The perfect Father’s Day weekend

 

Father's Day is fast approaching (17th of June for those not in the know) but help is at hand as we've got the perfect dad-friendly weekend up our sleeves. Make this Father’s Day one he’ll cherish by dedicating a whole weekend to activities he’ll love. Whether he’s an action man, culture lover or super sociable, we’ve picked some weekend plans to book in that’ll be a shortcut to his best weekend of the year.

 

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Sports

 


Sports


It’s a happy coincidence that Father’s Day just so happens to fall when it’s football’s greatest championship. Check out your local pub for what they’re doing for the World Cup – there's an all-day barbecue at Cargo (Cargo-london.com), London, and live, non-stop music pre and post-match at The Piano Works (Pianoworks.bar), London. Continue the football theme with a stadium tour. Take a trip to Old Trafford (Manutd.com), Manchester, Anfield Stadium (Stadiumtours.liverpoolfc.com), Liverpool, or Stamford Bridge (Chelseafc.com), London.


If football’s not his thing, base a day around his favourite sport. Look out for local organised runs in your area (and finish off in a pub), head to Mercedes-Benz World (Mercedes-benz.co.uk), Surrey, for the ultimate driving experience or try wild swimming, accompanied by the almost compulsory waterside BBQ.

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Culture

 


Culture


If he’s into his films, books and music, plan two days based around culture. Head to London for West End Live (Westendlive.co.uk) – a weekend of free performances from the capital’s best musicals. While you’re there, check out Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece (Britishmuseum.org) to see iconic Rodin works alongside the Parthenon sculptures that inspired them.


Book tickets for the Hampton Court Palace Festival (Hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com) to see The Beach Boys in action, head to a classic car show or organise a trip to your nearby historic house. There’s live jazz and Pimms at Kingston Lacy, Dorset, and archery at Mount Stewart, County Down (Nationaltrust.org.uk). Complete the fun with a screening at an outdoor cinema – check out The Luna Cinema for showings (Thelunacinema.com).

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Get social

 


Get social


If he loves to socialise, organise a weekend based around seeing all the people he loves. Organise a gin distillery tour for a group of his friends – try the home of Bombay Sapphire (Distillery.bombaysapphire.com), Hampshire, or a gin making tour in Edinburgh (Edinburghgin.com). If he’s a foodie, make a beeline for Taste of London (London.tastefestivals.com) to sample the best of the city’s culinary scene or book a chef’s table, such as Aulis at L’Enclume (Lenclume.co.uk), Cumbria or Restaurant Sat Bains (Restaurantsatbains.com), Nottingham. A butchery or meat curing course would suit many a dad as would Zoo Nights at ZSL London Zoo (Zsl.org).


For a family trip, consider packing up the camping gear and heading outdoors for the weekend. Alternatively, plan a day taking in one of the Father’s Day family festivals in your area – Cambridge (Thecambridgeclub.co) or Southampton (Discoversouthampton.co.uk) for example – that include activities for little ones and entertainment for dads. After a weekend of activity, be sure to gather the family on the sofa for a glass of something and a celebratory toast to the man himself.

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