Eight Things To Do In the North Of England This Mother’s Day

Image Credit: Bettys

I love Mother’s Day. My boys have always spoiled me. I guess it was their dad who made my day in the early days. He wasa good teacher. I’ll let him have the credit for that. Once the boys were school age, though, I  can remember how proud they used to be, bursting into the bedroom and bouncing on the bed, eager to present me with whatever they had crafted in class that week. Happy times!

Declan wrote last year’s Mother’s Day gift guide and they are still great choices a year on.

This Year It’s My Turn

My two favourite things are spas and afternoon tea so they were always going to feature heavily in anything I write about Mother’s Day. My mum has never done a spa day so I’d love to take her to one. She is, however, an afternoon tea aficionado.I’m hoping she loves everything I’ve selected when she reads this!

Rudding Park, Follifoot, Harrogate

Rudding Park  is set in 300 acres of perfectly landscaped gardens and woodland park just outside of Harrogate. There are various spa packages to choose from. A full day, half day as well as twilight. Given our weather at the moment it might be a good idea to take the gift voucher option. Approx prices £100.00

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Raithwaite Estate, Whitby

The Mr and I had a wonderful overnight stay here a couple of years ago. I didn’t get to sample afternoon  tea on our  visit but the food was delicious. The estate is actually halfway between Sandsend and Whitby. I remember us having a fantastic walk along the beach. That particular time we were the only two on the beach {March}. It was blissful.  The afternoon tea menu is priced from £21.00.


Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Just along the coast from Whitby is Scarborough. The Open Air Theatre is seeing a massive resurgence in popularity since it re-opened in 2010. The site has unbelievable heritage. I can remember as a kid that ‘It’s A Knockout’ was filmed there. It now plays host to some of the music industry’s biggest stars and if your budget stretches to this for your mum there is a great choice over the Summer; Lionel Ritchie, Gary Barlow, Steps, Alfie Boe, Il Divo and even Britney Spears. A crowd of us are booked to see Nile Rodgers and CHIC in June. We can’t wait!

Image Credit: Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Buy Mother’s Day Gifts Online, Bettys 

The Yorkshire stalwart that is Bettys always have a fabulous selection of gifts for every occasion. There’s a varied choice this year in their Mother’s Day section ranging from £2.00 for a milk chocolate heart  up to £50.00 for a scrumptious gift box. This one is their Mother’s Day Gift Box priced at £35.00 and includes:

  • Grand Cru Ganache Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Tasting Box
  • With Love Butter Biscuits
  • Chocolate & Orange Biscuits

Delivery is from £3.95.

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King Street Townhouse, Manchester

How about a spot of retail therapy in one of our great Northern cities: Manchester? We’ve found this fabulous pit stop described as a ‘baby grand hotel’. Have yourself a virtual tour of this eclectic, boutique hotel and you might decide to even skip the shopping.

Standard afternoon tea here starts at £24.50.

I’ve seen the “Bottomless Brunch’ menu and the infinity pool so I’m stopping over!

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Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

If you fancy a bit of the outdoors why not visit the park that is the home to Mother Shipton’s Cave just on the outskirts of the historic market town of Knaresborough?

Mother Shipton was England’s most famous prophetess. She foretold the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime, as well as the invention of iron ships, the Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada… and even the end of the world.

You can also visit the Petrifying Well. When Mother Shipton was alive the townsfolk of Knaresborough believed it to possess magical powers and so they never ventured near it. We are much braver now!

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Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, The Grand, York

Afternoon tea at The Grand in York is a quintessentially classic affair. However, when you put it together with one of their themed versions like this Mad Hatter’s Tea it becomes  absolutely bonkers! Mum and I have often talked about trying this. I know she would love it. All colourful ‘eat me’ concoctions and ‘drink me’ potions. Price is £39.00 and at time of writing there still seems to be availability for  Mother’s Day.

Image Credit: The Grand Hotel,York

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party reminds me of the time we went to the Harry Potter themed tea at a little cafe in Stockton called Remember Me Tea Rooms. They have an even larger offer of themed afternoon teas now including this cute Peter Rabbit version.

Image credit: Remember Me Tea Rooms

Whatever you do with mums, grandmas, step mums, favourite people next Sunday I’m sure they’ll enjoy having some precious time with you.

“Happy Mother’s Day 2018”

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