Where to take Dad on Father’s Day

What have you got planned for Dad this Father’s Day? If you’re still struggling for ideas, and want to treat him and take him somewhere special, we have put together our favourite ideas for things to do with Dad this Father’s Day.

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1. Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, Wellcome Collection, Euston, London, FREE.

This exhibition explores the history of forensic science, with examples of original evidence, photographic documentation, tools of the trade, film footage and other archival materials.

For Dads who are interested in thriller and detective novels, it’s a chance to get a real insight into the processes behind how the world’s biggest crimes have been solved.

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2. Cycle Live Nottingham, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, FREE.

This event is in its 34th year, and has expanded to include a whole range of events. Take Dad down to see the serious cyclists whizz around the city, or you still have time to register to cycle yourself. There’s a 2.5 mile route for young families, up to a 100 mile route for serious sports fans, and everything in between.

If you don’t fancy donning your lycra, the event also has a family friendly festival atmosphere down on the Victoria embankment, with food stalls, entertainment such as a pedal powered sound system and craft events, and lots more to keep the whole family occupied – all for free.

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3. Taste of London 2015, Regent’s Park, London, £27 adults, £13 children.

With live cooking demonstrations, the chance to sample dishes from some of the city’s finest eating establishments, interactive workshops on everything culinary from cooking to cocktails, live music and wine and beer tasting, this is a true foodie Dad’s paradise.

Tickets are still available online, so get in quick and keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day.

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4. Father’s Day Steam Up, M Shed, Bristol, £45 per adult, £40 concessions.

Has your Dad always dreamed of driving a steam train? Well this year, you can make those dreams a reality! M Shed in Bristol are offering half hour slots, during which Dad will get the lowdown on driving an 0-4-0 locomotive built in 1929 and also a steam crane. He’ll get a certificate of achievement to boast about his day afterwards, too.

You only pay for Dad, and you and the rest of the family can watch him enjoying himself whilst indulging in a piece of cake and a cup of tea in the Brakevan.

Hadrian's Wall and Housteads Fort Outdoor Climb on Oates & Co Blog

5. Outdoor Climbing Adventure, Hadrian’s Wall and Housteads Fort, Northumberland, £20 adults, £10 children.

A true bonding experience, get active with Dad and spend some lovely quality time together on Father’s Day by climbing Crag Lough.

There are two sessions, one at 10am and one at 1.30pm, and each lasts three hours. You’ll get to try your hand at rock climbing, bouldering and bottom rope climbing. Pack your waterproofs just in case!

We hope this has given you some inspiration. Please feel free to post any additional suggestions in the comments below.

And don’t forget, if you’re struggling for present ideas, we have plenty of unusual gifts on Oates & Co.

Have a lovely day, whatever you do!


Sylvia x


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