Father's Day events

A family enjoying tea and cake in the garden of a National Trust café

Treat your dad on Sunday 17 June 2018 with a Father's Day trip to one of our special places. Try watersports on the coast, enjoy a barbecue, see a vintage car show or find the best spot to fly a kite

You can create lasting family memories in the great outdoors this Father's Day. What’s more, every time you enjoy a day out at one of our places, you’ll be supporting vital conservation work to protect these places for ever, for everyone.

Here's just a few of our top Father’s Day events, or you can scroll down to search what's on near you:

Using a bushcraft knife to carve wood

Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire 

17 June, 10.30am–5pm
Get hands-on at Beningbrough with a day of bushcraft courtesy of Wild Earth Creative Education. Have a go at wood carving, shelter building and making a bow and arrow. Beer-enthusiasts will be able to quench their thirst with samples from local supplier Treboom Brewery whilst learning about how their favourite ales are made.

Yellow rubber ducks floating on blue water

Coughton Court, Warwickshire 

17 June, 11am-3pm
For a Father’s Day with a difference, head to Coughton Court for its annual duck race on the River Arrow. Pick a numbered rubber duck and cheer it on from the bridge. Prizes are on offer for the fastest paddlers! Make a day of it by taking part in traditional family games and browsing the classic cars on show.

Kite flying on Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

17 June, dawn to dusk
Spend a high-flying Father’s Day at Dunstable Downs, one of the top spots for kite flying in the East of England. Soak in the picture-perfect views from the top of the Downs before launching a kite into the sky. Finish the day with coffee and cake in the View Café.

Afternoon tea in the morning room of Dyffryn Gardens

Dyffryn, Vale of Glamorgan 

17 June, 2-4pm
Enjoy a homemade tea set among blooming Edwardian gardens at Dyffryn. Sausage rolls, quiche and sweet treats all feature on the menu, and can be washed down with a glass of local Welsh ale or cider. Make the most of Father’s Day by exploring the gardens: feel tropical among the banana plants in the glasshouse, run wild with the little ones in the play area or admire the Italian architecture in The Pompeian Garden.

Father and son enjoying a barbeque

Erddig, Wrexham 

17 June, 11am-5pm
Spend Father’s Day enjoying life’s simple pleasures - a cold beer and some freshly grilled food from the BBQ in Big Wood. Families can enjoy the obstacles, climbing equipment and den building in the natural play area.

Father and daughter walking through the Hornbeam Arch in the garden at Ham House and Garden

Ham House, London 

17 June, 11am-4pm
Ham House is throwing down the gauntlet this Father’s Day with a series of entertaining challenges. Contests include churning cream into butter by hand, identifying ingredients in a Morocco Ale, and dashing down the garden with a cup full of tea. Free beer samples will be on offer for adults, and the winning dad over the line in each teacup race will win a free ‘dad’s cream tea’ with a bottle of beer. Top off dad’s day by making him a King Dad Crown.

Family having a picnic on the lawn outside the house at Kingston Lacy, Dorset.

Kingston Lacy, Dorset 

17 June, 2pm-2.45pm or 3.15pm-4pm
Soak up the sounds of the 1920s and 30s with an afternoon of live jazz, blues and ragtime on the lawns at Kingston Lacy. The FB Orchestra will be performing two special sets for Father’s Day. Bring your own picnic or treat dad to a slice of cake, ice cream or glass of Pimms.

The south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire, seen across the lake, in springtime

Lyme, Cheshire 

16 and 17 June, 10.30am–5pm
Take dad back in to time to a Regency military camp at Lyme this Father’s Day. Costumed interpreters from the 33rd Regiment of Foot will be performing live demonstrations, including marches and surgical procedures, over the weekend. Relax with a beer, ploughman’s-style lunch and something sweet in the tea room after the performance.

Have-a-go archery

Mount Stewart, County Down 

17 June, 11am-4pm
Give Dad a day to remember at Mount Stewart. Get competitive at a game of field archery, try your hand at bushcraft or browse the classic cars on display. Pack a picnic or tuck into a meal from the cafe – washed down with a cool beer while enjoying live music.

Visitors running at a National Trust site

Osterley Park, London 

16 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
Shake off the cobwebs this Father’s Day with a morning run at Osterley Park. Winner of the Best 10K in Greater London, the route takes in tree-lined drives, private gardens and grazing cattle. Whether you enter as a family or cheer on dad from the side-lines, reward yourselves with a post-race treat in the Brewhouse Cafe, where you can sample ales and beers from our National Trust range.

Father and daughter kayaking in the sea

South Milton Sands, Devon 

16 and 17 June, 11am-5pm
See in the summer with a Father’s Day at the seaside. Have a go at paddleboarding, open canoeing, kayaking, snorkelling and wild swimming in the clear waters of South Milton Sands. Discover underwater worlds in the rockpools before drying off with yoga, games and stalls on the beach.

Visitors using a barbeque

Studland Bay, Dorset 

17 June, 12pm-3pm
Foodie fathers can tuck into freshly grilled fare at Studland Bay’s family celebration BBQ. Work off the meal with a barefoot walk along Studland’s sandy beaches. Lap up sea views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight as you paddle in the cool waters, or challenge dad to a game of beach volleyball at Shell Bay.

Sutton Hoo burial mound and tree at sunrise

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 

Solar observations, 16 and 17 June, 11am-3pm
Summer Solstice tour and talk, 21 June, 7.15-9.30pm
Get closer to the sun at Sutton Hoo this Father’s Day. With the help of the Orwell Astronomical Society, dads can follow in the footsteps of archaeologist Basil Brown, who discovered Sutton Hoo and was a keen star-gazer. Return to the site on 21 June for an evening with Dr Sam Newton on the significance of Summer Solstice to the Anglo-Saxons. End your visit with a trip to the Royal Burial Ground to see the sun set on the longest day of the year.

Father waking daughter across log

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Show your Dad how much he means to you. Go wild in the outdoors with a day of bushcraft, devour a carvery or enjoy a vintage car show.