Father’s Day 2018: What to get the dad who has everything!


It’s not every day that we get the chance to spoil our dads, so why not make the most of showing your appreciation this Father’s Day.

If he’s not the type that loves a traditional present, how about the gift of an experience as an alternative – whether a stadium tour if he’s rugby-mad, or day out in the great outdoors if he’s into nature.

Our signature hotels are located in exciting cities and towns, meaning you can really treat dad to an experience-packed weekend.

We’ve highlighted our tops picks to suit even the fussiest of fathers…


Driving experience

Give him the licence to speed with a pass to Formula Fast’s indoor go-karting circuit. Designed by Formula 1 professionals, the track is renowned for its spectacular ‘Stadium Bend’; a tricky tightening hairpin after a long straight. The circuit is fast and flowing with a complex inner sector and great for overtaking.

Make a weekend of it by booking dad a room at Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire, which is a 15 minute drive from the karting centre. Nestled in the countryside, it will make for the ultimate relaxing retreat after a day on the track.

Alternatively, book a table at Stoke Place’s King and Lamb Restaurant and gather the whole family to celebrate dad this Sunday. Enjoy a delicious three course meal overlooking the stunning grounds; dad will even receive a well-deserved complimentary pint to accompany his meal. Priced at £35 per adult and £15 per child from 12noon until 3pm.


Powerboat ride

Take a stroll along the promenade to the next level and feed dad’s appetite for adventure by booking a private powerboat ride on the Brighton marina. Dad will have to hold on to his hat as his skipper blasts along Brighton’s coastline towards the iconic Brighton Pier – perfect for adrenaline junkies.

For somewhere comfortable to stay, The Old Ship Hotel is a stone’s throw away from Brighton’s seafront, boasting picturesque views of the coast. It’s also a short walk from excellent shopping, entertainment and other attractions including Britain’s oldest aquarium, Brighton Pier and the British Airways i360.

Show dad he’s the best at The Old Ship Hotel, where he’ll get a free pint when you pre-book a meal. Treat him to a traditional Sunday lunch in the Wardroom Restaurant and he can pick from a choice of slow roasted meats served with classic Yorkshire puddings, crispy potatoes and seasonal vegetables, priced from £15 per person.


Stadium tour

Sports-mad dads can go behind the scenes at Principality Stadium – the home of the Welsh rugby team. An experienced guide will lead a tour through areas including the press conference suite, dressing room and players’ tunnel, before heading to a VIP hospitality suite to see the pitch from above.

The Angel Hotel is close to the stadium, making it perfectly placed for exploring the Welsh capital.


Highland walking

Keep it simple with a chance for you and your dad to spend some uninterrupted quality time together whilst on a walk seeing the best of the Scottish Highlands. Book up a guided tour and discover well-known beauty spots from Loch Ness to Cairngorms National Park, and Fort Augustus along the way.

Return to the Stirling Highland Hotel to rest tired legs. The hotel is within easy reach of both Glasgow and Edinburgh – an ideal base from which to explore the local area.


Outdoor activities

Set in the countryside, Fury Events in County Durham offers a range of outdoor activities that thrill-seeking dads will love; conquering forest terrain and encountering slippery descents into muddy water. Activity options include quad biking, 4×4 off-roading and clay pigeon shooting.

After a day in the great outdoors a peaceful night’s sleep at nearby Redworth Hall Hotel will be needed!

For an extra treat book up a sitting for Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, and dad will get a complimentary gym pass for the day too. Available from £14 per person on Sunday 17 June.


Cycling festival

For a cycling-obsessed dad, arrange a sporty day out for all the family in the Scottish capital at Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (07 – 24 June). Take part in a number of organised bike rides and competitive races, or simply discover the art and cultural offerings at the festival.

Head back to The Cairn Hotel for an overnight stay which is situated in the heart of the lively theatre district. With the Old Town and Edinburgh Playhouse a short stroll away, exploring the Scottish capital will be a walk in the park.


Spa Day

Dads deserve some TLC too, and what better way than on a spa day. He can enjoy lounging by the pool, taking a dip in the Jacuzzi or working out in a fully-equipped fitness suite, all within The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

Rooms are also available, and the hotel’s other facilities include a popular restaurant and acres of landscaped grounds to explore – bliss!


A night at the theatre

London’s West End plays host to countless theatre productions each year, with something for all tastes, so why not get dad the best seat in the house? From The Lion King to Aladdin, there’s plenty to choose from.

Saint George’s Hotel is within easy reach of the city’s theatre district, as well as the shops lining Oxford Street if he fancies a spot of retail therapy too.


Fun and games

Lane 7 is Newcastle’s very own playground for adults, complete with 10-pin bowling, pool, ping pong and even beer pong. Food is also served in its restaurant, and there’s a bar too.

Extend his stay in the Geordie city by booking a room at Royal Station Hotel, which is around a five minute walk from Lane 7. Located on one of the city’s most historic streets, Neville Street, the hotel is surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and attractions so he won’t be short of places to visit.

Why not add a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea onto his booking, which will include a selection of hearty dishes he’ll love? Available this Sunday from £15 per person including a pint of beer or larger of dad’s choice.

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