Fab Father's Day Days Out Ideas

Father's Day on 16th June is the perfect time to show Dad how much he means to you - what better way to show you care than with a day out in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond

If you're stuck for what to do to treat Dad, we've put together a few ideas for family days out that everyone will love!

1. Laser Tag and Ten Pin Bowling at Planet Laser

You can spend the whole day at Planet Laser and there's something for the whole family to join in with. Home to the UK’s biggest multi level laser tag arenas featuring a 30 player Helios Pro Laser Gun System, put Dad through his paces and see who comes out as 'Top Dog'. 

All generations can enjoy a a game or two of ten-pin bowling and spend your 2p pennies in the amusement arcade.

2. Longbow course at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

A fantastic and experience for Dad to enjoy, book a place on the longbow course with Arnor Heritage at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. The course provides an introduction into the fascinating history of the English longbow along with an opportunity to use these iconic items. 

Priced at £40 per person, you can learn about the medieval longbow and how it was used in a mix of classroom and range activities. All equipment is provided and the session includes personal tuition, a range of bow weights and plenty of shooting time. 

Afterwards, the family can enjoy a walk through West Stow Country Park where there's 125 acres of unspoilt countryside, trails, heath and woodland walks to explore 

3. Palace House Newmarket

Perfect for Dads who are a fan of the races, a visit to the National Heritage Centre at Palace House in Newmarket is the ideal way to spend Father's Day. There are three complementary attractions; a new National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses and learn what they do after racing, in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses!

There's a range of interactive and audio-visual displays and for the competitive Dad, have a go on the racehorse simulator and learn what it takes to be a jockey.

In the Rothschild Yard you can meet the heroes of the sport, the racehorse. Up to eight former racehorses are stabled here while they are retrained to go onto a new career after racing. Chat with the Retraining of Racehorses staff and learn all you need to know about these wonderful creatures. 

4. Brewery Tours at Greene King

What better way to show Dad you care than by treating him to a brewery tour at Bury St Edmund's historic brewery, Greene King! 

The daily public tours of its Georgian-era brewery (11am on Sunday 16th June) are a guided 1 hour 40 minute journey around the historic working brew house to see where many of the nation’s favourite ales are brewed, including Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale, which is famously named for the brewers who used to work at Bury St Edmunds’ Great Abbey hundreds of years ago. 

The tour also includes a trip up to the roof for one of the best panoramic views of the market town and finishes with a tutored beer tasting in the Greene King Beer Café! Here you can also enjoy lunch with fresh beer on tap and locally roasted coffee, homemade cakes and light bites served throughout the day. 

The shop sells beers and gifts to take away and you can also find some great ales inspired by the local region, including St Edmunds and Suffolk Springer.

5. Gentleman's Afternoon Tea at Ben's Restaurant

All of the ingredients used in the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea at Ben's Restaurant in Bury St Edmunds have been locally sourced, so not only is it delicious, it's perfect for Dad's who have adopted a more sustainable lifestyle too! 

Open to all, the Afternoon Tea is priced at £23.50 per person and comes with half a pint of draught beer, ale or cider of your choice, or loose leaf tea. Instead of the trditional dainty sandwiches, Dad can tuck in to a pork Scotch egg, barbecue pulled pork slider, smoked mackerel pate, toasted crostini, bacon crisp, pigeon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, blue cheese and ham scone, and beetroot relish.

To book a table visit

6. Family Feasting at CASA

Treat Dad to a delicious platter at CASA this Sunday 16th June. There are two menus on offer - the meat platter and the vegan/vegetarian platter.

For £25, which includes a glass of wine or pint of beer, the meat platter includes Chorizo in red wine, roast pork belly with crispy Serrano ham, lamb koftas and spiced chicken skewers served with roasted Moroccan potatoes, Rosemary fries, CASA slaw, a selection of dips and pitta.

On the Vegetarian/Vegan platter there's halloumi, falafel, courgette koftas, smoked tofu with crispy parsnips served with roasted Moroccan potatoes, Mediterranean vegetables, Rosemary fries, a selection of dips and pitta.

To book a table, call 01284 701313

7. Embrace the outdoors at Explore 4X4

Located on the Elveden Estate, Explore 4x4 offer a range of driving experiences, clay pigeon shooting, archery, crossbows and weekend survival and team challenges! 

The majority of the team are experienced ex-military or serving military - guaranteed to put you through your paces! 

Based on the Elveden Estate, 20 minutes away from the centre of Bury St Edmunds, the estate is also home to the Courtyard Restaurant, where you can stop for lunch or afternoon tea. 

8. Hop on your bike at Maglia Rosso Cycle Centre

If Dad is a cycling enthusiast, then a trip to Maglia Rosso Cycle Centre is a must this Father's Day! The centre is home to a bike shop, cafe and Cyclocross training course; the 1-mile course will test your skills and strength and is perfect for training for the up and coming season. 

The shop stocks a huge range of cycling accessories, clothing and of course, bikes! Plus there's a cafe serving hot & cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks and cakes.

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