Father’s Day: Where to go, gift ideas and things to do
It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Not sure what to buy your daddy this year?
Instead of gifting her a pair of socks or another shirt and tie set, here are 7 suggestions for things to do in Hertfordshire, places to go or experiences to offer later in the summer.
1. Go rafting at the Olympic site in Herts
For adrenaline junkies …
With the Tokyo Olympics set to begin next month, why not treat Dad to whitewater rafting at the only Olympic venue in Hertfordshire?
The beautiful Lee Valley White Water Center reopened after the lockdown and offers plenty of water fun for adventurous dads – and their families.
It’s time to dive in and hit the rapids for a fun day at Hertfordshire’s legacy of the London 2012 Games.
Located in the 10,000-acre Lee Valley Regional Park, Lee Valley White Water Center is a premier destination in the world offering a host of exciting sports and leisure activities.
If you love adrenaline rushes, you’ll find tons of fun at the center, from rafting on the Olympic course to paddle boarding on the lake.
Then there’s the canoeing, kayaking, Hot Dog sessions in a two-seater inflatable kayak, Hydrospeeding – which is a mix between a float and a bodyboard – and the Water Wipeout inflatable obstacle course on the lake. .
Unleash your thrill-seeker and enjoy an exhilarating activity on the water at the Waltham Cross facility.
To book or buy a gift voucher visit https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/whitewater
2. Visit the Hertfordshire Garden Show
For the green-thumbed enthusiast …
Many dads love to DIY in the garden, so give it a nice bloom day at the Hertfordshire Garden Show.
The event returns to the grounds of Knebworth House this weekend – Saturday June 19 and Father’s Day Sunday June 20.
To book tickets for the Hertfordshire Garden Show, visit www.knebworthhouse.com
3. Take him to the movies
For the cinephile …
With theaters open again, take Dad to see the latest family or blockbuster movie at your nearest independent cinema or multiplex.
Among the films showing at the Odeon Hatfield, Galleria this week is a horror sequel A Quiet Place, Part II, Ryan Reynolds in Hitman’s wife bodyguard and disney Cruel, while In the heights and The father – with Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins – are at Cineworld in Stevenage.
The father can also be seen at the Wyllyotts Theater in Potters Bar later this month, while the Odyssey in St Albans reopens Monday June 21 with Oscar winner Nomadic country.
Community cinema Royston Photo Palace is filtering Six minutes to midnight with Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard this weekend.
If your dad enjoys high-speed action and engines, pre-book tickets to see the final chapter of the Fast Furious franchisee with F9, which includes scenes shot in Hatfield, scheduled for UK cinemas on June 24.
4. Potter on Living Crafts
For the handyman type …
Living Crafts is back at Hatfield House this week for four days of arts and crafts.
From Thursday June 17 to Sunday June 20 – Father’s Day – around a hundred artisans and designer-designers exhibit and showcase their work.
Visit www.livingcrafts.co.uk to book tickets.
5. Experience animal magic at the zoo
For animal lovers …
Why not give dad one of the Incredible animal experiences at Paradise Wildlife Park?
You can get up close to some of the world’s most iconic animal species like never before at Hertfordshire Zoo.
With your experience, you will have a dedicated caretaker to tell you everything about the animal you have chosen.
From hand-feeding fat cats to tickling a tapir, PWP has everything your dad could ask for this Father’s Day.
Alternatively, you can adopt an animal at the White Stubbs Lane site, Broxbourne.
If your dad is more of a Jurassic Park fan, you can even adopt one of the dinosaurs from the dinosaur world.
New for 2021, Herts Zoo will host summer evenings in paradise, where you can look around as the sun sets.
World of Dinosaurs and World of Animals will be open in the evening from 6:30 p.m., with the park closing at 9:30 p.m.
You will be able to see lions and tigers, as well as other animals, at PWP late in the evening.
There will be African drummers, wading birds, face painting, cider, gin and pimm carts, a barbecue and live music.
These special after-hours events will take place every Friday and Saturday from July 30 to August 28.
Tickets sell out quickly. To learn more, visit www.pwpark.com/events/summer-evenings-in-paradise/
6. Go back in time
For history buffs …
After reopening its doors to tourists, book a visit to Hatfield House and learn about the history of this 400-year-old Jacobean mansion.
For the 2021 season, visitors to Hatfield House will also be able to enjoy the special exhibit on the life of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, who was Elizabeth I.
This exhibition, to mark the 500th anniversary of his birth, celebrates the achievements and legacy of Lord Burghley.
For opening hours, visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk
Knebworth House and Gardens are also open and will welcome visitors on weekdays this week and next.
7. Go to the theater
For the culture lover …
Combine history and theater with a visit to the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.
Until July 11, the theatrical feast takes place at the Roman Theater of Verulamium and there is Shakespeare and much more at the historic site.
There is also still time to book a trip for dad to see the adult panto Senmeafella at Hitchin Market Theater before closing his summer race at the end of the month.