Stuck for what to get your dad this Father’s day? Why not try something a little different. From surfing days and music festivals to brewery tours and comedy nights, there’s something for everyone.
GO SURFING IN TYNEMOUTH
Head to Tynemouth this Father’s Day and catch a wave. Either bring your own gear or rent it from Tynemouth Surf School on the day. If it gets a little cold, seek refuge in Tynemouth Surfcafe – a cute and quirky little venue, ram-packed with character that always has a great selection of beers on offer. And if beer isn’t you thing, you’ve got to try their mega nachos or their orange hot chocolate! Alternatively you can head to some of the chic bars in Tynemouth village or search for a hidden gem at the market.
EXPERIENCE THE AURORA AT CENTRE FOR LIFE
Visit the Centre For Life’s planetarium and experience the blazing colours of the Northern Lights. The short film follows the work and adventures of photographers as they followed and captured the Northern Lights (or their proper name: aurora borealis), a celestial wonder that has fascinated man for centuries.
HAVE A LAUGH WITH JIMMY CARR
Join Jimmy Carr and his infamous laugh at the Newcastle City Hall for his Greatest Hits Tour. Performing new material as we’ll as his best loved jokes, you’ll be in stitches all night. If you miss him on June 17th, don’t worry as he will be returning to Newcastle on October 20th for a second round of giggles.
BE THRILLED AT GO-KARTING
Go wild at Karting North East. Their 1.2km track can host unto 35 racers – team up with the family or channel wacky races and go for gold! Karting North East also offers archery, paint balling, RX Buggies and 4×4 off-road driving, so there’s bound to be something to suit your dad’s inner adrenaline junkie.
SEE THE SEA AT BLUE REEF AQUARIUM
Pop along to the Blue Reef Aquarium and see all the wonders of the ocean with your dad. The aquarium is home to: sharks, sting rays, turtles, countless species of fish, otters, monkeys, seals, iguanas. As well as their awesome aquatic exhibits, the aquarium will be running talks on fishy father figures, celebrating all the vast role of the father. Check out the feeding times of the various exhibits and meet the loveable creatures – the seals will melt your heart!
CHEERS TO A BEER AT WYLAM BREWERY TOUR
See how some of Newcastle’s best loved craft ales are born at a tour of Wylam brewery. Whether your dad’s an IPA fanatic or a die hard stout lover, the friendly team at Wylam will charm every beer drinker.If you still haven’t gotten your dad a gift, then why not opt for a selection of his favourite beers from the day to take home.
HEAR THE SOUNDS AT DURHAM BLUES, RHYTHM, ROCK FESTIVAL
Durham Blues Festival Returns to the Gala Theatre on June 17th. Headlining the main stage are Blues Legends Dr Feelgood and Aynsley Lister with support from Kyla Brox, Debbie Bond and up and coming group Red Butler. If you’re after something a little more intimate, Solid Entertainment are running an acoustic stage in the venue’s cafe with performances from some of the UK’s best blues singer-songwriters.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST AT THE CYCLE HUB
If cycling is your dad’s favourite hobby, then why not join the crew at the Cycle Hub for a leisurely ride at their Breakfast Club, where every rider can participate in a scenic bike ride, followed by a hearty breakfast sandwich. Located on the Quayside, it’s only a stone’s throw away from some of Newcastle’s coolest bars, restaurants and art galleries if you’re treating your dad to a full day out in the toon.