The loveliest places to celebrate Mother’s Day this March

Monday 06th February 2023

Mother’s Day falls on the 19th of March this year, giving you just a few weeks to plan how you’ll be spending it. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your own mum or you’re hoping to drop a few hints to your kids, you’ll find lots of lovely destinations in the North of England and Scotland that are ideal for celebrating this special day.

Fancy tucking into afternoon tea with all the trimmings? Or how about stepping out into the sunshine at one of the UK’s most idyllic National Parks? No matter what your budget or timeframe, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Mother’s Day activities along our network.

Not sure where to begin? Here are just a few possible Mother’s Day ideas to help you put together the perfect experience in 2023:

Liverpool is a lovely spot for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea

A church
Culture-packed Liverpool isn’t just a brilliant city for museum trips and gallery visits. It’s also a real foodie hub, with plenty of independent options featuring delicious menus and wonderful venues.

Booking an indulgent afternoon tea is a fantastic way to honour one of the most important women in your life – your mum! Dainty sandwiches, exquisite cakes and a glass or two of bubbly are standard features of most. Why not tuck in with an awesome view of the Mersey Riverfront at Oh Me Oh My? The restaurant sits at the top of the historic West Africa House, just opposite the Liver Building, and it always adds a seasonal spin to its afternoon tea.

Panoramic 34 is another great pick for a Mother’s Day lunch or afternoon tea with a view. Along with the Art School in the heart of the Georgian Quarter, it’s one of the fanciest places in Liverpool to dine. Prefer something fun and themed? The Beatles-inspired Hard Day’s Night Hotel serves up a traditional afternoon tea accompanied by tunes from the world-famous Fab Four. 

Newcastle is the place to go for a pampering spa day

A river with bridge
What better way to shower someone with love than to treat them to a sumptuous spa day? Newcastle has a great collection of luxurious venues, all of which sit within walking distance of the train station.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel at Stephenson Square has a range of tempting spa packages, including their Gin Spa Package for £85 per person. It gives you two hours use of the facilities, a 55-minute treatment and a gin board featuring three different Whitney Neil Gins, plus accompanying tonics and garnishes. 

Alternatively, chic Malmaison right on the riverfront has several sensational spa day options which all make memorable Mother’s Day ideas. Enjoy two spa treatments, a slap-up lunch with champagne and some decadent chocolates with the Total Indulgence Day. Or why not merge two outstanding activity options with the hotel’s Afternoon Tea Spa package?

York is perfect for a fabulous foodie experience

York riverside

If you want to combine scrumptious food and drink with a fun hands-on activity, make a beeline for York. This historic walled city has heaps of amazing dining spots and artisan stores – many of which provide one-of-a-kind workshops and cookery classes.

Is mum’s favourite tipple gin? The York Gin shop, which sits steps from the Shambles Market, offers terrific tasting sessions. They also sell gin gift sets if you’re still searching for a present idea. York is also famed for its chocolate heritage. So, why not make your own chocolate bars or truffles at one of the York Cocoa House’s masterclasses?

Speaking of classes, you’ll find several venues that run cookery tutorials too. The Cookery School at the Grand Hotel has a course to suit every taste and cuisine. Whether mum wants to learn how to make an authentic Indian curry or to create delicate desserts like macarons and Tarte Tatin, there’s bound to be a class you’ll both love.

Glasgow’s West End is a great destination for shopping and sightseeing

Flowers in a garden


If you’re Scotland-based and really want to make a day of it, catch the train into Glasgow and then head to the elegant West End. Its sheer range of things to see and do makes it a great neighbourhood to explore with your mum in tow.

Before you begin, why not sit down for a hearty Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch at a café like The Brunch Club? Afterwards, stroll around the immense exhibition halls at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum before heading up the hill to the historic University of Glasgow campus which looks just like Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films.

Follow this up with an afternoon spent hopping between the many brilliant charity and thrift stores scattered along Dumbarton Road. You can then catch the metro back into the city just in time for cocktail hour at the sophisticated iasg bar inside the Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel.

The Lake District is sublime for a Mother’s Day picnic

A lake

If the 19th of March is blessed with sunshine, heading outdoors for the day should definitely be on your agenda. Few places rival the Lake District for a scenic walk – and there are plenty of trails for all ages and abilities.

For the ultimate memorable experience, why not pack up a picnic featuring your mum’s favourite foods? If you head to Penrith, there are plenty of scenic options close by including one of the most photogenic lakes in the area, Tarn Hows. Talk about a Mother’s Day treat.

Want to make the most of Mother’s Day?

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