Father’s Day is not only a fabulous opportunity to honour and appreciate the incredible dads in our lives but also a great excuse to explore everything Dartmouth has to offer!
From exciting outdoor adventures to indulging in delicious food, Dartmouth presents a range of activities that will make Father’s Day truly memorable. To help you treat dad, we’ve pulled together a list of activities that you can enjoy together!
1. Explore the Dart Estuary
Dartmouth is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, and one of the best ways to appreciate it is by exploring the Dart Estuary. Tour the waters by paddleboard, join a guided expedition with Sea Kayak Devon or even book an exclusive cruise with The Fizz Boat and embark on a scenic journey along the river. Admire the picturesque landscapes, majestic castles, and charming villages dotting the shores. It really is the best way to spend quality time with your dad while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and taking in the breath-taking views. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture those special moments together!
2. Get Active with Coastal Walks and Hiking Trails
Dartmouth boasts a plethora of coastal walks and hiking trails that offer the perfect opportunity for those after an active Father’s Day. Lace up your walking shoes and set off on an adventure with your dad. The South West Coast Path provides awe-inspiring views of the rugged coastline and offers routes suitable for all levels of fitness. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Dart Valley Trail, or for a more challenging wilderness experience, tackle the Dartmoor National Park trails nearby. What better way is there to spend quality time with your dad, engaging in conversations, and appreciating the beauty of nature?
For our full guide on Walking in Dartmouth, click here.
3. Dartmouth Castle
If your dad is a history buff, then a visit to Dartmouth Castle is a must. This 14th-century fortress offers a captivating glimpse into Dartmouth’s past. Explore the battlements, climb to the top of the tower, and marvel at the panoramic views of the estuary. Take a guided tour to learn about the castle’s intriguing history and the role it played in defending the town.
There’s plenty to do inside the castle and if the weather is fine, you can make it a full day out with a river boat trip from the town quay up to the castle, landing you a minute’s walk away from the castle entrance. After you’ve explored the castle, you can visit a riverside tearoom for light lunches and snacks. Walkers will love the coastal and woodland walks around the castle where you can spot plenty of wildlife and birds.
It’s an ideal opportunity for fathers and their children to bond over shared interests and gain insights into Dartmouth’s rich heritage.
4. Gourmet Delights
Start the day with a hearty breakfast from the ever-popular Café Alf Resco, savour fresh fish and chips from The Wheelhouse, or enjoy a delectable dinner at Radius 7 with panoramic views. Some restaurants and hotels will be offering special Father’s Day menus, ensuring a memorable dining experience for you and your dad. The Dartmouth Hotel, for example, is hosting a delicious, locally sourced Sunday Carvery in their delightful Bar & Bistro.
Additionally, you can always explore local food markets and indulge in fresh produce, homemade treats, and artisanal products to create a yummy picnic together.
5. Treat Dad to a (Free!) Pint
Father’s Day in Dartmouth is also a fantastic occasion to raise a glass to dad, and the town’s pubs offer the perfect setting.
From traditional alehouses to modern gastropubs, you’ll find a variety of options to treat your father on the day. Many pubs in Dartmouth go the extra mile on Father’s Day, providing special menus, promotions, and events tailored for dads. The Kings Arms at Strete are even (very generously!) offering a free pint for all dads that visit with their children! Whether it’s a hearty Sunday roast, a craft beer tasting, or live music, Dartmouth’s wide array of fabulous pubs will be guaranteed to create a memorable experience for both fathers and their families. So, gather your loved ones, raise a glass to your dad, and enjoy a delightful Father’s Day in the welcoming pubs of Dartmouth.
Dartmouth offers a plethora of activities to celebrate Father’s Day in a memorable way. Whether you embark on a scenic boat trip, explore the coastline, visit historical landmarks, or indulge in gourmet delights, Dartmouth provides the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories with your dad. Take advantage of the stunning natural beauty, rich history, and diverse culinary scene that Dartmouth has to offer, and make this Father’s Day a truly special and unforgettable one.