Father’s day is on June 16th this year. Why not make the most of the fantastic options Wales has to offer? Fingers crossed for summer sunshine – but even if you can’t guarantee the weather, you can count on there being activities right across Wales to please dads of all types. We’ve got suggestions for exploring our great outdoors, indulging in delicious home grown food and drink, adventurous days out, relaxing pamper options and stylish ideas for treating your dad to new clothes. We hope you have a fantastic day – don’t forget to tweet us @visitwales to tell us where in Wales you chose to celebrate with your dad!
Food Loving Fathers
Does your dad love a cuppa? How about a buffet? Combine the two and elevate them to the super sophisticated heights of a ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’, in Cardiff’s Park Plaza Hotel. A twist on the traditional afternoon tea to appeal to savoury taste buds, your dad can feast on the likes of a mini venison burger and sirloin on ciabatta, along with chocolate mousse and champagne or beer.
Visiting or living in North Wales? Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is a full on foodie treat, with a farm shop, restaurant, tea-rooms, cookery courses and accommodation, surrounded by stunning Snowdonia scenery. Rhug Estate Farm Shop near Corwen is perfect for a mid-trip bison burger or a cuppa, or treat your Dad to an afternoon tea.
Is your dad a bit of an action man? Is he happiest when on an adventure? Create great memories by enjoying an active Father’s Day together. Feel fresh and get your heart racing with a bracing day out white water rafting or paddle boarding at Cardiff’s International White Water centre. Dads who think they’re fabulous drivers, can take to the race-tracks in both North and South Wales. For a wet and wild day jumping off cliffs into the ocean, coasteering will also give you a buzz plus great views. Talking of views, how about seeing sights from the sky? Wales has plenty of options for ballooning, gliding and helicopter flights for a Father’s Day that’s extremely Insta-worthy! For slower paced adventure, we’ve no shortage of amazing fishing trips and wonderful walking trails.
Book Loving Dads
If your dad’s idea of bliss is a good book, favourite armchair and cup of tea, Wales has plenty of literary spots where he can indulge his love and pick out a book gift or three. Hay-on-Wye is Wales’ book town. Situated in Powys, it is packed with tens of bookshops perfect for afternoons of browsing. There are plenty of cafes and pubs for sustenance, plus lovely walks along the river Wye.
Troutmark Books in Cardiff is an institution. Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop can be coupled with a performance or film or a day out in Aberystwyth - make sure to visit the National Library! Browsers in Porthmadog is vintage, The Hours in Brecon is a café and bookshop all in one, while Palas Print is a bright, contemporary bookshop in Caernarfon’s medieval town walls.
Is he a lover of libraries? Wales has some great ones – visit the stunning converted chapel that still has a congregation in Bargoed, or he could take a writing course in beautiful Gladstone's Library in Flintshire. A day out in Llandaff, Cardiff, or Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, will take you to past homes of Welsh writers Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas.
For the gentleman who loves boutiques and classic tailoring, take your dad on a tour of some of Cardiff’s hot spots for high quality items – classic brogues at Brogue Trader, waistcoats, cravats and hats at Hatts Vintage Emporium in Cardiff Market, top of the range razors and gifts at Havana House (formerly The Bear Shop tobacconists). Other notable independent menswear shops include Vaughan Davies in Mold, Aidan Sweeney in Brecon, Ragazzi in Wrexham and Chess Menswear in Llandeilo. Whether bearded or clean shaven, help your dad feel his best with South Wales brand Old Faithful’s shave, beard and skincare range.
We all like to be taken care of sometimes. Whether your dad has a busy job, or busy retired life, you could treat him to some pampering relaxation time. Wales has no shortage of places for him to be spoiled rotten, so why not book you both in for a spa day and spend some quality time together over a swim and treatments? It’d be rude not to join him! The Celtic Manor, The Vale Resort, and St David’s are all super chilled South Wales options. Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa and Quay Hotel & Spa will treat North Wales dads while Lake Country House is in Mid Wales and St Brides is out West.
Craft ale aficionados
Is your dad into the plethora of craft ales that have burst onto the beer market? Welsh breweries are proudly playing a big part in this upsurge, and there are plenty of spirits distilled on home soil too. Take your dad on a tasty tour at Tiny Rebel Newport, Grey Trees in Aberdare, Penderyn Distillery near Brecon or Llangollen in the North East. You could visit a brewery bar to sample new brews, and as it’s Father’s Day you should probably gift him a takeaway or two – perhaps with a few for yourself! Try Pipes or Crafty Devil in Cardiff, Gower or Beer Riff in Swansea, and 3rd Space in Llandudno.
So there you have it, lots of interesting and memorable ways to spend Father’s Day in Wales. If you’re looking for accommodation to make the most of your celebrations, take a look at our accommodation search.
We hope we’ve helped make Dads in Wales happy, as well as those visiting us from across the border. Happy Father’s Day, dads!