There’s no-one quite like Dad: 10 ways to spoil your old man this Father’s Day

He may make you cringe with his ‘amazing’ jokes and make you feel a constant sense of déjà vu when he utters that classic phrase: ‘Do you think I’m made of money?!’ but, there’s no question about it, Dad’s the man and we love him no matter what. Speaking of which, Father’s Day is on the way (June 18th)! So, from putting a gentlemanly twist on afternoon tea in London, to seeing the era of the steam engine come to life aboard Bristol’s SS Great Britain – we’ve found 10 things to do to with the top man in your life. Go on, treat him!



    Put a gentlemanly twist on afternoon tea

    Where: Various locations

    Ditch the dainty sandwiches and teeny cakes – the classic afternoon tea has been given a masculine twist just in time for Father’s Day. Taking place in only the most masculine venues throughout the capital (think Mad Men style leather booths and dark wood furniture), you and the old man can enjoy a hearty mix of savoury mouthfuls and boozy accompaniments at a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. Whether you want to wine and dine like Winston himself at The Churchill Bar and Terrace in Oxford Circus, guzzle whisky cocktails in the Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone, or chow down on mini burgers and baby back ribs just off Regent Street at Sanctum Soho, the capital’s full of tea packages that will definitely get Dad’s approval.

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    Go up a level and climb up the O2

    Where: O2 London

    If your Dad fancies himself as quite the explorer, give him the chance see London from a whole other perspective with Up at the O2. On a guided expedition, he’ll be able to climb up to the O2’s 52 metre high viewing platform and marvel at 360 degree views of landmarks including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. When you reach the top of the summit, there will be a whole host of fatherly activities to enjoy, from cheese tasting and mini-facials (in an appropriately named Groom Room), to lessons on how to tie the perfect Windsor knot and post-climb soothing massages. That’s enough reason to strap up that harness any day, don’t you think?

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    Have a family day out at the park

    London is home to a wealth of beautiful city parks and whichever takes your fancy, you’re guaranteed a first-class day out this Father’s Day. Stop off at St James’s Park and your Dad can do, frankly, whatever he wants! Whether that’s attempting to unleash his inner Messi in a cheeky game of footy, taking the little ones to the adventure–packed playground, or feeding the park’s resident pelicans and mallards (stale bread only, please), you’ll have family fun and won’t have to pay a single penny! Plus, the park is framed by a magnificent backdrop of Buckingham Palace, so you can also have one of the most picturesque picnics in the UK too…

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    Chow down at the BBC Good Food Show

    When: 15th – 18th June
    Where: NEC, Birmingham

    As events for foodies go, the BBC Good Food Show is the cream of the crop. Whether your Dad is a master chef in the making, is a stubborn one for sharing those secret family recipes, or simply appreciates delicious grub, make sure you get down to the NEC by 18th June. As a flavour of what you’ll find on the day (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves), expect to be inspired by top chefs and experts including Tom Kerridge, Mary Berry, GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain and many more who will all be cooking up their favourite dishes in the Supertheatre. With live interviews, book signings and handpicked exhibitors dishing up only the most scrumptious food and drink, it’ll be a day of feasting fit for a king.

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    Unleash his inner adventurer at Rock Up Birmingham

    Where: Broadway Plaza

    If you’re looking for an action-packed Father’s Day, why not challenge Dad to some rock climbing at Rock Up Birmingham? Since it’s his special day, he will be able to harness up for a FREE climb. Yay! But – whilst the centre may look like it’s all fun and games – he needs to brace himself, particularly if your Dad is going to beat you in the Speed Climb. In a race to see who can press the button at the top first, you’ll scramble up next to each other and battle it out for the all-important family bragging rights. So, limber up – the stakes are high!

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    Treat his inner chocoholic at Cadbury World

    Where: Cadbury World, Bournville

    He wouldn’t be your Dad if he wasn’t trying to pinch some of your chocolate over Easter, right? That’s why this Father’s Day, we think it’s only fitting you treat him to some of his own with a trip to Cadbury World. The chocolate lover’s paradise is known for its array of appetizing offers on Father’s Day and from free treats in the Cadbury Cafe through to unique, handmade gifts like a chocolate football (perfect for those footy mad Dads!), we can assure you that Dad will not go hungry any time soon. When your Dad’s had his fill of chocolate and fancies a change of scenery, whisk him away to the 4D cinema, where you can all ride the Crunchie rollercoaster, take to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship and finally, dive face first into a bowl of delicious, liquid Dairy Milk. Yum!

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    Ride on a miniature steam railway at Walton Park

    Where: Walton Park, Sale

    For the Dads with younger kiddies who want nothing more than a fun-filled day out, Greater Manchester’s Walton Park is the perfect place to go. Popular with families thanks to its free array of play and sports facilities, the park is perhaps best known for its miniature steam railway which costs just 30p a ride. Bargain! At roughly a quarter of a mile long, your Dad will be pleased to hear that the railway accommodates both the big locomotives, as well as the little ones too. When you’re done, the park adjoins the Bridgewater Canal and you can watch the world go by at its floating coffee shop whilst enjoying a coffee, cake and a few sweet treats to boot.

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    Treat him to a proper ‘Man Cave’ day

    Where: Creswell Crags, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH

    Putting a whole new twist on the phrase man cave, why not take Dad to the magnificent Creswell Crags for Father’s Day? At the historic caves in Nottinghamshire, dads can go on a tour completely free of charge on Father’s Day – ideal! In a tour of the Robin Hood Cave, the largest cave on site, he can discover the fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age, specifically, between 10,000 and 50,000 years ago. Make sure he’s got the camera at the ready too, as he’ll have plenty of opportunities to snap up Britain’s only existing Ice Age Rock Art!

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    Hop aboard the SS Great Britain

    Where: Canon’s Marsh, Bristol Harbourside

    Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would set sail for voyages of discovery, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported back in time with a visit to Bristol Harbourside’s SS Great Britain. Bring Dad along for a Father’s Day adventure and he’ll soon see the era of the steamship come to life. From observing the huge moving pistons of the engine room, through to climbing the ship’s rigging, the only challenge will be getting Dad to return to dry land once he’s found his sea legs! Of course, we’re pretty certain you’ll be able to persuade him with a visit to The Dockyard Café Bar. With superb views of the SS Great Britain, he’ll be able to tuck into Victorian-inspired cakes baked on board the ship’s modern gallery whilst watching the word sail by. Bliss!

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    Father’s Day Brighton Beer Tour

    Where: Royal Pavilion, Brighton from 2pm

    If there’s one Father’s Day present that your Dad will remember, it’s going on a Brighton Beer Tour, where he’ll be able to wander around the heart of the city whilst tasting a range of lagers and ales at various ‘beer stops’ along the way. Brighton’s known for its history of brewing and Dad will soon be able to tell all – from the stories of fishermen’s inns and fashionable pump houses, through to the antics at student houses and craft breweries. Of course, there’ll be the practical part of the lesson, and Dad can swig six beers from across Sussex. Beer beginner, lager lover or IPA obsessive – whatever Dad falls under, get him on the coach to Brighton for this hop-tastic event!

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And, if all these great activities weren’t enough, we’re also offering you and somebody special the chance to win a two night stay and dinner for two in a hotel of your choice (courtesy of SuperBreak), plus £500 spending money and free return coach travel! Where would you go if you won? Let us know with a tweet @nationalexpress.