Don't forget that Father's Day is swiftly approaching. It is the one day in the year that you can make your Dad feel special and show him how much you care and appreciate him. There are lots of great places to take him out and about in Yorkshire so please have a look at the ideas below and make sure he has a day to remember!
The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is taking place over next weekend in Leyburn. It is a free festival (so great for those with limited funds) which celebrates the very best food and drink that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. This year there is a Cookery Theatre and large TV screens at either side of the marquee ensure that no-one misses out on the action, of which there is always plenty!
If Dad loves his garden, why not buy him some plants at Braithwaites Garden Centre near Bedale. A traditional nursery, you will receive lots of helpful advice if you are stuck for ideas. Another suggestion for the garden lover is to visit one of The Great Houses, Castles and Gardens of Yorkshire and with over 40 in Yorkshire to discover you are spoilt for choice.
Each property has its own magic, Kiplin Hall, near Richmond has been undergoing major restoration over the past ten years and a small Garden Museum has recently been opened telling the history of the gardens since the Hall was built in 1620. Their Flower Festival runs from 16th to 20th June and there are craft stalls in the grounds too.
Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens are holding their Gardener’s Fair that weekend and the grounds of the Elizabethan home become a gardener’s dream. With a wide range of specialist nurseries displaying superb plants for sale, gardening tools, garden furniture, ornaments and gifts, there is much to excite and inspire amateur and serious gardeners alike.
Does he like to take a snap or two? Fountains Abbey have a Panasonic Photography expert offering advice on how to get the best from nature photography over next weekend. You could also step back in time and journey along the 7.5 mile historic route between Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks. Take a packed lunch and plenty of water to keep you going. Then you'll catch the 825 Nidderdale Rambler back from Brimham Rocks entrance to Fountains Abbey visitor centre.
Scampston Hall and Walled Garden is another lovely day out. The stunningly beautiful walled garden was designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf and the modern perennial meadow planting and swathes of grasses sit comfortable against the back drop of the more traditional areas of the garden and hall.
Helmsley Walled Garden and Vine Café is a great place to take your father for a delicious lunch and a walk around these beautiful gardens. Particularly if the weather is warm it is lovely to sit in the café’s courtyard and enjoy the view of the gardens and Helmsley Castle. For the energetic after visiting the garden, a walk around the castle would round up the perfect day.
Another castle well worth visiting is Skipton Castle that dominates the town of Skipton. It is the only fully roofed Norman Castle in the United Kingdom today and is an interesting place to visit with informative guides who help you relive and learn about the past. The waterlilies will be out in all their glory at Burnby Hall at the moment and now is the most spectacular time to visit these wonderful gardens in late May to September. Afterwards, why not then venture into York for a Father’s go free at York’ s Chocolate Story when accompanying a paying child on a guided tour. In addition, chocolatiers have created an array of special chocolate truffles, aimed specifically at dads and encompassing their favourite flavours. This exclusive range will include whisky, espresso and chilli truffles, and will be available from the York’s Chocolate Story shop.
There are also lots of fabulous pubs and restaurants to take Dad to for a fabulous Sunday lunch. We recommend the Pheasant at Harome, The Horseshoe Inn at Levisham or their sister pub the Fox and Rabbit, Russells Restaurant in York, The Galphay Inn near Ripon or the Black Sheep Brewery Bistro. Both the Black Sheep and Theakstons Brewery offer brewery tours which for the beer loving father would be perfect heaven!
For more suggestions and discounts remember to pick up one of our Go Yorkshire Mini-Guides available from Tourist Information Centres, hotels, cafes and pubs throughout Yorkshire.