Great Father’s Days Out

Published on: 09/06/22

Socks are so last century; dads deserve more! Whether he’s a have-a-go hero, sophisticated gourmand, fearless explorer or culture vulture, it’s his day, so mix it up and take advantage of the long summer days to get out and enjoy a family adventure.

Because, really, Father’s Day isn’t just for him (sorry, dad)- it’s a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to come together, take time out, reconnect, challenge, laugh, play, explore or just relax together. Luckily, from coast to gallery, city centre to wild mountain-top, Britain has a wealth of places to go, and special events guaranteed to please the whole family. So see below for some great ideas to get you started (and dad- sssh, we’ve done all the hard work sourcing these great days out, so all you need to do is pick your favourite and drop some subtle hints!)

London Transport Museum

Let dad relinquish the wheel and take his foot off the pedal for a day, it’s “all aboard” for a great day of discovery at London’s Transport Museum, in the heart of Covent Garden. Looking at the past, present and future of London and its transport system, world-famous posters, original maps and signs are brought together to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.

But of course it’s the wealth of vehicles that are the stars of the show: iconic buses, trains, trams, bicycles, milk floats, tradesman’s vans and horse-drawn vehicles. Many can be climbed on, sat aboard, and with lots of fun interactive displays, even “driven”! So rev up and discover over 200 years of London’s transport history, and the stories of the people who have travelled and worked in the city, with a visit to the London Tourism Awards Visitor Attraction of the Year!

Stonham Barns Golf Park, Suffolk

Whether dad thinks he’s Tiger Woods, or not yet ready to pick up a club, a visit to Stonham Barns Golf Park will get him geed up to tee off! The UK's first golfing facility to feature 8 different golfing activities, the main aim is to make golf fun and accessible to the whole family. Unlike any mini-golf or crazy golf you have ever seen, and fantastic fun for all ages, brand new facilities include the Smuggler's Bay Adventure Golf, a pirate themed adventure putting course including holes that feature a ship wreck, a volcano and a cave and even a waterfall!

Further activities include Chip ‘n’ Putt, Golf Darts, Disc Golf and StreetGolf, as well as a classic 9 Hole Course, Footgolf, Mini-Footgolf and new Adventure Footgolf, with fantastic holes and freaky hazards. Or challenge dad in the Indoor Golf Studio, featuring 2 Golfzon Golf simulators for single or multiplayer use. For a great family day out, this is one “hole” lot of fun!

Real Simulation, Yorkshire

For a day with real thrills, open the throttle and prepare to lift off at Real Simulation, an epic flight simulation experience based in a large aircraft style hangar near Harrogate. After a 30-minute briefing to decide on his mission and brief, dad can enjoy a full hour in one of two full motion simulators: a Boeing 737-200 and a F4 Phantom fighter jet. Built using real aircraft parts, both are completely realistic in look and feel, mounted on hydraulic, full motion platforms normally only used in professional flight training simulators. Giving a considerable range of movement, you’ll feel real aircraft motion, vibrations and simulated forces on the body, plus how good the landing is by the bump when dad touches down!

If dad fancies a challenge, simulators can be programmed for day, night and most weather conditions, even aircraft system failures. As well as the two pilot seats, there are two jump seats, and more can be added, so everyone can enjoy the fun. The site also houses F1 racing car simulators, model car racing and a Caterham hill climb vehicle- but we reckon it’ll be hard to convince dad he’s not living the Top Gun dream!

The English Whisky Company, Norfolk

Why not make the most of giving dad a day off from driving, and head to the English Whisky Company’s distillery at Roudham, Norfolk? Starting from the premise that great single malt whisky was possible in England, St George’s became the first distillery in England to produce whisky in over 100 years. Now well-established as England’s oldest and most prestigious whisky maker, they use only local barley, yeast and water to make award-winning whiskies.

Enjoy a distillery tour, seeing how each batch is made by hand, matured in fine casks, filtered and bottled on site. And that’s it, really- oh, who are we kidding? Of course there’s plenty of opportunities to sample a range of whiskies and liqueurs, with a free sample to take home included, and the opportunity to buy more liquid gold mementoes. And if dad’s been really “nice not naughty” this year, you could even treat him to the ultimate tasting tour or private curated whisky experience.

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