How to Celebrate Father’s Day This Year: Manchester and the North

Holly Eliza Temple

Our pick of things to do, drink and eat this year, wherever you are in the North
For many of us, Father’s Day will feel special this year, as we may be able to celebrate the day by dining and drinking with our Dads after months of lockdown. We’ve selected our top pick of things to do on Sunday 20th June no matter where you are ­– from Manchester to Masham.
Eat Well MCR
The Eat Well collective in Manchester has provided chef-prepared meals to vulnerable people and keyworkers in Manchester since April 2020. To continue raising support, as well as providing Mancunians with top quality, lovingly-prepared food, Eat Well have launched their own online marketplace, where customers can purchase their own food and drink delivery service from a weekly selection of the city’s finest restaurants and producers. Why not treat your Dad (and the rest of the family) to a Shoulder of Lamb and Dauphinoise meal kit, a Luxury Weekend Breakfast Hamper, or a bottle of Dishoom’s Old Fashioned. Select a direct-to-door delivery date, or conveniently pick up from Cloudwater Brewery in the city centre.

JORVIK Viking Centre, York
For the fathers that fancy themselves an archaeologist or historian, the JORVIK Viking Centre in the historic city of York will not disappoint. The 1972 Coppergate Dig discovered exciting evidence of Viking life in York, including clothing and shoes, seeds and pollen, and animal and insect remains. Bringing the past to life with impressive interactive displays and an in-museum ride, even the most disinterested teenager will find something to enjoy ––book your visit to JORVIK now, with family tickets available.

Bury Transport Museum
The historic Bury Transport Museum is welcoming you back (weekends only for now) to explore the industrial heritage of the North West through its vintage vehicles and hands-on exhibits. Museum entry is free for all, but time slots must be booked in advance. The museum is located just across the road from Bury Bolton Street Station – why not take a journey back in time and make your way there on an authentic East Lancashire Railway steam train? Timetables and fares are available here.

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
Exploring 250 years of the city’s industry and innovation, the Science and Industry Museum takes you through the history of textiles, transport and scientific discoveries in Manchester. And just in time for Father’s Day, the museum’s new exhibition Use Hearing Protection will launch on 19th June, telling the story of Factory Records and Manchester’s identity at the heart of Britain’s music scene. Entrance to the museum is free, and tickets to the exhibition can be booked online.

Theakston Brewery, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire isn’t short of brilliant breweries, and a tour that ends with a pint is sure to satisfy everyone involved. The historic Theakston brewery in Masham has re-opened its visitors centre, allowing you to experience the process of creating Theakston ales first-hand, within the walls of the 19th century brewery. Unfortunately guided tours currently remain unavailable, but the Brewery Bar is back open for business, serving Yorkshire’s favourite ales (and souvenir merchandise)!

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