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Father’s Day Guide – Gift ideas and how to spend the weekend

Father’s Day is Sunday the 18th June this year. Whether you’re looking for gift or day out inspiration, our magazine features some gems that would be ideal. Here we categorise May and June’s favourites that would be appropriate for all types of dads. 

For the one who loves a dad joke

Does your dad need some new joke material? Take him to Komedia or Forge Comedy Club for one of their evenings of fun and laughter. On Father’s Day, Berk’s Nest is taking place at Komedia where an award-winning production company crafts a line-up of the brightest and most engaging comedians. Or, on Thurs 15 June , the one and only Al Murray, a.k.a. The Pub Landlord, will serve up a fantastic feast of humour at Ironworks Studios. Likewise, you can gift your dad a ticket to Ivo Graham’s show ‘My Future, My Clutter’ at Forge Comedy Club, Ironworks. Taking place on Weds 21 June and Thurs 22. 

Image by Kaleideshoots

For the foodie father

Start your Sunday day right with a big brunch from Arcobaleno, getting a taste of one of their brand new Maltese-Mediterranean dishes. As an LGBTQI+ inclusive space, every dad or father figure is welcome at Arcobaleno. You can discover more about this incredible business and their new menu here

Or, for a bespoke day out, spend the day with Great British Wine Tours. They whisk you out of the city and into the glorious Sussex countryside to explore award-winning vineyards, breweries and cheesemakers. The best of Sussex is showcased through fun and informative tours, led by expert guides. They also offer gift vouchers to purchase online, so that you can enjoy their tours at any time in the summer. 

Albourne Estate, Great British Wine Tours

For the cultured dad

If your dad loves a bit of culture, why not take him to the brand new theatre in Charing Cross, @sohoplace, to witness the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain. It is written by Ashley Robinson, with songs by Dan Gillespie Sells and based on Annie Proulx’s short story. @sohoplace, is the first new-build West End theatre in 50 years and the culmination of a 12 year project. Experience this wonderful venue and buy your tickets to the incredible play here

Or, if your dad would rather stay local, take him to the cinema to watch the brand new The Boogeyman film which came out on 2 June. Based on the 1973 short story by Stephen King, this film will remind your dad of his childhood fears while director Rob Sa vage directs new ideas of supernatural horror to keep us all up at night. 

Brokeback Mountain @sohoplace

For the arty dad 

We are sure you are not oblivious to the fact that there are plenty of art galleries in Sussex to visit. Amongst our top picks of latest exhibitions and installations is the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at Towner, Eastbourne. It encompasses  sculptures, as well as rarely-seen drawings, paintings and archival materials, celebrating one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Or, explore the work of Yun Hyoung-keun at Hastings Contemporary.  It is the UK’s first ever public gallery exhibition of works by this artist. He is one of the leading figures of Korean art, public from Sat 10 June – Sun 1 Oct. 

There is also the opportunity to make the most of the sunshine. Apreciate some outdoor art as the UK’s largest outdoor art installation opens at Wakehurst. The work, at Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, was commissioned to wrap the Elizabethan Mansion, while it undergoes an extensive roof restoration. Titled Planet Wakehurst, this bespoke photo montage was created by Australian-born artist Catherine Nelson. 

Rather stay local? Why not discover the acclaimed artist, Mark Vessey’s new work at Enter Gallery, Bond Street. His latest portrays four decades of music inspiration for Defected Records founder, Simon Dunmore and features 88 records. 

Simon Dunmore x Mark Vessey at Enter Gallery

For the family man 

We all know that one dad who would rather celebrate his kids than himself. For the type of dad who’s plans revolve around “whatever you want to do,” Leonardslee Gardens is the perfect location for the whole family at any time of year. However, from Sat 10 June, Award-Winning Author Hannah Peckham welcomes back the children’s Conker Activity Trail. The trail will consist of following Conker, the chameleon, around the gardens in celebration of Peckham’s award-winning book. 

What better way to celebrate the whole family than some quality time on the beach? Stay at the Angmering Beach House for the weekend. You can cook your favourite dinners in a bespoke kitchen, and play rounders in the sand. Read our full review of Angmering Beach House here to inspire your next staycation break. 

Angmering on sea Beach House

For the big kid 

Father’s da, is the last day to see the Brick by Brick exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. It gathers the work of 14 artists, designers and photographers from around the world who use LEGO® bricks as their medium or inspiration. This free exhibition of International LEGO® Brick Art sees creators use this simple plastic construction block as their starting point. They create stunning, thought provoking and often humorous artworks which will appeal to art enthusiasts and brick fans alike. 

Last but not least, why not let your dad relive his childhood by visiting a record store. Go shopping for his favourite music at Capsule Records. See if you can rediscover a vinyl your father once had. At Capsule Records, you can also chill in their cafe area, allowing you to combine your gift and day out in one. 

Caspule Records, Hove

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