A father and son enjoying a historic day out

Days Out With Dad


Treat dad and the family to a memorable day out this Father's Day, at one of over 400 historic places across the country. With castles, forts, abbeys and palaces to explore, plus our action-packed events programme, here's our pick of the best Father's Day ideas.

Father's Day Events 2017

Great events for the whole family over the Father's Day weekend

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  • Two men sitting on racing cars parked on the grass in front of Wrest Park.

    Father's Day Pit Stop

    Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017 11am-5pm

    Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
    Discover the history of motorsport with interactive activities and full-size replica historic racing cars.

  • A knight knights a father and daughter with his sword.

    Knight's School for Father's Day

    Sat 17 & Sun 18 Jun 2017 11am-5pm

    Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
    Arise, Sir Dad! Become knights for the day and hone your skills for the battlefield this Father's Day.

  • A group of soldiers dressed in bottle green suits carrying swords and riffles.

    Waterloo Weekend

    Sat 17 & Sun 18 Jun 2017 11am-4pm

    Apsley House, London
    Relive the drama and grandeur of the Napoleonic War and come face-to-face with Napoleon's troops.

  • A knight on a horse.

    Grand Medieval Joust

    Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017 11am-5pm

    Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
    Feel the fervour as magnificent knights on horseback clash at the greatest event of medieval England.

  • Jun 18
    Classicc cars parked on the grass in front of Brodsworth Hall.

    Classic Car Show

    Sun 18 Jun 2017 11am-3pm

    Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire
    Treat Dad to a special day out, where a beautiful collection of classic cars will be on display.

  • Children flying brightly coloured kites.

    Kite Festival

    Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017 11am-5pm

    Beeston Castle, Cheshire
    See the summer skies awash with colour as you make your own kite and earn the art of kite-flying.

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Treat dad to a full year of days out from just £46

From grand gardens to amazing artefacts, give Dad a full year of historical days out this Father's Day. An English Heritage membership is his unlimited pass to over 400 historic places across the country. You can even customise your Gift of Membership with a personal message.

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Father’s Day ideas from the English Heritage shop

The past makes a perfect present

From biscuits and chocolates to gardening tools and replica swords, there's a great range of perfect Father's Day gifts available from our online shop. Find something to really make his day.

Find the perfect gift

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