If you ask the kids who rules the roost in our household, they would say me, without hesitation. And while secretly, that makes me laugh, there is some truth to it. Because essentially if I’m not happy about something, then my husband usually has to concede. He always says I am the boss. Even when it comes to our family holiday choices, his ideal trip would be to lounge by the pool and play golf. Which is why, usually, he has to go away with his friends to do that, and not with the family. While not all dads are typical alpha males who love football, beer and gaming, here are some suggestions below, that might appeal and make for good holiday activities to do with dad, next time you plan a trip away.
Head to the Arcade
My boys love a seaside arcade! They’re something nostalgic about the shining bright lights, loud dings from all those machines and endless buttons to press! And for dads who love a bit competition, combined with a trip to the beach, as well as devouring ice cream and fish chips, a visit to the arcade is a must if you’re on a seaside holiday. From Blackpool Pleasure Beach, to Brighton Pier, there is so much fun to be had. Plus, it’s a trip down memory lane for those dads who loved playing old-school video games.
Go Quad Biking
For those dads who enjoy feeling the rush of adrenaline, quad biking is a fun-filled adventure for those seeking the need for speed. From family quad treks over the rolling Yorkshire hills, this is an amazing experience for individuals or groups and there are even quad bikes suitable for everyone aged eight and above. But there are quad bike activities just about anywhere around the world, including the sand dunes of Dubai or nature reserves in Spain’s Murcia region. If you have kids under the age of 16, they need to be accompanied by an adult.
There is a saying: “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” But for many, golf is in fact an obsessive and relaxing pastime. My husband for one is a golfing nut and loves to go abroad to try out as many different golf courses from links to championship and play all day. For those dads who love to tee-off in warmer climes, you can travel the world searching for the ultimate course. Whether you’re planning a golf trip to Greece, an after-safari golf retreat in South Africa or you’re just spending a family weekend getaway in West Kirby in the Wirral, there is always a golf course nearby that can fit the bill all across the world. The best thing? If the rest of the family aren’t so keen on golfing pursuits, there are many golf hotels and spas, that offer activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Sometimes one of my husband’s favourite way to relax with the whole family is to get out and about in the fresh air. There is a wealth of amazing places to discover in the UK. The National Trust is a great place to start. Whether you’re in looking for forest exploration in Lancashire, huge lake walks in the Lake District or family fun in Surrey, there are so many activities to do with dad. Try bug hunting, building dens, and enjoying cream teas for starters – getting back to nature can be a great de-stressor for everyone.
Check out the Local Brewery
If dad enjoys a beer, a brewery tour would be a great way to combine with sightseeing during a city break. Whether it’s the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire, Brewdog Brewery in Scotland or the Guinness Museum in Dublin, there’s much to discover – and drink. Perhaps it might be a lads’ only weekend or a child-free break, but a brewery tour, wine tasting or even gin tasting tour is a fun way to kick back and let loose. Remember to book a taxi transfer to make sure you get back safely if you’ve had one too many!