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Six ways to celebrate with dad this Father’s Day

Taxi driver, sports coach, cash machine… dads rock! If you’re stuck for ideas on how to treat dad this Father’s Day take some inspiration from us. (Psst! it’s on Sun 19 June.)

HAVE A BBQ

Every dad loves a BBQ – and even more if he doesn’t have to cook it! This time it’s all taken care of thanks to Denbies Wine Estate which is hosting a BBQ on the Lawn on Father’s Day. As well, a two-course BBQ lunch, there will also be beer, bubbles and live music. It’s on Sun 19 June from 11.45am-2pm, and you’ll have to book ahead. Cost is £28 adults; £12.50 children aged 12 and under; £18 for teens aged 13-17.

DRINK GIN… AND MAKE YOUR OWN

Calling all gin lovers… and their dads! What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than making your own gin? Book the Gin Lab experience at Wessex Distillery in Wormley, near Godalming. It’s a two-hour workshop of the best kind – not only do you distill your own bottle of botanical gin – and create your own personalised label – but you also get learn a bit about gin and how it’s made and sample the Wessex Gins. It’s a fun and informal experience. They’re on Thursdays and Saturdays, which frees up the actual Father’s Day for pub lunch! Tickets from £80, book here.

CURRY FAVOUR WITH DAD

If you (or dad) can’t face heading out for Father’s Day, take the food to dad! Or even better, have it delivered. Mandira’s Kitchen near Guildford has put together a special Father’s Day menu which can be delivered directly to your home or dad’s. There’s a classic, vegetarian and vegan option which includes an Indian sharing platter (think samosas, spiced crackers, Bombay mix and chutney); and a choice of curry plus pudding. The ready meals are delivered by Fri 17 June. Cost is from £70 for two. Order here.

JAZZ IT UP AT POLSEDEN LACEY

Lazy Jazz Sundays are back on at Polesden Lacey – and for Jazz-loving dads this is a lovely way to celebrate Father’s Day. The Blue Panthers are playing on June 19, a trio of sax, piano and guitar who offer a softer sound of jazz, playing classics by Jobim, Porter, Brubeck, Benson, Mancini among others. They’ll be playing on the South Lawn from 2-4pm. Bring a picnic and a rug, then just lay back and enjoy the tunes and the views! Free with entry.

GO TO LUNCH… THE SPANISH WAY

Pub lunches and Father’s Day go together like Champagne and oysters! We’ve got our eye on the Father’s Day feast being served up by acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro at The Swan Inn in Claygate. On the menu will be the decadent and delicious traditional Catalan canelón with chicken and pork, served with a green salad. Looks delish. You can book that here.

SEE A COMEDY SHOW

Okay, so not strictly a Father’s Day event but we thought this would be a great night out, if yours is a dad who loves a laugh. And it’s on only a couple of days after Father’s Day, in the Walled Garden at Painshill Cobham. On Tues 21 June, the comedy line up includes an extended set from American comedian Rich Hall, known for his grouchy, deadpan style of comedy and quick wit; the charismatic Nathan Caton, and quirky Laura Lexx as MC. BYO picnic and camp chairs or rug, then stock up on drinks from the bar. Can’t go wrong! Even if it rains, it’ll be funny! Gates open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20, book here.

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