Are you looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift or a special treat for Dad? There are plenty of exciting things to do and unique presents to find in Shakespeare’s England.
If your dad’s sock collection is getting out of hand and you are in search of a Father’s Day gift with a difference, our useful guide to celebrating Father’s Day in Shakespeare’s England is here to help.
With unforgettable days out, personalised gifts, and gastronomic treats, you can discover something to show your dad just how much he is appreciated.
Father’s Day Gifts for Car Crazy Dads
The British Motor Museum has plenty of ideas for Father’s Day, whether you are looking for a special day out or a unique gift. Treat Dad to a visit on Sunday 19th June and he can experience the spectacle of 500 vintage and veteran motorcycles at the annual Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Banbury Run. This event is the biggest gathering of motorcycles and three-wheelers produced before 1931 and is guaranteed to incite a bit of nostalgia!
For a gift that keeps on giving, why not present Dad with an annual membership to the British Motor Museum? He can admire their collection of over 400 British classic cars whenever he likes for a whole year, as well as attend all their popular motoring shows. Membership starts from £42 a year and includes access to special ‘Member only’ events including ‘Museum on the Move’ where you get to ride in a selection of the Museum’s cars. Find out more on the museum website.
For Dads with a need for speed, head to Bicester Village from 18th-29th June to discover the sound of motorsport and experience iconic and historical moments from the Williams Racing team. Try your luck with the racing simulator at the Bang & Olufsen boutique and be entered into the chance to win daily prizes, with one overall entry winning a ‘money can’t buy’ motorsport experience. Click here to book your space .
Bicester Village is also the perfect place to shop for a special gift for Dad, with more than 160 boutiques of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands offering exceptional savings, all year round.
Father’s Day Gifts for Foodies
For the dad who loves a treat for the taste buds, there are endless options for a Father’s Day foodie experience in Shakespeare’s England!
The Cross, Kenilworth’s only Michelin starred restaurant will be serving its usual a la carte and tasting menus on Sunday 19th June as well as a delicious Sunday roast – featuring Chateaubriand roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, vegetables and roasting juices. This delectable treat is priced at £50.00 as a main course or with a £5 supplement if ordered as part of a set lunch.
If you want your dad to be treated like royalty, why not indulge him in an Afternoon Tea that is fit for a monarch? At Billesley Manor he can enjoy a delicious feast in the stately surroundings of the 16th century manor house before taking a stroll around the stunning topiary gardens. What a way to spend some cherished moments with the main man in your life! The Queen’s Afternoon Tea at Billesley Manor is available throughout June from £20, booking is essential on 01789 279955.
Boutique four-star sister hotels Mallory Court Hotel and Spa in Leamington Spa and The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, have a range of Father’s Day gift vouchers including Midweek Afternoon Tea for Two or a Tasting Menu for two, including a glass of Champagne at Mallory Court Hotel’s 3 AA Rosette Dining Room; and Afternoon Tea for Two or a three-course Dinner for Two at the award-winning Arden Hotel from £59.00. Bookings can be made direct with each hotel.
At Coombe Abbey Hotel, he can experience a Knights Afternoon Tea! This cream tea with a twist is ideal for a dad who loves his historical dramas! Served on a rustic bench, guests will be treated to hot small plates such as pigs in blankets, cottage pie, and salmon finger sandwiches. But not to fear – nobody’s jumping on a horse after this! Instead, you can amble around Coombe Abbey’s Old Deer Park or sneak in a beer before home time.
Knight’s Afternoon Tea is served from Tuesday to Sunday, between 12.15pm and 2.30pm. Click here to purchase a voucher to book in advance.
If dad needs a way to work off his Father’s Day treats, a trip to Coombe Abbey’s on-site Go Ape offers a hair-raising Father’s Day gift experience to get him moving! Leap off treetop platforms, wind through rope nets, and balance to reach a show stopping zip wire at the end. This gift is ideal for families, couples, and friends alike. More ambitious climbers can try the Treetop Challenge, while smaller adventurers should opt for the Treetop Adventure. Book online here.
A Personalised Gift Just for Dad
Is Dad a gin connoisseur? Or would he like to be? Buy him his own personalised bottle of Shakespeare Distillery gin and he will certainly feel like one! You can choose from a Stratford Dry Gin, Rhubarb Gin, Mulberry Gin Liqueur or Elderflower & Quince and customise the label with a special message just for Dad.
Extend his gin journey even further and arrange for him to visit the distillery just outside Stratford-upon-Avon to sample their artisan spirits on an entertaining tour, or why not send him back to the classroom on one of their popular Gin Schools so he can create and bottle his very own own gin recipe! If you just can’t decide, gift vouchers are available from the Shakespeare Distillery website.
A perfect way to treat Dad to a day in the great outdoors, while he indulges in some good food and drink is to book him onto a Go Cotswolds ‘Brewery, Pub Lunch, and The Cotswolds’ tour! This full day experience includes a 90-minute tour and tasting session at the award-winning rural craft beer brewery, Purity Brewing Co., a traditional pub lunch and a drink at The Fleece Inn, a historic country pub dating back to the 15th Century, free time to explore in the wonderful Cotswolds ‘wool’ town of Chipping Campden, and a visit to another, pretty, ‘secret’ Cotswolds village! Tours run on the first Saturday of the month between July and December 2022 and cost 75 per person (strictly over 18’s only). Book online here.
Arrange a Magical Family Day Out with Dad
Perhaps all Dad wants to do for Father’s Day is enjoy a day out with his loved ones, and there are plenty of great attractions to choose from in Shakespeare’s England! With majestic castles, historic houses, vibrant theatres and cultural venues interspersed with glorious countryside and charming towns and villages just waiting to be explored.
Dads and father figures with younger families looking for a way to entertain the kids (and themselves!) for a few hours can enjoy a free Father’s Day visit to Wonderland at Magic Alley! Magic Alley’s brand new Wonderland themed experience in Stratford-upon-Avon! Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass but with a Steampunk Twist. This event is a ‘Who Dunnit?’ and involves solving the crime of who stole the tarts from the Queen of Heart’s Diamond Jubilee Party! Anyone who identifies as a dad can use the code “BONKERS” for a discount of £8 (one full ticket price) off the booking as a whole. A minimum of 2 tickets must be purchased.
For a truly special gift for Dad, take him on an authentic steam express train experience with Vintage Trains, who have just launched a new summer and autumn tour programme. Father’s Day gift vouchers are available via their website for The Shakespeare Express which will be running ‘Summer Sundays’ between 17th – 24th July from Birmingham Snow Hill, Moor Street and Tyseley to Stratford-upon-Avon with dining options and five hours to explore this historic market town.
Treat Dad to a Weekend Away
If you are planning a Father’s Day weekend treat, there are plenty of wonderful places to stay in Shakespeare’s England, visit the Stay page on our website to browse luxury country retreats, boutique town centre hotels, or charming guest houses and self-catering accommodation.
However and whenever you plan to spoil Dad for Father’s Day, you can find plenty of inspiration on our website. Make sure to share your memories with us on social media using #MyShakespearesEngland, we love to see your adventures!