Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought this month would be the perfect time to discuss some of the wonderful things you can do with your dad in our beautiful region. From seaside days out (my personal favourite), to city explorations and day trips further afield, I’ve put together a list of lovely ways to spend Father’s Day.
So, whether you’re planning a day out with your dad or just want to get him a gift he’ll treasure, here are my top suggestions for things to do and buy for father’s day here in the North East…
Best for Nature-Loving Dads: Farne Island Trip
About an hour’s drive from town sees you arrive at Seahouses - a beautiful coastal town that is worth a visit on its own. However, by purchasing tickets from the tour providers located by the marina, you can take your dad on a sightseeing trip to the Farne Islands.
The wildlife has always enthralled me in the region, and you’ll see some of the best examples on the Farne islands - from cheeky Puffins to lounging seals. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, trips have been prevented from landing on Inner Farne - so you might not get the chance to wander along as the Puffin’s nest this year, but you can enjoy a wildlife spotting trip that tours the islands.
Afterwards, why not head into one of Seahouses’ many famous eateries for some lunch or an evening meal. Lewis’ Fish Restaurant, in particular, is beloved for its traditional fish and chips.
Best for Outdoorsy Dads: Coastal Path Walks
Northumberland’s coastal path isn’t as well known as more famous routes in other parts of the country - but it’s a spectacular way for families who love walking to experience the stunning Northumberland coastline.
The coastal path stretches for 62 miles from Cresswell to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Whether you decide to do it in chunks or and walk the whole thing, you’ll take in headlands, beaches, castles and villages. The official website even has a ‘passport’ you can stamp to commemorate the trip. This is a great bonding experience for you and your father, but you’ll have to be up for some rigorous walking if you’re taking on the entire 100km route!
Best for Hospitality: Tynemouth
Want a more relaxed day out with dad? Head to Tynemouth and book yourself a table at one of the many eateries in the town. There’s something for everyone in Tynemouth, from traditional pub meals to Asian Fusion, Italian and Indian options. You can even eat on the beach with Riley’s Fish Shack down on King Edward’s Bay and The View on Longsands!
Afterwards, take your dad for a tour of some of Tynemouth’s great bars, including The Head of Steam, Lola Jeans, Allards Lounge and more. So, it doesn’t matter if he’s into craft beers, cocktails or win; you’ll find options to suit him in Tynemouth’s bustling hospitality scene.
Best for Shoppers: Quayside Market
If he’s from the region, your dad has already likely been to the Quayside market. Visiting the market, which has been around in some form since 1736, is a treasured memory for most Tynesiders - but many of you will find the market transformed compared to your dad’s memory of it. Now the market boasts a huge collection of vendors selling all sorts of great stuff: artisan craft products, local clothing, condiments and of course, a mouth-watering array of street food.
And because the market takes place every Sunday, you can even make it a Father’s day trip since it’ll fall on Sunday the 20th in 2021.
Best for Quiet Escapes: Northumberland Beaches
We’ve already mentioned Seahouses and the Coastal Path, but if the sun is shining and your dad isn’t into long walks, why not visit one of the quieter bays in Northumberland for some idyllic bonding time together.
The picture below depicts a father and son wandering along the bay in Boulmer, a fishing village more commonly associated with the RAF base nearby. Boulmer is a good example of a place often overlooked by tourists that can be amazing in the summertime, thanks to its serenity and traditional fishing harbour.
Art Gifts for Dad
However, you choose to spend your day, celebrate your father with a lovely gift he’ll appreciate from my site or Cullercoats gallery. I’ve got limited edition prints for the art appreciators, Northumberland wildlife-based mugs for animal lovers and even tea towels for the dads who love to cook. All feature my own unique art and have been made with love here in the North East.
I wish you all a happy Father’s day and hope this article serves all children well for future inspiration for trips out and gift ideas for dad.