With Father’s Day just around the corner, Experience Oxfordshire has got ten of the best ways to treat your Dad on his special day.
1. Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Dad’s travel free with an accompanied ticket holder at Chinnor and Princes Risborough railway for Father’s Day this year, and if you want to truly treat him why not book a trip on an Afternoon Tea Car and indulge in a cream tea?
2. Gastro Pubs Galore
If your Pops is a bit of a foodie – why not treat him to a proper pub lunch at one of Oxfordshire’s finest gastro pubs. The Killingworth Castle in Wootton serves a delicious menu created with only the finest local ingredients; and there’s also the sumptuous Old Swan & Minster Mill, which is perfectly positioned for you to take a wander in the Cotswolds after your meal!
3. Oxford Castle Unlocked
Whether he’s a history buff or you just want to do something a bit different this Father’s Day, take your Dad on a guided tour of Oxford Castle Unlocked, where your costumed guide will reveal the fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1000 year history.
4. Wychwood Brewery tour
Visit the Wychwood Brewery for their Father’s Day Brewery Tour and Breakfast! Enjoy a delicious fry up at The Angel Inn, before embarking on one of the guided tours of the Brewery – which takes visitors through the brewing process of Wychwood and Brakspear Beers, from raw ingredients all the way to the finished product. And the best bit? At the end you can sample their flagship beer, Legendary Hobgoblin, as well as a range of Wychwood and Brakspear bottled beers.
5. Golf at Bicester Golf & Spa Hotel
Set in 134 acres of land, the Bicester Golf Club is a beautiful place to take your Dad for a round of golf this Father’s Day. The 18 hole course boasts 11 lakes and undulating greens to prove a challenge to every player.
6. Dinner at new Randolph hotel
Enjoy a dinner at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel’s recently opened Acanthus restaurant. It’s the perfect blend of contemporary city centre bistro combined with unique character and outstanding British cuisine, making it a fantastic place to take your Dad for a mouth-watering seasonal meal.
7. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Spend a day exploring the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens with your Dad. See the penguins being fed, come face to face with lemurs in the Madagascan Walkthrough and see the rhinos graze on the lawn – the perfect trip for any animal loving Dad!
8. Didcot Railway Centre
Enjoy a personal guided tour of all the loco works and a steam train ride on the Main Demonstration Line at Didcot Railway Centre this Father’s Day – there’s even to be a spitfire flypast in the afternoon* (*weather permitting).
9. Blenheim Palace Flower Show
If he’s got green fingers, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a must! It will be opened by Sir Ian McKellan, and celebrates the very best of gardening. Come and enjoy the 250 stalls in the Shopping Village, and pop into the Grand Floral Pavilion and get some inspiration for your garden from the some of the UK’s finest nurseries and growers.
10. Oxford Official Walking Tours
Enjoy a few hours of quality time with your Dad as you explore the history and heritage of the city of dreaming spires with Oxford Official Walking Tours. Learn about the prestigious University of Oxford and the town’s old traditions with the University and City tour, or hire a private guide and explore one of your Dad’s interests, perhaps Inspector Morse or Alice in Wonderland?