17 ways to treat your dad this Father's Day in Gloucestershire

With everything from DIY burgers to hair-raising experience days, SoGlos rounds up the top 17 ways to spoil your dad, grandad or father figure this Father's Day in Gloucestershire.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Discover 17 of the best ways to treat your dad this Father's Day 2024 in Gloucestershire.

Treat your dad to an experience he'll treasure for years to come this Father's Day on Sunday 16 June 2024.

SoGlos handpicks some of the most thoughtful, local gift ideas from Gloucestershire businesses, with an impressive selection spanning independent retailers to family days out.

Father’s Day at the Royal Three Counties Show

Treat your dad to a fantastic day out at the Royal Three Counties Show, taking place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June 2024, with more than 6,000 animals to meet; exhilarating live entertainment such as motorcycle stunt shows and parachute displays from the Red Devils; and live cookery demonstrations from renowned chefs in the Food and Drink Theatre — plus, a visit from Kaleb Cooper on the big day!

Dinosaur Day at Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle near Stroud is travelling back in time this Father's Day with the arrival of some adorable baby dinosaurs!

As well as meeting the hatchlings and their handlers in the grounds, step inside the medieval castle walls to view the cell where King Edward II was held, Sir Francis Drake’s cabin chest, Queen Elizabeth I’s bedspread and more historic artefacts, making for a fascinating family day out.

DIY burger boxes from the Beefy Boys

For burger-loving dads, gift the treat of a homemade juicy Beefy Boys burger with a DIY Father's Day burger box.

Boxes come complete with everything needed to build four dream burgers, plus a bottle of cult favourite Hellboy Sauce, a can of beer and a signature Beefy Boys trucker cap. The ingredients arrive in insulated envelopes with frozen gel packs to ensure optimum freshness for a delicious meaty meal. And you can grab the brand-new Beefy Boys cookbook to learn to make the legendary meaty masterpieces and super sides from scratch!

Father's Day at Gloucester Quays

Truly spoil the father figure in your life this Father's Day with a whole array of activities at Gloucester Quays.

Browse the impressive range of outlet stores for the perfect gift — with discounts of up to 70 per cent — then head for a meal at one of the many inviting dockside restaurants, from Coal Kitchen to Wagamama and so much more, before catching a movie at Cineworld.

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership

Give the gift of the great outdoors with an annual membership to Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury. A membership includes free entry to the glorious grounds of the National Arboretum all year round, plus free entry for up to four children or grandchildren on each visit.

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum offers annual memberships from £42, with members also benefiting from early-bird booking opportunities for events like Forest Live and the magical Enchanted Christmas event — and best of all, each membership also goes towards helping to fund Westonbirt’s important conservation work, protecting the arboretum for generations to come.

Father's Day at The Ivy in Cheltenham

For a decadent celebration, book a table at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham.

Offering a spectacular menu especially for Father's Day, choose from two or three courses, with highlights including a 8oz dry-aged sirloin steak; chargrilled halloumi with oxheart tomatoes; and desserts including The Ivy Chocolate Bombe and Crème Brûlée — dads will also receive a limited edition Ivy pale ale to accompany their meal.

The curated Father's Day set menu is available exclusively from 11.30am on Sunday 16 June 2024.

Father's Day pampering at The King's Head Cirencester

From Friday 14 June until Friday 21 June 2024, zen-seeking dads can head to The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester for a special Father's Day spa session.

For £60 per person, the relaxing package includes a session of express grooming, a 45-minute treatment of choice, use of the thermal suite for one hour and a pint of beer at The Kings Head hotel bar — all wrapped up in complimentary towels, a robe and slippers.

Steam and Ale Festival with the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Show dad a steaming good time with a ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway this Father’s Day, as the Steam and Ale Festival returns from Friday 14 June until Sunday 16 June 2024. 

Taste more than 45 local real ales at the bars set up at both Winchcombe and Toddington stations, then climb aboard a heritage steam or diesel train and enjoy a glorious ride through the picturesque Cotswold countryside.

Father’s Day at 270 Climbing Park in Gloucester

Active kids will love putting their dads to the test on the high ropes activity tower at 270 Climbing Park in Gloucester. Offering multi-level high ropes, wobbly bridges and a 21-metre free fall that will really get the adrenaline pumping!

The activity tower itself is the tallest of its kind in Europe, standing at 22 metres high. Each platform features its own hair-raising activity, including an 11 metre high zip line and a free fall jump from the very top of the tower.

Cotswolds Distillery Tour and Tasting

For fathers who enjoy the finer things in life, a Cotswolds Distillery tour and tasting makes for a fantastic present.

For £25 per person, discerning dads can take a tour of the distillery in Stourton, learn about how its award-winning spirits are made, see and smell the distilling process in action and sample a range of spirits and liqueurs. There's also the option to extend the day and include lunch for £37 per person.

Complimentary beer at Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham

Free Coronas for all dining dads at Brasserie Blanc Cheltenham this Father's Day — à votre santé!

Families can also dig into two delicious sharing roast boards specially created, including apricot-stuffed outdoor-bred pork belly or tender lamb shoulder roulade, both served with all the trimmings.

Free Father's Day lunch at Sudeley Castle and Gardens

Explore the glorious grounds of Sudeley Castle and Gardens before tucking into a family feast — with dads eating free!

Within the surroundings of coats of arms, treat the King of your family to a free burger or veggie burger alongside a pint of beer or cider at the historically renovated Castle Coach House. The offer is available with a general admission ticket.

Winter sports at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Another unique option for dads who prefer their days to be action-packed, the Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre offers all the thrills and spills of the slopes without having to leave the county.

With sessions in skiing, snowboarding and tubing, families can glide (or stumble) down either the 255 metre main slope or the 40 metre nursery slope. For those adventuring into tricks, the Fun Park has plenty of apparatus to experiment on, including ramps and rails — all accompanied by a soft landing on Snowflex surfacing. 

Rally car driving at Cotswold Driving Experiences in Cirencester

Go off-road for a Father's Day experience unlike any other, at the multi-award winning Cotswold Driving Experiences in Cirencester.

Get behind the wheels of rally cars and 4x4s and accelerate around the purpose-built tracks, advised by chief instructor and ex-European rally champion, Andy Gwynne. Families can choose from a half-day to a full-day of putting pedal to the metal, plus, there's an option to take an adrenaline-fueled White Knuckle Rally Passenger Ride with an expert driver.

Free admission for dads to the Dean Heritage Centre

Dads can discover the picturesque and historic site of the Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean for free this Father's Day.

Follow the Gruffalo Trail through the woodland and explore the range of immersive exhibits before relaxing with a snack and coffee at the Heritage Coffee Shop.

Father's Day brownies at Hetty's Kitchen

Chocolate-loving dads are in luck this Father's Day as Hetty's Kitchen is mixing a mouth-watering brownie recipe just for them.

The selection of flavours is almost endless and boxes can be ordered and enjoyed at home or browsed at the recently opened Hetty's Place at Gloucester Food Dock.

Free DJ event at Stroud Brewery

Daddy Cool can get down to some live music at Stroud Brewery's free Sunday Stylin' event with a DJ session from J Beefy K.

This Father's Day from 2pm until 5pm, Beefy K — a Stroud music scene staple — will be spinning a mixture of Afrobeats, reggae and chilled house music while you sit back with a pint of crisp cider from the main bar at the taproom.

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