Looking for something special to say thank you to your Mum this Mother’s Day? Gifts can be thoughtful, but nothing beats spending quality time together and making memories. 

We’ve got lots of fun ideas that will make this special day one to remember, with lots of fabulous ways to treat your mum in Durham.  

Rookhope Arch in the Durham Dales at night

Dazzle mum with Durham’s dark skies 

The clocks will soon be going forward, which means peak dark sky season will soon be coming to an end. So why not wrap up warm and head out with your mum to the Durham Dales to make the most of the last dark winter nights.  Across the North Pennines AONB and Durham Dales you’ll find 16 official dark sky discovery sites, where you and your mum can feast your eyes on thousands of stars and distant galaxies. 

Afternoon Tea at the South Causey Inn, County Durham

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea 

We don’t want to boast, but we think you’ll find the perfect afternoon tea treat for your mum in Durham. Across the county you’ll find an array of indulgent afternoon teas in some pretty unique settings. From traditional afternoon tea in ancient castles like Raby Castle and Auckland Castle, to delicious homemade afternoon tea at Crook Hall and Gardens and luxury afternoon tea at Hotel Indigo.   

mum and daughter eating at The Cosy Club, Durham City.

Good food for a good mum

Get a real taste of Durham as you treat mum to a delicious meal at one of the county’s many award-winning restaurants and hotels. Enjoy a three-course meal in the grand surroundings of Lumley Castle’s new look restaurant, a scrumptious brunch with mini pudding at The Cosy Club, and mums dining with their family can enjoy a free glass of bubbly at The Food Pit in Durham City. 

For an extra-special treat, head to the South Causey Inn for Mother’s Day lunch, where after lunch you can snuggle up together and enjoy a magical horse and carriage ride through the surrounding countryside.  

mum and daughter enjoying a dog walk in Hamsterley Forest

Reconnect with Mother Nature 

Life can get busy, and it can seem hard to spend quality time together with family, especially your Mum.Exploring Durham’s great outdoors and getting a dose of fresh air can do everyone the world of good.

The Durham Dales is a great place for scenic walks and cycle rides. Follow miles of waymarked trails at Hamsterley Forest – perfect for a relaxing dog walks, exhilarating bike rides and even a Gruffalo hunt, and in the North Pennines AONB you can discover the magnificent sight of High Force Waterfall. Head to the coast to blow away the cobwebs with a refreshing cliff top walk along the Durham Heritage Coast or explore the city centre oasis of Durham University's Botanic Garden. 

entrance to Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre, County Durham

Shop 'til you drop 

What mum doesn’t like a good shop? Mother’s Day comes but once a year, so make it a day to remember at Dalton Park– the region’s biggest outlet shopping Centre. Browse over 60 outlet shops and pick up a special treat for mum with up to 50% discounts off top designer brands. 

Wander the cobbled streets of historic Durham City, where you will find high street favourites alongside independent shops and quirky boutiques. Grab your InDurham loyalty card before you visit and take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers across the city. 

outdoor area of Seaham Hall Hotel spa

Treat mum to a special pampering experience 

What better way to show your Mum you care than by treating her to a luxury spa break or day away at one of Durham’s many award-winning spas? 

From historic Headlam Hall in the Durham Dales, and the luxurious Rockliffe Hall, to the Radisson Blu in the heart of Durham City and the five star bubble rated Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall on Durham’s coast, you and your Mum are definably in the right place to relax and recharge with a host of pampering packages to choose from.

Family walking through the walled garden at Raby Castle

Whisk her away for the weekend 

Make a weekend of it and whisk mum away for to a cosy B&B or classic countryside retreat. From coast to countryside, you’ll find an amazing selection of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. And throughout the day you’ll find plenty of things to keep you entertained, from stepping back in time at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, meeting some new animal friends at Hall Hill Farm, and even creating a stunning bouquet at Wynyard Hall’s Mother’s Day Floral Masterclass. 

Need more inspiration? Click here to view a full list of Mother’s Day events happening in Durham >>

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