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Our Favourite Budget Activities for Father's Day

Father's Day is around the corner, but it isn't all about giving gifts. We look at some great ways to treat your Old Man, your Papa, your Dad, or your Pop - and save some money while you're at it


With Father's Day fast approaching we know there will be many families planning an adventure for their Super Dad.

Whether you're a family who walks together, learns together or plays together... there is a plethora of activities available, with very little impact on your wallet.

Get smart


Regardless of where you live, there's bound to be a museum within visiting distance. From London to Cardiff or Edinburgh to Liverpool, there is a whole world out there to discover. If you're a museum connoisseur you might even want to visit the 6 museums that have been short-listed for Museum of the Year.

Historical sites

For those who are members, and those who are not, there is a never ending list of historical sites in the UK for your perusal. Be it taking in a bit of Hadrian's Wall, or discovering the White Cliffs of Dover, there are activities for every interest, and every budget - make sure to check entry prices before you go as they can be quite steep. To see what's in your area here's a few places to look:

Get physical


Plan a picnic, take a ball, and let the day unfurl. Spending time together is what Father's Day is all about.

If he's a puzzle solver not a football fan, pack a new puzzle book, and spend an hour or two solving riddles under a tree. Get the kids to think of all of his favourite things for a picnic and don't forget to throw in a blanket.

Remember to celebrate dad, so, where possible, let the kids do the work. Pack the basket in pieces so they can help carry, and let them pick the spot they think dad will enjoy the most! There are lots of free parks scattered around the country, or you can try the National Trust for a list of alternatives near you.

Hiking trails

If you're up for more of a challenge, why not plan a full day's hike? Make sure you know your terrain in advance so you know how to transport smaller children, don't forget to pack enough sustenance and choose a local place or somewhere in a location you know dad would enjoy. Both of the sites below offer details on where you can hike, how long it should take, level of difficulty and costs:


Many families have taken up cycling again and it's a great activity to do with the whole family. Whether you enjoy off-roading or a quiet ride, check out the National Cycle Network to see where you can ride in your local area. With small children and beginners, we recommend sticking to the green routes, which are car free!

Get crafty

From baking to crafting, the kids can get involved to help create a gift for dad that is personal and made with love. So it could be a handmade card, or a bowl of his favourite Eaton Mess; children love to see the look on someone's face when opening something they've made or while eating something they helped prepare.

If construction is more your thing, why not choose a project such as building a bird house or a Go Kart for the super ambitious! Building things together is a bonding experience, and involves a great deal of listening and problem solving.

Get cozy

Movie night

We can't guarantee good weather, so this is a suggestion for a rainy day or the evening after you return from an outing. Recreate a cinema feeling in your home. From comfortable seating to an array of snacks (even better if the kids have helped prepare them) and a selection of films appropriate for the whole family. Snuggling up together is the perfect way to end the day!

Dinner date

If you have some budding chefs on hand, why not let them choose the menu, help with the shopping and prepare the meal from scratch? The choice could be as simple as making your own pizzas or as complicated as a Sunday Roast - so choose your meal plan depending on age, skill and time required.

Other than entertaining them for hours, they'll have a sense of pride when they dish up the meal. Make sure to provide adequate supervision and offer advice when you notice things going a little awry.

Have a Happy Father's Day!

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