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Days out to treat Dad this Father’s Day

Panic-bought gift? Not this year. Give Dad what he’d really appreciate – the chance to hang out with you! – on a local experience to remember. Here are five ideas for every kind of Dad.

The BBQ Dad

A trip to the Michelin-starred restaurant at The Cross at Kenilworth is sure to be delish, but on a hot summer’s day, my Dad will always plump for a barbie (I know, he’s mad). Luckily for him (and us), the top-notch chefs at The Cross have rustled up a mouth-watering summer BBQ feast box to cook at home. There’s even the option of adding on some specially chosen wines or champagne. The BBQ box is £185 for four. Dad, fetch your tongs! 

The Sweet-toothed Dad

Afternoon tea isn’t just for mums. The Knight’s Afternoon Tea at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry, includes a Dad-friendly selection of savouries including the likes of smoked ham Croque Monsieur, buttermilk fried chicken and a chipotle slider – suit of armour not included, sorry DadPrices start at £29.95 per person. 

The Dad who likes a hike (and a pint)

Kendal Mint Cake at the ready for this Sunday’s Trails and Villages walking tour with Cotswolds Go and take in Broadway Tower, Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water on Sun 20 June (and every Wednesday and Sunday). Or if Dad prefers a tipple while taking on the trails, from Sun 3 July Brewery, Pub Lunch & The Cotswolds tours will resume with tickets available to pre-book costing £75, including a 90 minute tasting session at Purity Brewery and lunch at a village pub – definitely the kind of day he’ll need a lift home after.  

The Dad who’s a big kid

For a Father’s Day family outing with a fantastical twist, there’s Magic Alley Stratford’s new Enchanted Trail, exploring a wonderful world of dragons, fairies, wizards, time travel and pirates – not forgetting a pony-sized unicorn. Ok, so this one’s not strictly for Dad, but it’s definitely going to shut the kids up for a bit – which will make him happy. Result! Tickets cost £7 per person.  

For Petrolhead Pops

If the world’s largest collection of historic British cars is just the thing to float his boat, book Dad a tour at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. More than 300 classic vehicles are on show, with free tours lasting 45 minutes at 11am or 2pm each day. And if cars aren’t yourthing, there’s a café where you can enjoy homemade cake while you wait. Now that’s what we call a win-win. Tickets are £14.50 per person.  

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