Days Out For Dads

You must having been living under a rock for the past few days if you did not know that today is Fathers Day. If you have forgotten to buy him a present, fear not as there are plenty of things he would rather be doing than receiving the same old pair of socks again. Instead of plumping for underwear or aftershave, why not show your Dad just how much you love him by taking him off on a day trip. Depending on his interests, there are many different kinds of events around the country today and this week to keep him entertained and he’ll be sure to remember the day and enjoy the time you have spent with him. We’ve looked at three days out for dads all over the UK so whether you have a knight in training or a wannabe train driver, check out our list and get inspired!

All dads love cars right? It’s in their genes and no man over the age of 40 can walk past a vintage rally without the obligatory knowing smiles and stroking of the paint work. If your dad is an old  vintage petrol head take him to the Vintage Vehicle Rally in Durham, organised by Mark Woodward, and on today June 19th.  Visitors to this well-known and long established event can browse for hours amongst displays of all types of classic cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans and vintage tractors. On top of this, there will be an arena and commentary plus awards, a children’s funfair, an auto jumble for anyone looking for a bargain or a rare or discontinued part and not forgetting the Castle’s permanent attractions; the castle, deer park, gardens, carriage collection, tearoom and gift shop. And there is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the E type Jaguar with lots of models of Jaguars on display. Adults are £6 for entry and children are £2.50. For more information about Raby Castle go to www.rabycastle.com

If your dad ever wanted to be a knight in shining armour but never got the chance, now he can at The Knight School For Dads. Situated at Beeston Castle in Tarporley, your dad will think he has gone back to mediaeval times as he learns how to use a sword, watch a duel between two knights and enjoy weaponry displays. You can also try your hand at the crossbow range, kids can go on the hobby horse joust and once inside, your ticket gives you access to all the other parts of the castle. Tickets start at £7.80 for adults and £4.70 for children, a family ticket will cost you around £20.30 and English Heritage members get in free. To book just turn up on the day (June 19th) and for more information on English Heritage sites and their events throughout the year go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout

Fancy a day out on a steam train? If this floats your dad’s boat then head off to The Kent and East Sussex Railway where you and your dad can enjoy a trip on a vintage steam train. For only £23 you can ride along one of Kent’s famous trains and enjoy the view without any road rage. You dad will be treated to either a Ploughman’s lunch or a cream tea and can have a caricature picture drawn of himself on the train to commemorate the day out. A bottle of ‘Dad’s Delight’ beer is also free with the trip. The Kent & East Sussex railway stretches over 10 ½ miles between Tenterden and Bodiam stations and visitors of all ages will love the excitement of travelling on one of the country’s finest rural light railways. Prebooking is essential for this highly popular trip, to book go to www.kesr.org.uk.

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