On Sunday 31 March, it’s Mother’s Day which means it’s time to say thanks to our amazing mams for all they do for us.
Plenty of places in and around Newcastle are offering special brunches, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas to mark the day, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different to show the mams in your life how much you appreciate them, we’ve got the perfect alternative.
From river cruises and cinema singalongs to dancing the night away to Motown tunes, make this Mother’s Day one to remember with one of these fun and unique things to do.
Mother’s Day Tunnel & Tea at Hotel du Vin
For a Mother’s Day afternoon tea with a difference, Hotel du Vin’s Tunnel & Tea event is perfect. Priced at £41.50 for two people, it includes a one-hour tour of Ouseburn’s Victoria Tunnel learning all about its colourful history followed by afternoon tea at the hotel.
Hotel du Vin promises the afternoon tea will be inspired by wartime rations but with their own fancy twist. That means there’ll be delicious stuff like mini Cornish pasties, scones and Victoria sponge but no spam (thankfully).
Motoon Mother’s Day Special at Wylam Brewery
In celebration of the Mother’s Day weekend, Wylam Brewery will be hosting a special edition of their popular Motoon night on Friday 29 March.
From 7pm until midnight, guests can dance and sing the night away to Motown and soul classics spun by DJs Tommy Byron, Jack Taylor and Alex Butler with a bit funk and disco thrown in for good measure. Tickets cost between £8 and £10 and there’ll be plenty of craft ales, gin cocktails and soul food to enjoy too.
Tea on the Tyne with River Escapes
Treat your mam to a totally unique Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea cruise on the Tyne with River Escapes. The three-hour cruise takes passengers under the Millennium Bridge where they can enjoy view of the Tyne Gorge before heading downriver past local landmarks like the old shipyards and the Fish Quay and out into the river mouth.
Tickets cost £19.95 for adults, £15.95 for kids aged two to 12 and kids under two go for free. Live music, commentary and an afternoon tea picnic box are included in the price.
Mothering Sunday at Beamish Museum
Over in Durham, Beamish Museum are offering a day out perfect for all the family with a range of fun-filled activities where kids can get creative and give their mams a personal, handmade gift.
At the 1900s Pit Village school, kids can learn to make paper flowers and in the gardens of Pockerley Hall they can decorate a flowerpot and plant a Georgian bulb to take home with them. To finish off, over at the 1940s Farm staff will be on hand to help the young ‘uns make their mams Mothering Sunday cards.
Mamma Mia Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Tyneside Cinema
If your mam is a bit of a dancing queen, Tyneside Cinema has the ideal event for Mother’s Day. For just £25 per person they’re offering a special afternoon tea hosted in the gorgeous art deco Tyneside Coffee Rooms followed by a singalong screening of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
The afternoon tea includes fresh sandwiches, home-baked cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam and endless refills of tea and coffee but for an extra £5 per person you can add a glass of prosecco too.
An Evening with The Hairy Bikers at City Hall
Calling all kids of foodies! If your mam loves a good nibble you can’t get better than An Evening with The Hairy Bikers. As part of their nationwide tour, chefs Si King and Dave Myers will be stopping by Newcastle on Mother’s Day for a night of cooking and funny banter.
Tickets cost from £23.35 but splurge on a VIP package for your mam and she’ll get an extra special experience that includes a top price seat, a commemorative tote bag and gift and the opportunity to have her photo taken with the Hairy Bikers themselves.
Mother’s Day Floristry Workshops at Gibside
Whether your mam fancies herself an amateur florist or you simply want to make her a beautiful and unique bouquet for Mother’s Day, The Original Pop Up Flower School’s flower arranging workshops at Gibside are perfect.
Two workshops are available on Saturday 30 March: one teaching participants how to make a trug basket bouquet and the other how to make a floral hat box. Each workshop costs £40 per person and includes all materials and tools needed plus tea and coffee.
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