Father’s Day: best days out and gift ideas to celebrate

Celebrate Father's Day this weekend with our pick of the best days out, walks and homemade gift ideas.

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When is Father’s Day 2019?

In the UK Father’s Day is on Sunday 16th June 2019.

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Here is our Father’s Day guide for inspiration for fun days out, country walks, and homemade gift ideas.

Go birdwatching

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.

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Farne Island: home to a number of kittiwakes  (Getty)

Enjoy a countryside walk

Make the most of the countryside and coast this summer with our favourite seasonal walks across the UK. Come rain or shine, our walking guides offer routes for all abilities. You may just want to pack your waterproofs this weekend!

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Saddle Tor on Dartmoor

Plan a fishing trip

Pack a picnic and head to one of the UK’s best fishing spots for the day. Sitting and enjoying a peaceful river or lake view is part of the joy of fishing. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned professional, here are six of the best places in Britain for fishing. 

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Try your hand at fishing ©Getty

Visit one of Britain’s prettiest fishing villages

Escape to the coast for an idyllic break in a haven by the sea. Here is our expert guide on the most charming fishing villages to visit in the UK – just remember to treat Dad to fresh fish and chips on the beach!

Coastal fishing village in Scotland

Take a scenic train journey

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.

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Porthmadog & Welsh Highland Railway

Walk to a country pub

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The Mayfly Chilbolton, Hampshire (Getty)

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.

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Visit a WW2 museum

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.

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The spitfire: the most famous plane of World War 2

Go for a bike ride 

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

Try geocaching 

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

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Explore the outdoors with a geocaching hunt

Homemade gift ideas for Father’s Day

Make a bug hotel 

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.

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Make bird seed ornaments 

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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.

Bake pork pies

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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.