It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, so how are you going to give your Dad a good time? How about letting him soar above London or be terrorised in a dungeon. Or, perhaps you fancy taking him for a free yoga lesson or treating him to a whisky tour to two distilleries?
Here’s Top 10 Father’s Day treats
The London Helicopter will soar Dads above the River Thames, looking down on Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The Shard and more of the capital’s landmarks. Dad will also get a commemorative solar-powered wooden helicopter toy as a memento. Price from £150 per person. See The London Helicopter
York’s Chocolate Story has a GIANT treat in store for a lucky dad. A mammoth Father’s Day card, a metre across, made of chocolate will be the prize for the best drawing of the creation. Dads get in free to the attraction – revealing the secrets of chocolate-making, on June 21. Winner announced the following day.
See York’s Chocolate Story
Dads get free entry with a paying child at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham, on Father’s Day. The aquarium is home to over 2,000 creatures, such as sharks, as well as a rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, jellyfish, piranha, octopus and rays. See SEALIFE
Treat Dad and help raise money and awareness of prostate cancer. On Father’s Day, Le Vignoble is hosting a foodie event “A Little Bit of France” with proceeds going towards Plymouth charity the Chestnut Appeal. There’s a barbecue at 1pm with Michelin Starred Chef Jacques Marchel and Wine Wonder Yannick Loué and tickets cost £20. See Chestnut Appeal
Travelzoo has more than 30 dedicated Father’s Day deals offering savings of up to 65 per cent on prices. For £49 you can get a 10-Lap Rally Driving Experience at Silverstone Rally School. Or, a round of golf for two at five-star Celtic Manor Resort for £59. A meal at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant costs £33.
Historic Kingston upon Thames is pulling out all the stops to ensure that Dads have a memorable Father’s Day. There are cruises on the River Thames, tours of Hampton Court Palace (above), walking tours, craft workshops at the Rose Theatre and even a free pint for Dads at The Mill pub.
See Kingston First
Dads love trains. On Father’s Day, Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden are running special vintage steam rides. Start the day with breakfast in the restaurant with a special railway gift mug before taking the ride from Tenterden to Bodiam Station. Or, include a ploughmans lunch or cream tea while on board. All options are £27.50 for Dads. Trains depart 1:20pm or 3:40pm.
See Kent & East Sussex Railway
Dads get into London Dungeon for half-price (£12.98)with a full-paying child on Father’s Day. The cast of rogues and rascals will be on a mission to ensure dads get extra special Dungeons-style attention. TYhat means being put on trial by Judge Wendy Farqhuar in his mad-cap 17th century courtroom, taking a seat in the mediaeval torturer’s chair and ‘volunteering’ to assist the excitable Plague Doctor’s assistant demonstrate cures for the Black Death.
See London Dungeon
Perfect for Dads who are lovers of Scotland’s ‘Water of Life’, Rabbie’s has introduced a new one-day ‘Discover Malt Whisky’ tour. Departing from Edinburgh, the tour continues past Stirling to two distilleries, Glengoyne and Deanston, on the edge of the Highlands. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Loch Lomond National Park. Price from £36pp.
It’s not just Father’s say on June 21 – it’s the International Day of Yoga. So take Dad along to Bernie-Spain Garden, close to the OXO Tower on London’s South Bank, between 9am and 2.30pm for a free yoga class. The event has been organised in conjunction with Incredible India