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Top six: Father’s Day

5 June 2013 Charlie Kenber

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it can be difficult to find something to do. A number of venues are putting on special events, so why not treat your dad to a taste of London culture? We take you through our pick of top activities for Sunday 16th June – with so many to choose from, we just had to suggest six!

Tour hallowed ground at Lord’s

Take a trip to the world famous cricket ground where as well as seeing the Ashes urn, you can explore the historic Pavilion and Long Room. The tour also includes a visit to the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, which now in its sixtieth year is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world. Its collection, dating as far back as 1864, charts the history of cricket from its first appearance as a major sport in the early 18th century to the features of the modern game, Twenty20 amongst them.

Tour tickets cost £15 for an adult, £9 for a concession

Take charge at the National Army Museum

The National Army Museum often host adventurous events over the Father’s Day weekend, and this year is no different. At ‘Build Your Own…’ you can try your hand engineering military equipment from tanks to trebuchets in miniature, competing for first place. For those a little more adventurous, a rifle training range and rock-climbing wall are also available, and sure to get the heart pumping. Just make sure all children are 7+ and accompanied by an adult.

Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Sample fine brews in the Docklands

For a more sedentary experience, why not head over to The Gun, Docklands and stretch your taste buds? Their Ale Festival is packed with beers and ciders from many top brewers, including Adnams, Sambrooks, Weird Beard Brew Co., Late Knights and Shamblemoose. This lovely gastropub sits just across the Thames from the O2, and boasts a covered, outdoor garden. Either turn up for free and pick the drinks you like the look of, or buy an advance ticket, which for £10 gives you three half pints to try, and a couple of sliders thrown in to “keep your ale-intake steady”!

Grab a bloke’s afternoon tea

Drink Shop & Do is a design shop situated at the bottom of Caledonian Road where everything is for sale. Not only can you buy designer and vintage crafts, furniture and crockery, but you can also eat, and this funky shop in King’s Cross does an afternoon tea fit for a king. Instead of your traditional champagne-fare, the “man’s afternoon tea” menu contains chunky sandwiches, pork scratchings, pickles and a choice of beers. Treat your dad to an indulgent feast.

Explore the magic of backstage

The Polka Theatre for Children throws open its doors this Father’s Day, with a range of free activities available for the whole family. Take a look at the secret world of backstage, or take part in activities ranging from storytelling sessions and tours, to the chance to dress up in costumes from past Polka shows. Children can also meet the stars of Polka's hit summer show, Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play.

Stroll around at Kew

Always a sure-fire favourite, Kew Gardens is a popular destination for Father’s Day jaunts. Wander around one of the world’s most famous gardens, where you can also pop into a conservatory or get up close to nature on the treetop walkway. Explore the site’s 250-year history, and learn about Kew’s considerable contributions to natural science. More than anything, it’s simply easy to while away the hours amongst such beautiful surroundings.

Entrance prices range from £12.50-£14.50, and children 16 and under are free.

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