TOP PLACES TO GO THIS FATHER’S DAY
Want to discover somewhere new this Father’s Day? We caught up with some friends of Chiltern Chatter to find out the best local hotspots to spend Father’s Day.
Louise Webster, Founder of Beyondtheschoolrun.com, a place to inspire, engage & connects parents with the wider working world in the hours available them
For Father’s Day we will be taking Andrew to The Grove. The Stables is one of the restaurants on the hotel grounds and is so family friendly and relaxed but not compromising on style and quality. A great place to sit outside in the sunshine and have a lovely brunch with the family!
Fiona Clark, Founder of Inspired Mums, Career and confidence coaching that empowers mums to find fulfilling and family friendly careers
We love The Look Out Discovery Centre near Bracknell – the indoor area has lots of hands on, interactive exhibits for the kids – like a mini Science Museum! It also has big woodland playgrounds suitable for big and small kids and acres of woodland where you can build dens and go on bike rides and walks. There’s also a Go Ape treetop adventure for anyone with a head for heights!
For a chilled meal out in the sunshine we go to The Gate Inn at Bryants Bottom – there’s a good sized pub garden with play area so the children are happy to play whilst we relax in the sunshine.
Sian Goodspeed, Founder of Flying Start Tuition
If you’re looking for something a bit different to do this Father’s Day, why not try a tree top adventure?! Go Ape at Wendover Woods is a great way to get outdoors and unleash your inner Tarzan! Featuring an exhilarating array of tree top obstacles such as high ropes, tunnels, bridges and an epic ‘wind-in-your-face’ zip wire, you can enjoy the spectacular views and wild landscape across Aylesbury Vale from high up in the trees.
Clare, Founder of Clare Loves, an online store selling British made homeware & gifts
To celebrate Father’s Day, we will have a family dog walk with all our Dads and Grandpas, followed by a walk over the fields to stop off for a lovely lazy Sunday lunch at The Jolly Cricketers pub in Seer Green. – hopefully in the pub garden if sun’s shining. Then a slow amble home. Perfect Father’s Day!
Charlotte, founder of Lottie Nottie, bright, colourful, fun hair accessories for girls
For a Father’s Day treat, Andrew, likes nothing more than a full Sunday roast at The Old Queen’s Head in Penn, followed by a walk somewhere with stunning views such as Coombe Hill or Cliveden. Cliveden have a giant slide attached to the front terrace at the moment while restoration work is taking place. There’s nothing like a whizz down a massive slide with the kids ☺
Claudia Cooke, Wild Training, group outdoor exercise sessions in Great Missenden
I’m going to suggest Odds Farm. I had such a brilliant day out there a few weeks ago with my family and if the little ones are happy then everyone, especially Daddy, is happy. Such a fun, exciting atmosphere with so much to keep everyone entertained.
For all those Dads who are young at heart I’d recommend a day out at ZSL’s Whipsnade Zoo. You’ve not only got access to all the great animals, talks and views across the valley but you can get a mean burger from the BBQ at the main restaurant! Also there’s a new playground and indoor soft play centre to keep all ages occupied, and for the locomotive enthusiasts a steam train that travels through sections of the park. If you’re already busy on Father’s Day then you must visit the NCT Chiltern Cheeky Monkey Tea Party on Saturday 14th at Amersham Common Village Hall 1.30-3.30pm, we have a World Cup theme and football training, music classes, crafts, stalls, cakes and soft play – all for £5 per family.
Lizzie Rawlinson, Founder of Chiltern Cheerleaders
Well, I know what my husband would suggest a day of golf!
But I love a day at Cliveden with my husband Dave and Jack & Alexa getting lost in the Maze and playing hide and seek in the beautiful gardens. Followed by a picnic in the sunshine!!
Ann Corrigan, founder of Clarity Family Law Solicitors, a specialist family law firm in Buckinghamshire and also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer
My daughters are grown-up and live quite far away, but I might spoil Nick by taking him for a leisurely breakfast at the Seasons Deli in Amersham, followed by a game of tennis and a BBQ and beers with some of his mates at the club. Alternatively, we might pop into our favourite pub – The Milton’s Head in Chalfont St Giles for lunch or if I really want to spoil him, I could make him pasta with seafood and chilli at home, followed by a walk across the fields opposite our home in Chalfont St Giles.
Antonia, Sanctum, a private members club for pre-school children, based in the beautiful surroundings of the converted stables at Hillmotts Farm, Beaconsﬁeld
We’ll be spending Father’s Day at The Jolly Cricketers, a quaint gastro pub in Seer Green. The food is delicious, the wine even better, the staff very friendly and welcoming plus they are kiddie and doggie friendly 🙂 If you haven’t been before, it’s well worth a visit, just make sure that you try the warm scotch egg!
Chené Kosielny, founder of PicknMix Communications, a boutique PR and communications agency in Buckinghamshire
A few years ago we rented a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal with another family on father’s day. At the time it cost £80 and we shared the cost and took along a picnic lunch, which we had on the side of the canal before returning to Denham Lock. It was a very special outing, apart from a scary moment when my husband banged the boat into the side of the canal and the children all fell off their seats. We’ve always wanted to do it again. I can really recommend it.