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Are you struggling to come up with ideas for things to do for Father’s Day this year? Look no further than our guide to 12 of the best Father’s Day activities.

Father’s Day is your opportunity to show Dad how much you care; spend time together doing the things that he loves to do, which can be absolutely anything from exhilarating expeditions to kicking back in front of the TV.

Discover 12 of the best things to do with dad on Father’s Day…

When is Father’s Day 2019?

First thing’s first, make sure you get the date right! In 2019, Father’s Day falls on Sunday 16th June, the third Sunday of the month.

What are the best things to do on Father’s Day?

1. Get your clubs out

St Andrews

Every dad likes golf, don’t they? Treat your old man to a round at one of the many scenic golf courses around the UK, or those younger at heart can perhaps just enjoy a fun game of mini golf. Either way, you are assured an unforgettable Father’s Day day out.

Many of the golf courses dotted around the UK and Ireland come surrounded by spectacular scenery, from the North Yorkshire countryside to the striking coast of Scotland. Our range of holiday cottages near golf courses are ideal for those seeking that memorable Father’s Day activity.

2. Go fishing


Get away from the hustle and bustle this Father’s Day by enjoying a spot of fishing with your dad. Both the UK and Ireland are bordered by premium fishing waters, as well as boasting a number of inland lakes bursting with aquatic life.

To spend Father’s Day 2019 along the idyllic shores of the UK, why not book a fishing holiday cottage? Make sure your Father’s Day is a day out to remember!

3. Head to a football match


Why not get your hats and scarfs out this Father’s Day for some quality time with your dad? Football matches of all levels can be experienced up and down the country, promising a buzzing atmosphere and a memorable experience no matter who you watch.

If there aren’t any matches being played in your area, you can also find a whole host of fascinating museums and experiences teaching you about all aspects of the game’s history.

4. Watch a movie

Film Family

There aren’t many better ways to relax on Father’s Day than to bring out the snacks and put on your favourite flick. You may have to let Dad choose this one though…

Once the debate is over, head to a cinema close to your holiday home, or perhaps book yourselves a cottage with a cinema room so you don’t even have to move a muscle.

5. Take in the local scenery

Family Walk

Dust off those walking boots on Father’s Day 2019 and experience the seemingly infinite amount of natural beauty across the UK. With paths and trails appealing to all tastes and difficulties, you can even bring your beloved canine along!

To turn your Father’s Day activity into a break of outdoor exploration, why not book yourselves a UK walking holiday?

6. Go to the beach

Family Beach

If you’re lucky enough to get some good weather, make the most of the sunshine this Father’s Day by heading to your nearest beach. Pack your buckets and spades, swimming trunks and some delicious BBQ food to ensure Father’s Day 2019 is one to remember.

Britain’s coastline is peppered with supreme surfing beaches, hidden coves and headland taking in panoramic seascapes. Choose from a whole host of UK beach cottages to base your Father’s Day activities from.

7. Visit a brewery

Beer Taps

Commemorate this Father’s Day with a trip to one of the many breweries dotted across the country – whether it be your dad’s favourite beer, or if you’re looking to find a new favourite.

If whisky is more his thing, perhaps treat him to one of Scotland’s renowned distillery tours. Alternatively, simply book a holiday cottage near a pub for that much-needed afternoon of relaxation.

8. Cycle the day away


If you’re stuck for Father’s Day ideas this year, why not hire some bikes and head out to some of the UK’s most idyllic landscapes? From simple, flat paths to challenging mountain trails, you are promised a memorable Father’s Day 2019.

Choose from thousands of our cycling holiday cottages, found in every corner of the UK, from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

9. Send him on a spa day


If you think your dad might be after some R&R, treat him to some spa treatment this Father’s Day. Whether it be a massage, sauna or simply some time away from everyday life – he is sure to enjoy it.

You can even book yourselves a UK spa cottage, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your holiday home.

10. Visit a castle


There are majestic and fascinating castles around every corner of the UK and Ireland – promising a Father’s Day to remember. Soak up the fascinating history and explore elegant interiors and immaculate gardens during your visit, with each telling its own unique tales.

To enjoy your own taste of the past, why not book a historic Grade II listed cottage to stay in for Father’s Day 2019?

11. Embark on a scenic railway journey

Jacobite Steam Train

You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to admire some of the finest natural sights in Britain. A great idea for a Father’s Day activity is to get settled on one of the country’s historic steam trains and take in the magnificent views on offer.

The most scenic and popular routes include the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales, and Scotland’s Jacobite Steam Railway, the latter famed for its appearances in the Harry Potter films.

12. Watch some horse racing

Horse Racing

A day at the races, wherever it may be, promises an unforgettable Father’s Day day out. Bring the whole family along for a day full of exciting atmosphere with much to do.

Cottages in Cartmel, near the Cartmel Racecourse or cottages in Stratford-Upon-Avon near the Stratford Racecourse could be the perfect treat for Dad this year!

Make Father’s Day 2019 an even more memorable experience by booking yourselves one of our self-catering Father’s Day cottages. Don’t forget to tag us in your Father’s Day pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

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