May 7, 2024

Let’s hear it for our heroes

This Father’s Day, why not plan a day to remember for the special Dad in your life? Angelina Villa-Clarke finds five ways to make him feel on top of the world.

Raise a glass to Dad at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Taking place on Father’s Day itself (Sunday 16 June), Denbies winery has a ‘Father’s Day On the Lawn’ event, which sees homemade stone-baked pizza being served alongside wine and beer tasting, all set to live music by singer-songwriter Luke Edney. The perfect present for wine connoisseurs, Denbies also offers a range of wine-tasting experiences. The food and wine pairing at the Vineyard Restaurant includes the vineyard’s award-winning wines matched with local produce, all tasted while you look over the wine estate.
Adults £32 and children from £7.95 for the ‘Lawn’ events; from £43 for the wine pairing

He’s always a winner at Brookland’s Museum, Weybridge

Head off to Brookland’s Museum on 16 June and you’ll be transported back in time at the Brooklands Relived 2024 event. There’s Gatsby-style entertainment, live music, and a 1930s-style café and bar. Meanwhile, actors – and many visitors – dress up in vintage clothes to bring the era alive. Motorheads can feel the thrill of the chase by watching the main event: a vintage car race and vehicle display from the Aston Martin Owner’s Club. Tell Dad to dig out his best Gatsby suit and dress to impress. Dad dancing is allowed!
Book in advance: adults £24.95; children £10.45

He’s the bees’ knees at Albury Organic Vineyard, Guildford

Taking place throughout the summer, but also on Father’s Day itself, is a unique Beekeeping Experience at Albury Vineyard. Dad will don a beekeeping suit and learn more about the life of bees with Sergio, the on-site bee farmer. Included is an introduction to the equipment and tools used by bee-keepers and any participants can handle the beehive frames and enjoy a close-up view of the busy workers. After the demonstration, it’s back to the vineyard patio for a Q&A with Sergio, while enjoying a glass of Albury’s award-winning sparkling wine (and the chance to buy some honey). Albury Vineyard is also home to a host of events this summer, including vineyard tours, wildlife walks and crafting experiences. Why not make a weekend of it and visit on Saturday 15 June, for the Albury Wine Festival, which celebrates the vineyards of the Surrey Hills? The day will include tours, tastings and masterclasses with wine experts as well as artisan food and wines from other local vineyards.
Adults £39.95 and children £29.95 for the beekeeping experience

Massage and modern comfort food at Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond

With scenic views over the Thames, the new Riverhouse Restaurant is perfect for a celebratory Father’s Day lunch. Award-winning chef, Vanessa Marx offers modern comfort food with consciously sourced produce and foraged ingredients in harmony with the seasons. Bingham Riverhouse is also home to Bhuti for wellbeing classes and treatments, including deep tissue massages, which can be purchased for any muscle-sore Dads.
From £68 for a Bhuti deep tissue massage

Keep him in the dark at Dans Le Noir, Clerkenwell

To gift a memorable dining experience, Dans Le Noir is hard to beat. For a Dad who is a gourmet aficionado, the restaurant – made famous in Richard Curtis’s film, About Time – casts aside conventional restaurant norms and sees diners enjoy their meals in complete darkness. Created as a way to truly appreciate the taste of food, guests enter a pitch-black dining room where they are guided to their seats by visually impaired servers, they then rely on their senses of taste, smell and touch to experience each dish. Afterwards, the team runs through the menu, showing photos of the meals and drinks served.
From £52 for two courses

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