Top ways to treat Dad this Father's Day

Father’s Day is the ideal opportunity to let your dad know how much you care about him, and the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to find him that ideal gift and to plan him a day to remember. Here are 5 ideas for Adventures, Trips, and Gifts for the man you love the most on Sunday 17th June.

1. Buy him an Adventure

If he’s an adventurous kind of guy then why not buy him a Coasteering experience with Adventure Activities Isle of Wight. He’ll get to scramble around the base of the tall chalk cliffs at Freshwater, climbing up and then leaping into the thrashing waves as well as investigating the caves that are inaccessible from the bay.  They have loads of other activities on offer such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing or even bushcraft.

If he fancies flying, then why not buy him a tandem paragliding experience from High Adventure Paragliding or Butterfly Paragliding. He’ll get to soar high above the south west coastline, including those chalk cliffs, if he’s lucky and the weather conditions are suitable. There are over 20 sites across the island to take a tandem ride, over land or sea, and you’ve got a qualified instructor in control – although you may get to take over for a short while.


2. Take a Tour and a Tipple

Isle of Wight Distillery has a brand new gin and vodka cocktail bar in Nettlestone where you can sample their Mermaid Gin and Rock Salt Vodka. If you’re lucky they may even have some of their HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin and it’s rumoured that their Isle of Wight Whisky is going to be ready this year. Sip your G&Ts in the bar area and see the gleaming stills through the wall to the distillery. 

Drive into Rosemary Vineyard via the lane that leads though the immaculately pruned vines and you arrive at the pretty winery where you can take your dad on a tour – followed of course by a tasting of the wines they produce. Then have lunch and a glass of Rosemary Wine, or their yummy apple juice, on the terraces of the Vineleaf Coffee Shop, looking out over the vineyards.

Wander around the vineyards of Adgestone Wine, on the gentle slopes of Brading Downs, listening to an audio tour and admire the views down to the Bay area. Descend beneath the vinery to one of the oldest commercial wine cellars in England, followed by a sampling of Adgestone wines. Then unwind in the café with a light lunch or sharing platter accompanied by several glasses of Adgestone wine (give him a day off of the driving – it’s Father’s Day after all). You could even order him a personalised label for a special Father’s Day bottle of wine. 


3. Get Steamy

If your dad loves old steam trains then take him to the ‘Workshops Open Day’ at IW Steam Railway on Father’s Day, (Sunday June 17th 2018). He can find out all about how their team of volunteers, both old hands and new apprentices, repair these lovely old engines and carriages from a bygone era. 

Plus you can take the whole family and ride on their beautiful Victorian and Edwardian trains through the stunning East Wight countryside between Ashey, Wootton and Havenstreet. And back at the station there are activities for kids and Haven Falconry’s birds of prey to see performing with their falconers.

Then treat Dad to a lunch of pie, mash and beans and a pint of beer for just £11.95 in the station’s refreshment rooms.


4. Feed Him

Take your dad for a slap up meal at one of the Island’s character pubs or great restaurants. The Sun Inn at Hulverstone does great food and you could take him for a family stroll on nearby Brook or Compton beaches to walk it off afterwards. The Spyglass Inn, looking out across Ventnor Bay from their Top or Lower Decks, has local crab and lobster and huge home-made curries. And on top of Culver Cliff sits the Culver Haven, with views across the bay area on one side and all the way to the mainland coast, good pub food and great windy walks.

The Cow restaurant on Tapnell Farm is the ideal place for a meat-loving dad, with juicy steaks and home made Cow burgers, and views across the rolling fields to the shimmering Solent – just lunchtime on Sundays. The Little Gloster on Gurnard seafront has panoramic sea views across to the mainland, is great for sunsets and Sunday lunches, and has a mouth-watering menu. North House in Cowes has a terrace outside its Oyster Store for glimpses of the harbour, and the clinking of rigging as you tuck into seafood and a crisp white wine. And if you really want to spoil him then treat him to a top notch meal at Robert Thomson’s restaurant, Thompson’s, in Newport, who is a true artist in the culinary arts.


5. Great Gift Ideas for Dad

Obviously there are the Island wines and the Island Distillery gins and vodkas, but there are also Island-brewed beers such as Goddards’ Ale of Wight or their popular Fuggle Dee Dum. Yates’ have some interesting beers with an Isle of Wight theme such as Dark Side of the Wight and The Undercliff Experience. And Island Brewery has bottled beers such as Wight Knight and Wight Gold for sale in packs of 12 bottles.

If he’s a cheese lover then get him some of the famous Isle of Wight Blue soft cheese or their delicious hard Cheddar type of cheese called Gallybagger – an old Island name meaning scarecrow. Or treat him to a selection of the new Briddlesford Lodge Farm cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Caerphilly, and Feta style and Halloumi style cheeses. Strawberries are in season so if he really loves them get over to Farmer Jacks to buy him a punnet of Ben Brown’s freshly picked Isle of Wight ones that grow in the fertile Arreton valley.

Jo Macaulay

25 May 2017

By Jo Macaulay in Articles