What type of dad do you have? Do ties, socks, and coffee mugs excite him? Does he have aftershave to last a lifetime? Its time to put on the thinking cap, and we’re here to help. Here are seven great ideas for your dad this Father’s Day.
1: The ‘Start Your Engines’ Dad
If your dad is one of those guys who have secretly always wanted to be a racing driver, why not plan a visit to one of the UK’s racing tracks? You might investigate a visit to Abingdon. It’s a top quality airfield tarmac. Or you might like to take dad to four-hundred-acre Bedford Autodrome. Designed on a former airfield by ex-Formula One racer Jonathan Palmer, Bedford Autodrome had four separate circuits, over five miles of track. The track claims to be the best place on earth for fast cars. There are numerous other motor racing venues and museums across the country. Some other great examples include Beaulieu Motor Museum, Brooklands Museum and Mercedes Benz World.
2: The “There’s something fishy going on here” Dad
Does dad like to fish? (Or perhaps the idea of fishing as a manly pursuit?) Either way, a father-son or father-daughter fishing outing could hit the spot. With its extensive coastline, the UK is home to a number of fantastic fishing spots. Why not try out Whitby, Northumberland, or Llangammarch Wells in Wales?
3: The Artsy Dad
If you don’t have an outdoorsy or sports dad, then there are other equally appealing alternatives. If your dad is a budding Picasso, take him to Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in Margate. It is the perfect day outing for a dad who loves art. You can make a package of it by adding lunch or dinner at one of Margate’s seafront restaurants. Or pick up some fish and chips and eat at one of the spots along the promenade overlooking the lighthouse.
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4: The Outdoors Dad
Do you have the kind of dad who enjoys a weekend of roughing it in the great outdoors? Open skies, fresh air and Baked Beans. What’s not to love? There are many awesome camping spots throughout the UK. Try out the New Forest, Forest of Dean and Loch Lomond.
5. The Bookworm Dad
Is your dad a bookworm? Would he fancy a trip to ‘Ye Olde Booke Shoppe’? Combine this with a gift certificate for books and lunch at a cozy pub and you’ve got the perfect Father’s Day outing. One of the world’s twenty most beautiful books stores is Barter Books, located in Alnwick. If you’re based in the South of England, this list of Top 10 London Antiquities is worth checking out too.
6. The ‘Tiger Woods’ Dad
A round of golf and dinner at one of UK’s premier golf courses is just the ticket for the wannabe Tiger in your life. Check out the list of UK’s top 100 rated golf courses, including Royal St George Golf Course beautifully positioned in historic Sandwich or Old Sunningdale, one of Britain’s prettiest courses. Another excellent choice is Royal Birkdale, host of the British Open. Want to go even bigger? Premier Holidays offers a weekend golfing on the Isle of Man. The trip includes three nights at Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club and ferry service from Liverpool to Isle of Man.
7. The Pub Crawl Dad
If an outing to several of UK’s finest pubs to sample some of Great Britain’s finest ales would be dad’s idea of heaven, why not set up your own brewery tour. Don’t forget that pub food is also part of a British pub crawl, and that with a little research, you could create your own customised pub crawl for dad. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, treat dad to some international pints with a brewery tour in Prague, where beer making is seen as an art. Sample some brews in season and watch centuries-old beer making techniques in process. You don’t even have to take the time to research and arrange it, there’s already a tour created. Bottoms up!