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Give your mum the gift of time this Mother’s Day with these experiences in the North East

HLN's Megan Jackson has scouted out some of the best things to do this Mothering Sunday. So whether you are spoiling mum or spending time with the girls, check out this list...

Written by High Life North
Published 13.03.2020

By Megan Jackson

As Jo Dunbar discusses in her article ‘Mother’s Day | Let’s get realistic‘, it isn’t fancy PJs and expensive gifts that mums want, it’s quality time. 

In this feature, we’ve done the hard work for you; from pampering to chocolate making, we have put together some of the best things to do in the region on the 22nd March to have a lovely day with your Mum. And if this is a hard day for someone you know? Well, what a great excuse to treat them.

To pamper

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than a little pamper? The beautiful By Jessica Salon in Durham is the perfect place to celebrate with its modern, feminine décor: think lots of pink, gold and flowers – there’s even a pink hot chocolate and marshmallows on arrival. The lovely girls at By Jessica are offering a wonderful package to pamper our Mums and show them we appreciate them. You will begin your treatment with a cold glass of prosecco before you both receive a half-body hot stone massage and mini head massage. You’ll then celebrate with a glow, with a luxury bespoke facial tailored to all your skin needs including cleansing, toning, exfoliation, steam, mask application and shoulder, hand and arm massage. Aaaand relax…

To be healthy

Flamingo Café is a healthy, nutritious and delicious spot with beautiful views overlooking the sea on Seaham Harbour. Their healthy treats are always a delight, but this Mother’s Day Flamingo Café are offering an alternative to the typical Afternoon Tea with a clean-eating twist. The Flamingo special Afternoon Tea includes a selection of miniature tasty-but-healthy sandwiches such as avocado, feta and chilli, a selection of vegan cakes, home-made hummus with veg crudités and a mini granola pot with blueberries, pomegranate, pistachio and honey. Food is served with a choice of breakfast or herbal tea, or you can add Prosecco to give your healthy treat a little fizz. Enjoy a treat filled afternoon guilt free at the lovely Flamingo Café.

To relax and unwind

Embrace well-being and wellness this Mother’s Day at Rudding Park Spa in Harrogate. Less than a one-hour drive from the south of the region, Rudding Park Spa is for all occasions. A spa day here is a luxurious way to thank your Mum for everything she has done for you this year. Rudding Park is a truly spectacular spa, featuring a beautiful rooftop spa garden with a hydrotherapy infinity pool, panoramic sauna, herbal bath steam room, sunlight therapy room and a spa bath and garden. The Mother’s Day Spa Package includes 25 minutes in their traditional Moorish mud Rasul, and two hours Spa access – including access to the roof top and a two-course lunch at the Horto Café, which you can enjoy in the comfort of your fluffy white robe. Relax, unwind and spend the day chilling and chatting with your Mum in the peaceful tranquillity of Rudding Park.

To be sweet

For the chocoholic Mums, we bring you… La Chocolatrice School of Chocolate! This is definitely the sweetest way to appreciate your Mum this year. La Chocolatrice offer bespoke chocolate making workshops in the heart of Newcastle, where you learn exciting recipes and all the tips and tricks of being a chocolatier. The workshop will begin at 10am for you both, where you’ll spend two hours learning how to make chocolate truffles, chocolate flakes and chocolate crisps, as well as learning how to temper chocolate and enjoying a few little extra tasty treats along the way. The class has a maximum group size of 10 so it is an intimate and relaxed way to spend some quality mother and daughter time. All workshops include tea, coffee or water, a recipe card to take home and lots of chocolate tasting… a sweet treat for the sweetest lady in your life!

To be indulgent

Nestled in the heart of the idyllic Wynyard village is The Stables Pub and Restaurant, famous locally for the wonderful Sunday lunch and spectacular cheesecakes! The Stables is a family run restaurant and pub that has a warm, cosy and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect place to take your Mum this Mother’s Day. The Stables is frequented by both locals and visitors from further afield to enjoy their famous Sunday lunch – we believe it’s one of the best Sunday lunches in the region! Sunday lunch is a traditional and much-loved way to celebrate Mother’s Day, making it a classic way to celebrate. Finish off with one of The Stables’ famous cheesecakes that took Instagram by storm, and choose from a huge range of flavours including White Chocolate and Kinder Bueno, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Milky Bar with Lotus Biscoff, and many, many more…

To wander

Blow away those Sunday morning cobwebs and spend some quality time with your Mum enjoying some of the region’s most beautiful views. With hills to rival the Lake District, Guisborough Forest is a wonderful way to spend the day. Hutton Village is located on the northern edge of the North York Moors National Park. A beautiful and quaint little village nestling at the foot of the hills, the walk begins here and takes you up three peaks: the locally famous Roseberry Topping, Little Roseberry and Highcliff Nab. On a clear day, views stretch out across County Durham, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and the coast, celebrating the very best of the North. There’s lots of lovely country pubs where you can finish your walk with a pub lunch and a glass of fizz. Don’t forget to get a selfie at the top!

Pic credit: Andrew Hawkes
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