She gives the best hugs, makes unbeatable Sunday dinners, can remove any stain and she has the miraculous ability to do it all at the same time. No matter how old you are, you still find yourself picking up the phone to ask for her advice on just about anything and, for that, she deserves the world.
While you can’t give her exactly that, you can give her a Mother’s Day to remember in Northumberland. This one’s for the mams, the grans, the aunts and the Mother-in-Laws out there who deserve to be celebrated this 22nd March:
Better than a bunch of flowers
1) Howick Hall's Daffodil Spectacular
There aren’t many mams who don’t appreciate a good flower, especially the bright and breezy daffodils that cover Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum at the end of March. Nearly all planted by Lady Grey after she inherited the estate in 1963, you can spot her preference for white and pale yellow, single trumpet daffodils as they flutter in the breeze. Head indoors to sip on a steaming pot of Early Grey tea in the Tea House that was once the ballroom of the Grey residence, and order fluffy scones with generous pots of clotted cream and jam to lather them with.
2) Battlestead’s Floristry Event and Afternoon Tea
Don’t just buy Tesco’s Finest bunch of flowers, make one yourself at Battlestead’s floristry event. The workshop is led by Kate Norris from Northumbrian Flowers, the artisan flower farm that specialises in seasonal, sustainable and stunning floristry. After a demo, you and mum can take to the task of making your own arrangement, personalised with your favourite flowers which you can then take home with you. Then, top it all off with an indulgent Afternoon Tea!
Make mum run
3) The Kielder Dark Skies Run
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If you have a marathon mum who can’t stop signing up for park runs and is way too productive to wait for you to serve her a breakfast in bed, take her on an adventure this Mother’s Day. The Kielder Dark Skies Run combines athletics with astronomy, so you can run into Mother’s Day morning as the event ends at 12.30am. Make sure to look up and admire the gold tier-rated International Dark Sky Park above you during your night time trail run. There will also be daytime activities filled with food, fun runs and family-friendly activities.
4) Mother’s Day Fair at The Sill
Take a hike through the spectacular landscapes of Northumberland National Park by choosing one of its picturesque routes and trails. Find the hidden waterfall Linhope Spout, get your own snap of Sycamore Gap, the most photographed tree in the UK, or hike along Hadrian's Wall. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to The Sill for a Mother’s Day Fair where local tipple tasters, stalls filled to the brim with delicious local foods and gift-making lessons from the Ranger Team await. The soothing sounds of choir music will accompany the day, as a wonderful local choir will put on a special Mother’s Day performance.
Good food = good mood
5) Sunday lunch at Alnwick Castle
Make your mum feel like a Queen by dining in Alnwick Castle’s courtyard, where fortresses and turrets are your Sunday dinner backdrop. A delicious, three course selection of traditional roast meats or a fresh, seaside catch of the day will leave mum enchanted. Once you’ve filled your boots, use them to explore The Alnwick Garden, where petals a-plenty flutter in the breeze, the toxic Poison Garden is waiting to be ventured into and the spectacular Grand Cascade makes for a beautiful setting to enjoy some snacks and drinks from The Pavilion Kitchen or the bakery.
6) Audela Mother’s Day Lunch
Restaurant Audela used to be a Cockle shop, where Cowe and Sons produced the famous Berwick Cockle Sweet for over 170 years. Today, it is an exquisite seafood restaurant based in the cobbled market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and its delectable taster menus are a true treat for the deserving mams out there. Hosting its annual Mother’s Day Lunch, you can pick from traditional roast meat or succulent sea food, all sourced daily from suppliers in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The restaurant’s stunningly lavish décor just add to the experience, plus the best of Berwick is on its doorstep for you to explore after your meal.
Whisk her away for the weekend
7) Extend your stay
Make a weekend of it and whisk mum away to a B&B by the sea or a rural countryside retreat. Treat her to a luxury stay near Beadnell Bay at newly renovated Beadnell Towers, let her feel like royalty in the opulent rooms at Doxford Hall or a converted castle hotel such as Langley Castle. Take your pick by having a look at our accommodation page.
8) Pick a private cottage
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If self-catering is more your style, book a cottage by the coast or a countryside hideaway with Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages and make breakfast in bed extra special. Stunning sea views, crackling log burners, flower-pot-filled terraces and cosy bedrooms all feature in Northumbria Coast and Country Cottage’s selection of self-catering holiday homes that make a perfect Mother’s Day getaway.
Live and Learn
9) Mother’s Day on the Milky Way
Take your mam to the telescope and open her eyes to the wonders of Northumberland’s dark skies by joining one of Kielder Observatory’s extraordinary astronomy events. For families with young kids, their early evening Introduction to Astronomy sessions are an unmissable experience to share as a family. Or, head to their late night event where reduced guest numbers makes for an especially intimate experience with the stars while experienced astronomers are there to answer all of your celestial questions.
10) Sausage Making Workshop
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How about an innuendo-filled, hilarious day of sausage making with mum at Brocksbushes Farm. Led by The Northumbrian Sausage Company, you will spend two hours squeezing, filling and twisting sausages with flavours varying from Chilli Sizzler to Hoison and Spring Onion. Try delicious, meaty treats made by the meat masters themselves, such as 8oz steak burgers and Black Pudding, and take your 1kg of bespoke sausages home with you at the end of the day.