Whether you're planning on some family fun this Father's Day, Sunday 18 June or giving dad the gift of some well-deserved down time, there's plenty going on in Bristol. From have-a-go archery to a beer festival, cider tastings and more.

Dad gags

How about a bit of inspiration for those ‘hilarious’ dad gags? Bristol Comedy Garden returns to Queen Square from 14-18 June – treat dad to tickets so he can learn from some of the funniest comics around. Nina Conti, Sara Pascoe and Bristol’s own Mark Watson feature on the bill.

Footie fan

Or does dad prefer footie? In that case treat him to Father’s Day in the Sports Bar and Grill at Ashton Gate Stadium. As well as a half-pint of Butcombe and a two course build-your-own burger, he'll get a stadium tour and gift. There'll be two sittings on the day, at 12 noon and 5pm. (To book call the events team on 0117 963 0680 or email events@bristol-sport.co.uk mentioning that you saw the offer on visitbristol.co.uk).

Image - Go Aloft! at Brunel's SS Great Britain 

Engineering-mad dads

Engineering-mad dads will have a memorable Father’s Day on Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Papas can test their sea legs by trying Go Aloft! - a chance to climb the rigging of this magnificent ship and walk out along the yardarm for a unique view of the harbour and a glimpse of what life would have been like for a Victorian sailor. There’ll be scrumptious BBQ food and local ales on offer, as well as baked-on-board cakes for dads with a sweet tooth. And if that wasn’t enough of a treat, vintage car lovers will be thrilled to see the Morris Minor Club, Rolls Royce Club and the Morgan Club exhibiting classic cars on Brunel Square on 18 June.

Underfall Yard Visitor Centre is Bristol’s newest attraction - an historic working 19th Century boatyard that counts William Jessop and Brunel amongst the famous engineers linked with its past. After exploring the interactive exhibits in the visitor centre, buy dad a coffee and a cake at the on-site Pickle café.

Image - Pieminster

Pie for pops

What dad wouldn’t relish being taken for a hearty pie, peas and gravy, all washed down with a craft ale or cocktail? Famous Bristol pie makers Pieminister have several eateries around the city – choose from Stokes Croft, Broad Quay or St Nick’s Market. Or you could even buy dad a pie-themed gift from their online gift shop.

Ale aficionados

Speaking of craft ales, Moor Beer Company are celebrating their 10th birthday with a beer festival from 16-18 June - the obvious choice for ale aficionados on Father’s Day. Line bellies with food from various Bristol vendors, get some good old dad dancing on the go and of course taste a wide selection of delicious beers.

Image - Bristol Cider Shop

Cider lovers

If cider is your dad’s drink of choice, then a cider tasting voucher from Bristol Cider Shop will be highly appreciated. The shop is located at Cargo in Wapping Wharf, just a stone's throw from gorgeous sailing ship The Matthew. On Father's Day, The Matthew is offering you and pops the chance to adventure down the Avon Gorge. The 3-4 hour trip down the Avon takes you under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, along to Pill and back.

Cricket enthusiasts

Howzat! Is dad a cricket fan? Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, located near the Gloucester Road in Bristol, is one of five host grounds for upcoming ICC Women's World Cup starting on 26 June. Treat him to a pair of tickets so he can cheer England on to victory!


Image - Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Classic car admirers

17 and 18 June is Father’s Day weekend at Tyntesfield. Vintage vehicles will be on show at this beautiful estate over the weekend, so bring the camera and take a photo of dad in the driving seat of his favourite classic car.  If your papa is a keen whittler, the Somerset Bodgers will also be on hand to show dad how to create a wooden spoon from timber from the Tyntesfield estate. A unique Father’s Day souvenir.

History buffs

Head out into the countryside north of the city for Father’s Day at Berkeley Castle, where there is free entry and a free lunch for dads on 18 June, plus have-a-go archery. Dads also go free at Wild Place Project on Father’s Day. 

Father-friendly night away

Treat dads to an overnight stay in Bristol. A night in a luxury vintage caravan on the roof of Brooks Guesthouse will give him a night to remember, or book the cricket-themed room at Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa on Redcliffe Hill. For something completely different, spend an unforgettable family night at The Lodge in Bristol Zoo Gardens and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the zoo after the daytime visitors have gone home. Dinner on the balcony will be cooked by your own private chef, then breakfast is eaten with the gorillas the next morning.


Pieminister - Broad Quay
Pieminister - Broad Quay

Award winning pies, craft ales, salads, hot pots, cocktails & good times. Perfect for a spot of lunch, after work cocktails and food or even a pre theatre dinner.

King Street Brew House
King Street Brew House

The King Street Brew House is an urban style city centre pub with its very own micro-brewery, creating their own cask and keg beers and complimented with an ever changing array of guest craft brews from the local area, UK and the USA.

Bristol Cider Shop
Speciality Shop
CREDIT: Jon Craig

Bristol's award-winning cider shop.

Christmas Steps arts quarter
Christmas Steps Bristol

Ancient and picturesque stepped hill flanked by unique shops, galleries and cafes.

Historic House/Palace

National Trust Victorian Gothic house, gardens, woodland, 3 play areas, 2 cafes, and shop...Phew! And all on Bristol's doorstep. Open every day.

We The Curious
Science Centre
Lee Pullen - Credit

We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre) is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, offering an amazing world of hands-on discovery for you, your friends and family.

Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1117 and still remains the home of the Berkeley family. It is a great day-out for all the family, hosting special events on bank holidays and during school holidays

Wild Place Project
Country Park/Nature Reserve

The Wild Place Project is Bristol’s new affordable and fun family attraction that will provide adventure, play and learning.

Bristol Zoo Gardens
Animal Collection
Ring-tailed Lemur with baby

A visit to this city zoo is your passport for a day trip into an amazing world of animals, exhibits and other attractions

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Historic Ship
Brunel's SS Great Britain

Step aboard the award-winning Brunel's SS Great Britain for a ship shape and Bristol fashion day out!

Underfall Yard
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Underfall Yard

Underfall Yard – the heart of Bristol’s harbour since 1809 and the machines that powered a port.

Brooks Guesthouse Bristol
Guest House
Guest Lounge

The stunning refurbished Brooks Guest House Bristol is a boutique guesthouse, the most contemporary in central Bristol.

Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa
Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa

Being located near Bristol Temple Meads makes this modern hotel and spa perfect for business and leisure.

The Lodge at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Serviced Apartment
The Lodge at Bristol Zoo Gardens

The Lodge offers luxury accommodation and exotic animals just outside your window. With exclusive access to the Zoo when all is quiet, the real adventure begins when you go behind-the-scenes to meet some of the Zoo’s best loved animals.