On Sunday 16 June, we celebrate dads here in the New Forest! Whether your father figure is your dad, grandad, stepdad, or another significant role model, you'll find plenty of ways to spoil them. Here are some special activities to make this Father’s Day unforgettable.

Unique day trips

Treat your dad to a fun-filled day (or weekend) in the New Forest. From family friendly Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, to the extensive collection of cars and vehicles at Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum, where this year, they’re hosting The Custom and American Show on Father’s Day, there’s something for everyone.

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On Father’s Day, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum we will be hosting an Italian Bike Ride In. The event runs from 10am-3pm and local motorcycle traders will be present. Everyone is welcome to attend whether or not they are a motorcyclist. On the day, adult admission will be at the special price of £10 and all dads accompanied by their children (young or old) will receive a complimentary museum guide.

Give dad an experience he’ll never forget at New Forest Wildlife Park, with their incredible Keeper Experience. He'll work alongside knowledgeable keepers, getting up close with fascinating animals and learning about their daily lives and habits, delving into a world of extraordinary animal encounters from playful otters to majestic deer.

Keeper experience at New Forest Wildlife Park
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On Sunday 16 June, Steamship Sheildhall will stage a ‘Steam to the Solent Cruise’ from 3.30pm – 7pm. Hop onboard the ship, enjoy beautiful views across to the New Forest, and explore Sheilhall’s historic engine room, boiler room and bridge at close quarters.

Head to Exbury Gardens this Father’s Day, where dad’s go half price on Sunday 16 June! Plus, there are lots of events happening at the gardens, including a brilliant Model Railway Exhibition, a tree climbing competition and an Austin Counties Car Show. It really is the place to be this Father’s Day.

Model Railway at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest
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Outdoor adventures

Spend quality time together exploring the great outdoors of the New Forest! We have a huge list of suggested walking routes, that are all interactive and able to export to Google Maps, and make sure you plan a picnic along the way, packed full of local produce.

Take on 2-hours of adventure with the family this Father’s Day at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre, where you can experience climbing, archery, pioneering and lake activities for just £10pp! Plus, Café Explore will be open on the day for light bites and refreshments to keep bellies full and energy levels up! Make special memories together while being in The Great Outdoors.

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Unleash your inner warrior with Insight Activities! Try out their Medieval Trio, a 2.5 hour session combining archery, axe throwing and crossbow shooting, all within a beautiful woodland setting in the New Forest. Ditch the screens and reconnect with dad in a fun and challenging way, learning these historic skill from expert instructors in a relaxed atmosphere. Pre-booking is essential, so head over to Insight Activities' website and secure your spot for an epic Father's Day unlike any other! Use code GNF10 to claim a 10% discount online.

Treat Dad to a unique family adventure this Father’s Day with New Forest Activities' event, Papa’s Paddle to the Pub! Enjoy a scenic paddle along the historic Beaulieu River by canoe, finishing at the Master Builder’s pub for a well-deserved pint. Fun, family bonding, and unforgettable memories – the perfect way to celebrate all things Dad! 

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Visit Calshot Activities Centre this Father’s Day and make memories that will last a lifetime as you set sail on the Solent, race around the velodrome, or climb to the top of The Wall!

Delicious treats for Dad

Many local pubs and restaurants will feature special menus for Father’s Day. The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel are offering an excellent Father’s Day Lunch, with a four-course menu at £65.

Treat dad to a delicious local breakfast, tasty lunch, or a relaxing cup of tea and cake at a local café or coffee shop, how about Hockey's Farm Farmyard Café, Old Station Tearooms or Woods Bikes and Brews?

Staff at Woods Bikes & Brews in Lyndhurst in the New Forest
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Explore our dining options to find your ideal meal spot! But, if a meal out isn’t possible, surprise dad with some delicious New Forest fudge from Burley Fudge Shop (online orders available). And, if your dad enjoys a tipple, check out the local brews and wines available in our farm shops, making fantastic gifts!

Plan a Father’s Day weekend getaway

It’s not too late to book a last minute escape for Father’s Day for the ultimate weekend in the New Forest to celebrate! Camp under the stars, or book a cosy home-from-home cottage, explore our choice of places to stay and plan your family getaway!

Wishing all the dads an amazing Father’s Day and thank you for everything you do!