Father’s Day treats for Dad you can all enjoy!

May 17, 2019

The great thing about doing something special on Father’s Day in Hampshire, is that it’s not just Dad that gets to enjoy it! He will no doubt love the discounts and freebies he gets at many of Hampshire’s Top Attractions, but he will also love spending a fun-filled day with you! Here’s some great ideas to enjoy Father’s Day this June 16th!

GoApe Southampton
Go Ape Southampton

Let your dads release their inner Tarzan this Father’s Day and treat them to a day out like no other at Go Ape Southampton, Alice Holt or Moors Valley. Tackle tree top crossing, Tarzan Swings and exhilarating zip wires! 

Make this Father’s Day extra special with a visit to Marwell Zoo. Escape into the paradise that is Tropical House, walk with wallabies, and go on the hunt for BRICKOSAURS! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Marwell’s new additions, including a Kudu calf!

Be one of the first to explore Winchester Cathedral’s spectacular new exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. This stunning exhibition space will take you on a journey through 1,000 years of history, unlocking Winchester Cathedral’s captivating stories and revealing some of the nation’s greatest treasures.

Over Father’s Day weekend, experience model railways in a unique location – Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway‘s engine shed! View an array of static layouts and live displays across variety of scales, gauges and eras. Free with gardens admission and membership. 

The Watercress Line will transform itself into a bustling WW2 railway for its War on the Line event, which this year will also mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The event transports visitors back in time to the 1940s to experience the ‘Blitz Spirit’, and will feature re-enactors, live music, dancing and stalls selling retro wares. 

The National Collection of old-fashioned roses create an annual spectacle in Mottisfont’s walled gardens. Over 500 varieties of rose reach their peak in June, providing a feast for the senses. The gardens open at 9am in June, and close at 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 6 – 22 June.

Treat your dad and bring the whole family to Have a Go at archery at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Any age can take part. Run by experienced coaches who are very keen to share their knowledge of this thrilling ancient sport. No need to book, Garden admission fees apply. Price: From £2.50 for 6 arrows (cash only).

Milestones Museum
Milestones Museum

Bring Dad along to Milestones Museum on 15 or 16 June and celebrate Father’s Day with a free half pint, hot drink or ration of sweets!* Explore the cobbled streets, browse our collection of historic Hampshire vehicles, then pop into the vintage tea tent, 1940’s sweet shop or Edwardian pub and claim Dad’s free treat. *Terms and conditions apply.

Treat dad to a day out back in time at the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. Discover life in Tudor England, from the large bronze guns to the shaving kits used by the men who served in Henry VIII’s ‘army by sea!’

Dads go FREE throughout Father’s Day Weekend at the Army Flying Museum when accompanied by at least one full paying person. Build an engine with Dad or watch the Helicopter In Action AV show. NB. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Treat Dad to the ultimate gift experience, on a Papa’s Paddle to the Pub with New Forest Activities this Father’s Day. Enjoy a wonderful guided tour through the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve before disembarking at the Master Builder’s pub for a well-earned pint by the riverside. The perfect gift for deserving Dad’s! Suitable for all ages from 18+ months, all equipment provided. Various sessions available on Sunday 16th June.

Ringwood Brewery
Ringwood Brewery

Join Ringwood Brewery for their biggest ever beer festival in celebration of Beer Day Britain & Father’s Day! Running across 15th & 16thJune, the brewery yard will be filled with marquees hosting live music, gourmet BBQ, ice creams and lots of family entertainment. A huge variety of craft beers with be on offer alongside a range of local cider, gin & rum, a little something for everyone! Entry is free for everyone and Dads can collect a free pint voucher from the brewery store on arrival. 

Why not bring your Dad to the most dad-liest day out in Hampshire. It doesn’t get much more dad-ly than Bursledon Brickworks museum – trust us, dad’s love it. And they can come in Free!!  Whose dad can make the fastest brick? Find out on the day!

Treat your Dad to a day out that he would choose – a day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust includes world-class flying displays that feature eagles, hawks, vultures, kites and owls. There’s also a full daily timetable of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Plus, the Trust are offering a special Father’s Day barbecue to make it extra special!

Hurst Castle is celebrating the roles of dads and grandads by giving them free entry into Hurst Castle on Father’s Day (16th June) when accompanied by their children/grandchildren.

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery offers a range of experiences – why not try a Gin Cocktail Masterclass to learn how to make fantastic cocktails at home, join one of their guides for a Hosted Experience around the site or if you’re interested in the wonderful history of Laverstoke Mill, how about a Heritage Experience. There’s also a new tour called “A Taste of Bombay” includes elements of all their key experience. If you would like to purchase an experience as a gift, the distillery offers gift cards which can be purchased from the “Gifts” page on the website.

Treat Dad to a seaside bike ride on the Isle of Wight, or a long country walk followed by a visit to a traditional pub serving up a delicious selection of seasonal menus and local Island ales.