Things to do on Father's Day in Kent from racing and railways to cricket and watching the Euros

Want to make Dad's day?

From axe throwing and cricket to racing and railways, we've found some ways to make Father's Day on Sunday, June 20, one to remember this year.

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Spa Valley Railway

Dad can tuck into a ploughman's lunch while enjoying a ride of the steam train on Sunday, June 20.

Watch the Weald countryside fly by from the comfort of your restored carriage on the journey from Eridge at 12.20pm to Tunbridge Wells. There's also a roast chicken lunch if the ploughman's isn't Dad's dish, as well as a starter and dessert. To help with social distancing the lunch package will be on the table before you leave the station. A table for two is £70. Book here.

The Spa Valley Railway
The Spa Valley Railway

Kent Cricket, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

The Kent Spitfires will be taking on the Essex Eagles at the Canterbury St Lawrence ground as part of Vitality Blast on Father's Day, Sunday, June 20. Play starts at 2.30pm. To find out more and book tickets go to kentcricket.co.uk

Brands Hatch will see some action at the weekend Picture: Simon Hildrew
Brands Hatch will see some action at the weekend Picture: Simon Hildrew

Tunerfest South, Brands Hatch

On Father's Day, Sunday, June 20, there will be a full day's action devoted to performance tuning and raw power.

A first for the Brands Hatch Tunerfest South will be the Motorsport UK Drift Pro Championship, featuring the best drivers and most professional Drifting competition held in the UK. Tickets cost £19 for adults. Book and find out more at brandshatch.msv.com

A Spitfire takes off at Headcorn Aerodrome Picture: John Westhrop
A Spitfire takes off at Headcorn Aerodrome Picture: John Westhrop

Headcorn Aerodrome

Did you know you don't need to be having a flying lesson or for a big event to be on to get to see the planes fly above the aerodrome? Visitors can watch the airborne action, including parachuting, and then pop to the Holding Point Café for takeaway only or visit the Wings Bar. Find out more at headcornaerodrome.co.uk

Lydden Hill race track
Lydden Hill race track

Lydden Hill Race Circuit near Canterbury

Take Dad for some adrenalin-fuelled action at the race circuit on the day before Father's Day - Saturday, June 19 - when the Kent Outlaws oval racing club race at their home circuit. The Kent Outlaws Oval Racing club is formed of four different formulas that each have four races on race days. Find out more and book tickets at lyddenhill.co.uk.

Shepherd Neame has teamed up with Dreamland for the Summer Social
Shepherd Neame has teamed up with Dreamland for the Summer Social

Watch the Euros

Make it a Father's Day treat by watching the England v Scotland game on Friday, June 18 on the big screen. You can book tickets to the Dreamland Summer Social screening - partnering with Shepherd Neame - where there is a large outdoor seating area with a range of drinks and food delivered to your table here.

For our guide on where to watch the Euros on the big screen click here.

The Water Maze at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens
The Water Maze at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens

Axe Throwing at Hever Castle

The annual Father's Day weekend activities at the castle near Edenbridge involve a display of vehicles from the late F1 champion John Surtees, as well as a range of other cars, but this year the event on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, there will be an axe throwing contest which Dad can step up for. The activity is being run by professionals in a controlled manner. There's also all the usual attractions, including the Tudor Towers adventure playground, Acorn Dell for little ones and the chance to splash Dad in the Water Maze. Tickets are not on sale until 14 days before. Find out more at hevercastle.co.uk

Curious Brewery in Ashford has a restaurant inside
Curious Brewery in Ashford has a restaurant inside

Curious Brewery, Ashford

Kent is home to dozens of top brewery and vineyard tours, but if your Dad loves a drop of beer, the Ashford-based brewery - which is now under new ownership - has award-winning beers and a trendy brewery restaurant overlooking the brewery and outside seating too. Book here.

Take Dad for a day out with the National Trust
Take Dad for a day out with the National Trust

National Trust

Does your dad like historic houses, glorious gardens or wild coastline? If so the National Trust's sites will have walks to set out on, and cafes to come back to. For days out ideas and Father's Day recipes, click here.

For more days out ideas across Kent click here.

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