It’s that time of year when sons and daughters everywhere find themselves wondering how on Earth they can express gratitude to their wonderful Mums on Mother’s Day, that’s my own Mother Dearest in the feature picture!
Last year I put together a little round-up of gift suggestions in a post called ‘Spoil your Mam in NewcastleGateshead’ and it seemed to help a few people out, so here’s an updated version featuring lots of lovely ways to spend time with your Mum (or Mam!) in Geordieland…
Mother’s Day Lunch at Marco Pierre White
You could slave over hot stove all afternoon and try and rustle something up yourself but surely your Mum would rather spend quality time with you instead? So book a table at MPW where one of my favourite North East chef’s, Paul Amer, has created a lavish three course lunch with options including ‘Roast Loin of Pork, Stuffing, Black Pudding, Crackling, Duck Fat Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding and Red Wine Jus’ followed by ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce’. Heaven!
My mate Dan Black from Metro Radio and his gorgeous Mum have enjoyed Christmas lunch at MPW for the last two years and it gets the thumbs up from them too!
English Heritage Membership
I’ve managed to visit loads of wonderful English Heritage properties in the North East over the last few months, like Belsay Hall, Warkworth Castle, Tynemouth Priory and Housesteads Roman Fort and every time I’ve commented to James what great value I think the membership is. It’s just £49 for a whole year (or £39 for over 60’s) and there are so many wonderful places to explore, especially now the weather is getting a bit milder.
If your Mum enjoys programmes like ‘Tales from Northumberland’ with Robson Green then this gift will enable her to get out there and see many of the historical places featured in the show for herself!
Tea on the Tyne with River Escapes
The popular Mother’s Day River Cruises are back for 2015 and are a great option for a wonderful day out. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will open especially for your vessel and you’ll also see the Tyneside shipyards, the Port of Tyne, the Fish Quay, Tynemouth Castle and Priory and the beautiful sandy beaches of South Shields on your three hour trip. As well as wonderful views you’ll also be treated to a buffet afternoon tea, all for the bargain price of just £17.50pp. What’s not to love?
‘Mum’s the Word’ at Seaham Hall
I’ve scoured the net to find somewhere that you can take your Mum for a day of pampering in the North East and yet again I find myself recommending Seaham Hall, the Georgian Country House Hotel in County Durham.
This year, they’ve created a luxurious Mother’s Day package for two including full use of the award winning Serenity Spa with it’s impressive thermal facilities for up to three hours. Plus a choice of a 50 minute full body massage or 50 minute facial each followed by decadent afternoon tea for two in the Ozone Restaurant with champagne. It’s £175 per couple and only available on the 15th March so I’d book sooner rather than later if I were you.
Sadly I won’t be doing any of these things with my Mum on Mother’s Day as she lives over 130 miles away in Lancashire. Even my Geordie Mam (my boyfriend’s Mother) will probably be at work, but I’ve got a few more ideas up my sleeve for when I do see them, which I’ll keep to myself in case they’re reading this!
For now, I thought it would be a nice surprise for my Mum to see the picture above which was taken the day after I was born! Love you to moon and back Mum!
What are your Mother’s Day plans? Will you be treating your Mum to a nice day out? Or perhaps you’ll be the one getting spoilt? Hope you have a lovely day whatever you do!
Thanks to Dan Black and NGI for the use of images
By Rachel Kershaw