Celebrating Mother’s Day in Yorkshire 2024

Mother’s Day 2024 falls on Sunday 10th March in the UK. Yorkshire, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, offers a variety of activities to make this Mother’s Day unforgettable. Whether you’re a local or visiting, here are some top recommendations for celebrating Mother’s Day in Yorkshire in 2024:

Enjoy a scenic walk in the Yorkshire Dales

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Start the day by immersing yourself in nature. The Yorkshire Dales are renowned for their breathtaking landscapes, making them the perfect setting for a leisurely Mother’s Day walk. Explore the picturesque trails, enjoy the spring flowers, and take in the serene beauty of the rolling hills and valleys. There are routes suitable for all abilities, so whether you’re up for a gentle stroll or a more challenging hike, you’ll find the perfect path. Try a 4-miler near Malham Cove, a 9-miler near Bainbridge, or several choices of walk from Reeth with a number of local pubs and cafes offering a nice meal, especially the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale, or a record-breaking-meal-to-remember at the highest pub in Britain at the Tan Hill Inn.

Book a Spa Day

For a truly relaxing Mother’s Day, consider booking a spa day. Yorkshire boasts several luxury spas that offer a range of treatments designed to pamper and rejuvenate. Choose from massages, facials, body treatments, and more to give your mother the gift of relaxation and tranquility.

Afternoon Tea Experience

Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition and a delightful way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Yorkshire has many venues offering exquisite afternoon tea experiences, from grand hotels to quaint countryside tea rooms. Enjoy delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones, delectable cakes, and a selection of fine teas in a charming setting. The scene above is from the Devonshire Fell at Burnsall.

Yorkshire venues offering afternoon tea for Mother’s Day

The Grand, York

Known for its luxurious setting and impeccable service, The Grand in York provides an elegant afternoon tea experience with a selection of fine teas, delicate pastries, and savory sandwiches.

Rudding Park, Harrogate

Set in beautiful gardens, Rudding Park offers a unique afternoon tea experience with fresh, local ingredients. Their Mother’s Day afternoon tea is usually accompanied by a glass of champagne or a cocktail.

Oulton Hall, Leeds

An 18th-century former family mansion, Oulton Hall offers a classic afternoon tea setting. Enjoy the historic ambiance while savoring a selection of teas, cakes, and sandwiches.

The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

This historic hotel in the picturesque market town of Helmsley provides a cozy and charming setting for afternoon tea. Their tea room overlooks the beautiful market square, making it a scenic spot for Mother’s Day.

Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract

Set in 20 acres of gardens and grounds, this luxury hotel offers a traditional Yorkshire afternoon tea with all the trimmings, perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day.

Whitley Hall Hotel, Sheffield

Nestled in tranquil gardens, Whitley Hall is a historic and picturesque setting for afternoon tea. Enjoy a range of teas, sandwiches, and homemade cakes in this elegant environment.

Holdsworth House, Halifax

This historic Jacobean manor offers a luxurious afternoon tea setting. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, it’s a peaceful spot to enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Take a steam train ride

For a unique and memorable Mother’s Day activity, take a steam train ride through the stunning Yorkshire countryside. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, selected services from Settle and others, offer scenic journeys that transport you back in time. Enjoy the nostalgic charm of vintage carriages, beautiful landscapes, and historic stations along the way.

Explore coastal towns

If your mother loves the seaside, take a trip to one of Yorkshire’s charming coastal towns. Whitby, Scarborough, and Robin Hood’s Bay offer picturesque beaches, quaint streets, and a variety of shops and cafes. Whether it’s strolling along the beach, exploring the local market, or enjoying fresh seafood, a day at the coast is sure to be a hit.

Attend a Mother’s Day event

Mother’s Day events happening around Yorkshire include brunches, workshops, concerts, and exhibitions. Whether she enjoys arts and crafts, music, or gourmet food, you’re likely to find an event to help your family celebrate:

  • Mothers Day Afternoon Tea — Saltmarshe Hall Sunday 10th March, 16:30–20:30, Saltmarshe Hall, Saltmarshe, Howden, Goole
  • Mothers Day Sunday Lunch, Sunday 10th March, 12:00, Wentbridge House Hotel, The Great North Road, Wentbridge, Pontefract
  • Mother’s Day Makers Market, Fri 8 Mar – Sun 10 Mar, The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax
  • Candlelit Mothers Day – Songs From The Shows, Sunday 10th March, 17:30–19:30, St Olave’s Church York, Marygate, York
  • Mother’s Day Lunch — Cave Castle Hotel, Sunday 10th March, 12:30–13:30, Cave Castle Hotel, Church Hill, South Cave, Brough

Visit an historic property or castle

Yorkshire is home to numerous historic houses and castles, each with its own unique charm and history. Treat your mother to a day of exploration and discovery by visiting one of these magnificent properties. Harewood House, Castle Howard, and Bolton Abbey are just a few of the options where you can wander through beautifully landscaped gardens, admire art collections, and delve into the past.

Come to Yorkshire for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to show appreciation and create new memories. Yorkshire offers a diverse array of activities to suit all tastes and interests, ensuring that you can plan a day to cherish forever.

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