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Let's celebrate Dad!

15 June 2016

By Sarah

Nowadays, fathers enjoy breakfast in bed followed by racing-car lessons, whisky tasting and stadium tours to celebrate their day. Then, many of us spoil dad with a home-cooked or pub Sunday lunch. And because it's his special day, it's the one time dad's officially allowed to fall asleep in the chair, clutching the TV remote!

"Traditionally, sons and daughters wore a red rose in admiration of their father"
"Traditionally, sons and daughters wore a red rose in admiration of their father"

Father’s Day is a fairly recent idea. Its founder American Sonora Smart Dobb recognised the need to celebrate fathers back in 1910 when it was traditional for sons and daughters to wear a rose to church – a red rose in admiration of a living father or a white one to honour a deceased father. So you could treat dad to a bouquet of Simply Red Roses in honour of that tradition. Today, together with the US, we celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.

If you're looking for something different to do this Father’s Day, The National Trust offers back-to-nature dad treats including bushcraft workshops, kite-flying and fire-making. If he’s a historian, there’s plenty of yesteryear fun including a Medieval Father’s Day at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, jousting at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire and a Domesday Pageant at Old Sarum in Wiltshire – check out what’s on offer near you on The English Heritage and Historic Houses’ Association.

Or why not take a trip on a steam train – my family loves the Sheringham to Holt trip on the North Norfolk Railway. If he fancies himself as a spy, we recently visited the excellent Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum, or if it’s planes he’s into then check out Concorde at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, where the first meeting between Great Britain and France to discuss the supersonic aircraft first took pace.

Have a petrol-heads day out for pa at Bealieu in the New Forest which is holding a Hot Rods and American Classic Car Day, plus the chance to jive to Fifties rock n’ roll. Or he can get to grips with majestic birds of prey at The English School of Falconry near Bedford. If dad prefers something more sedate, treat him to a National Gardens Scheme garden out or drink in the beauty of Sheffield Park in East Sussex – my husband who’s not big on gardening loved this place - you can even arrive in style on the Bluebell Railway steam train.

According to surveys, we don’t spend as much on our dads as we do on our mums. This may be because we’ve heeded dad’s advice with “Now, don’t go spending a lot on me” and “Money doesn’t grow on trees” topping a poll of dad's favourite phrases.

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