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Alternative Ideas for Mother’s Day in Leeds

Due to it’s location on our calendar, Mother’s Day has fallen into bland tradition. But it’s not because we don’t love our Mums, any national day on a Sunday in Spring would be celebrated with a roast dinner and blooming flowers each year.

Unfortunately, the go-to procedure for Mother’s day has suffered the same mediocre fate as Valentine’s day; cliche Hallmark cards and Milk Tray boxes lack the same sentimental value they once did, and it’s time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to showing your appreciation toward the woman that brought you into this world.

However, even the idea of thinking outside the box can often make us back down, so we’ve put in the thought time for you and come up with a selection of alternative things to do in Leeds on and around Mother’s Day we think all our Mums would love.

City Varieties

See a Show

If you didn’t already know, Leeds is awash with Theatre and Opera. For many people there is a completely undiscovered world of stage performance in the city. Companies come from all over the world to perform here, and it is by no means just theatrical plays and tenors; our most iconic and impressive buildings play host to the weird and wonderful too.

Swan Lake at Leeds Grand Theatre

West Yorkshire’s own Northern Ballet will be gracing the stage at Leeds Grand Theatre to bring you the world renowned Swan Lake. By all means an unmissable experience and one you won’t forget in a hurry. The show will last from 3rd – 12th March, so there’s plenty of time for an early or belated Mother’s Day present.

Debra Stephenson at City Varieties

Debra Stephenson of Dead Ringers, Coronation Street and Bad Girls fame will be bringing her ‘Night of 100 Voices’ to City Varieties on 5th March. Billed as an evening of comedy, music and impressions, the accomplished performer will sure to be able to entertain all walks of life.

Andrew Newton at City Varieties

On 4th March, world famous hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to City Varieties with his show which is unmistakably one of the funniest hypnotic stage shows in the country.

But if they don’t take your fancy, there is plenty more to be discovered through our What’s On tab.


Just because we’ve advised you step away from the Mother’s Day cliches doesn’t mean you should dodge them completely. Top quality restaurant food and chocolate are both delicious –  and a timeless crowd pleaser for Mums – so why not combine the two by booking a table at Hotel Chocolat’s Roast + Conch on Boar Lane, where every dish comes with some degree of cacao-infused ingredient.

Alternatively, why not enrol in Hotel Chocolat’s The School of Chocolate as Leeds is only one of four in the world. The experience takes you through the ‘bean to bar’ process and you get to take your craftsmanship home with you.

If your Mum is passionate about cooking or is a big fan of Jamie Oliver, why not sign her up for cooking lessons at one of Leeds best hidden gems. Located in Kirkgate Market, Jamie’s Ministry of Food offers an 8 week course in how to cook high-quality healthy food from scratch, and Mr Oliver himself has been known to pop in from time to time.

However, enrolling your Mother in a cooking class may not be met with the most positive reaction, so tread carefully!


Mother’s day is a chance to really spoil your Mum, and there is no better roof to spoil someone under than Leeds’ Victoria Quarter. The stunning 19th Century building homes the city’s high-end shops, and the most world-renowned designer names, such as Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood, sit comfortably beside regional gems W. Hamond and Yorkshire Jewellery.

Victoria Quarter truly has something for everyone. Even if you come away empty handed, a day spent nosing around the shops, admiring the architecture and grabbing a bite to eat will be enough to impress Mum this Sunday.

Museums and Galleries

Leeds City Museum © David Dixon

100 Years of Girl Guiding at Abbey House Museum

If your Mum is an ex-girl guide then why not help her indulge in some nostalgic memories by celebrating 100 years of Girl Guides at Leeds’ Industrial Museum, where their fascinating exhibition explores the story behind the organisation.

Changing Faces of Leeds at Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum’s current exhibition explores the ever changing faces of the city. From Victorian selfies to iPhone portraits, 200 years of history comes alive through the faces of those who lived through it.

Women Work and War at Leeds Industrial Museum

Women of the war are being celebrated at Leeds Industrial Museum. The Women Work and War exhibition is outlining the vital role women of Britain played during WWI, and how women’s lives in this country changed as of that period.

Our Cousin Florence

Continuing the theme of working women at war, Leeds Fashion Galleries are celebrating the early life of Florence Nightingale at the home of her cousin, Marianne Nicholson. The exhibition shows the cousins relationship from an early age, and how that carved the path for Florence Nightingale to become ‘The Lady with the Lamp’.

Whatever you choose to do this Sunday, be sure to put a smile on your Mum’s face and thank her for all she has done for you.

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