25 ways to treat your dad this Father’s Day

PUBLISHED: 11:24 14 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:24 14 June 2014

There's something on offer for every dad in the area this Father's Day.

There's something on offer for every dad in the area this Father's Day.


Father’s Day is nearly here! But fret not, whatever type of dad yours is — nature lover to history buff, petrolhead to culture vulture — there is something happening to treat him to. SIMON PARKIN picks 25 ways to dazzle your dad with all the family.

• Norwich Art Car Boot FairRedwell Brewery, Trowse Millgate, Norwich, June 15, 11am-6pm, free admission,
There is something for dads of all tastes at this non-profit event organised by Print to the People, Redwell Brewery, Culture Shift Norwich and Feast on the Street. Artworks by new and well-known artist names including Colin Self, Kevin Lee, Nick Ball, Ronald Durban and art ironwork from Holkham Forge. Music from local bands such as Dumbfoundus, The Ketts Hill Gang, The Woodland Creatures and Daisy Victoria. Also workshops, kids activities, demos and food from Proper Pizza, Harbercue and Comrades Canteen. Not forgetting the chance to enjoy Redwell brews.

• Day With A DifferenceGressenhall Farm & Workhouse, June 15, 10am-5pm, normal admission £9.90 (£8.60 cons), £6.50 children, £29 family (2 adults), 01362 860563,
Treat your dad with a day fit for a champion. Is he brave enough to tackle Highline Adventure’s Spider Mountain? The challenges continue with sports and games for all the family. Go World Cup crazy with lots of football-themed things to do. Help create the Great Wall of Gressenhall. 

• Dirty WeekendBircham Newton, June 14-15, 10am-4pm, £5 per vehicle per day, £20 one day off roading, more details at
Breckland Land Rover Club’s annual charity fundraising weekend. Hosted at their training site in Bircham Newton, they have an ever changing off-road course, including the infamous mud-run. Also bar and disco; and big screen football for the England match. Day visits can be paid for at the gate.

• Summer Diesel GalaNorth Norfolk Railway, June 13-15, one day rover tickets on day £19 (£18 cons), £11 children, 01263 820800,
Over three days this weekend, including Father’s Day, enjoy a memorable Poppy Line event with diesel traction in plenty and an intensive timetable. They are bringing in several visiting locos for, including several East Anglian types to commemorate 50 years since the closure of the Melton Constable to Sheringham line in 1964.

• Father’s VIP DayBure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, June 15, 11.10am, £23, £12 children, 01263 733858,
Treat your father to this now annual special train package on the Bure Valley Railway, including lunch at the Whistlestop and chance to drive an engine. Trains depart Wroxham at 11.10am, 12.40pm and 2pm. Spaces are limited so book sharpish.

• Railway Open DayBarton House Railway, Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, June 15, 2.30pm-5.30pm, £3, £1.50 under-14s, 01603 782008.
Barton House Railway’s Open Day offers the chance to ride on two miniature railways in the garden, operating steam and electric locomotives. Visit the museum and take refreshments on the lawn or by the river. Go by road or by free electric boat from Wroxham Bridge - continuous service during opening times. Also a model railway show.

• Nelson MonumentSouth Quay, Great Yarmouth, June 15, more details on 01493 850698,
Nelson’s Monument, also known as The Norfolk Pillar, stands 44m tall above Yarmouth. Father’s Day offers another opportunity to climb the 217 steps of this Grade I listed monument to experience the breathtaking views over the resort, along the coast and, on a clear day, even Norwich Cathedral.

• Boys & ToysOxburgh Hall, Oxborough, near Swaffham, June 15, 10.30am-5pm, normal admission charges, 01366 328258,
No-one ever forgets their first sight of Oxburgh - a romantic, moated manor house. Built by the Bedingfeld family in the 15th century, they have lived here ever since. This special Father’s Day event for this always popular event, with displays of boats, trains, planes, and engines, by a variety of model clubs.

• Bandit Memorial BangersNorfolk Arena, King’s Lynn, June 15, 1pm, £14 on gate (£11 cons), £6 children (12-15), under-11s free,
One of the banger racing highlights of the year comes to the Norfolk Arena on Father’s Day with the 11th staging of the Bandit Memorial, in memory of former racer Michael ‘Bandit’ Bailey. Race categories including unlimited bangers, two-litre bangers and saloon stocks. As ever expected lots of ensuing mayhem amid some nifty racing skills.

• Vintage Tractor Road RunManor Farm, Gayton Road, Grimston, King’s Lynn, June 15, 10am-5pm, free admission, 01485 600337
The procession of vintage tractors will leave Manor Farm at 10.30am for this popular Father’s Day staple, returning at 2.30pm. The country fayre from 2.30pm with include live music, performing dog team, craft demos, steam traction machinery and classic cars. See over 40 vintage tractors and chat to the drivers. It’s an afternoon of old fashioned family fun.

• Swaffham-Thetford Railway Anniversary Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham Station, June 14-15, 1pm, £25, pre-book 01362 851723,
The weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Swaffham-Thetford Railway. This line was one of the first in Norfolk to close under the 1963 Beeching Report. To commemorate the axing, Mid-Norfolk Railway is running vintage bus tours of some of the remaining parts of the route. The bus will leave Dereham Station at 1pm.

• Estate Cycle RideBlickling Hall, June 15, 10.30am-12pm, included in normal admission, 01263 738030,
Once the home of the Boleyn family, Blickling now encompasses nearly 5,000 acres. Join head warden Dave and explore this beautiful Norfolk estate by bike. Find out about hidden and long forgotten buildings and how much land was really owned by those who lived in the big house. Alternatively take a Segway tour. 

• Memories of the MillStubb Mill, Hickling, June 15, 11.30am/2pm, £3.50, pre-book 01692 598276,
Join Hazel Nudd for Father’s Day tours of the wonderful Stubb Mill. Look at historical photographs and climb up into the cap to see the inner workings. As well as getting a wonderful insight into Norfolk history, there are fabulous views across the nature reserve. There’s a 1.2km walk to the mill and steps to climb.

• Loddon Scarecrow FestivalLoddon, June 14-15, 12pm-5pm, £1 scarecrow programme/£5 open garden programmes from Holy Trinity Church, 01508 520204
Loddon will be transformed into a fairytale wonderland over the weekend when this year’s Scarecrow Festival takes place. Organised by the Loddon and district business association, it attracts people from across Norfolk and beyond. Buy a programme for £1 (from Rosie Lee’s tea room), follow a trail and then vote for your favourite. Open gardens, trips up the church tower and family fun too. 

• Superbikes ChampionshipSnetterton, June 13-15, £32 race day admission on gate,
The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship blasts into Norfolk. Snetterton remains one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and the Speedy round of the championship is set for another ferocious contest as championship leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne bids to return to winning ways. With an international field featuring a resurgent Ryuichi Kiyonari, American John Hopkins and the Brit pack including Chris Walker, James Ellison and Tommy Bridewell. The fabulous ‘300’ circuit at Snetterton is renowned for intense racing and plenty of overtaking action on its super-fast layout.

• Bushcraft DayBroads Tourist Information, Norwich Road, Wroxham, June 15, £50, £35 children, 0845 4969177,
Mark the Canoe Man has over 35 years of experience in outdoor/adventure activities and his specialist area is expedition bush craft. He will be passing on some of his knowledge during this special Father’s Day course. No previous experience required, just bring along a good sense of humour!

• Broads Father’s DayMuseum of the Broads, Stalham, June 15, 10.30am-4pm, free admission, 01692 581681. 
Here’s a Father’s Day treat combining history and boating. The Museum of the Broads has free admission and a free trip on steam boat Falcon for all fathers who bring their child with them. Normal museum and boat trip charges for all others. Pre-book for boat trips.

• Free-Bee BonanzaBewilderwood, Hoveton, June 15, 01692 633033.
Father’s Day at Bewilderwood includes lots of activities and the Free-Bee Bonanza means its free entry for dads and if you dress in black and yellow (stripes) you can collect an extra special treat for your dad at storytelling time. 

• Father’s Day Boat TripsBroads Tours, Wroxham, 9am-5pm, £34 for three hours, pre-book 01603 782207,
What could be better as a Father’s day treat than messing about on boats? As a special Father’s Day day boat hire deal Broads Tours at Wroxham is offering three hours hire for the price of two (£34) on a boat for up to eight people with dad on board.

• Daring DadsGo Ape, Thetford Forest, open daily, £32, £24 ages 10-17, £17 children (over 1m tall), Segway tours £35 per person, pre-book 0843 770 3748,
Take your dad on a family adventure and dare him to do something different. Take a trip to Go Ape at Thetford Forest which has high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire. If you’re not a fan of heights, you can enjoy a Segway forest tour.

• Military Vehicle ShowIWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, June 15, 10am-5pm, £18.50 (£14.80 cons), under-16s free, 01223 499353,
Hundreds of military vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from motorcycles to jeeps, ambulances to huge trucks and tanks on display at this special Father’s Day event at Duxford. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, a number of D-Day-related vehicles will also be on show including a 1943 Ford Willys GPW Jeep. You can see a selection of First World War vehicles. See the vehicles in action and don’t miss the tank demonstrations and tank rides.

• Wonder of BirdsNorwich Castle Museum, until September 4, Sun 1pm-5pm, exhibition tickets £3.60, £2.60 under-18s, under-4s free, 01603 493648,
This major new exhibition exploring the cultural impact of birds upon mankind is a perfect day out for nature and art loving dads. From awe to fear, from pleasure to cruelty – birds have intrigued humanity since the earliest of times. This fascinating collection spans the centuries, featuring exhibits from both local and national collections, ranging from the arts, natural history, archaeology, fashion and social history. 

• St Benet’s Abbey WalkLudham, June 15, 1pm, free places, 01603 462987,
Norfolk Archaeological Trust’s guided walk to the historic St Benet’s Abbey on the River Bure is a perfect Father’s day family stroll. Find out about the dramatic rise and fall of this icon of the Broads - from a powerhouse that helped make the Broads landscape, to a romantic ruin with a windmill built on top of it. 

• 10K Beach RunHunstanton Beach, June 15, 1pm, for further details see
Are you and your dad runners? Why not join in for this charity run for both serious and novice runners along Hunstanton’s glorious beach. The run will take place along the firm sand of Hunstanton Beach, starting at the Oasis. Music and a warm up provided by the Oasis. In aid of Stroke Association and the Friends of the Stroke Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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