The Ultimate Guide to an Outdoor Father's Day

If you’re looking for Father’s Day ideas this June, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re looking for Father’s Day ideas this June, you’ve come to the right place.

Here at Winfields, we’ve pulled together a collection of our top ideas of things to do for Father’s Day to spark your imagination and have fun as a family.

Outdoor things to do for Father’s Day

Now, we may be a little biased, but we think that one of the best ways to celebrate Father’s Day is to get outdoors for the occasion. Unlike Mother’s Day, the weather tends to be nicer (even if March vs June in the UK is still a mixed bag), and there are loads of great ways to commemorate the day as a family.

To that end, we’ve picked out some of the best outdoor Father’s Day ideas we had to help you make the most of the day.

Top tip: want to make the most of any Father’s Day celebrations? Try stretching your plans out into a Father’s Long Weekend!

Go camping

There’s nothing like a summer camping trip. The days are longer, the weather is nicer, and there’s always something to see and do. So, as a Father’s Day idea, a family camping trip seems like an absolute winner.

Whether you head out for one night, or make it into a long weekend, going camping for Father’s Day is a great way to spend quality time together. And, there’s plenty of amazing campsites for you to explore up and down the UK.

Top tip: rounding off your day with a campfire is a must – especially if you remember to bring the marshmallows for a delicious celebratory treat!

Of course, if you don’t fancy sleeping on the floor, you could look for a campsite with glamping pods for everyone to enjoy – or fully embrace the dad vibes and take the caravan out for a spin. Don’t forget to pack a caravan awning though, so you can enjoy the outdoors with some guaranteed shade for the little (or big) ones.

Head out for a hike

For the more adventurous dads amongst you, why not head out for a hike? This is a great way to explore the local area, or head further afield to discover new and exciting parts of the UK.

Whether you’re aiming to surmount one or all of the Three Peaks: Scafell Pike, Snowdon, and Ben Nevis, or want to take a crack at the Jurassic Coast along the South West Coastal Path, there are a whole host of incredible landscapes for you to explore on Father’s Day.

Although, if you’re planning on taking the little ones, you might want to choose something a little less physically demanding. There are some lovely gentle walks in the Peak District, like Mam Tor, or along the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim.

Top tip: whatever you decide, make sure you have a proper pair of walking shoes to make the trip.

Try birdwatching

Want to enjoy the outdoors, but need something a little more relaxing? Then give birdwatching a try. This is the perfect Father’s Day activity for all ages – all you need is a good pair of binoculars to get started.

There are dozens of fantastic birdwatching spots across the whole of the UK. For example, you could head up to Loch Garten in the Cairngorms National Park. The ancestral home of Ospreys, there are loads of birds to see in and around the pine trees of Abernethy Forest. Or, explore the historic woodlands of Arne Nature Reserve in Poole Bay, Dorset. Set on a coastal reserve, there are plenty of hides and viewing points for you to watch Spoonbills, Nightjars and more.

Of course, you can always stay closer to home – why not challenge yourself to identify and learn about the birds that visit your garden this Father’s Day?

Go on a family road trip

Road trips aren’t just for exploring the USA or mainland Europe – there are plenty of amazing sights to see in the UK if you know where to look.

For a long weekend away this Father’s Day, why not take a road trip to explore everything Norfolk has to offer? Spend the day in Norwich, a city filled with interesting old shops and beautiful buildings before navigating through the Norfolk Broads waterways – the perfect spot to ditch the car and discover this incredible area by boat.

Lastly, head up to the northern coastlines for a day on the beach with the family. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s plenty to see and do along the Norfolk coastline for a memorable Father’s Day experience.

Alternatively, take a road trip over to Wales for amazing views and lovely coastal villages. At the top of the list, make sure you visit the Brecon Beacons for incredible mountain vistas, before nipping into the charming market town of Carmarthen to pick up supplies – and even stop off at the beach for a fun family day out.

Top tip: why not do a 2-for-1 on Father’s Day ideas and turn your road trip into a camping trip? There are plenty of fantastic Beach Campsites Near the Welsh Coast for you to stop off at.

Spend time in the garden

Last but not least, for the dads who want to stay a little closer to home, why not plan to spend the day in the garden? This is a simple thing to do for Father’s Day – but that doesn’t mean you can’t go all out to make it special.

For example, you could plan ahead and take this last chance to plant some veggies ready for winter. Pumpkins, spring onions, broccoli and more can all be planted in June ready for later in the year. Or, you can continue sowing leafy salad greens for tasty dinners in the summer holidays.

Of course, if there are no green thumbs around, there are still plenty of things to do in the garden for Father’s Day, including:

  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Play outdoor games like lawn bowls or tennis.
  • Plan a Father’s Day scavenger hunt for the whole family.

Top tip: whatever you decide, we definitely recommend rounding off the day with a delicious BBQ dinner. You could even grill some bananas or pineapple on the BBQ for a sweet and tasty treat.

Outdoor gifts for Dad

Once you’ve planned out your chosen Father’s Day activities, you should probably turn your attention to gifts. Of course, there are the classics, like a tie, or chocolate – but why not treat the men in your life this year with some of our picks of outdoorsy dad gifts?


Is it even Father’s Day if you don’t buy your dad a pair of socks? Sometimes the classic is the way to go – but, you could win extra brownie points for customising this time-worn but treasured gift idea for an outdoor-loving dad by buying a comfortable pair of walking socks.

Our 1000 Mile Men’s 3 Season Walking Socks for example are specifically designed for hikers. Additional padding has been incorporated into carefully chosen zones to provide enhanced protection and comfort on the trail. Plus, the breathable fabric helps to create a comfortable walking temperature for your feet.

Camping knife

If your dad is a keen camper, or general outdoor enthusiast, why not treat him to a new pocket knife this Father’s Day? This is a functional and incredibly useful gift for outdoorsy dads to make sure they always have the right tool on-hand for any given situation.

Here at Winfields, we have a great range of camping knives for you to choose from – like the Victorinox Camper Swiss Army Knife. Fitted with 15 durable tools including a screwdriver, corkscrew, and bottle opener, this is a high-quality multi-use tool to have.

Remember: all of our pocket knives are EDC (Every Day Carry) – and more importantly are an age-restricted product, so you need to be over 18 to buy them.

Walking poles

Designed for hikers, Nordic walkers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, walking poles might just be the perfect outdoor gift for your dad. Not only do they keep your arms moving, walking poles can help reduce the impact of walking on knees, ankles and hips – helping your dad explore the outdoors whatever his age.

If you’re buying walking poles, you need to look for quality. Our Silva Walking Poles (Aluminium & Cork) for example, are made of durable, high-quality aluminium to maximise the longevity. With an adjustable design, and cork grips for a smooth and comfortable feel in the hand, these are a fantastic Father’s Day gift to use throughout the years, whatever the weather.

Outdoor sweatshirt

Buying a new sweatshirt for Father’s Day is the perfect way to keep your dad comfortable and warm, but still stylish whenever he heads outdoors. Here at Winfields, we have a superb range of sweatshirts and hoodies to make sure he’ll be the talk of the trail – for all the right reasons.

Take our Tentree Men’s Treefleece Classic Crew Sweatshirt. This is a cool and classic addition to any outdoor wardrobe. And, with an organic cotton construction, this is the perfect Father’s Day gift for eco-conscious dads. 


Whether you love taking trips as a family, or your dad prefers a solo trip every now and again, go all out this Father’s Day and treat your dad to the ultimate outdoor gift – a brand new tent! We have a great range for you to choose from here at Winfields, from smaller one-man tents right up to family sized models to fit everyone comfortably.

For example, we love the Kampa Kielder 6 Air Deluxe Tent. Found exclusively at Winfields, this is a fantastic tent with plenty of room for the whole family. Plus, this tent has a large living area for everyone to relax in after a day spent exploring the local area.

Find outdoor gifts this Father’s Day from Winfields Outdoors

Looking for more Father’s Day gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. Explore our range of camping supplies and outdoor equipment to find the best outdoor gifts for dads this June. And, if you’re stuck for inspiration for things to do, make sure to check out the Winfields Outdoors blog

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