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North East England – Be inspired by the great outdoors this Mother’s Day

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Enjoy a cruise on the Tyne this Mother's Dau

Enjoy a cruise on the Tyne this Mother’s Dau

Spring is the perfect time of year to venture outdoors, so a Mother’s Day gift with an emphasis on exploring and seeing new places will be especially welcome.

Of course, it doesn’t all have to be outdoors – there are plenty of indoor activities too. Whatever your preference, here is our selection of places to see and things to do this Mother’s Day, March 18.

Nordic Waling

This Mother’s Day you are invited to explore the beautiful Kielder Water & Forest Park in March by joining Terry Gregg, your INWA qualified instructor on a 10km Nordic Walk. The walk is open to all who have done Nordic Walking before and is suitable for those who currently walk regularly and are comfortable with the distance. Each walk can accommodate 10 adult walkers (subject to required pole length – height dependent). Limited pole hire available. The actual walk and distance may change dependent upon the prevailing weather and the overall fitness of the group on the day. Age 16+.  Booking essential. Ring Terry now on 01434 250 462 or email Time and date: 10am – 1pm on Sunday, March 18.

Mini breaks

With spring on the horizon, this part of the world is coming alive with life in all forms. There isn’t a better time to enjoy a break. Luxury on a mountain for Mother’s Day? Stay in the College Valley. Or consider Rothbury or being close to Holy Island.

River Cruise

Enjoy an afternoon cruise with your Mum aboard the Quay to Sea sightseeing cruise.  Enjoy special time together sailing along the River Tyne – enjoy a picnic lunch, a glass of wine, and great views.  The cruise follows the Quay to Sea route, a three-hour cruise which is a fantastic way to see the changing face of the River Tyne from the best vantage point in town. The cruise takes you under the magical Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which opens especially for the cruise to enjoy the panorama of the Tyne Gorge before returning downriver as far as the river mouth.

On the cruise you will see the legendary shipyards of Tyneside, the International Ferry Terminals, the Port of Tyne, the Fish Quay and the glorious vistas of the river mouth, including Tynemouth Castle and Priory, the memorial to Admiral Lord Collingwood and the beautiful sandy beaches of South Shields. The cruise turns at the piers, where seals and dolphins are regularly seen and returns to Newcastle’s Quayside.  This cruise is complimented by a live commentary.  Lunch not included in ticket price – light refreshments available to purchase and bar facilities on board. There will be a complimentary gift for every Mum on board! Full details can be found here.


At the National Trust property Wallington Morpeth you can make your Mum feel really special by making lovely crafts and flower decorations with her at Wallington for Mother’s Day. Sunday 18 March, 11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm. Normal admission charges apply plus a small charge for items made. More details here.

Join in the Bellingham Heritage Centre’s Knitting People Together project, designed to knit a very long scarf using ‘many hands from many places’. The project was launched in April last year and is designed to run for at least a year.  The Heritage Centre is open on Saturday and Sunday March 17 and 18.  Find out more here.

This Mothers’ Day why not come along to Woodhorn and have a go at creating your own textile decoration. These simple felt decorations are easy to sew and stick, and suitable for all the family to have a go. The session runs 12 noon ’til 3pm on Sunday March 18 on a drop-in basis. Suggested donation £1.50 per decoration.

The Milky Way over Kielder in Northumberland

Exhibitions and Talks

Mining a Golden Seam continues at Woodhorn, Ahsington. It is an exhibition of embroidery and textiles by members of the Embroiderers’ Guild in the North East Region. The artworks in this exhibition are inspired by the north east mining industry and some of the works are truly beautiful.  Full details here.

Women interested in stargazing and the universe will thoroughly enjoy an evening at Kielder Observatory on Saturday, March 17. You will see the stars and then a talk will follow where you will be guided through the observatory, looking at the telescopes and instruments.

Under expert tuition you will be taught how to use the telescopes. There will be a log burning fire warming the hands on the cold winter night and as much tea and coffee as you like. Find out more.

Meals with Mum

On Mother’s Day the tea rooms at Cradside near Rothbury will be serving a Mother’s day lunch at 12pm and 1.30pm. Booking is essential, to book your table please contact the tea rooms on 01669 622040. From 3.30pm onwards the tea room will be serving a selection of sandwiches, cream scones, cakes and tea or coffee for afternoon tea. Lunch served 12pm and 1.30pm. Afternoon Tea from 3.30pm onwards. More details here.


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