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Best things to do for Father’s Day 2024: Days out and activities

Simon Calder’s Travel

As the summer season slowly creeps into sight, there are just two weekends to go until it’s time to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June.

With this inevitably comes last-minute card shopping, serious sibling negotiations on dad’s favourite beer and religiously checking the weather forecast in the run-up to the family barbeque.

If gifts prove too tricky and socks for the third year in a row feel like a step too far, why not give your paternal figures the gift of quality time? Food, football, booze and golf are often a good place to start – but there are also plenty of options that are a little more original. There’s whiskies to taste, tandem bikes to pedal and facials to relax dotted across the UK, along with days out doing everything from embracing the Euros to taking a steak-searing masterclass or hurtling down a zip line over a quarry in Wales.

Here are our top picks of things to do with dad for some slightly stereotypical but failsafe fun this Father’s Day.

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Catch the first UEFA Euro England match

The UEFA European Football Championship starts on 14 June
The UEFA European Football Championship starts on 14 June (Getty Images)

To put your best foot forward with football-fanatic dads, the first of England’s Euro 2024 group games has fallen on Father’s Day. Bond over some sport with beers and burgers at your local from 8pm for the England v Serbia game or fire up the barbeque in the garden if the British weather is on side.

England v Serbia 8pm 16 June on BBC One

Whet your palette at a whiskey tasting

Single malt whisky and liqueurs await
Single malt whisky and liqueurs await (Cotswolds Distillery )

Whiskey connoisseurs (over 18) can spend the afternoon at a range of distilleries across the country this Father’s Day. To enjoy a whiskey tipple in Stourton with Dad, visit the Cotswolds Distillery for their daily hour-and-a-half cask warehouse tour and tasting session of award-winning spirits and liqueurs.

Cotswolds Distillery Tour & Tasting from £25 per person,

Take a steak cooking class at The Langham

Perfect your steak sears at The Langham this Father’s Day
Perfect your steak sears at The Langham this Father’s Day (The Langham )

To fine-tune the steak skills of culinary-inclined fathers, a Shaken & Seared cooking masterclass at Sauce by The Langham promises to teach all things preparation, seasoning and sauce. With a welcome cocktail, steak dinner with wine and sharing dessert included in the class, it’s sure to get…

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