Father's Day gift ideas

Top 10 things to do with dad this Father’s Day…


We all have wonderful memories from our childhood, and many are thanks to our Dads - from throwing you up on his shoulders to buying you your first drink. And there’s no better time to say “thank you” than on Father’s Day. To help you to celebrate the important men in your life we have pulled together some of the best options to treat them in 2019.

1. Go fishing

Dads worldwide are known for telling incredible stories of days gone past. Sometimes exaggerated but totally encapsulating. The ability to pull a story from thin air that ends up miraculously being the perfect metaphor for superb life advice is a unique skill, honed over several years spent fishing with friends and a cold six-pack. As they sit and reminiscence about their childhood, they have inadvertently been perfecting their story telling prowess. Not to mention their patience that, let’s be honest, we have all tested in our time.

So why not take dad on a trip down memory lane and arrange a day of fishingMoorlands Farm, near Kidderminster, has some great fishing options and can be followed by a lovely 2 course Father’s Day Meal at Aldwyn's Restaurant nearby. 

2. Beer tasting

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “Beer. The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” Need we say more? We think taking Dad on a beer tasting expedition is one of the best ways to celebrate Father’s Day this 2019. From learning about the history, flavours and origin to just having a good chat over a cold one, what better way to show Dad that his family appreciate him? We’d suggest a visit to the Bristol Beer Factory followed by a delightful Father’s Day lunch or dinner at Symonds Restaurant.

3. Practice your swing

If driving a buggy around the open green sounds like a perfect day out for the golf-loving man in your family, you could treat him to a golf day. You could even sweeten the deal by getting him some personalized golf tees to mark the occasion.

We suggest booking in at Donnington Valley Golf Course before enjoying a meal at the delightful Blandy's Bistro.

4. Plan a spa day

If your dad is more of a fan of some R&R, why not book a day at the spa? With everything from luxurious massages to sensational steam rooms and saunas there really is no better way to relax and unwind. Each Audley Village has fantastic health club facilities including our Clevedon Village in Ilkley, Yorkshire. Then you can indulge afterwards at the Clevedon Restaurant with a delectable Father’s Day meal – the perfect end to a perfect day.

5. See a performance

Everyone loves to see someone they love with a big smile on their face. Imagine turning that infectious grin into a huge laugh – it’s enough to make you smile just thinking about it. Theatres and comedy clubs are located all over the country with a huge array of comedy acts to entertain even the most stoic of fathers. You could go to see the Jimmy Car show on Saturday 15th June at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and then take Dad for lunch on Sunday at The Fairmile Restaurant to discuss the show and laugh all over again!

6. Take a cooking class

Vietnamese, Italian, Chinese or perhaps a delicious Vindaloo - there’s nothing better than seeing your dad lean back in his chair after his favourite meal, happy and full. Why not give him an added string to his bow and enrol on a cooking course so that you can both learn the secrets to his beloved dish? You can book onto a cooking course with The Cooking Academy. Based in Rickmansworth, Berkshire, they offer a range of classes on cuisines from around the world. After mastering the art why not relax with a freshly prepared Father’s Day lunch or dinner at the nearby Lytton Restaurant?

7. Plan a trip

If your dad is more inclined for the outdoors, we have just the answer. Research a local heritage site and see what tours they have available. A brisk walk in the countryside complete with good conversation and fresh air might be just the thing for the whole family.

We’d suggest a guided tour of Cromford Mills in Matlock, Derbyshire where you’ll learn about Sir Richard Arkwright who pioneered the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. After the tour you can indulge in a tasty 2 course Father’s Day meal at The Orangery.

8. Go go-karting

Was your dad the one on the side of the pitch or court, possibly more emotionally involved in the game than even you were as an actual player? Well rest assured you weren’t the only one. For dads with a competitive streak we think some healthy competition wouldn’t go amiss this Father’s Day.

Why not get yourself down to a go-kart track and put pedal to the metal? The whole family can get involved, with prizes for the winners too. Buckmore Race Course in Chatham, Kent has some fantastic offers and can be followed with a delicious Father’s Day lunch at the nearby The Romney Restaurant.

9. Turn cinema into a whole new experience

Maybe the father in your life is a bit of a film buff? Is he your reliable source for any movie related questions in quizzes, or an expert in a particular genre of films. These days, cinema is so much more than it once was: Cineworld Broad Street in Birmingham offers a full 4DX cinema experience and fifth sensory cinema you can feel and smell the experience. Afterwards why not indulge in a lovely Father’s Day meal at the local Three Church Road restaurant to debate the best bits of the film.

10. Take in a museum

And for those whose dad prefers some refined culture and history, a museum or art gallery could be the ideal choice this Father’s Day. It’s a great way for the family to learn new things together and appreciate some of the finer things in life. Why not visit the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum before treating dad to a sumptuous Father’s Day meal at Whittles Restaurant.

Dine with us this Father's Day at an Audley restaurant near you. Choose from our specially selected 2 course Father's Day Menu, standard A La Carte or Afternoon Tea.