Mother's Day in York and beyond: Our Guide!

I’ve occasionally heard the odd grumble about Mother’s Day being a made-up Hallmark holiday (generally from dads who’ve forgotten to buy a card). But I for one say YES PLEASE to the offer of breakfast in bed, a homemade card and, if I’m lucky, a nice family trip somewhere. If that sounds up your street too, here are some ideas for things to do in and around York this Mother’s Day.

Free entry for mums to York’s Chocolate Story

Lots of mums (and dads) rely on the restorative powers of chocolate to get them through the tricky days/weeks/decades of parenting. So where better to visit on Mother’s Day than York’s Chocolate Story? All mums are welcome to visit York’s Chocolate Story for free with a paying son or daughter where they’ll learn the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands and create their own chocolate treats, before seeing how the experts do it.
Forgot to buy a gift? Don’t panic! The shop is packed with fab presents. including the amazing handmade chocolates (we’ve had them – they’re awesome). Even better, how about indulging in a Chocolate Afternoon Tea in the café?

Sunday March 26th 2017 – York’s Chocolate Story, King’s Square, York YO1 7LD – visit the website for more details

Get arty at Beningbrough Hall

Celebrate Mothering Sunday and make something special for the mum in your world in the popular family art workshop. Why not have Sunday lunch too?

Sunday 26th March 2017 – 10.30am to 5pm – Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Beningbrough, York YO60 1DD – More details on the Beningbrough Hall website

Paint pottery at Nunnington Hall

Spend the day together as a family while you get crafty with pottery painting before spoiling mum in the tea-room with a Mother’s day treat.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 – 10.30am to 4pm – More details on the Nunnington Hall website

Free entry to Creepy Crawlies

Mums go free to Creepy Crawlies this Mother’s Day. In an ideal world the kids will be entertaining themselves while you relax with the papers. Don’t blame us if it doesn’t quite work out that way…

Sunday 26th March 2017 – The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2HR – visit the Facebook page for more details

Free entry to Piglets Adventure Farm

If you base your plans around the idea that if the kids are happy, you’re happy, then why not head to Piglets Adventure Farm? There’s free entry to Piglets on March 25th and 26th with full paying children.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 – Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST – visit the website for more details

Go out for Sunday lunch!

Going out for a lovely lunch is always a winner. If you fancy a traditional Sunday roast in York, we’ve tried, tested and would recommend The Rattle Owl and Hotel du Vin as having fab food and warmly welcoming children. For something different, Ambiente Tapas is always fantastic and, again, great with kids. If you want lunch with a really healthy vibe, mums eat brunch for free at Filmore and Union if you download their voucher. Just promise us you’ll get her a glass of wine too!

Pack a picnic and have a walk

If the weather’s good, how about taking a trip out to Castle Howard, Dalby Forest or Yorkshire Sculpture Park? Lovely places for fresh air and some outdoor fun.

PS. If you’re slightly dreading Mother’s Day because, like me, you’re missing your own mum (or for any other reason for that matter), I hope you can take some comfort in knowing you’re not the only one and in spending time with the friends and family around you.

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