Bottoms up! Treat Dad to some craft beer this Father's day.

7 Dad-Friendly Days out in the UK

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

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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

Father and son fishing on the coast.

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

Exhibitions at the Turner Contemporary Art  Gallery, Margate

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

Caping in the Bracelands Site, Forest of Dean. Image:

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

One of the biggest second-hand book stores in the UK. Barter books. Image:

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

Par! Hit the course with 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

Bottoms up! Treat Dad to some craft beer this Father's day.

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!

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Easter days out ideas

Easter is fast approaching, are you all set? To make sure you make the most of your Easter holidays we’ve put together a list of days out ideas across the UK.

cadbury's world
Cadbury World, Birmingham (West Midlands)

Get very egg-cited to celebrate Easter with Cadbury World! Hop to Cadbury World to enjoy an action-packed programme of chocolatey fun for the whole family, including an egg-cellent Easter Egg Trail for children. A must day out for some Easter fun and anyone who loves chocolates!

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Nearest train station: Cadbury World is a fifteen minute walk from Bournville Station.

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff (Wales)
If you want to tour an historical site visit the wartime tunnels last used as air raid shelters in the Second World War and take the family trail to explore the castle together. There is also a children’s dressing up corner with child-sized costumes.

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Nearest train station: Cardiff station – then just a ten minute walk.

Borde Hill Garden
Borde Hill Garden, Sussex (South East)

Become an explorer for a day! Hunt the hidden creatures and their eggs in the Garden, answer clues and solve riddles. A fun and educational trail for all ages. Find the Easter Bunny to claim your reward. Giant garden games available and activities for visitors young and old!

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Nearest station: Haywards Heath – then just a short taxi ride.

Blair Drummond Park, Stirling (Scotland)
If safari and adventure are what you are after visit Blair Drummond Park and experience a great day. From the Wildlife Animal Reserves to the Adventure Playground and many more attractions, there is plenty of fun and excitement for all the family.

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Nearest train station: Stirling station – then just a ten minute bus or taxi ride.

Rutland Water
Rutland Water, Rutland (East Midlands)

Be a part of the Nature Reserve Egg hunt, learn to identify birds, take part in some crafty creations, and make a bird feeder to take home!

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Nearest train station: Oakham station

Oasis leisure centre, Swindon, Wiltshire (South West)
Visit the Oasis leisure centre and enjoy a tropical environment which all the family can enjoy. The main pool has a slopped entry and there is a smaller pool for toddlers with an elephant slide and Pirate Ship. The main pool has a giant wave machine, water cannon, three hydro-slides, the ‘Lagoon Falls’ waterslide and the Domebusters.

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Nearest train station: Swindon station – then just a ten minute walk.

Natural History Museum
London (various)

There’s plenty of free activities on offer in London that make great days out without taking a toll on your pocket. If you fancy being indoors the Natural History Museum in London is a great place to visit. The architecture of the building, fascinating tours and archaeological exhibitions makes the museum an interesting visit for all ages.

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Nearest tube station: The museum is next to South Kensington station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly underground lines.

If you’re up for outdoor activities and something a bit different visit Newham City Farm, one of London’s longest established as well as one of its largest farms. Animals here include shire horses, goats, rabbits, peacocks, sheep and pigs to name a few! It’s a great day out to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the best part is it’s free to enter!

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Nearest tube station: East Ham and Plaistow. Nearest Docklands Light Railway is Royal Albert.