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12 Free (or Nearly Free) Activities for Father’s Day

Written By Rich Sutherland

On 14 Jun, 2023

Father’s Day is this weekend (Sunday 18th June 2023), so we’ve put together some suggestions for treating him to a fun day out. These activities are either free of charge or come with a small entry fee, allowing you to have a lovely time without breaking the bank.

Tiny sculptures

The eye of a needle really isn’t very big, yet you can somehow fit tigers, Robin Hood and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex into one! Miniature Masterpieces is a free exhibition at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham showcasing twenty tiny sculptures that all fit within an area designed for a single thread of cotton.

Have a putt around

What’s better than a few rounds of crazy golf with dad, especially when it’s free? Cornhill Cove Crazy Golf in Lincoln is offering you a complimentary game this summer, plus there’s street food and entertainment to make it a grand day out. 

Smell the hops

Does your dad appreciate a proper pint? The team at Wasted Degrees Brewing is offering free tours of the brewery in Blair Atholl, Scotland. Sounds braw!

Visit the vines

Or maybe dad prefers a refreshing glass of vino? In which case, Foxbury Fields Vineyard is running free Taste of Herefordshire tours during English Wine Week, which just happens to coincide with Father’s Day.

Practice your backswing

Love keeping fit with your father? Banbury Town Council has three tennis courts that are free to use – two in People’s Park and the other at Horton View Sports Ground.

Admire the Guards

Are you a pair of military buffs? You can watch the changing of the Windsor Castle Guard for free and admire the unwavering precision and discipline.

A day by the sea

Did you and your dad watch Portland Bill on the telly when you were a kid? Why not take him to the actual Portland Bill Lighthouse visitor centre on the Isle of Portland to learn about its history, keepers and maritime heritage? This one isn’t free but at only £3 per adult it’s very affordable.

Go potty!

Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent invites people to enter its site for free. This gives you the opportunity to explore the Grade II listed outdoor areas, Burleigh Factory Shop, Middleport Studios and Clay College Gallery.

Do you toboggan?

Now this is a really unique one, as Pembrey Country Park in Llanelli, Wales is home to the country’s longest toboggan ride. In the process you can take in the breath-taking views of the park before enjoying an exhilarating journey down. Rides are priced at just £3.50 each or three for £7.

Hook, line and sinker

Is there anything more relaxing than a spot of fishing? Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it, as the Canal & River Trust is offering free learner sessions at Grand Union Canal in Marsworth.

Take a hike

Cramon Island in Edinburgh is accessible by foot thanks to a paved path at low tide. It presents beautiful views and plenty of fresh air, plus it’s a free activity to enjoy with dad. It does involve a £4 bus ride from the city centre, unless of course you want to walk all the way there and back to really get your steps in.

Make a splash

Lido Ponty in Pontypridd, Wales is the perfect place for those who enjoy a leisurely swim. With a main pool, an activity pool, and even a splash pool for little ones, there’s plenty to do and you can also grab a bite whilst there. Entry is just £3 for adults and children go free, making it a low-cost day out for the whole family.

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