Port Street Beer House Father's Day
Stanley Kubrick Season at FACT, Liverpool

Father’s Day in Manchester and the North

Ben Williams

Father’s Day 2019 falls on Sunday 16th of June in Manchester and the North, in other places too, but that’s none of our concern. Have you already got your gift nicely wrapped and reservations made? Of course not, that’s why you’re here.

Resist the last minute urge to climb the escalator upward to Marks & Spencer’s men’s section. Do not reach for the credit card and start desperately tapping away on Amazon. No new ties, no pairs of Pringle socks and for God’s sake, not one more novelty mug.

Get out and about and spend some quality time with the Old Man this Father’s Day.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Utility Gift Shop

    Utility Gift Shop
    Utility Retail Ltd

    Utility Gift Shop, 128 Oxford Road, University Green, Manchester, M139GP - Visit now

    Utility Gift Shop on Oxford Road is all about products that are new, unique, quirky and cool… Just like your Dad!

  • 2. The Scarborough Flyer

    Bob Green

    The Scarborough Flyer at Victoria Station, 8 June 2019, from £109 - Book now

    Glide through the Yorkshire countryside aboard the Scarborough Flyer, a historic steam locomotive bound for the city of York and the much loved nostalgic seaside resort of Scarborough.

  • 3. Bundobust Manchester

    Ian Jones

    Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now

    Last year we recommended Manchester House for the perfect Father’s Day meal, and, while we’re sure you enjoyed the shamelessly extravagant experience, maybe you’re looking for something a little more wallet-friendly this year?

    No probs. How about that crazy vegetarian curry place which you’ve heard so much about? Seriously, leave those preconceptions at the door, nay-sayers, Bundobust is something special.

    Alternatively, here’s our pick of the other best restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool.

  • 4. MIF19 – Manchester International Festival

    MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
    Photo: Josh Telles

    Manchester International Festival 2019 at Albert Square, City Centre, 4–21 July 2019, from £12.00 - Book now

    This year’s Manchester International Festival has a crazy-good line-up. If you’re looking for something you can do together, there’s plenty to pick from here.

  • 5. Piccadilly Records

    Image of Piccadilly Records on Manchester's Oldham Street
    Ben Williams

    Piccadilly Records, 53 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1JR - Visit now

    Whether it will actually ever touch a needle or not is irrelevant, let your Dad relive the youthful joy of unwrapping a fresh slab of vinyl.

    If you have one of those uses-more-instagram-hashtags-than-a-tattooed-twenty-something type Dads, try Kamasi Washington’s Heaven & Earth. Alternatively, Johnny Marr’s new record is out today and they’ll be an in-store signing session on Monday from midday.

  • 6. Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in Cumbria
    Osprey at Windermere Jetty, credit: Jan Chlebik

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, Rayrigg Road, Windermere,, Cumbria, LA231BN - Visit now

    A brand-new museum dedicated to the simple, timeless pleasure of boating on the banks of one of England’s largest and most picturesque lakes.

  • 7. Rapha Clubhouse Manchester

    Rapha Clubhouse Manchester
    Courtesy of Rapha

    Rapha Clubhouse Manchester, 5 St Ann’s Passage, Manchester, M2 6AD - Visit now

    Cycling culture in Britain has exploded over the last decade or so, with Dads’ the least able to resist the allure of the Lycra. Your average man having a midlife crisis is far more likely to be found comparing the weight of the forks on his carbon fibre road bike than he is thumbing the pages of a Mazda MX-5 sales manual. This is a (mostly) good thing and should be encouraged. Stop by Manchester’s Rapha Clubhouse and make sure he’s kitted out in the most stylish finery for those gruelling hill climbs.

    The coffee here is excellent too.

  • 8. Breakfast in Manchester

    Breakfast in Manchester
    Image courtesy of Alabama's All American Eatery.

    My personal favorite way to spend time with my Dad is at breakfast. Manchester is strong with the breakfast force, and has some impressive form where brunch is concerned too. Top tip: if you see your Dad early in the morning, you pretty much get the rest of the day to yourself (love you Dad).

  • 9. Bookshops in Manchester

    Blackwell's bookshop

    Give it a heartfelt, handwritten inscription and you can’t really go wrong with a book. Also, it’s Independent Bookshop Week so you can buy now and post about how great you are on the Internet next week. You’re welcome.

  • 10. The Briton’s Protection

    Ben Williams

    The Briton’s Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5LE - Visit now

    If all else fails, what could be better than taking your Dad for a pint? There’s many-a-pub to choose from but Briton’s is a safe bet. So safe in fact that we’re reusing the same pick from 2017. From cheap fizzy lager to guest ales and a mere 300 whiskeys to choose from.

  • 11. Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants

    Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants
    Creative Tourist

    Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants, 42 Victoria Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 1ST - Visit now

    Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants is on the site where either linen, or – it’s rumoured – people, were hung out to dry. It’s also the best place to shop for wine (and last minute gifts!) in the city.