Spending time together might be the most important thing – but why not make a fuss? Go on, he deserves spoiling.
What are the best gift ideas for Father’s day?
There are lots of options out there, but research has shown that we consistently spend less on Father’s Day than we do on Mother’s Day. What’s worse, 47% of us purchase our gifts last minute. So, to avoid that pair of novelty socks, here’s a guide to some thoughtful Father’s Day presents:
Artisan and bespoke: from personalised bottle openers, cufflinks and Backgammon sets, Not On The Highstreet has a great selection of artisan gifts – suitable for all interests.
Premium presents: if your dad loves music, how about a subscription to Spotify premium? With unlimited access to over 20 million tracks – plus recommendations based on personal tastes – it’s an ideal gift for the muso man.
Food and drink: Master of Malt have great gifts for dad’s who enjoy a tipple, including their Father’s Day Deluxe Whiskey Tasting Set. Menkind is also a good option for personalised brews and beer glasses. Alternatively, why not surprise him with a luxury package from The Cheese Box? Finally, M&S are selling some extra-special food and wine hampers this year.
Green-fingered gifts: With a huge selection of tools, seed sets and other goodies, Garden Divas is the perfect place for that flower-fancying father.
What can I do with my dad on Father’s Day weekend?
Whether he’s spritely, or a little less able, there’s something here for everybody.
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
From the atmospheric battlefields of Full Metal Jacket to A Clockwork Orange’s dystopian visions, Kubrick’s cinematic universe is like no other. This Father’s Day, take your dad to the most comprehensive archive of props, costumes, photos and models from some of cinema’s most legendary films.
- When: From now until 17th September
- Where: Design Museum, Kensington
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
If your pops has a penchant for paintings – especially the classics – he’ll adore this special event at the Tate. With over 50 works, it’s the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the UK for almost a decade. The fascinating exhibition looks at the influence England had on the artist; Van Gogh lived here for several years. It also shines a spotlight on the artists who were inspired by him. Dads, Mums, sons and daughters – it’s a must-see for any art lover.
- When: From now until 11th August
- Where: Tate Britain, Westminster
A celebration of all things Charles Kingsley, this event is sure to get literary fans feeling misty-eyed for The Water-Babies – not to mention the novelist’s other great works. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Hampshire’s countryside, visitors can expect to enjoy outdoor opera, lively discussions, guided walks and much more.
- When: 14th – 15th June
- Where: The Mount, Eversley
War On The Line
Marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this unique event will take visitors back to a very different time. Experience the ‘Blitz Spirit’ with unlimited train travel, whilst mingling with civilian and military re-enactors along the way. At each stop there will be period displays, music, dancing, vintage vehicles and other retro wares.
- When: 15th – 16th June
- Where: Mid Hants Railway, Alresford
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Treat your Dad to a night of Boogie-woogie with one of the UK’s top musical institutions. Sit back, relax and open your ears to what is bound to be a spectacular set. And of course, this 20-piece band will be led on piano by the legendary founder of Squeeze and BBC’s Later… Jools Holland, himself.
- When: 15th June
- Where: Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Bishops Stortford
Transport Collectors Fair and Vintage Vehicle Gathering
This event is essential for those fathers who prefer their vehicles on the vintage side. Explore a collection of classic cars that spans several decades. But this event isn’t restricted to cars; cap off this special day with a trip on a historic steam or diesel train.
- When: 15th – 16th June
- Where: East Lancashire Railway, Bury
Blooming Gardens at Walmer Castle
This is an unmissable event for all of those green-fingered dad’s out there. If the sun’s out, then why not spend a few hours exploring the foliage of Walmer’s historic gardens this Father’s Day? You’ll find tours, demonstrations and stalls bursting with botanic beauty. There’s also live music and delicious tea and cakes at the new Glasshouse cafe.
- When: 15th – 16th June
- Where: Walmer Castle and Gardens, Deal
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival 2019
Is Dad a bit of a foodie? If so, he’ll love this mouthwatering showcase of Cotswolds produce. Sample the best food from over 200 stalls and wash it all down with the finest selection of local ales, wines and champagne. What’s more, this environmentally friendly event is framed by one of England’s greenest – not to mention prettiest – towns.
- When: 14th – 16th June
- Where: Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham
Hobbs of Henley 1 or 2 hour sightseeing
The perfect outing for a sunny day, why not take Dad on a scenic trip along the beautiful Henley Royal Regatta Reach? Travelling between Marsh and Hambledon Locks, The Consulta, Hibernia and Waterman passenger vessels travel frequently and include an informative pre-recorded commentary.
- When: From now until 30th June
- Where: Station Road, Henley On Thames
What can I do for free with dad on Father’s Day?
On a budget this Father’s Day? Don’t worry. There are still plenty of ways to show him you care – minus the expense.
Head for the beach: there’s nothing quite like the nostalgia of the seaside. And now the sun’s out, it’s the perfect opportunity to head to the beach. Take a walk along the pier or have a paddle in the sea. Alternatively, grab a couple of deck chairs and simply watch the world go by.
Have a picnic in the park: a little time together in nature is the perfect gift for your dad – especially if he’s housebound. Raid the cupboards, pack a hamper and bring the grandkids. Watching them play is the only entertainment you’ll need.
Just spend some quality time together: Whether you cook his favourite meal, sit down and watch a movie, or just have a cup of tea and a chat, spending the day together is what really counts. After all, you can’t put a price on time.
If you have an elderly father who is finding it harder to get out and about, it may be worth considering a personal alarm. There are a number of scenarios where a lifeline alarm can help.
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