Father’s Day 2017: days out and gift ideas

This Sunday (18th June) is Father's Day, so why not treat your Dad to a fun day out or a homemade gift? Here are a selection of days out, things to do and gift ideas to celebrate this weekend. 


Go birdwatching

Farne Island: home to a number of kittiwakes 

Bird watching is a perfect way to spend Father’s Day if you have a nature-loving father. The Isles of Scilly is a great place to look for seabirds, migrants, waders and passerines. Alternatively, head to the Farne Islands to spot puffins, terns and kittiwakes.The stunning Elan Valley is a great spot to see Powys’s much loved red kite. Check out some of Britain’s best birdwatching websites.


Fish for your supper

Fly fish for some trout in Sweethope Loughs

Pack a picnic and head to one of these top fishing spots for the day. For easy accessibility, Sweethope Loughs in Northumberland provides boats designed for wheelchair users. 

Take a scenic train journey

Porthmadog & Welsh Highland Railway

If a lengthy walk is not right for your father, give one of these scenic narrow-gauge railway journeys a go. Narrow-gauge trains are some of the most hard working in Britain that travel through some of the most unaccessible areas. There are many to be found around the country, but if you’re in need of some ideas, here’s our top five. 

Sleep under the stars

Pitch up camp under the stars 

Make a weekend of it and sleep under the stars. From beautiful beaches to secluded mountains, here are ten of the best places to camp in the wild. If you’re making it a family trip, you may find these these tips for successful camping with children useful. 

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Walk to a country pub

The Mayfly Chilbolton, Hampshire 

Whether you’re after a short stroll or an adventurous trek, having a refreshing drink at the end is a real treat. Have a look at some of Britain’s best pub walks, or – if you’re less for the walks and more for the refreshments this Father’s day, take a look at some of the best canal and riverside pubs. 

Make your own beer


If the weather isn’t turning out exactly how you planned, stay indoors and have a go at making your own beer – it’s easier than you may think.

Visit a WW2 museum

The spitfire: the most famous plane of World War 2

Take a day to rediscover the history of World War 2, and learn what life was like on the front line. Here are seven of the most interesting ww2 museums in Britain. 

Head to a classic car show


The National Trust are holding a Father’s Day Classics show at Tyntesfield, Somerset. The free event will showcase an array of classic vehicles over the weekend. Find out more here.

Go for a ride 


Get out and enjoy a scenic bike ride. Here are some of the best rail-to-trail tracks in Britain

Go geocaching 

Explore the outdoors with a geocaching hunt

Turn the outdoors into a treasure map and give geocaching a go. A fun activity to do with  children of all ages.

Make a bug hotel 

Get a closer look at your garden visitors 

Made from natural materials, this little bug hotel allows you to host for a range of little creatures. As well as providing a home for various wildlife, it also gives you a chance to see them up close. 

Make bird seed ornaments 

Ornament made from bird seeds 

Perfect for those that love watching birds in the garden, these simple and fun ornaments are a great addition to the garden – and birds love them. 

Get baking 

Celebrate with some delicious pies 

What better than some home comforts on Father’s Day. Have a look at our delicious pork pie recipe to take on a family picnic. 


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