We think dads are pretty cool, so we’re happy to buy into the idea of making a fuss of them, even if Father’s Day was invented by a card company. Card companies don’t make money from our household, mind you – it’s messy child-made cards only here. But we might just push the boat out and have a day out somewhere, especially if the weather stays like this. The National Trust have some great things going on in and around York for Father’s Day – here’s our pick.
Brass band and a BBQ at Nunnington Hall
Leave the picnic at home and indulge in a barbecue while you listen to the Bilsdale Brass Band in the grounds of Nunnington Hall this Father’s Day. Just watch out that those pesky peacocks don’t pinch your sausage.
Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, near York YO62 5UY – 11am to 3pm – Sunday 18th June 2017- normal admission prices (National Trust members free)
Den-building at Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW – Sunday 18th June 2017 – 1pm to 2.30pm – booking essential; call 01423 780688 – car parking £5 per day (National Trust members free)
Live music at Beningbrough Hall
Enjoy the sounds of the Scout and Guide bands in the gardens of Beningbrough Hall this Father’s Day. Can’t be bothered to make another picnic? Treat the man of the moment – and the rest of you – to a roast dinner in the cafe. We visited for the thousandth time last weekend, and the gardens are looking gorgeous. Borrow a magnifying glass for the kids so they can hunt for bugs – ours loved it.
Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire YO30 1DD – 10.30am to 5pm (gardens) – normal admission charges (National Trust members free)
Mow the lawn at Treasurer’s House
Here’s a Father’s Day activity that’s bound to bring out the competitive streak – Treasurer’s House is challenging dads to mow the straightest line across their lawn! Wiggly lines are not allowed, and there are croque monsieurs for the victors! Mowing will take place throughout the day on Sunday 18th June from 11am. The garden games will be out too. Anyone for croquet? And why not visit the house while you’re there? It’s a great place to visit with a fascinating history. Our children loved doing the trail (we’re working up to the ghost tour of the cellar).