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 19th March:
Better than a bunch of flowers
There aren’t many mams who don’t appreciate a good flower, especially the bright and breezy daffodils that flood Northumberland at the end of March. Seaton Delaval Hall's stunning lawns, The Alnwick Garden's cherry orchard, Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum and Warkworth Castle are just a few of sites that glow with golden daffodils in spring. Or, head to Wallington Hall's romantic walled garden to admire the Crocus lawn.
Nothing says 'I love you' more than the gift of complete relaxation and a spa day in Northumberland will do just the trick. Luxurious Northumberland hotels such as Doxford Hall, Linden Hall and Matfen Hall (NA Matfen will not be open in time for Mother's Day) are all fantastic choices for spa days or spa vouchers to give to your mum. Plus, they all sit within staggering, rural Northumberland landscapes, so you can enjoy a brisk walk and some exploration alongside your day out.
- The Kielder Dark Skies Run
If you have a marathon mum who can’t stop signing up for park runs and is far 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.
- Explore Northumberland National Park
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.
Whisk her away for the weekend
Make a weekend of it and whisk mum away to a B&B by the sea or a rural countryside retreat, such as beautiful Wydon Farm B&B. Let her feel like royalty in the opulent rooms of Eshott Hall or converted castle hotel Langley Castle. Take your pick by having a look at our accommodation page.
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
- 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 or Battlesteads Observatory's extraordinary astronomy events. Their late night events give you the best chance of seeing constellations with the naked eye in an especially intimate experience with the stars while experienced astronomers are there to answer all of your celestial questions.