Mum’s The Word: When and Why do we Celebrate Mothering Sunday?

Be a step ahead – and start thinking about how you’re going to really spoil your mum this year.

Mothering Sunday lands on the fourth Sunday during Lent – and in 2018 it will be on Sunday, March 11. It falls exactly three weeks before Easter Day.
It’s a day that’s celebrated around the world too, although on different days. Mother’s Day in the US this year is celebrated on Sunday, May 13.

Mother’s Day celebrations date back to the Romans who celebrated a mother Goddess every March from 250BC!
Mothering Sunday – known in the US as Mother’s Day – started off in Europe as a holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians.
Although now we use it as an occasion to honour mother and mother figures, it was once a day when people would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral in a family’s area. This would be give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary.
The celebration brought together families and gave domestic staff – who could have worked away from home from the age of just ten – reason to see their mum.

Five Ways We Can Help Spoil Her
1. Gift Voucher
Let’s face it…mums can be a bit fussy at times. Let her take the reins and spoil her with one of our gift vouchers.
2. Afternoon Tea
Not only will our beautiful afternoon tea feel like a real treat – you can share it with her. Isn’t that what all mums really want?
3. Sunday Lunch
A proper Sunday Lunch on Mother’s Day is a tradition for many families. Book in at our three AA Rosette restaurant The Gallery for real Yorkshire hospitality, complete with a carving trolley from The Savoy.
4. Spa Day
Who doesn’t love a spa day?! We are currently running a very special offer where our guests can make use of the stunning facilities at our sister hotel’s Verbena Spa.
5. Break Away
A quick getaway can make all the difference when you’re a busy mum. Book her in for an overnight stay. Check out our current offers here.


Six Helmsley Must-Dos For Kids

It’s holiday time!

But what can our little Black Swan fans to get up to before it’s time to head back to the classroom?

This week we have a very special mission for them…

Our black swan mum’s babies have all swam away – and we’re hoping half term adventurers can help her find them all!Six of her little ones are hiding at well-known spots across Helmsley, starting at our reception desk.

If you can find all six cygnets you’ll be popped into our prize draw for a Sunday lunch. A maximum prize of lunch for two adults and two children.

There is also an optional bonus golden egg which leads to a special little something too.

Simply snap a pic with each cygnet and post them to our Facebook page. There will be clues to help you on your search.

As well as that there is so much more to enjoy with kids in Helmsley this half term.Here are five more of the best:

· Take a Dip!

Visit our sister hotel The Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa to have a half-term splash about. This week it is offering lunch-time diners the chance to preview their summer hols – in chilly February! Thankfully the pool is heated…To learn more visit this link.

· Helmsley Castle

Visitors can unlock 900 years of life at this must-see site. Guests can see how the castle has evolved over the centuries and let little ones dream about a life very different to ours.

· Rievaulx Abbey

A brand-new visitor experience brings to life Rievaulx Abbey’s fascinating past for young history buffs. You can also learn about the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx their home.

· Rievaulx Terrace

Hop over to nearby National Trust property Rievaulx Terrace to let the kids blow off some steam in one of Yorkshire’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens.

· National Centre for Birds of Prey

You can’t visit Helmsley during half term without a visit here…there are breath-taking demonstrations for young and old alike.

If you do take part in our half term Little Lost Cygnet Search event you can celebrate reaching the end of the trail with a special afternoon tea for little ones and their parents.It’s served between 12noon and 5pm daily. £21.95 per adult and £10.95 for children.


Six Yorkshire ways to make your partner know they’re special this Valentine’s Day

1. Take them for a stroll – across some of the world’s most romantic landscapes

The North York Moors are famous for their dramatic and rugged landscapes. There is an absolute wealth of walks around Helmsley too – we’re even at the start of The Cleveland Way!

2. Woo them with some heart-warming grub

The way to someone’s heart is often through their stomach. Here at The Black Swan we serve up three AA Rosette food with good old Yorkshire hospitality. Make sure to look out for our refurbished Savoy serving trolley.

3. And then spoil them with some more food, namely cake. LOTS of it.

A good coffee and sweet treats can go a long way. Our award-winning Black Swan Tearoom is a great place to try a very special afternoon tea.

4. Treat them to a spa day

Spoil him or her by splashing out on a luxurious spa treatment. You could even double up for a couple’s treatment at our sister hotel in Helmsley, The Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa.

5. Go stargazing under some of the most stunning dark skies.

The Dark Sky Festival aims to showcase the North York Moors breath-taking night skies. Wrap up warm and snuggle up under the stars.

6. Book a cosy romantic getaway

With roaring log fires and home-from-home comfort, The Black Swan is a must for those looking for a cosy getaway. Wind down in the Cygnet Bar with a glass of your favourite tipple before heading up to a luxurious suite.