Life can get busy and Dad’s often overlooked, so instead of the same-old roast or visit for a cuppa and obligatory card, why not shake things up and get a little more adventurous for Father’s Day this year?
Everyone has a different relationship with their Dad. Throw Step-Dad's in the mix and sending a ‘World’s Best Daddy’ card doesn’t always feel natural, especially if you haven’t even spoken for a while. Whether you are really close with your Dad and up for rekindling childhood memories with some silliness or looking for a distraction to break the ice on the distance in your relationship; we have a list of unique things to do on Father’s Day, so you can create some real memories together.
1. Battle Reenactment: get nostalgic and step back in time
If your Dad has a penchant for war history then he will love this Battle Reenactment at Peterborough Cathedral Garden on Father’s Day; organised by Sealed Knot members Cromwells Brigade. It is based around the Siege that took place in 1648 just four miles away at Helpston, where the former Chaplin to Charles the First was chased out of Stamford while trying to recruit to the Royalist Army. An enjoyable and informative adventure for Dad, giving you insight into the life and times of that period.
2. Wild Camping: make ‘man’ fire together
Camping is a great way to bond with your Dad, especially if you have memories of the outdoors together. There are so many great wild campsites across the UK, including Dernwood Farm in Sussex, that gives you the option to take your own tent, rent a Bell or Safari tent or stay in one of their cabins; welcome options if you need to consider any mobility issues. If Sussex is a little far out for you there are plenty of other options on Pitchup.com or Ecocampuk.
3. Tribute / Covers Band: take your Dad down memory lane
For Dad’s who love music, this will be a winner. Check out the gig listings for your area or seek out a tribute act of his favourite band. To help get you started there is a list of cover gigs on lemonrock.com. Gigs on Father’s Day include a 4-piece rock covers band Crash N Burn at The Nightingale in Sutton and Tina Turner tribute Tiny Tina Rock & Blues Band at The Falcon Inn in Denham.
4. Visit a Pub with a Twist: gaming, golf, RC racing and a pint
If your Dad prefers a pint over a cuppa, then avoid the awkward silence and take him along to a pub with plenty of activities. The Four Thieves in South London for instance is not only a great pub and microbrewery with 70+ gins and great food, the entertainment calendar is always packed. They also have table tennis, mini golf, retro arcades, an RC racetrack and, not one, but two of our escape rooms to delve into. We have also recently installed our brand new game Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop at The Depot in Islington, North London - a pub that also has a huge variety of craft keg beers, local ales and delicious pizzas.
5. Whisky Masterclass: for a touch of class and educational perk
Why not whisk your whisky loving Dad along to Edinburgh Whisky Festival for a masterclass on Father’s Day. The Great Whisky Experiment masterclass is run by Blair Bowman, the founder of World Whisky Day and author of the ‘Pocket Guide to Whisky’. Your senses will be confused, your preconceptions will be challenged and your taste buds will be intrigued. They promise that the bold and the brave who attend this unique experiment will experience the whiskies selected for this tasting in new and memorable ways.
6. Junkyard Golf Club: something different for golf loving Dads
Golf with a psychedelic twist. If your Dad doesn’t mind a late night, take him along to Junkyard Golf Club on Brick Lane in London. There you will discover an underground crazy haven supplying caddies, private bars and DJs for all your late-night shenanigans. To re-fuel you can enjoy hot dog and nacho treats from Bart’s Dog Kart.
Do something different on Father’s Day
Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to do something different for Father’s Day this weekend, so you can spend some quality time with Dad and enjoy the experience. Not able to see him this weekend? Well, you have some quality ideas to keep you busy over the weekend with your mates.