As Father’s Day approaches, here are our top 10 British days out that your dad will simply love…
The beautiful Norfolk Broads are always a pleasure but for an extra special experience this Father’s Day, you can hire a boat and embark on a three-night river cruiser special with local boat-hire specialists, Herbert Woods. Whether you opt for a gentle cruise, birdwatching, walking or fishing, the Broads boast 125 tranquil, lock-free miles to explore, all safe and easy to navigate. And every dad choosing to go on a cruiser and cottage holiday (with child in tow) will receive a gift pack including popular Wherry and Bittern Ale.
Lancaster London has come up with an Afternoon Tea with a masculine twist for a real treat this Father’s Day. The spread includes favourites such as mini beef burgers, leek and stilton tarts and honey roast ham with English mustard sandwiches, alongside afternoon tea classics including scones warm out of the oven, served with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream, and of course, plenty of tea.
Father’s Day is a great time for a family getaway and LandedHouses.co.uk is opening up the doors of some of its castles, country estates and manor houses for a night, a weekend or longer. From the spectacular Georgian manor, Sibton Park, set in in 350 acres of private woodland and parkland, complete with a private chef, maid and butler, to the secluded Alladale Wilderness Lodge, nestled among pine forests in the Scottish Highlands, there’s a range of dreamy locations to choose from.
As Ratty from Wind in the Willows famously said: “There is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” And nothing says English summertime more than a relaxing day out on the water, gliding along Britain’s most scenic canals, from Stratford-upon-Avon in Shakespeare’s England, to rural Oxford, the beautiful Brecon Beacons and more. You can hire boats for the day from Drifters Waterways Holidays, at 12 of its bases, with full tuition to those new to canal boating, until you get the hang of steering, mooring up and working the locks, so you can enjoy a lazy day out with pub stop or two at your own pace.
Grand Jacobean mansion Audley End will be hosting a Father’s Day, with a charming collection of classic cars on display in its grounds. The vast house that can be seen today is only about a third the size of the mansion created in about 1605–14 by Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, but still boasts much of its original character. With this as a backdrop, you can browse the elegant and impressive motors and enjoy an interesting and enjoyable day out for all ages.
For a slightly more unusual, and certainly historical, Father’s Day, head to Kenilworth Castle for a day of juggling, jesters, stilt-walking and medieval-themed entertainment in a spectacular setting.
There’s nothing more perfect for family bonding on Father’s Day than a good old kite-flying and den-building session. This year, visitors are invited to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park to make their very own kite and fly it high above the castle’s ruins. There’ll also be time to cross the bridge and climb to the top of the castle, before exploring the grounds and using all the abundant natural materials to make a mighty den.
The striking 16th-century baroque Beningbrough Hall in North Yorkshire offers picture-postcard views, riverside walks, a variety of wildlife and ancient trees and a great place for a picnic this Father’s Day or a roast served in the café. Plus, there’ll be performances from regional bands throughout the afternoon.
With dads enjoying free entry this Father’s Day, Cliveden is a great option for families, with plenty of outdoors activities going on throughout the impressive gardens and woodlands. Visit the story book themed play area or the yew tree maze before wandering further afield into secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside. There will also be a free beer tasting from 12-3pm, while stocks last.
A fascinating relic of Britain’s Roman past, Hadrian’s Wall offers a great opportunity for Father’s Day fun in the fresh air, alongside the attraction of its rich history. Enjoy sweeping views of natural wilderness and discover the past behind the archaeological remains at this famous Roman site. And on Father’s Day, an Outdoor Climbing Adventure at 10am, 1pm, 1.30pm or 4.30pm gives you the chance to climb the atmospheric Crag Lough. A three house beginner’s session gives an introduction to movement skills, belaying and climbing calls, plus some bouldering and bottom rope climbing.