Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society on March 19.

It origins in the 16th century custom of ‘Mothering Sunday’, which fell on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

If you and your mum are sick to death of the flowers and boring afternoon teas – we have a list of things that you can do instead in south east London.

As every mum is different, we tried to put a real mix on our list with everything from spa treatments to literature festivals – so take a look and make that special day something magical.

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  • Craft T Cake - Montpelier Ave, Bexley DA5 3AP

Is your mum the creative sort? Why not have a go at painting a piece of pottery at the Craft T Cake café? Unfortunately, they are not open on the Sunday itself but have slots throughout the week and on Saturday. It is recommended that you prebook online. Pick your pot and enjoy a relaxing hot drink while you get those creative juices flowing.

  • Bromley Churchill Theatre: That’ll Be The Day - High St, Bromley BR1 1HA

On March 19 at 7pm the theatre will be showing That’ll be the day which is “the UK’s leading Rock ’n‘ Roll show” which will “take you on a journey through the years, as together you celebrate the golden age of Rock ’n’ Roll and Pop from the 50s right the way through to the 80s” – Perfect for any Rock ‘n’ Roll mums out there. There are still tickets available!

This is an all singing, all dancing, dining experience which would be perfect for those ABBA obsessed mums. The show at the O2 Arena in Greenwich is four hours long but includes breaks for diners to enjoy their food which is a traditional four-course Greek meal all whilst an immersive show is taking place.

  • Luminis Beauty Spa Blackheath - 1a Cresswell Park, Blackheath Village, Blackheath, London SE3 9RD

Luminis offer every treatment and massage that you could ever think of. Treat your mum to a real special experience and let her take the time to relax her body and mind. There are also vouchers that you can purchase if you think she would enjoy their services at a later date.

  • IFS Cloud Cable Car - Greenwich

This could be the perfect way to finish a nice day out in Greenwich seeing the sights like the Cutty Sark and Observatory. Glide above the Thames in the IFS Cloud Cable Car (formerly Emirates Air Line Cable Car) and take in aerial views of London's skyline, as you travel from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks.

  • Deptford Literature Festival – A range of locations in Deptford

Deptford Literature Festival takes place on Saturday March 18, just before Mother’s Day and celebrates the creativity and diversity of Deptford and Lewisham through words, stories and performance. There are a real range of events taking place that celebrate local authors. 

  • Jambs Owls – Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Rd, Dartford, Bexley DA5 1PQ

A perfect experience for wildlife fans. Learn about how owls survive in the wild, what they like to eat and their nocturnal habits as well as getting to handle the beautiful birds. It is just £4 adults, £3 children and booking is not required. Hall Place is absolutely stunning even just to visit without seeing the owls as it is home to an historic house and garden, rich in fascinating history.