We all know what to get our mums on Mother’s Day, but fathers… they are sometimes much more hard work, and there seems to be a lot less options. However, a gift is not just something you can gift wrap, it can also be a special experience!

Fathers, especially those of us who do not fit the definition of “kids” anymore, just want to spend time together with their children - and for that, York and beyond offer plenty.

Classic Car Show

For Car Loving Dads

Treat your father to a lovely day out at the grounds of Castle Howard where a Classic Car Show will be taking place for one day only. From Vintage customs to sleek convertibles, over 750 vehicles will be on display for all car-enthusiastic fathers to enjoy.

Hands-on activities

For Dads That Can Do Anything

Growing up, we’re fairly certain that dads can do anything and that’s probably because that’s what they told us. Challenge them to prove it with a day of hands-on activities at Beninghbrough Hall. Wood carving, natural fire lighting, bow and arrow making and shelter building – dads must be proficient at all of these things! Later, after taking over a dozen pictures of your father trying to light a fire, you can both enjoy a beer tasting and learn more about beer brewing.

Alternatively, put your dad’s cooking skills to a test and learn to make something new at the Cookery School at The Grand, York. A cooking class gift voucher is also a great present for all the Master Chef dads out there.

For Beer Loving Dads

Celebrate Father's Day with a beer, a bite from the BBQ and a fun Dad V Child sports day at Nunnington Hall. Alternatively make your way to the former home of monks – Fountains Abbey and indulge in local bread themed street food, sample a beer and have a go with at making dough before playing family games in the heritage apple orchard by the mill.

RHS Harlow Carr

For Dads Who Like Peace And Quiet

Dad not big on parties? Take him for a relaxing stroll in the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. Meet the local hedgehogs, breathe the fresh air and talk about everything in the world with a person who loves you most.

For Dads That Aren’t Scared Of Anything

Add a bit of a thrill to Father’s Day evening by joining one of the iconic York Ghost Walks. In the officially most haunted city in Europe, there are plenty of spooky tours to choose. Join The Original Ghost Walk and have fun uncovering the dark history of the city and find out if your dad is truly “not scared of anything”.

Afternoon Tea

For Dads That Like To Relax

Dads also need a little bit of relaxation - treat them to a stress busting spa treatment at The Grand Hotel & Spa. Make your dad’s day even better by booking a luxurious afternoon tea and surprise him with some special menu items such as Pork Pie, Sliders and Sausage rolls!

For Dads Who Like To Stay In Shape

Have a Father’s Day like no other by joining an “R U Taking the P” males-only 5K run raising cash for cancer research and care. Run alongside your dad or cheer him on along the way for a great cause!

Music Quioz

For Dads Who Like to Have Fun

Dad keeps saying how “in his time music was better”? If your dad boasts some serious music knowledge, challenge his words and join The Press Music Quiz on Sunday at 4pm at The Press Kitchen. Great food and great fun. Bring your whole family (teams can be to up to 6 people) and see if you can win the 1st prize.

For All Dads

Most importantly gift your dad with a ‘thank you’ and a hug. Because fathers are always there for us and they also deserve a day off.

Happy Father’s Day!

Planning a Father's Day Weekend in York? Check out the best hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation in York by visiting our Sleep page where you can book rooms straight through our website. 

Visit York Blog Written By Ana Ignatova