Are you celebrating Father’s Day in one of the UK’s finest cities this weekend? If so, here are six unusual ways you can spend your day with dad.
Climbing the O2 Arena
Does your dad like to think of himself as a little adventurous? Then this is the perfect way to find out just how adventurous he really is! Up at the O2 gives you the chance to scale the famous concert venue and enjoy breathtaking views of the city once you reach the top, before making your descent back down. Best of all, you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something together once your feet are firmly back on the ground. If you’d like to see your dad rise to the challenge, be sure to book tickets in advance.
Mastering the art of nigiri-making
All those foodie fathers out there will be happy to hear that this year’s Father’s Day happens to fall on the same day as International Sushi Day. Celebrate both at once by treating your dad to a sushi-making session at one of London’s highest restaurants, Sushisamba. For £19 per person, you will receive all the ingredients you need to roll your own nigiri sushi with expert guidance from Samba’s finest team members.
Experiencing a 007 orchestra
If you’re happy to celebrate a few hours early, then it’s well worth booking tickets to Symphony Hall’s ‘The Best of James Bond’ on Saturday night. In celebration of the nation’s favourite spy, the London Concert Orchestra are joined by singers, Louise Dearman and Oliver Tompsett, for a fantastic night of entertainment. Performing iconic songs from the last 50 years, including Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and Skyfall, this is a must-attend event for any father who’s a fan of Bond.
Watching falcons take flight
Take a walk on the wild side at Blakesley Hall and get up close and personal with some of Britain’s most impressive birds. This year, Falconry Day coincides with Father’s Day, so this is the perfect day out for any dad who’s at one with nature. There will be hawks, owls, buzzards, kites and vultures taking to the skies for three spectacular flight shows. If you’re taking younger members of the family along, the quiz and falconry themed trails will be great entertainment for everyone.
Attending the colourful Manchester Day
Manchester has certainly proved that it’s home to one of Britain’s strongest communities in recent weeks, so this year’s Manchester Day seems even more poignant than usual. If your dad’s a proud Mancunian, take him along to join in with the festivities that truly celebrate the city in all its glory. This year’s theme is Abracadabra! You can expect to witness magic, illusions and other impressive skills from more than 2000 performers. If you take any snaps of your dad enjoying the celebration, you can send them to Manchester Day for your chance of winning a meal for four!
Browsing the shelves of Piccadilly Records
If your dad appreciates rock and roll – or any other genre of music for that matter – then there’s no better place to head in Manchester than Piccadilly Records. In an age where music is mainly consumed online (think Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music…) the fact that this independent record store is still standing strong is a testament to its greatness. Why not treat your dad to a tune or two, whether that be one of his favourites from the good old days, or something new that you have a sneaking suspicion you think he’d enjoy listening to?
Or, if you and your dad are more the staying in type, here are 7 fantastic films you can kick back and enjoy together.
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