Five ways to spoil your dad this Father’s Day

As Father’s Day fast approaches (15 June), here’s our pick of five of the best British days out that your dad will simply love.

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1. A visit to one of The Great Inns of Britain
From establishments with their own fishing ponds, to those that offer golf, sailing and motorsport, there is bound to be one of the Great Inns of Britain to suit your taste. At The King’s Head in Bledington, Oxfordshire,  you can combine the chocolate-box Cotswold retreat with an adrenalin-filled afternoon spent whizzing round a racetrack in a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Elsewhere, The Wild Boar Inn in Cumbria houses its very own microbrewery and a selection of 100-plus whiskies, while its smokehouse plays host to regular smoking courses covering a range techniques for meat, fish and cheese.

For info on other Great Inns of Britain go to

Glynebourne House

2. Glyndebourne Festival
The 80th anniversary of the world-renowned opera festival in Sussex is in full-swing at this time of year. Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne Festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house in the grounds of Glyndebourne House. Major events this year include performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, not seen at Glyndebourne since 1982.

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Brooklands Museum

3. Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival
Fans of classic cars will love the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival. The vintage car event held at the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit takes its name from the great 24-hour races held at Brooklands more than 80 years ago, and features the best of classic motor competition. Organised in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club it is held on the weekend nearest the anniversary of its original opening date of 17 June 1907 – perfect timing for a Father’s Day treat.

For tickets visit

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

4. Royal Horticultural Society garden visit
Father’s Day is the perfect time to pay a visit to one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens. Challenge Dad at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Harlow Carr or RHS Garden Rosemoor, which all offer action-packed, fun-filled sessions learning survival skills and bush craft activities. Meanwhile at Father’s Day Weekend at RHS Garden Wisley, dads can put their camouflage and survival skills to the test; construct a mini raft, learn tracking, den building and knot tying. Visitors can also book brunch in the restaurant or pop into the Food Hall for tea.

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King's College, Cam, Cambridge

5. Punting in Oxford or Cambridge
Nothing says English summertime more than an afternoon punting on the Cam in Cambridge or on the Thames in Oxford, avoiding low-hanging tree branches while sipping a glass of Pimm’s. Centuries-old university buildings and acres of green fields make up the scenery and since Dad will want to be the first to prove his sea legs, by letting him take the pole to steer the punt, you’ll be able to sit back in total relaxation…

For punt hire in Cambridge visit or in Oxford visit

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