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Top Things For Dad to Do in Harrogate and York

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday 17th June and no doubt you are thinking of ways to treat your old man. While a card and pack of beer is always appreciated, why not make it extra special with a weekend in one of the best hotels in Harrogate or York? Our luxury serviced apartments are like a home away from home, and their central locations in Harrogate and York make a perfect base for a weekend of activities with your dad or partner and kids.

Round of Golf

If your dad is a keener golfer, hitting one of the many golf courses around Harrogate and York will be a day well spent. You could make it a competition, have a few drinks around the course and try to attempt a hole in one. Some of the local clubs in the area will offer a day session if you are not a member, though may require booking in advance. Golf course near Harrogate includes Harrogate Golf Club, Rudding Park and Pannal Golf Club. Near York, you will find Fulford Golf Club, Heworth Golf Club and Forest Park Golf Club.

Man playing golf at a course in York

Pub Crawl

We are keeping our fingers crossed for glorious sunshine throughout June, and sunny weather is perfect for a pub crawl. Harrogate and York have lots of pubs and bars to head to for a pint or two, and sharing a drink with your dad has to be a traditional Yorkshire bonding experience! If you fancy dabbling in craft beers, Major Tom’s Social in Harrogate is definitely one to hit, along with North Bar and include some history at Hales Bar, which claims to be the oldest pub in Harrogate. If York is your weekend destination, there are plenty of pub crawl routes to choose from where you can tally up to ten pubs in one day! Why not keep it close to our aparthotel, with the Micklegate Run? There are eight pubs along one street; The Akhorne, The Artful Dodger, The Falcon Tap, Brigantes, The Priory, BrewDog, 127 Micklegate and The Punch Bowl.

Pub in York

Italian Dining

Everyone loves Italian food, and it is a simple way to do something different. You can dine out at one of several Italian restaurants in Harrogate and York. There is Gianni’s Brio Restaurant and Pizzeria, Sasso, L’Albero Delle Noci or Al Bivio in Harrogate. In York you are spoilt for choice; there is Delrio’s, Il Paradiso Del Cibo and La Piazza among many more! Alternatively, you can cook something up at your serviced apartments, as they have a kitchen and a whole range of cooking equipment. Your pops is sure to appreciate the extra effort you make in cooking up his favourite Italian dish!

Pizza served at Italian restaurant

Gin Tasting

Gin has seen a resurgence in recent years in the UK, and the renewed passion for the tipple has created a rise in local and regional gins, gin festivals and gin tasting sessions. If your dad and the whole family are big on gin, why not treat him to a Slingsby Gin Experience at the Spirit of Harrogate store? You can choose from three tasting packages, and each one has a range of activities including a chance to sample Slingsby Gin and some of the 80 they have in store. The three packages start with the Spirit of Gin, taking you through the history of gin with a demonstration from the mixologists. The Cocktail Master gives you the chance to mix up your own drinks and learn top tips for creating the best cocktails at home. Just the Tonic is a chance to celebrate the ‘T’ in G&T where you can discover all about tonic and have experts help you find the right tonic for your tastes! The sessions are £40 pp and available to 10 to 16 guests – or you can attend open sessions on Friday evening and Saturday afternoons.

Gin cocktails for tasting in Harrogate

Outdoor Activities

For a dad who likes being active and outdoors, a day in the Dales or Peak District doing some exciting activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, caving or mountain biking might make for the perfect present! Lost Earth Adventures is based in Yorkshire and offer days out doing mountain activities that are perfect for families, individuals, activity groups and stag and hen dos. Highly qualified and experienced guides run the courses. If you don’t want to travel far for an outdoor adventure, Live for Today is an activity centre with activities available in both Harrogate and York. You can do quad biking, canoe and kayaking, archery, paintballing, air rifle shooting, axe throwing or laser tag at Ripley Castle Harrogate or Hazlewood Castle.

Rock climbing in YorkshireWhat are you waiting for?! Book a weekend away for your dad or one of these activities in York or Harrogate to give him his best Father’s Day present yet! Contact us for more information about our accommodation and attractions and activities in Yorkshire.


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