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Why Yorkshire is a yummy destination for mummies this March


You might be planning to present your mother with traditional flowers or chocolates when Mother’s Day comes round on March 10th or be pondering spending a little quality time together. Mother-Daughter spa day packages have become very popular in recent years and if you’re considering treating your mother dearest to a day a mini-holiday in the UK, Yorkshire is a destination that should be at the top of your list.

The Yorkshire region has a great choice of luxury hotels and day spas in modern and heritage buildings both in the city and out in the countryside, and it’s got a whole lot more to offer on top. The fantastic culture, heritage, shopping, eateries and night life present in this diverse area means that once you’ve spoiled yourselves rotten with some spa treats you can treat your other senses too.

No matter where in the area you choose to spend your spa time you should find yourself within easy travel of other attractions. Despite the hills and valleys, Yorkshire is well connected by public transport. Trains run regularly even into the Yorkshire Dales, so as long as you check the timetable, you can go wherever fancy takes you and enjoy a few drinks without the need for too much planning. Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

Bettys tearooms, Harrogate

Spa weekends and afternoon tea go hand in hand and tea time at Bettys is a British institution. Established in 1919 Bettys have tearooms in Harlow Carr, York, Stonegate, Ilkley and Northallerton but the spa town of Harrogate has two branches, which reduces our chance of waiting for a table. You can also book in advance to guarantee a slot with a stunning silver tea stand laden with sandwiches, scones and handmade cakes. Afternoon tea costs £25.95 or £32.95 with a glass of champagne and there are plenty of tasty treats you can purchase to take home so the rest of the family don’t feel left out!

Leeds, Victoria Quarter

Leeds is a city packed with shops of all kinds and it’s often hailed as the London of the north for this reason. Nestled in the heart of the city, the elegant Victoria Quarter is a particularly special spot for shopping and one you won’t want to miss out on during a weekend of indulgence. Housed inside a Grade II listed building you’ll find over 70 stores including boutiques from Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry and Harvey Nichols and Jo Malone.

Kirkstall Abbey

Awe-inducing architecture, pretty parkland and the soothing River Aire make Kirkstall Abbey an ideal place to while away an hour or two in relaxation. The medieval Cistercian abbey will make you feel like you’re living out a scene from a period drama, though costumes are optional. If your Mother’s Day celebrations are subject to a time delay you’ll find the abbey market and deli market running on regular dates from the end of March too. Here you can pick up handmade crafts, local produce and fantastic foodie fayre.

image credit: Britannica

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