Chocolate, cakes, shopping, beautiful scenery and a lovely market to browse - what more could mum want for her perfect Mother’s Day? We’ve come up with the perfct way to treat mum this Mother’s Day, 15th March.

The beautiful French city of Lille is only an hour’s drive from Calais and it’s a wonderful place for a day out. Enjoy a laid back breakfast onboard one of our luxury superferries and indulge in some duty paid shopping in our Boutique before heading off on the autoroute to Lille. The morning is just the time to browse one of Lille’s colourful street markets. There’s a market every day of the week apart from Monday, where you can find delicious regional produce and gifts and even if you don’t buy anything, the smells and sights are heavenly.

There are plenty of restaurants around the city serving regional specialities such as Carbonnade - beer in beer - and - Waterzoi - poultry or fish in a creamy sauce. After lunch, head to Vieux Lille - the charming old quarter with its cobbled streets and 17th century architecture. Browse the shops in and around the heart of the city for those typically French goodies: local cheeses in Philippe Olivier or La Cave des Fromages; chocolates in Au Chat Bleu or the Chocolaterie Jean Trogneux; patisseries and speciality bread in Aux Merveilleux and Fou de Pain. Other gorgeous artisan boutiques include the Famille Mary honey products, Le Palais de Thes tea shop and the Compagnie de Provence soaps and bathing goodies. Of course, there are plenty of clothes shops and the famous French department store, Printemps, has a shop in Lille as well. 

The highlight of the day has to be afternoon tea at Meert, Lille’s iconic cake shop. Established in 1761 this has long been one of the most fashionable shops in Lille, and the place to take afternoon tea in its Louis XVI-styled tearoom created by the famous architect Cordonnier. The sumptuous cakes are simply to die for! And of course, if you travel by car, there’s plenty of room to take all your gifts and goodies home with you.