Saturday 25 November 2017


12 ways to treat your dad this Father's Day

Whether you want to enjoy a family outing, treat your dad to something special or head out for a delicious meal, discover 12 ways to spoil your dad this Father's Day.

With Father’s Day on the horizon, now’s the time of year to show your dad just how special he is to you – whether you’re looking to impress on a budget or splash-out in style.

Taking place on Sunday 18 June 2017, take a look at SoGlos’s round up of 12 ways to treat your dad in Gloucestershire this Father’s Day, featuring delicious meals out, fun-filled family trips and memorable gifts.


1. A barbecue hamper from Ross & Ross Food


If your dad is a foodie then he’ll love the excuse to get out the barbecue and put Ross & Ross Food’s Ultimate BBQ Hamper to good use! Costing £65, the hamper features a selection of rubs, sauces, salts, jams and oil to make sure you’ve got all the added extras to make your summer barbecues even more delicious.

And if barbecues aren’t his thing, you can also choose from Ross & Ross Food’s impressive selection of other hampers, including The Ultimate Bacon Sarnie Kit, £32, or The XL Man Box Cider, £40. For more information, visit rossandrossfood.co.uk directly.


2. Dinner at Café Rene

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Gloucester’s Café Rene makes the perfect choice if you’re looking to treat your dad to a slap-up meal. Specialising in traditional pub food, Café Rene’s menu features a range of steaks, along with its famous Desperate Dan Burgers. The pub also has its very own cider in addition to plenty of craft beers on draft that you can enjoy in the beer garden.

If you’re planning a visit on Father’s Day you can expect tuck into a Sunday roast, with the option to choose a mix of meats served with all the trimmings. And, if you book in advance, dads can enjoy a free pint with any main meal when dining on Sunday 18 June 2017. For more information, call (01452) 309340 or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


3. A tour of Westons Cider Visitor Centre

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For dads who are partial to the odd tipple, treating your ‘old man’ to a tour of Westons Cider Mill is bound to notch up brownie points. Located just over the border in Herefordshire, the tours offer the chance to learn more about the making of its award-winning cider.

Tours cost £10 for adults and take up to an hour-and-a-half, with the tasting of ciders and perries included. Westons also offers monetary vouchers which are perfect for giving your dad an excuse to stock up on bottles to enjoy at home. For more information, visit westons-cider.co.uk directly.


4. Shop for surprises at King's Walk Shopping Centre


A shopping trip to King’s Walk is ideal if you’re looking for gift inspiration for your dad. The Gloucester retail destination is home to an array of shops where you can hunt for the perfect present, with the chance to pick up box sets at HMV, the latest releases from Games Workshop, books from WH Smiths or fashion buys from River Island and Primark.

If your dad’s a fan of aftershave then you can treat him to a bottle of his favourite from The Fragrance Shop of The Perfume Shop, and make sure you don’t forget to get him a card from Clinton’s.


5. Enjoy a family day out at Berkeley Castle


Family-friendly attraction Berkeley Castle is playing host to a fun-filled Father's Day event on Sunday 18 June 2017, offering visitors the chance to enjoy an audience with the king and queen.

In addition to the medieval archery show, dads can have a go at the sport and learn more about how men made a living as archers. Dads can also take advantage of free entry with a full paying child, and a free lunch when a full-priced main course is purchased.


6. BBQ Bonanza at Ellenborough Park


Take your dad to Cheltenham’s five-star hotel, Ellenborough Park, this Father’s Day for its BBQ Bonanza. The jam-packed event on Sunday 18 June 2017 is bursting with family fun, spanning garden games and plenty of live music designed to offer the ultimate day out in the sun.

The chefs will also be firing up the barbie to grill a range of burgers, steaks and sausages, while the outdoor bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a beer, cider or Pimm’s. The event, which runs from 11.30am to 4pm, costs £30 for adults, £10 for children, and is free for under fives.


7. A clay shooting experience at Ian Coley


If your dad is a bit of a thrill-seeker then he’ll enjoy the chance to take aim at Ian Coley Shooting School near Cheltenham. The Have-A-Go session is £49 for two people and offers the perfect outing for fathers and sons or daughters.

During the session you’ll get to try hitting clays from a variety of different targets, with the experienced instructors guiding you along the way. Ian Coley also has monetary gift vouchers that are ideal for dad to use in the on-site shop or for one-to-one lessons.


8. A day out at Batsford Arboretum


Picture-perfect Cotswold attraction Batsford Arboretum is hosting a special Father’s Day event on Sunday 18 June 2017, with dads enjoying free entry when accompanied by a child.

Head out on a summer walk and explore the beautiful trees and flowers that are in bloom, before tucking into lunch or afternoon tea outdoors in the Garden Terrace Café.


9. A lesson at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex

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If your dad fancies himself as a budding Tiger Woods then he’ll love the chance to perfect his swing with a lesson at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex. The individual lessons, taught by PGA-qualified instructors, take place in Brickhampton’s 28-bay floodlit driving range and offer a choice of 30- or 45-minute one-to-ones, with prices varying.

For a family day out with a difference, why not challenge your dad to a game of footgolf? The fun game combines the disciplines of football and golf and tests players’ aim as they try to complete the course with the fewest amount of shots. A nine-hole round of footgolf costs £10 for adults and £8 for children.


10. Lunch at Stonehouse Court

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Save cooking this Father’s Day and treat your dad to Sunday lunch at Stonehouse Court Hotel. The three-course menu, costing £22.50 per person, is served in the hotel’s Court Brasserie from 12pm to 3.30pm on Sunday 18 June 2017.

The delicious Sunday feast offers the perfect excuse to get the family together to celebrate the man of the moment, while the picturesque grounds are ideal for soaking up the summer sunshine with a pre-lunch drink.


11. A Gloucestershire brewery tour


With Gloucestershire home to an array of craft breweries, beer-loving dads are truly spoilt for choice. Hillside Brewery in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester Brewery and Stroud Brewery all offer tours, inviting visitors to learn more about the art of brewing and of course sample some beers!

Or you could set your dad up for barbecue season by creating a bumper hamper featuring a range of local beers – perfect for sampling in the sunshine while flipping a burger or two.


12. A surprise lunch at Hatherley Manor

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Hatherley Manor’s chefs have devised a delicious three-course set menu to treat your dad to on Sunday 18 June 2017. Located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Hatherley Manor provides a relaxing setting to enjoy lunch with the family this Father’s Day.

The menu, costing £21 per person, features a tempting choice of dishes, including gin-cured salmon with beetroot, and horseradish panna cotta; luxury game steak pie with mashed potato, peas, gravy and a pint of your choice; and sticky toffee pudding, or a plate of local cheeses for dessert.


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