Father’s Day falls on 20th June this year and if you’re looking for ways to show dear old Dad you care with something a tad more exciting than a novelty tie or pair of socks, we’ve got plenty of inspiration for you. From family days out ideas, to exciting events, gift ideas and live entertainment, here are our top picks for things to do this Father’s Day in Bath.
Visit Bath Attractions
The doors to Bath’s top attractions are finally open again! Show your dad (and them!) some love with a special Father’s Day family day out.
Discover more about Bath’s links to science and innovation at the Museum of Bath Architecture and Herschel Museum of Astronomy or head to the American Museum and Gardens for USA history-fuelled fun in gorgeous grounds.
Thanks to late blooming this season, Bowood House has extended the opening period of its glorious Woodland Garden, meaning you can visit on Father’s Day for the first time ever.
Bath on the Beach (from 12th June)
We might not be able to travel very far right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some tropical Caribbean vibes in Bath.
Hop in a hammock under swaying palms and bond with Dad over rum cocktails and wood-fired pizza in the city’s biggest beer garden. For extra fun in the sun, there’s also table tennis, boules, or adventure golf. And if you’re quick, you can bag yourself a private cabana on Father’s Day to watch Euro 2020 Italy vs Wales on the big screen.
Pub in the Park (18th – 20th June)
What rhymes with dad? Pub! Keep the old man happy with a ticket to Tom Kerridge’s pub-celebrating festival in Royal Victoria Park. Over the course of the three-day event, award-winning pubs and restaurants will ‘pop up’ around the park serving £6 tasting dishes of scrummy food.
Some of the finest chefs in the business will be joining James Martin and Tom Kerridge for live demonstrations, all topped off with live music from Tom Walker, Rudimental DJ Set, Beverley Knight and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Stand Up Paddleboarding with Original Wild (18th June)
Show your dad how SUP-er he is with a Stand Up Paddleboarding session. Newbies to the sport can book a trial session on 18th June or if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a private paddle tour to see Bath from a duck’s eye view.
Savouring Bath Culinary Comforts Tour (19th June)
Take Dad on a gastronomic adventure with Savouring Bath’s Culinary Comforts tour on 19th June. You’ll get to sample a lovingly curated selection of local food and drink while learning more about Bath and its foodie heritage.
Dads Go Free at Haynes International Motor Museum (20th June)
Surprise petrol-headed papas with a free day out at Haynes International Motor Museum. The brand-new Williams: The Drivers and the Driven exhibition features iconic Formula 1 cars and interactive exhibits that capture the history and thrill of racing.
Afterwards, challenge Dad to a go-kart race at Karting at Haynes – your dad can drive for free on 20th June after 12.30pm, with one full paying driver. Pre-booking is essential.
Night Out at Krater Comedy Club, Komedia Bath (Saturday evenings)
Is he into dad gags? Show him what proper jokes are made of with a night out at Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club. Featuring three ‘stars-of-tomorrow’ comedians and a top-notch compere, you’re guaranteed plenty of chuckles. Pre-show dining is also available.
Skimmity Hitchers at Komedia Bath (20th June)
With live music back at Komedia Bath on 20th June, join them for a night of dad dancing to scrumpy and western favourites, Skimmity Hitchers plus upbeat folkabilly, John D Revelator.
Glassblowing Activities at Bath Aqua Glass
For something out of the ordinary, book Dad on to a bauble making session at Bath Aqua Glass to watch the fascinating glassblowers at work. Put your ‘breath in a bauble’ (or get Dad to instead!), hand-signed with the year and ‘Bath’. Or if he’s keen to learn a new skill, their stained glass course lets participants create a stained glass window from scratch.
For further father-appreciation possibilities, check out Bath Aqua Glass’ Father’s Day gift ideas which include beautiful glass paperweights, cufflinks and vouchers.
A Self-Guided Sightseeing Puzzle Tour with Treasure Hunt Bath
Test your clue-solving skills together by playing along with Treasure Hunt Bath. Solve satisfying clues and follow beautiful maps all while getting a great overview of the city, at your own pace.
Father’s Day gifts
If he has a bit of sweet tooth, treat him to two flavours of delicious handmade fudge and four confectionary items from the independent, family-run San Francisco Fudge Factory. They’ve made it really easy to put together your special fudge box online – the only hard bit will be whittling down the mouth-watering options.
Gin Tasting Vouchers
Bath’s Paxton & Whitfield can help you find the way to the heart of cheese-loving dads with a box of treats from their collection. Throw in chocs, wine or ale, or even an online cheese tasting for extra offspring points.
For cheesy-going dads, Bath Soft Cheese have put together a Father’s Day Blue, Beer and Cider Box featuring two award-winning organic cheeses, walnut and honey crackers, real ale chutney, Wild Beer and Somerset Cider, all presented in a handsome hamper box.
Savouring Bath is also launching 'The Cheese Tour of Bath' from 3rd July, which you could book in as something for Dad to look forward to. It kicks off with tasting tips before hitting up cheese hotspots across the city.
For travel, inspiration and making memories wrapped up in one gift card, look to Wanderlust – a curator of exciting self-drive camper tour itineraries. A voucher can be redeemed against any of their available guides, including the Visit Bath guide which includes essential must-sees within the city and ideas for exploring the wider region.
If dad is notoriously difficult to buy for, the Bath Gift Card makes the perfect present.
Accepted at shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, museums and businesses across the city and valid for 12 months, he can choose how to spend it himself at over 200 locations.
Fitness fanatic fathers might like to try out FLY, a boutique gym located next door to Thermae Bath Spa. Browse their class, gym passes and membership options to see which would suit dad best, or opt for a gift card instead.
From invigorating body wash to a puriyfing face wash, there's three-for-two offer on the organic and natural For Men range from Neal's Yard Remedies, where you can also book Dad in for an energising treatment.
The 20th June is a Sunday, so why not wine and dine him with a lovely all-the-trimmings-style roast? We’ve rounded up six of the best places to have a roast in Bath here, just be sure to make a booking soon.
Keep football fans happy by doubling up Father’s Day celebrations with catching a Euro 2020 match – check out our guide to places showing the games.
If you’re looking for something truly special, a luxurious stay in Bath is a great option. Book Dad into a suite at the Gainsborough Bath Spa, treat him to a city staycation at The Bird Bath, whisk him away to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, or allow him to discover the unique and quirky No.15 Great Pulteney.