Bath Festival of Motoring this weekend (photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Bath)
Bath Festival of Motoring this weekend (photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Bath)
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What’s on for Father’s Day? Big boy’s toys

Cars, vans, boats and planes…it’s Father’s Day weekend and for the dad in your life there’s lots of vehicular delights to be found in the west country.  Not surprisingly modes of transport feature heavily in this weekend’s what’s on guide.

After (of course) cooking your father breakfast or brunch and bringing him the papers to read after a long lie-in, what else might he like to do celebrate Father’s Day?  What on earth are we to do with him?

You could of course allow him to celebrate by going back to sleep or relaxing for the day, but no!  That’s not the spirit.

Be nice to your Dad.  If you think entering him for the Chew Valley 10k, Chew’s very own scenic running event won’t hit the mark, or a trip to Bristol Old Vic to see King Lear starring Timothy West and Stephanie Cole doesn’t appeal then might we suggest the following?

Enjoy a lazy Sunday cruise up the leafy River Avon. Explore the sights & sounds of the tranquil countryside while you travel along the Feeder Canal and through Netham Lock to the leafy riverbanks of St Anne’s and Conham River Park. Look out for otters, ducks, swans, kingfishers, deer and foxes as you glide slowly towards the famous Beese’s Tea Gardens nestling on the river bank for lunch.

The Red Arrows will be wowing crowds at the Weston Air Festival this year on Saturday whilst those with feet on land will enjoy all the fun of the fair, marching bands and military vehicles.  The only airworthy Sea Vixen will be over Weston on Sunday and it holds the honour of being one of the fastest privately owned aircraft in Europe, capable of flying at supersonic speeds up to 690mph.  Down on the ground, there will also be trade stands and activities such as mini tanks, a zip-wire and giant inflatables.

Explore all the different makes and models of classic cars at Tyntesfield this weekend, find a favourite, and maybe even get a photo of Dad behind the wheel. And for the Dad who has everything, why not try a unique Bodgers woodworking workshop as a special Father’s Day gift.

If you’re planning a very special Father’s Day you could treat yourself and your Dad to a trip in a hot air balloon flight with a glass of champagne.  Take off and enjoy a unique view as you fly over the west country full of hot air and cool bubbles.

Tickets are still available for the biggest show and shine in the south west at Bristol’s Volksfest near Easter Compton, with DJs, live music, food stalls and lots and lots of VWs of course!  Bring your Dad for car heaven.

The Bath Festival of Motoring will be held on 18th and 19th June 2016 at Walcot Rugby Ground, Bath. Featuring an eclectic display of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, the event will be a fun-filled weekend for all the family.  Parades, exhibitions, demonstrations and super car rides, alongside competitions, live music and family activities. Fresh food, drinks and refreshments are available throughout the weekend.

And after all that if he likes singing the Marshfield Male voice choir is performing at Dyrham Park between 1.30-3pm on Sunday afternoon.  Just pick a vehicle to get you there; balloon, camper van, classic car or aeroplane.