Five Fabulous ideas for things to do on Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day this weekend. Dad’s are special.

We really hope you’re treating that special man in your life to some treats, and maybe taking him out somewhere different !

Spoilt for choice? You will be if you’re in the Lakes:

  1.  Pick a local brewery:  We’ve lots of them dotted around the Lakes.  A favourite for beer is Hawkshead Brewery  at Staveley.  They brew their own beers of course, and and run tours of the brewery four times a week including at 2pm on Sundays.  You’d probably be best to book with it being Father’s Day.  Lots of lovely food on offer here too.  It’s one of the ‘biggest little breweries’ in the country, producing 7,000 barrels of lip-smacking craft ale.
  2. For general delicious food and drink, don’t forget other places in Staveley, such as Wilfs and More Bakery. or the Eagle and Child.  
  3. A walk with a pub at the end… Who can resist a pub named ‘The Drunken Duck’  also host to its own Barngates Brewery.   This low-key,  award-winning, microbrewery is based at one of the Lake District’s most stylish pubs.  Its in a great location 5 minutes drive from Tarn Hows, (great place for a walk for an hour or 2)  and just above Ambleside.  Booking advised! and a great way to spend a family day  – walk and a pub lunch at the end of it.
  4. Another one of those is the walk from Elterwater, with the Britannia Inn at the end of it.  If you’re more of a tea and cake fan, go to Chester’s by the River with its famous ‘Bad Dog no Biscuit’ slogan. 
  5. Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow.  This nostalgic look at cars through the decades at the Lakeland Motor Museum will while away a couple of hours and ideal if we potentially get some rain over the weekend.  Browse cars, bicycles and motorcycles,  and quite a lot of ‘celebrity’ cars to make you smile.  There’s a full exhibition dedicated to speed demon, Donald Campbell, and they’ve a great Café Ambio with drinks and snacks available.
  6. From Backbarrow you can hop on board the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway  Climb aboard this beautiful steam locomotive with 1950s carriages, which takes in three and a half miles of the former Furness Railway branch line, and connects with Windermere Lake Cruises at Lakeside. Combined tickets for the boat and train are available. toot toot!
  7. Try a boat trip:  Being the Lakes we have lots of choice for a trip on the water!  And don’t worry if the weather is a bit grim, we have indoor seating, heating and a licensed cafe on board most of the boats!  Choose from Windermere Lake Cruises; Ullswater Steamers; Coniston Launch; Steam Yacht Gondola (Coniston) who are all running some nice ‘specials’ for Father’s Day weekend.

Whatever you get up to – enjoy it and make those precious times last.