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Mother's Day in York

With Mother’s Day fast approaching on the 27th March, York is the perfect place to celebrate. Shower mum with love and find the best things to do in the city, including fine dining experiences, cookery classes, and some great local gift ideas. With a wide range of accommodation within the city walls and beyond, from luxury spa hotels to fun family self-catering getaways there are plenty of options to make unforgettable memories this Mothering Sunday.

Things to do

We've found some of the best ways to spend time with your mum on Mother's Day in and around York, with presents designed to show your mum just how much you love her there’s plenty of ideas that are sure to please.

Take mum to some of York’s most magnificent attractions, the city is filled with fun things to do and has everything from museums, theatres and galleries to hidden gems and iconic historic buildings. Make amazing memories to last a lifetime and discover the places everyone wants to visit with a York Pass. Exploring the city with a York Pass is an excellent way of seeing all the main sights, along with exclusive special offers including evening entertainment, cafes and restaurants.

For gin loving mums, take a tour around Cooper King's Distillery and find out how their gin and whiskey is made. They run tours every Saturday, with one running the Saturday before Mother's Day, the perfect early present. For some lovely gift ideas, choose from a fantastic selection of presents for Mum including home tasting sessions, gin and tonic gift sets and personalised bottles from the York Gin shop. Discover all the secrets of whisky with an incredible tasting experience in The Marmalade Lounge at No.1 York and hear about all the work that goes into creating this special product.

Make Mother’s Day extra special and treat her to a year of unique experiences with a National Trust membership. A gift that keeps on giving, create magical memories throughout the year. Step outside into the gardens at Beningbrough Hall and wander around the former home of the Terry family at Goddards House and Garden. Uncover the history of York’s National Trust properties with a membership to be enjoyed all year round.

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Take in the views and enjoy a family day out at Whistlestop Valley Railway and for one day only this Mothering Sunday, mums travel for free! Admire the city's sights and see York from a different perspective as you step on-board a sightseeing cruise down the River Ouse. Or take a ride on the hop-on-hop-off bus, and see how many of York's iconic landmarks you can spot!

See the first signs of spring and take a stroll in one of York’s beautiful gardens providing an idyllic haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Stop and sit down for a picnic or enjoy some fresh air and admire the scenery, there’s nothing quite like enjoying some time in the great outdoors.

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York Museum Gardens

Treat mum to the relaxation she deserves with a spa day, and if you’re looking for experiences to make your mum feel special, then you might like to spoil her with a facial or a rejuvenating treatment to whisk her away from everyday stresses leaving her feeling pampered and looking great.

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The Spa at No.1 by Guesthouse

York is the ultimate destination for foodies, but that's not limited to just restaurants. Learn some culinary skills and create beautiful dishes under the expert supervision of a chef tutor. If your mum might like to try her hand a range of different dishes or cooking styles, The Cookery School at The Grand, York has you covered. With a range of classes from beginner to advanced and even parent and child classes, there's something for any level.

Spend some quality time together and create, flavour and decorate ganache- filled chocolate heart truffles with the guidance of an expert chocolatier at a chocolate making masterclass. York Cocoa Works offer a range of chocolate making experiences, activities and workshops in the heart of the city. Arrive to a signature hot chocolate before delving into the world of chocolate at York's Chocolate Story, and craft your own! You will have the opportunity to pipe with chocolate, do some truffle rolling and experiment with chocolate patterns.

Take your mum on an adventure this Mother’s Day with a trip into the city centre to play Treasure Hunt York. Delve into the mysteries of York's Viking and Roman past, it’s a fun way to spend some quality time with Mum, getting out the house and making memories together.

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Cookery Classes at the Cookery School at The Grand, York

Eating Out

Home to a vast array of eateries spanning every cuisine you could wish for, explore York’s vibrant food scene, from fine dining, independent restaurants, modern wine bars and exotic street food each with their own distinctive food offering.

Within the city walls, York serves up some great places to indulge in a decadent afternoon tea. From five-star hotels and independent cafes to dining in a luxury train carriage or a boat cruising along the River Ouse, there are some lovely locations for you to enjoy a quintessentially British treat.

Amongst the diverse range of restaurants in York, these places are offering special Mother's Day offers or menus.

Ambiente Tapas - Delicious special Mother's Day menu available plus a free glass of fizz for Mum.

Chez Mal Brasserie at Malmaison – A lovely Mother’s Day afternoon tea for two or a 3 course Sunday lunch for the whole family with a glass of fizz and a gift for Mum on arrival.

Offering delicious street food every day of the week, head to the Shambles Market Food Court for a lunchtime treat. Serving everything from Thai dishes, gourmet hotdogs, to burritos and crepes there is something for everyone here with different vans and huts offering a variety of vegetarian and vegan options as well.

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Fine Dining at Le Cochon Aveugle

Shopping in York

If you can't decide what to buy your mum for Mother's Day, then take her out for a day of shopping so she can pick her own present! The cobbled streets of York offer a unique shopping experience, with designer stores to independent boutiques, each shopping area has its own specialty. Most of the best shops are located in the city centre and if you’re looking to treat your Mum this Mother's Day is no better place for some retail therapy.

Stroll around the Shambles Market and find some unique jewellery or clothes made by local indie designers. Treat her to some fresh flowers from a York florist and if you are planning to cook up a storm for Mum at home, don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce from a range of lovely stalls.

Treat mum to a delicious box of chocolates from York Cocoa Works. Indulge in some delicious treats from York's top chocolatiers. Whether your mum loves chocolate caramels or prefers a luxurious truffle, there is a chocolate box to suit every taste.

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York Cocoa Works

Staying in York

Book a relaxing night away for your mum in York! With over 200 accommodation providers right here, you can find the perfect place for her. Discover some of the best places to stay including luxury spa hotels, boutique getaways and self catering accommodation, there are plenty of places to rest your head after a day exploring the city.

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