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Father’s Day in York 2021 – Gift ideas and lovely things to do

The sun’s shining and Father’s Day is fast approaching. Our children have already decided what to give Mr Viking to say thank you for his hard work, patience and cheese toasties (spoiler alert: it’s something that goes on your feet before you put on your shoes…). If you’re looking for a more original gift or experience, take a look at our ideas, from things to buy to places to go around York.


Rainbows Ceramics York

Paint at home with Rainbows Ceramics

Nothing beats a hand-made gift, so why not paint one together on the day? Or just enjoy a family painting session? Choose your items and colours, collect from Rainbows Ceramics and get creative! Use your Little Vikings Family Card for a 10% discount on your items (subject to availability).

Visit the Rainbows Ceramics website


Father's Day York Sunday lunch

Tuck into a Sunday feast at Middletons

Enjoy a sparkling Father’s Day Sunday lunch cooked by someone else, and the washing up is taken care of too! There’ll be three courses and a little surprise to look forward to, too.

Visit the Middletons website


Krep York

Stroll around York and pick up some street food

If you’re after something more casual, why not take a trip into York and pick up something delicious from Shambles Market or one of the other street food vendors? There are some great family-friendly seating areas on Parliament Street and near the Minster, too.

Take a look at our best street food in York


Ainsty Ales Fathers Day York

Buy him some local beer

Ainsty Ales has a range of options, from beer in a box to beer and chocolate tasting sets and even a beer lover’s bundle. Free delivery over £50 and local delivery for York.

Visit the Ainsty Ales website


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Go for a family picnic

Stack up the sandwiches, chop up some veg that nobody will eat (but will make you feel less guilty about the inevitable ice cream) and stuff some crisps in a bag: it’s picnic time! Here are some of our favourite places to picnic in and around York. Why not let the dad of the day have first dibs on the biggest biscuit?

Take a look at our best picnic spots here


Fathers Day The Balloon Tree

Tuck into a Yorkshire feast from The Balloon Tree

Heading out for a picnic? Splash out on a delicious selection of deli delights from The Balloon Tree, including a ‘DAD’ pork pie and Malteser cake – sold!

Visit The Balloon Tree Facebook page for more info


Ambiente Tapas Fathers Day

Stock up on some wine

Ambiente has some lovely gifts for dads who like wine or sherry. Order a box through the website or book a table for lunch and enjoy eating out again at the Fossgate or Goodramgate restaurants.

Visit the Ambiente Tapas website


Brimham Rocks

Go for a Yorkshire walk

Why not stick on your trainers and head out for a family walk? There are some amazing places to explore, and most of them are free to access. How about Brimham Rocks, Sutton Bank or Dalby Forest (just pay to park)?

Take a look at our top walks in and around York


Hole in Wand York

Have a round of wizard golf

If the kids think their dad is magic, why not take him for a round of wizard golf at York’s newest family attraction, The Hole in Wand? Based in Coppergate, it’s fun for the whole family. Use your Little Vikings Family Card to enjoy ice cream, coffee or a hot dog for just £1!

Visit The Hole in Wand website for more info and to book


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