It seems ridiculous that I’m even writing this. but Father’s Day is now only around the corner and it looks like social distancing restrictions are still in place. So we’ve put our heads together and come up with some alternative Father’s Day ideas for the whole family to enjoy!
My husband is a big fan of lots of meat! So Father’s Day is usually spent at a very meat heavy restaurant! Last year it was Ribs all round at Billy Bobs! This year, I’m doing a good old barbie! Not just your burgers and bangers affair either. I’m turning our back garden into an American style smoke house! I’ve no idea what I’m doing really, but I’ve stocked up on lots of juicy cuts of meats, different rubs and marinades, even some special coals for the BBQ, along with some vanilla ice cream to make cola-floats! In for a penny and all that! Lets just hope it doesn’t rain! And if its a disaster, BBQ King Andy Annat is always on hand!
Home Made Sweet Treats
My husbands weakness, and I haven’t met a man yet that doesn’t love a piece of Rocky Road! It’s so simple to make – you can easily get the kids involved. Add Daddy’s favourite chocolates and biscuits to customise! Its so easy to make – break everything up, put it in a bowl and add melted chocolate then put in the fridge to set for a couple of hours! We’ve been making loads of them over lockdown!
Seriously, believe it or not, men love a pamper! So get the kids to make a face mask and let Dad relax whilst the children wait on his every needs! My husband came back from a Boots a run this week for a face mask for himself, after he’d seen me doing them!
Which Dad doesn’t like beer? We’re spoilt for choice in Harrogate for locally brewed stuff, although we can’t go out to enjoy it, plenty of places are doing home delivery including Black Sheep and Cold Bath Brewing! Check out our full listing on local alcohol deliveries here.
Virtual Day Trips
Check out our previous blog, just because you cant leave the house doesn’t mean you cant go anywhere! We’re off to Disney Land for the day!
We’ve done loads of these over lockdown and really enjoy them! Get the kids to write some of the questions and get other households involved over a zoom party! We’ve been doing a weekly quiz with the our local Mum and Dad friends and its been brilliant fun! We’ve even got quiz questions ready for you!
Vouchers and Cards
We’ve also come up with these downloadable vouchers and cards (click on the link below) – print them off and colour them in – an ideal home made Father’s Day gift, and they can all be redeemed whilst still on lockdown!
We have a full listing of all local deliveries and take aways, so why not treat Dad to diner at his favourite restaurant – safely delivered to our door! Did someone say Farmhouse? YES PLEASE! Local favourite Gino D’Acampo are now open for delivery via Gino2Go.com. Head over to their Facebook page to be in with a chance to win a Roast Dinner for Father’s Day! Also for Father’s Day – for any orders for collection over £30 quote “Gino Vino” to receive a bottle of wine for Papa!
Now more than ever, your local businesses need you, so if you’re looking at buying Dad a special something, take a look at the local retailers who have now gone online, or maybe send him some flowers using a local florist? Or even vouchers for his favourite restaurant that isn’t open yet.
The Weekend Factory is a group of local independent businesses working together to deliver everything you need for that perfect family night (or day) in! They’ve got loads of brilliant things planned for Father’s Day.
They’re theming the whole of Father’s Day Weekend around things that Dads love! There’s a fully themed Star Wars Crafternoon Tea with a whole menu of themed treats and an optional themed craft pack from The Creation Station. If he’s not into being a Jedi then there’s a Big Daddy Afternoon Tea too with the delicate morsels swapped out for pork pie, sausage roll, scotch egg, a turkey and stuffing sandwich, mini cheese board, loaded brownie and Father’s Day cupcake.
If you’d rather have dinner than Afternoon Tea, their Family Night Out-In meal kits feature Yorkshire and northern favourites, chicken parmo, Yorkshire pudding wraps and curry kits. They also come with a themed goody pack for a full afternoon of family fun and an optional themed craft kit for the kids too! You can order a Full English delivery any day that weekend, why not treat him to one of their Full English Breakfasts in a Yorkshire Pudding! Kid’s breakfasts, vegan or vegetarian breakfasts, lighter options and fresh ground coffee are all available for delivery as well.
Deliveries are Thurs- Sunday and you’ll need to pre-order at least 48 hours in advance. Order as soon as you can, especially the Afternoon Teas – they often sell out! Afternoon Teas are £13.50 for adults and £7 for kids, with discounts if you order for more than one person!
The Harrogate Cookie Company are producing special Fathers Day Cookie Treat Boxes. They’ll include 4 cookies, plus a traybake and also include a card that we can add a short message to plus a chocolate Dad plaque. Prices start from £15 for local deliveries to £22 for posted, tracked items.
They are also offering special Brownie Pizzas in four different flavours; Mr Salty, The Ferrero, Wispa Sweet Nothings (I’ve tried this one – OMG!!) and Clockwork Orange. The pizzas are 8” in diameter and approx 2” deep and come with a Dad plaque on them plus a card they can write a short message in. These are just available for delivery only – £18 local deliveries and £20 for an outer delivery. All Father’s Day treats will be delivered the day before Father Day on Saturday 20th June 2020. Keep an eye out on their website on how to order!
We love local store Sophie Likes… Their shop in Harrogate is currently closed, but they’re online store is brilliant! I get lost on their website for hours! They have some wonderful signs which are fab for Father’s Day. They are handmade and metal so can go outside too. They can do any personalised ones in a range of colours too, the perfect gift that can be posted or delivered locally.
Mama Doreens Emporium are doing a special Father’s Day Afternoon Tea to take away which includes Afternoon Tea, box of cupcakes and a beer for £21.