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Looking for some inspiration to treat your loved ones this Father’s Day? We’ve got the ultimate guide to days out with dad in Hampshire. 

From delicious food and drink to fantastic family days out, and from motorsports to water sports – we are sure you will find the perfect Father’s Day treat in Hampshire.

Father’s Day this year falls on Sunday 19 June 2022. For inspiration and ideas, take a read through our guide below for some of our handpicked, favourite things to do this Father’s Day in Hampshire.

Tuck into some tasty food

Treat the special man in your life to a meal out at one of Hampshire’s pubs or restaurants.

Hampshire is famous for its abundance of fine dining restaurants and atmospheric pubs, so there are plenty of places to choose from. If you are looking for the perfect delicious treat, see our guides to the best restaurants and pubs in Hampshire.

See our guide to restaurants in Hampshire

View our guide to pubs in Hampshire

Raise a glass together

Whether your dad is a wine lover, a beer fan, or a cocktail enthusiast – raise a glass with him at one of Hampshire’s breweries, vineyards or cocktail experiences.

Indulge in the best vineyards and breweries that Hampshire has to offer. Take him on a tour of the Ringwood Brewery, spend the day tasting the award-winning wines that are produced in Hampshire’s vineyards, or explore the world-famous Bombay Sapphire Distillery.

See our guide to Vineyards in Hampshire

See our guide to Breweries and Distilleries in Hampshire

Hit the road

If your dad has a passion for vehicles take him to the New Forest to discover over 280 vehicles that have been carefully curated to create the world-famous collection of cars at Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum where there will be a Hot Rod and Custom Show this Father’s Day with hundreds of custom cars along with live music and entertainment. 

If he’d prefer to get in the driver’s seat, take him along to Thruxton to drive his dream supercar at the UK’s fastest racing circuit, go karting at Thruxton Kart Centre, or learn how to handle a Land Rover at the 4x4 Off-Road Centre.

Find out more about the Hot Rod and Custom Show at Beaulieu

Find out more about driving experiences in Hampshire

Fine out more about Thruxton

Go for a spin or take a hike

Father’s Day is also one of the longest days of the year so it’s the perfect opportunity to pack up the bikes or lace up your walking shoes and head out on an outdoor adventure together.

Whether you're looking to accomplish a hike or bike ride there are trails for everyone to enjoy across the county on foot or two wheels.

Find out more about the cycling routes in Hampshire

See our guide to walking and hiking in Hampshire

See family-friendly walks in Hampshire

See all family cycling routes in Hampshire 

Take to the water

If your dad likes to take to the water, there are plenty of opportunities to take to the plunge and try some water sports this Father’s Day.

Make a splash together at the New Forest Water Park, embark on a river expedition with the Father's Day Papa's Paddle with New Forest Activities, go sailing in the Solent, or try stand-up paddle boarding along the county’s coastline.

Find out more about water sports in Hampshire

Find out more about the Father's Day Papa's Paddle with New Forest Activities

Stand-up paddle boarding in Hampshire

Find out more about sailing in Hampshire

Father’s Day at the Beach

Father’s Day is also midsummer and – British summertime weather permitting – the perfect time of year for a day out at the beach. 

Head to the Hampshire coast for some fun in the sun. Stretching from Highcliffe in the west to Chichester Harbour in the east, you can enjoy coastal country parks, nature reserves, and beaches offering views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

Find out more about beaches in Hampshire

Father’s Day Gift Vouchers and Experiences 

If you can’t treat them on the day, give dad, grandad or the special man in your life, something to look forward to with a gift voucher or experience this Father’s Day.

Many of Hampshire’s famous attractions including Thruxton Motorsports CentreHawk Conservancy TrustSpinnaker Tower, and the Watercress Line, all offer gift and experiences vouchers.

If he enjoys his sport, how about tickets to the cricket at The Ageas Bowl, football in Southampton or Portsmouth, or golf experiences and fishing experiences all over the county.

Find out more about cricket in Hampshire

Find out more about Football in Hampshire

Find out more about golf in Hampshire

Find out more about fishing in Hampshire

Make a weekend of it

Make the most of the Father’s Day weekend by booking a night or two to stay in Hampshire.

Hampshire has a variety of places to stay – from quaint self-catering cottages to holiday centres and the best glamping sites. If you are looking to get the family together or maybe treat them to a getaway – we are sure that you will find the perfect break in Hampshire.

Visit our accommodation page and browse a range of hotelscampsitesglamping sites, and self-catering properties

We’d love to see your photos of Hampshire this Father’s Day on our InstagramTwitter, or Facebook pages, take us in your pics by using #VisitHampshire.


Ringwood Brewery
Ringwood Brewery

Beer and Ringwood go hand in hand, as brewing has been part of the town's heritage for centuries.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery based at Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester and 10 miles from Basingstoke. The Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. The distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire, and allows you to discover the flavours of the botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire gin so unique.

Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum
National Motor Museum at Bealieu

Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

Hot Rod and Custom Show at Beaulieu
Run / Rally
Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day at Beaulieu

The return of Hot Rod and Custom to Beaulieu on 19th June. The South's biggest Hot Rod and Custom returns on Father's Day and features hundreds of cool, colourful, custom cars, live music and hip entertainment throughout the day!

Thruxton Motorsports Centre
BTEC at Thruxton Circuit

Thruxton is one of the fastest circuits and one which has hosted many varied events.

New Forest Water Park
Water Based Activities
New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park is a family run business situated just outside Fordingbridge, on the outskirts of the New Forest. They have several activities running on site, wakeboarding, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and the UK's 1st Aqua Park being. The inflatable Aqua Park now measures in at 80 metres long, 40 metres wide and has 2 trampolines, monkey bars, flippers, slides, hurdles, rockers, rollers, an overhang climbing wall, a swing, a giant iceberg(!) and much more.

Father's Day Papa's Paddle with New Forest Activities
Outdoor Event / Activities
Father's Day Papa's Paddle with New Forest Activities

Treat your Papa to a relaxing paddle on the stunning Beaulieu River this Father's Day with New Forest Activities! Enjoy a gentle paddle together through the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve as a family.

Hawk Conservancy Trust
Animal Collection / Zoo
Owl's at the Hawk Conservancy Trust

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a full day out for the whole family. Come see our brilliant birds at some of the most spectacular flying displays in the UK, changing with the seasons so you’ll experience something new every time you visit! See up to 20 birds flying at once, dramatic effects and music during the shows.

Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower - Panoramic View

Experience the view from Spinnaker Tower – the stunning 170-metre icon of the South Coast and Britain’s best viewing tower.  The view decks provide a great introduction to the surrounding area, offering a unique bird’s eye view that makes it a must-do attraction on any visit to Hampshire.

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'
Steam Railway
Autumn on the Watercress Line

Experience the golden age of steam on the Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'! Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or making new ones, sit back, relax and travel through the heart of quintessential English countryside by steam train, looking towards stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

The Ageas Bowl
Sports Ground
The Ageas Bowl

Hampshire Cricket's home since 2001, the picture-perfect Ageas Bowl has established itself as an esteemed international venue across sport and entertainment.

Father's Day Lunch at Sky Park Farm
Father's Day Lunch at Sky Park Farm

Spoil the Dad in your life this Father's Day with lunch in The Grazing Rooms and a FREE beer!

Steamship Shieldhall Father's Day Cruise with Shieldhall Stompers Jazz Band
Heritage & History
Steamship Shieldhall Father's Day Cruise with Shieldhall Stompers Jazz Band

An ideal gift for Father's Day – a cruise on Steamship Shieldhall! Steam down Southampton Water to the Solent, and enjoy the excellent sounds of the Shieldhall Stompers Jazz band!

Father's Day at Exbury Gardens
Father's Day at Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens is treating all dads to 50% off admission into the gardens, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the Model Railway Exhibition over the weekend. Stroll through miles of vibrant late-flowering rhododendrons, enjoy the model rail exhibition, and try out your balancing skills on the Log Trail (new for 2022!) The Model Railway Exhibition in the Engine Shed will have both modern image and steam era models on display, as well as 10 miniature traction engines with demonstrations up and down the main drive in the gardens.