magdalen Road. Grab a coffee, have a chat and browse the Kinship shop.

Pink SIlver Polka Dot Scarf

Pink & Silver Polka Dot Scarf £10

Delicious Cup Cakes from Happy Cakes

Find Julia at Bitten Street this Saturday and pick up some sweet treats for a Mother’s Day tea (if you manage to get them home in one piece!)

Happy Cakes Independent Oxford Local Business

Julia with the Happy Cakes trike

Jewellery Workshops with Amy Surman

A great way to learn a new skill in the friendly and laid back atmosphere of Amy’s shop just of Holloway. We love these colourful Soutache necklaces. The course for Soutache costs £50 plus around £6 for materials. For a full list of workshops, including silversmithing, check out Amy’s workshop page.


Soutache Necklace

Flowers from The Garden

The Garden is a Covered Market institution filled with beautiful and thoughtfully sourced flowers. A perfect place to get a special Mother’s Day bouquet.

The Garden Florists Selection Bouquet

The Garden Florists Selection Bouquet from £30

Andy Warhol at the Ashmolean 

Treat your mum to this enlightening exhibition spanning Warhol’s career, and explore some of the permanent exhibits while your there too. Tickets for Warhol cost £11.


Antiques and vintage gifts from the Magdalen Flea Market

Discover lots of intriguing vintage finds, and perhaps a new family heirloom, at the Magdalen Flea Market this Saturday from 9.30 am.

Flowers from Sarahs Home Comforts

Flowers in vintage containers from Sarah’s Home Comforts

Capture and create memorable photos with Potter Instinct Photography

For just £50, Kevin will spend up to 2 relaxed hours with you and your family, creating and taking some great images which you can then browse and buy through his website at your leisure (no pressure selling in a studio here!)

Potters Instinct Photography Family

Love Your Plane’s Spring Fair

Find lots of stalls by artists & crafters from around Oxford and the UK this Saturday 5th March. There will also be interactive workshops including letterpress and screen printing, plus music and merriment from 11 am – 6 pm! Magdalen Road is the place to be on Saturday!

Love Your Plane Spring Fair



Mini-break in Oxford

Indulge your mum with a stay at a city centre B&B. Tower House is a grade II listed sixteenth century townhouse situated on a quiet street in the heart of Oxford. The townhouse has 8 rooms and a delicious breakfast is served at neighbouring Turl Street Kitchen.

Tower House

Tower House B&B

Send a card from Wrap

Find colourful and fun cards, stationery and gifts at Wrap, including this awesome card, perfect for Mother’s Day.

Relax-and-enjoy card from Wrap

Relax and enjoy you day card from Wrap £2.50

Treatments and therapies at Eau De Vie

What could be more relaxing than an aromatherapeutic facial or hot stone massage. Indulge your mum with a treatment at Eau De Vie from one of their highly skilled practitioners.


Tea at Barefoot Oxford

What better way is there to while away a Mothering Sunday afternoon than with a spot of tea and cake! Barefoot have a gorgeous selection of cakes and bakes, perfect for spoiling your mum with.

barefoot cakes

Handcrafted mementos from the Old Fire Station

Check out the gift selection in the Old Fire Station Shop, take in their latest exhibition and relax in the Crisis Skylight cafe.

Spearhead Necklaces from OFS

Spearhead Necklaces by Brighton based designer Stay Gold Mary Rose from £30.

Have a lovely Mother’s Day!



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