While many lockdown restrictions are easing across parts of the UK, the pubs and restaurants you might usually visit to celebrate Father’s Day are sadly still closed. So while you might not be able to treat your dad to an afternoon in a beer garden or Sunday roast at your local, there are still plenty of ways to make the occasion special without breaking the rules! Here are five last-minute ideas to put a smile on his face this Sunday...
- The Traditional British Picnic
Although we can’t promise blue skies and sunshine, the great British summer wouldn’t be complete without a picnic. Packed full of your father’s favourites, fill a basket with treats from scotch eggs to sandwiches and head to your favourite local spot or simply the back garden for a relaxing afternoon... if it rains, move things indoors and set up your blanket on the floor!
- Take a Virtual Class
A great gift idea and bonding activity, our favourite London Bakery, Bread Ahead, has been running virtual baking classes throughout the pandemic. Whether dad is an avid baker or just a beginner, Bread Ahead’s E-Learning courses range from doughnut making to gluten-free baking. Starting from £25, they’re also competitively priced too. Find out more here.
- Recreate the Restaurant
If you’ve been spending lockdown homing your cooking skills, now is the time to show them off. A real showstopper, Beef Wellington is one of the most indulgent dishes and also a challenge to cook but this recipe from Tasty makes it look easy. Alternatively, why not opt for the traditional Sunday roast with all of the trimmings, followed by dad’s favourite dessert. We love this recipe, which features a giant Yorkshire pudding for a father-friendly twist! Bon appetit!
- Games Night
Since we’ve been spending so much time indoors, we’ve also been spending a lot more time in front of the television. For one night only, why not turn off Netflix and gather your household around the table for an evening playing all of your childhood favourite games; from Scrabble to Monopoly, grab some drinks and a scorecard and maybe even let dad win - just once!
- Leave the House
The past few months have kept us all inside but with lockdown measures easing it is possible to get out and about this Sunday. Just a short drive from London, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire offers 2000 acres of parkland to explore and enjoy some much-needed fresh air. Elsewhere, the National Trust is slowly reopening its parks and gardens, providing the perfect platform for a day of exploration with dad. Head to their website to plan your adventure.