Treat Dads this Father's day

Treat Dads this Father's day


Stourhead, Wiltshire

This world-famous landscape garden surrounds a glistening lake, perfect for a family walk at the weekend. Bring a picnic and enjoy panoramic views of the Wiltshire countryside from the lawns. Venture further afield and explore acres of chalk downs, ancient woodland and picnic-perfect lawns.

A day in the woods - Bushcraft workshop, 17 June, 10am – 4pm. It's time to get dad smiling this Father's Day with a unique gift. Join local bushcraft instructor Greg Power on an incredible wilderness survival skills course. Head outside for a fun and fascinating day deep in the forest, learning knife techniques, the secrets of fire lighting and how to build a shelter.

Price: £85 (includes tuition, materials and use of tools, booking essential) For more information, please call 01747 841152 or visit National Trust Stourhead

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant's Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of the award-winning visitor centre, which also boasts a café serving a seasonal menu, and retail zone where you can pick up locally sourced souvenirs and handicrafts.

Solstice dawn chorus walk, 21 June, 6.30am - 9am. Join the coastal rangers on a peaceful, early-morning summer solstice walk to take in the sights and sounds of the Giant's Causeway. Spot seals playing in the surf, fulmars nesting on the craggy cliffs and lizards that live around the iconic basalt columns. After you've worked up an appetite, head to the Causeway Hotel for a hearty complimentary breakfast.

Price: Adult £7, Child £7.For more information, please call 028 2073 3419 or visit National Trust Giant's Causeway



Belton House, Lincolnshire

Inside Belton House, explore one of the largest libraries held by the National Trust and book a tour to experience servants' life below stairs. Head outside into the formal gardens or wander further through the park and see if you can spot the fallow deer.

Father's Day adventures, 21 June, 10am – 5pm. Bring Dad along to the impressive Belton house for some family fun this Father's Day. Let him try his hand at archery with the Lionheart Bowmen, go caving with Lincoln Scout Caving Club and join in with many more activities for all ages.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01476 566116 or visit National Trust Belton House



Sugarloaf and Usk Valley, Monmouthshire

A landscape of contrasts, the dramatic Black Mountains give way to broader, rich and green open pastures and forests. Sugarloaf Mountain watches over ancient woodlands with miles of riverside walks ready to explore, perfect for a family day out.

Father's Day in the forest, 21 June, 10am – 3pm. Join the rangers for a fun-filled Father's Day in the woods at St Mary's Vale. Build a den, take part in a scavenger hunt and cook over a camp fire. Dress up as a forester and find out what it would be like to live in the atmospheric St Mary's Vale's woodlands.

Price: Adult £3, Child £1 (Dads go free, booking essential). For more information, please call 07483128102 or visit Sugarloaf and Usk Valley

Castle Ward, County Down

Follow the trails around Castle Ward and see magnificent views of the estate and surrounding area, perfect for a sunny afternoon. Head towards Temple Water for a Sunday stroll, with breath-taking views over the water that the whole family can enjoy.50 things – fantastic fathers, 21 June, 12 – 5pm.

Bring Dad to Castle Ward this Father's Day for some '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' fun. Go on a bike ride through the rolling hillsides with an expert Trails Ranger who'll be able to tell you a bit more about the wildlife you spot. Follow the trail to the Georgian farmyard and visit some of the livestock that live at Castle Ward.

Price: Free event (Normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 028 4488 1204. To hire bikes please contact 028 4372 3933 or visit Castle Ward

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

This year, Upton House is being transformed into the Country House Bank it once was in Second World War. Step back in time to see how the staff lived and worked in their new surroundings. Spot the little details; bedrooms converted to dormitories, the utility furniture and the clatter of typewriters. Kids can delve into treasure boxes and discover what life at Upton house was like, or follow an adventure trail in the woodland and orchards.

?Vintage transport weekend, 20 - 21 June, 11am – 4pm.?Come along to celebrate Father's Day at Upton House and see a fascinating display of vintage transport vehicles along the driveway and listen to music on the 1930s terrace. The backdrop of the house, forecourt and drive set off any vintage vehicles to perfection and this year you can see Upton celebrating pre-1940 vehicles.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)For more information, please call 01295 670266 or visit Upton House



East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Take a wander through the grounds of this seventeenth-century home and hunt for wildlife along the banks of the River Aire, or peruse the herb borders around the lawn. Children can let off steam in natural play areas; the mud pie kitchen is the perfect place for budding chefs to get creative and the bird hide provides another chance to spy on local wildlife.

Craven old wheels classic car rally, 21 June, 10.30am – 4pm.The Craven Old Wheels classic car rally returns to East Riddlesden Hall this Father's Day. Pop down to the lower field and check out some classic beauties. Craven Old Wheels is an 'any make' car club so there will be plenty of models and marques to peruse.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)?For more information, please call 01535 607075 Opt 3 or visit East Riddleston Hall



Sunnycroft, Shropshire

Walk up the large avenue of Wellingtonia trees and discover this red-brick villa, transporting you back to the pre-First World War 'country house' era. Grab a mallet and start a game of croquet, or pick a spot on the lawn for a weekend family picnic.

The Daimler revealed, 19 - 22 June, 10.30am – 4pm. On Father's Day Sunnycroft's vintage Daimler car will be taken out of its protective bubble for a check and clean. Why not make the most of this rare chance and bring Dad to see the 1955 Daimler Regency Mk II up close to get a sense of what it would have been like in its heyday.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01952 242884 or visit Sunnycroft



Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Enchanted wooded parkland, sweeping gardens and a house with a surprise, Dudmaston is something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside. Unwind in the orchard then head to the adventure playground to try out the giant swings.

Captain Geoffrey's discovery day, 21 June, 11am – 5.30pm. It's time to spoil dad so why not immerse him in the world of sporting pursuits and classic cars. Watch as Feather Perfect Falconry fly stunning birds of prey. Enjoy the gleam of the classic cars in the orchard, try your hand at archery or make a kite to fly in the parkland. Curious minds will find plenty to discover around the Dudmaston grounds this Father's Day.

Price: Free (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01746 780866 or visit Dudmaston Estate



Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort, Northumberland

Witness the stunning views, explore natural wilderness and become immersed in the history of Hadrian's Wall. Discover the past behind the archaeological remains, and get to grips with the timeless landscape that surrounds the famous Roman sites.

Outdoor climbing adventure, 21 June, 10am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Spend Father's Day climbing at the atmospheric Crag Lough. Try rock climbing and get a real feel for a breathtaking outdoor sport while spending some quality time together. A three hour beginners' session gives an introduction to movement skills, belaying and climbing calls. You will also do some bouldering and bottom rope climbing.

Price: Adult £20, Child £10, observers go free (normal admission fee applies, booking essential) Suitable for children aged 8 plus. For more information, please call 0844 249 1895 or visit Hardrian's Wall



Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Cornwall

Restored by a group of volunteers known as the Greasy Gang, the Levant Engine is a thrilling experience for young and old alike to see an old engine in action, with its atmospheric sounds and smells. Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, the famous Levant Mine houses the engine in a small engine house perched on the edge of the coastal cliffs.Bronze Age smelting.

21 June, 11am – 4pm. Discover the secrets of our ancestors with master Bronze Age swordsmith, Neil Burridge.Copper and tin have been extracted from the cliffs around Levant for over two thousand years and Bronze artefacts might have been made here since the Bronze Age. Join a special Father's Day workshop to uncover the secrets of this special art, and have a go yourself.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01736 786156 or visit Levant Mine



Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Surrounded by colourful gardens inspired by Italian landscapes, this striking sixteenth century baroque house is great for the whole family to relax in. Picture-postcard views can be seen from the garden and the parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and discover hidden wildlife.

Father's Day band stand, 21 June, 11am – 5pm. For a special family get-together, bring a picnic and get comfortable on the Beningbrough lawn this Father's Day. Regional bands from the Scouts return with performances throughout the afternoon. Hearty roast dinners will be served in the café, while in the stables shop there are plenty of unique gifts for fathers.

Price: Free (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01904 472027 or visit Beningbrough Hall



Bateman's, East Sussex

Bateman's house gives a glimpse into the life of Rudyard Kipling. The rooms remain as he left them, full of oriental rugs and exotic artefacts. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere that the writer cherished or pull on your boots and go for a family walk in the surrounding woodland.

Father's Day tea, 21 June, 2.30 – 4.30pm. The Mulberry café have reinvented a traditional cream tea this Father's Day. Hot mini Yorkshire puddings with gravy, posh fish finger rolls, home-made mini pasties and rustic sandwiches join the Bateman's cream tea, all washed down with a good strong cup of tea.

Price: £15 (normal admission fee applies, booking essential). For more information, please call 01435 882302 or visit Bateman's



Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, these impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. At this time of year, Cliveden is bursting with colour, so it's the perfect time to visit the rose garden. Kids can explore a story-book themed play area and all the family will enjoy venturing into the yew tree maze.

Father's Day, 21 June, 10am- 3pm. As a special treat for Fathers' Day, dads can enjoy free admission to Cliveden. Explore the formal gardens or wander further afield into secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside with miles of woodland walks to discover. Back at the house, why not enjoy the free beer tasting from 12 - 3pm, while stocks last. Price: normal admission fees applies, fathers go free?For more information, please call 01628 605069 or visit Cliveden



Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire

Originally a sporting retreat, Lyme Park is nestled on the edge of the Peak District and still has a medieval herd of red and fallow deer. For a picturesque walk, explore the Edwardian rose garden, ravine garden or luxurious herbaceous borders next to the reflecting lake where Mr Darcy met Miss Bennett in the BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Kids can let off steam in Crow Wood Playscape with its giant slide, badger den and rope walks.

Beer and bulbs, 20 - 21 June, 11am – 4pm.?Browse local produce and rare spring bulbs this weekend at Lyme Park. Relax on the lawn to live music with a bottle of local beer or browse the countless varieties of bulbs on sale, grown in the garden at Lyme Park.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01663 762023 or visit Lyme Park