Friday, 10 June 2016

Places to take your dad this Father's Day

Treat your dad this Father’s Day with a trip to one of the National Trust’s special places. Visit houses full of history or explore the great outdoors, then enjoy a barbecue, visit a vintage car show or put Dad’s den building skills to the test.

Written by National Trust
For outdoors adventurers
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, Attingham Hall and its rolling parkland were owned by the family for more than 160 years. As their fortunes rose and fell they proved themselves to be spenders, savers and saviours - creating a fascinating story of love and neglect whose mark still stands in Attingham's rooms today. Treat Dad to a day out and discover the traces of the family story together, from the flashy but flawed Picture Gallery roof that contributed to the bankruptcy of the second Lord Berwick, to the paintings of the fifth Lord's prized cattle.

Father's Day 50 Things Challenge, 19 June, 10am - 4pm
Did you challenge your mum on Mother's Day? Can your dad take on the '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' challenge? Climb a tree, hunt for bugs or go for a walk barefoot: see how many things you can try out together throughout the day in this beautiful landscape cared for by the National Trust.
Price: 50p (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01743 708165 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
Dating back 320 million years, these balancing rock formations tower over the heather moorland of Nidderdale at a height of nearly 30 feet. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rocks is a great place for dads wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the labyrinth of paths through this unique landscape.

Den Building for Dads, 19 June, 1pm – 2.30pm
Is your dad up to the challenge of building a den? Have a real wilderness adventure and test his woodland DIY skills while enjoying the wild surroundings of Brimham Rocks.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply). For more information, please call 01423 780688 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

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Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Chedworth Roman Villa was home to some of the richest people in the country during its heyday in the 4th century. Take Dad back in time and visit the intriguing ruins of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country. Marvel at some of the amazing inventions brought to this country by the Romans including mosaics, bathhouses, latrines and even underfloor heating.
Father's day gladiator arena, 18 - 19 June, 10am – 4.30pm
Legio II Augusta, a premier Roman re-enactment group, return to Chedworth with their gladiator arena. Watch exciting displays of gladiatorial fighting, or bring your dad along and see him sold as a slave to fight in the arena. With demonstrations, chats and activities, the weekend will be full of great family fun.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01242 890256 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chedworth-roman-villa

Hatchlands Park, Surrey
Hatchlands Park was built in the 1750s and since then has housed wealthy families, a finishing school for girls and even a printing press. Take the time to wander through 400 acres of rolling parkland and woodland, one of the largest country estates in the area, perfect for dads who enjoy summertime strolls through peaceful landscape.
Father's Day Kite Day, 19 June, 11am – 4pm
Let your dad show off his kite-flying skills at Hatchlands Park during a fun-filled family day out. Bring your own kite or learn how to build one in a kite craft workshop, and test them out around the vast estate.
Price: £3 (normal admission fees apply)
For more information, please call 01483 222482 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
Start with a stroll around Hughenden's extensive woodland and walk in the footsteps of one of Britain's most unlikely Prime Ministers, Benjamin Disraeli. Then visit the Second World War room in Hughenden's cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. Ideal for dads keen on history, take time to experience the immersive wartime displays in the ice house bunker and find out why Hughenden was a prime target for Hitler.
Father's Day den building, 19 June, 11am – 1pm
Team up with your dad in this woodland challenge and see which family can make the best den with help from a National Trust ranger. Can you make the den waterproof? There's only one way to find out.
Price: £5 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01494 755573 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden


Morden Hall Park, London
This tranquil former deer park is one of the few remaining estates that used to line the River Wandle during its industrial heyday. The snuff mills that used to generate the park's income still survive to this day, and the renovated Stable Yard is the heart of the park with a café, second-hand bookshop and a living green centre with exhibitions. With the river meandering through the parkland, creating a haven for wildlife, this is a much-loved rural idyll to visit with your dad.
Father's Day: Solar seekers, 19 June, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy a unique experience of stargazing this Father's Day. Join National Trust and Landsend Astronomers to take a look at the sun through special solar telescopes. With an expert in solar astronomy on hand, learn about our nearest star, space weather and astronomy. You can also help Dad create his very own star factory, a nebula jar, to take home.
Price: £2 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 02085 456850 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Spend a day away from the modern world and take a stroll at Kedleston Hall this Father's Day, where National Trust rangers are caring for the natural environment. Nature-loving dads will feel right at home on the wilderness walk through the most natural part of the parkland. With a mixture of woods and pasture, it is home to some of the oldest veteran trees in Derbyshire and an ideal place to spot owls, buzzards and woodpeckers.
Father's Day Beginners Bushcraft, 19 Jun, 10.30am – 1pm
Treat Dad and let him release his inner caveman with a fun morning of family bushcraft for beginners. Make a shelter from natural materials around the site and learn to start a fire, then reward your hard work with a toasted marshmallow or two.
Price: Dad and 1 child £5, £1.50 for each additional family member
For more information, please call 01332 842191 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall

Leith Hill Place, Surrey
An atmospheric house with panoramic views across the beautiful Surrey countryside, Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of one of England's greatest composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was also where his great uncle, the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, conducted experiments in the grounds. Bring along a picnic and relax in the sunshine, visit a house full of unique history and explore the surroundings with your dad. .
Fathers' Day: Garden Games with Jaques, 19 June, 11am – 5pm
Enjoy a family fun day out playing a variety of garden games such as Croquet, Boules, Jenga and Connect 4. Dads and granddads go free if accompanied by their children (up to 2 free entries per family group). Find out who topples the tower or who wins at Boules.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01306 711 685 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-place

Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Cornwall
Levant Mine has a wealth of interesting history as a copper and tin mining site, with some artefacts dating right back to the Bronze Age. Now cared for by the National Trust this World Heritage site has the only beam engine anywhere in the world that is still in steam on its original mine site - perfect for dads with an interest in engineering. Restored after 60 idle years by a group of volunteers known as the 'Greasy Gang', it is a thrilling experience to see this old engine in action, with its evocative sounds and smells.
Dressing the Copper Ore, 18-19 June, 10am - 4.30pm
Fancy a chance to try breaking rocks using different types of hammers? Visit Levant Mine to find out what it was like to work as a balmaid or balboy, processing the copper ore.
What treasures will you and Dad find?
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01736 786156 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/levant-mine-and-beam-engine

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
This magnificent National Nature Reserve makes a great day out for nature-loving dads. Stackpole lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is famous for its lily ponds which are home to otters, swans and ducks. The former grand estate stretches down to some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, full of idyllic spots for a Father's Day beach picnic and some wildlife spotting.

Dads go Mad, 19 June, 11am - 2pm
Treat your dad to a day free from the stresses of modern living by taking a trip to the woods. Rangers will be on hand to teach traditional hunter-gatherer skills such as fire-making and foraging for wild food. It'll be a day of good old back to basics fun. And you can rest easy that every visit to Stackpole is helping the National Trust care for this special places for Father's Days to come.
Price: £5 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01646 661425
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole
fathers-day-nt-590-3Visitors walking their dogs near a lake at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.


For Foodie Fathers
Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
Perfect for dads with a keen interest in landscape, Sheffield Park is a horticultural work of art created through centuries of landscape design, including work by 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. With four lakes forming the heart of the garden and paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them, it's an ideal place for a stroll on a summer evening.
Father's Day barbecue & late opening, 19 June, 2pm – 9pm
Take the opportunity to enjoy the long summer days by bringing your dad along for a day at Sheffield Park and Garden. A special Father's Day barbecue will be available at the tearoom until 6.30pm, and the gardens will be staying open until 9pm so you can make an evening of it. Walk around this glorious garden and enjoy the sights and sounds of a midsummer evening at Sheffield Park.
Price: Normal admission charges apply plus barbecue items from £5
For more information, please call 01825 790231 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden

Knightshayes Court, Devon
For dads who love to marvel at beautiful gardens and architecture, Knightshayes Court is an ideal day out. Covering an area of just over four acres, Knightshayes has one of the finest gardens in Devon and an extensive collection of plants, with over 1,200 varieties. Take a family stroll around the house, a rare example of the work of William Burges whose richly decorated interiors have always inspired extremes in opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, keep an eye out for gargoyles, corbels and the medieval-inspired great hall.

Father's Day Carvery Lunch, 19 June, 12pm - 2.30pm
Treat your dad to a day out around the magnificent grounds of Knightshayes. Explore the garden in its early summer bloom and enjoy a delicious carvery lunch in the café, made using locally sourced ingredients including vegetables from Knightshayes's very own Kitchen Garden.
Price: £8.95 (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01884 254665 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex
Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. The gardens are being restored to their original 18th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for dads keen on exploring and den-building.

Jazz and Beer on Father's Day, 19 June, 12pm – 3pm
Join Harry Strutters jazz trio for some toe-tapping music. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn to listen to some vintage jazz. Why not treat your dad to a pint from the beer tent too? There's no better way to spend a summer's afternoon.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01730 825 415 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uppark-house-and-garden

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Enjoy a family outing to Blickling Estate and explore the 950 acres of woodland and parkland cared for by the National Trust. The ranger team are working hard to save endangered bird species such as skylarks and woodcocks, so why not take a quiet moment to lose yourself in their stunning birdsong? In the gardens, the double borders and parterre are out in full bloom and the orangery's citrus trees are flourishing, perfect for an early summer's stroll with your dad.

Happy Father's Day, 19 June, 10am - 5pm
Take time to say thanks to your dad, grandad or the father figure in your family. Celebrate with a day out and lunch in the Stables café, and rest easy in the fact that every penny you spend on tasty food goes towards caring for the beautiful Blickling Estate for future generations to enjoy. On the menu there's steak and Woodforde's ale pie, a classic pud and local beer.
Price: Dependent on food choices (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01263 738030 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate
 

For vintage classic dads
Dudmaston, Shropshire
Explore over 875 years of ancient family history with your dad on Father's Day. Discover the stories of the family and workers on Dudmaston estate both past and present with the 'Unheard Voices' film installation, and browse objects in the galleries which bring the estate's past to life in unexpected ways. Outside, the gardens are bursting with life from the colourful herbaceous border to the perfumed rose garden. The American garden will be in full bloom, with rhododendron magnolias, eucryphias and azaleas stealing the show.

Father's Day: Captain Geoffrey's Discovery Day, 19 Jun, 11am – 5.30pm
Bring Dad along to enjoy a day of traditional sporting pursuits and classic cars. Watch as stunning birds of prey fly across the gardens and meet them up close. Enjoy the gleam of the classic cars in the orchard. Try your hand at archery with Shropshire Scouts and make a kite to fly out in the parkland. How high will yours go?
Price: Free event, with small additional charge for craft activity (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01746 780866 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston

Mount Stewart, Co. Down
Voted one of the world's top ten gardens, Mount Stewart is one of the most unusual and inspiring gardens within the National Trust. Lady Londonderry's passion for bold planting and the mild climate of Strangford Lough means rare and tender plants from across the globe have thrived, making it a haven for green-fingered dads. Explore the Londonderry family home restored to glory after the three year restoration programme with new rooms open to visitors for the very first time and collections that haven't been seen before.

Father's Day at Mount Stewart, 19 June, 11am – 5pm
Father's Day is the perfect excuse to get out and about. Treat your dad to a special event at Mount Stewart, explore the grand house and go for a stroll around its famous garden. Mount Stewart will also see the return of its acclaimed vintage car display to celebrate Father's Day. With dozens of classic motors popping up at the front of the mansion, your dad will enjoy reminiscing about yesteryear amongst the impressive backdrop of Mount Stewart's famous gardens.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 028 4278 8387 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart
fathers-day-nt-590-4Surface remains of Levant Mine


Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire
In 1939 Lord and Lady Bearsted vacated Upton, allowing the family-owned merchant bank to move in and escape the London air-raids. The evacuated staff set up a typing pool and canteen in the Long Gallery surrounded by Upton's great art collection. This year, the house has been transformed back to how it would have looked in 1939, with rooms re-created to reflect the time. Treat your dad to a memorable day out, where he can experience wartime history in the house before exploring the sweeping lawns, tumbling terraces and colourful borders outside.

Vintage Transport Weekend, 18 - 19 June, 11am - 4pm
For the second year, Upton will have a fascinating display of vintage vehicles along the driveway and music on the terrace, complementing the work that has been done to transform Upton House back to the way it looked during World War II. The backdrop of the house, forecourt and drive set off any vintage vehicles to perfection so why not treat your dad this Father's Day at this fantastic car display?
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01295 670266 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house-and-gardens


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