What to do in Northumberland this Father's Day

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Father’s Day: The day that we laugh at ‘dad jokes’ instead of rolling our eyes, we buy gifts that will inevitably end up in the ‘man drawer’, and all ‘dadmin’ duties are relinquished for just one day while we let our dads put their feet up and celebrate…well…themselves.

So, you have scratched your heads and come up with a few gift ideas, you have bought his favourite tea bags and chocolates and the ‘best dad’ mug, but what should you do on the day itself? We have categorised a few types of dad that we hope yours somewhat falls into, so you can have the best ever Father’s Day here in Northumberland.


1) Segway Tour and Archery - A common group of the dad species, the big kids can’t get enough of exciting activities, they let their imagination run away with itself and they grasp any opportunity to get competitive. Kielder Waterside is an activity playground, and on Father´s Day you can speed along the lakeside on a guided Segway tour with a professional instructor, while you absorb the wonderful surrounding scenery and wildlife. Or, channel your inner Robin Hood with a bow and arrow in hand and enjoy Kielder´s archery lessons, testing your composure and accuracy.

2) Morpeth Family Golf Centre – How about a round of golf with a twist? The Sparrow Island Pirate Adventure offers a mini-golf experience like no other. Each hole is inspired by famous golf holes from across the globe, and you will find yourself putting through a whale, swinging your club beside a giant skull and retrieving your golf ball from a moving pirate ship.


1) The Alnmouth Arts Festival - For the tasteful, cultured and refined fathers out there, Northumberland´s artsy events on Father’s Day are not to be missed. The Alnmouth Arts Festival is an annual event that takes place in the stunning, sleepy, seaside town of Alnmouth. Exhibits will be scattered throughout the streets, along the harbour, inside public buildings and even inside private homes. You can meander past beautiful artwork, and, of course, purchase some to take home with you as a gift or souvenir. If you need somewhere to stay nearby, Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages offer a range of cottages in and around Alnmouth, and are also sponsoring the event this year.

2) The Mighty Dub Fest - If music is more your old man’s style, The Mighty Dub Fest is happening all weekend at Alnwick Castle. The theme this year is Hawaiian, and the event promises an eclectic mix of live music, show cars, circus and fire shows and sizzling street food. All of this will be based in front of Alnwick Castle, with a staggering view of its walls and turrets. You can buy weekend, evening or day tickets, just click here for more information.


1) ‘The Father of all Lunches’ - Many dads just love some good grub (who doesn’t…) and there are plenty of options out there for a delicious meal on Father´s Day. Charlton Hall in Alnwick is serving ‘The Father of all Lunches’ in their magical restaurant, The Looking Glass, with panoramic windows and silver light installations that make you feel like you are dining beneath a galaxy of shooting stars. Their sharing platters of succulent, carved meat are enough to keep dad stuffed all afternoon, and you can enjoy the surrounding countryside once you have finished your meal.


Wallington House, Hall and Gardens (National Trust)

2) Picnic at Wallington (National Trust) - Dining out doesn´t have to cost you a penny if you are happy to eat ´al fresco´ this weekend. Pack your dad´s favourite snacks, bites and tipples, roll up a picnic blanket and head to Wallington House, Gardens & Estate (National Trust) for an evening picnic. Their Serenades and Sunset event, running every weekend in June, means that you can enjoy the breath-taking gardens into the evening, as they are staying open until 8.30pm. The soothing sound of live music will accompany your visit, as acoustic performances will take place there every weekend.


1) Spa Treatment for Dads - It’s not just mums that like to relax, unwind and indulge every now and again. So, Walwick Hall have put together a spa package especially for Father’s Day. At this luxury, boutique Georgian House and Spa, dads can chill out with a 60 minute men’s cinnamon back massage followed by a brow groom, all for just £50. The hotel is located in Humshaugh along Hadrian’s Wall, so you could combine this treat with a picturesque hike along these fascinating ruins in the countryside.

2) Golf at a Spa Hotel - Slaley Hall´s Father´s Day package means you can combine golf, dining and the spa for an all-round excellent day out. When you book a Father’s Day lunch at Slaley Hall Hotel, dad gets a free round of golf thrown in. Then, if you fancy spoiling him, you can top it all off by popping into the hotel spa for ultimate relaxation and tranquillity.

We hope you have a fantastic Father’s Day, and don’t forget to check our Event Guide if you want more ideas for spoiling dad this weekend.