Father’s Day: The day that we let the ‘dad jokes’ slide and all ‘dadmin’ duties are relinquished for just one day while we let our dads put their feet up. 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. Read on for inspiration, deals on the day, vouchers and gift ideas in Northumberland. (Oh, and it’s on the 20th June in case you needed a reminder…).
For the dads that deserve a break
It’s not too late to book a mini-break, and who doesn’t deserve one after the past year?
ILDERTON DOD BARNS
Ilderton Dod Barns have availability for 20th June in The Barn, an 8-bed, beautifully rustic self-catering accommodation to fit the whole family, and three dogs if you can’t bear to leave them at home. Based in the rugged Cheviot Hills between Breamish valley and Harthope valley, staggering landscapes and awe-inspiring attractions are on your doorstep. Book now for a Father’s Day getaway.
CHERRY TREE AND ALMOND APARTMENTS
Cherry Tree and Almond Apartments are luxury apartments on Northumberland’s staggering coast, and they are running an unmissable Father’s Day competition. The winner will receive a complimentary week-long stay for two, (must be taken between 2nd October 2021 and 2nd April 2022 excluding Christmas and New Year, subject to availability). All you have to do is enter via their Facebook page, so keep your eyes peeled on Monday when it goes live.
For the foodie fathers
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so for the dads that love some good grub,
we have a number of exquisite restaurants in Northumberland, as well as some deals and offers to get your hands on.
BIKE RIDE AND BIG DADDY BURGER IN KIELDER
Pair bikes with burgers for the ultimate dad’s day out, as The Bike Place and The Street Diner have teamed up to offer a fantastic Father’s Day deal ‘Bike ride and burger’. The Bike Place is offering 20% off pre-booked bike hire for dads on 20th June, so you can explore Kielder’s staggering cycling trails before heading to The Street Diner to refuel. Any dads ordering the Big Daddy Burger, a double bacon cheeseburger topped with chilli jam and shredded iceberg, will get any free drink off the menu as an added Father’s Day treat.
GET SOME PUB GRUB
Northumberland is known for its quaint, local pubs, serving fresh produce, locally-brewed ales, and meals hearty enough to refuel after a long walk. The Angel of Corbridge, based in the picturesque, cobbled town of Corbridge, serves delicious meals all day, made up of fresh meats, cheeses and other Northumberland-grown ingredients. The Crown Inn, Humshaugh sits close to Hadrian’s Wall and is an excellent place to rest your legs after a day of exploring. Or head to the Duke of Wellington, a village pub close to the border of Durham complete with a roaring fire and local ales.
For the Nigel Thornberrys
If you don’t remember The Wild Thornberrys, they were the lates 90s’ ultimate wildlife explorers, and Northumberland offers a host of wildlife adventures that are perfect for Father’s Day.
BATS AND BEERS EVENING WITH WILD INTRIGUE
The team at Wild Intrigue run a number of mini expeditions which include wild goat-spotting and al fresco gourmet meals, and Moths and Muffins mornings at Wild Northumbrian. Our top pick for Father’s Day, however, is Bats and Beers, an evening of sampling award-winning, local beers, learning about the art of brewing using locally foraged and sourced ingredients, and embarking on a guided bat safari. Heading out with bat detectors in-hand, you will hear and watch the bats which cruise the starry night skies above First & Last Brewery Northumberland.
PUFFIN, SEAL AND DOLPHIN SPOTTING AT THE FARNE ISLANDS
Take your dad out on a sealife safari with Serenity Farne Islands Tours. The boat trips depart from Seahouses harbour and take you to the spectacular group of tiny islands off the Northumberland coast, where hundreds of puffins return every year to mate and nest. Grey seals are commonly spotted here too, and regular dolphin sightings make the trips especially magical. If you can’t make it on the 20th, buy a voucher to gift to your dad to use it at a later date through Serenity’s website, or if you would like a flexible voucher with a one year expiry, buy it direct by contacting [email protected]
For the DIY dads
If your dad is constantly coming over to offer his DIY expertise, or can often be found focusing on his latest project at his workbench, take him to see the inner-workings of Northumberland’s sculptures and architecture
THE ALNWICK GARDEN PUMP ROOM TOUR
The Alnwick Garden runs a fascinating tour of its Grand Cascade’s Pump Room, where you can delve into the inner workings of this astounding sculpture. Learn how it pumps huge quantities of water every minute, allowing its visitors to enjoy magnificent water displays. At only £10 per person, just contact The Alnwick Garden directly to make an enquiry. Once you’ve done the tour, pop into the garden’s shop to browse products from their ‘Maker of the Month’ who is selling organic skin care with a men’s range as an additional treat for your dad.
HEATHERSLAW CORN MILL
Ford and Etal always makes for a fantastic family day out. Heatherslaw Light Railway is loved by kids and dads, as the steam locomotives take you from Heatherslaw Station to Etal Castle. Once you have delighted dad with the steam train journey, take him to Heatherslaw Cornmill, one of the oldest working corn mills in the UK, and get to grips with the mechanics of water power and the milling process. A firm favourite with dads, and with regular events and activities for kids too, you can come away with freshly ground flour for some family baking later that day.
For the big kids
A common group of the dad species, the big kids can’t get enough of exciting activities, they love an adventure, and they grasp any opportunity to get competitive.
Kielder waterside is an activity playground, and is offering ‘dads go free’ on all target sport activities on Sunday 20th June. Feel macho and try out Tomahawk Throwing, channel your inner Robin Hood with archery lessons, and put your aim and accuracy to the test with a crossbow session. To make a booking and receive your ‘dads go free’ place on a session, contact Kielder Waterside directly at [email protected] There are a number of other activities and nearby walking routes, cycling trails, and stunning viewpoints to explore too.
LAVEROCK LAW FAMILY ADVENTURES
Laverock Law Holiday Cottages run a number of excellent activities, including yoga sessions and bread making, but the perfect activity for the ‘big kids’ is their Family Adventures. Starting at Wooler Common with some basic map reading skills, you head out with a map in-hand, pausing along the way to learn about local history and admire staggering viewpoints. Ending at the top of Humbleton Hill, adults can enjoy an elderflower champagne while the kids work with dad to make strawberry chocolate and cream fondue on a stove. You don’t have to be an overnight guest to book this activity, but you can make a weekend (or longer!) of it by booking a stay at the cottages.
For the artsy dads
Polar opposites to the ‘big kids’, the cultured and refined fathers out there shouldn’t miss Northumberland´s artsy exhibitions on Father’s Day.
Dockside Gallery’s new summer mixed exhibition, showcasing new work by Ronnie Fulton Ceramicist, is a firm favourite with fathers. His sculptural pieces are influenced by man’s relationship with the sea. The vibrant and distinctive designs would make the perfect gift, or head there on Father’s Day so your dad can peruse the work himself. The gallery has a range of other elegant artwork by various local artists, and you might want to pick up a piece to take home with you.
Inspired by Museum Northumberland’s new exhibitions, Northumberland Folk has a range of limited edition gifts created by artist and illustrator Jonny Hannah. They are inspired by the people and places of Northumberland, so if your dad loves Northumberland and is interested in artwork, it’s a win-win. Open at various destinations including Woodhorn Museum, Hexham Old Gaol, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, make a day of it and go and browse the exhibition. Or, grab a gift online in time for Father’s Day.
Give the best gift
Looking for something to do a little later in Northumberland, or buy a thoughtful gift from our spectacular county, then here are a couple of gift ideas.
MUCKLE BREWING GIFT BOXES
Muckle Brewing is selling lovely gift boxes for Father’s Day this Saturday 12th June at Hexham Farmers’ Market and on Sunday 13th June at Greenhead Farmers’ Market. Selecting from their range of nine local beers, you can cherry pick the ones that your dad will love the most for your gift pack. You will also meet the brewers who can help you with your selection.
KIELDER OBSERVATORY VOUCHER
Gift the brightest gift there is by giving the gift of stargazing with a Kielder Observatory voucher. Perfectly positioned to give the best possible chance to gaze at the galaxy, their bookable events allow you to stargaze with an expert by your side, and they offer everything from beginners’ experiences to dining under the stars evenings where you can graze while you gaze.
We hope you have a great Father’s Day and please don’t hesitate to tag us in your Northumberland adventures at @visitnorthumberland or use our hashtag #endlessexperiences
Author: Jenni Meikle