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Where to take Dad for Father's Day in Kent

By Angela Cole

He may not get spoiled very often, so this weekend take some family time and find something you can all do together for Father's Day. Here are six ideas across the county with your nearest and Daddy dearest

EASTWELL MANOR, ASHFORD

Afternoon tea may not sound like Dad’s cup of tea, but throw in a partnership with Ashford’s new Curious Brewery and now you’re talking. Eastwell Manor has linked up with the brewery for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, with a classic afternoon tea with mini sandwiches, savouries and warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam, plus a bottle of one of the flagship brews, and a gift.

Afternoon tea with Eastwell Manor and Curious Brewery
Afternoon tea with Eastwell Manor and Curious Brewery

Or try a traditional Sunday lunch, also with a Curious Brewery gift for Dad. The tea from 1pm to 5pm costs £39.50 or £14.50 for kids. Sunday lunch is £42.50 or £17.50 for under 12s.

Book at reservations@eastwellmanor.co.uk, call 01233 213000 or go to eastwellmanor.co.uk

PORT LYMPNE & HOWLETTS

Dads go free for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve in Hythe and Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury. Dads can get free entry with every paying adult or child day ticket and can see lion cubs, a baby gorilla or Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne.

See Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne
See Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne

At Howletts there’s the chance to see elephant calf Nusu and his father Coco or marvel at the mighty mammoth and the other Animals of the Ice Age. There’s also a Treetop Challenge - perfect for active dads - and the Animal Adventure Challenge obstacle course. Details at aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne or /howletts

See baby elephant Nusu at Howletts
See baby elephant Nusu at Howletts

RARE BREEDS CENTRE, WOODCHURCH

There will be almost 200 shiny examples at the 25th Rare Breeds Centre Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 16. The event at the 100-acre farm at Woodchurch near Ashford will feature a range of vehicles from Aston Martins and Morgans to motorbikes and steam engines... and maybe a tractor or two. Entry is reduced specially and costs £7.50 per person. Book online at rarebreeds.org.uk

Glenn Fisher gets a snap of a VW Combi van at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch last year Picture: Andy Payton
Glenn Fisher gets a snap of a VW Combi van at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch last year Picture: Andy Payton

HEVER CASTLE

Treat Dad this Father’s Day weekend to some classic and super car displays in the picturesque setting of Hever Castle. There will be more than 100 striking Alfa Romeos on show on Saturday, June 15 and around 50 Ferraris on Sunday, June 16 as part of the two-day event.

Father's Day at Hever Castle this weekend includes some supercars
Father's Day at Hever Castle this weekend includes some supercars

Youngsters will be able to make their dads a decoration to hang on his rear view mirror at craft activities being laid on. The theme for this year is 1930s style. As well as the Alpha Romeos and Ferraris two rare Lancias, a Lacia Fulvia 1600 and a Lacia Integrale will also be on display as well as bikes and a car driven by F1 champion, the late Sir John Surtees. On the Sunday Formula one fans can have their picture taken next to an F1 kit car and there will be children's face painting. Find out more at hevercastle.co.uk or call 01732 865224.

GROOMBRIDGE PLACE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Classic cars, vintage vehicles and a motorcycle display team will be helping make Dad's day this weekend at Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells. There will be two performances on both Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 by the Squibb Motorcycle Display Team with aerobatic stunts in an arena to music and commentary.

Groombridge Place has some high flying entertainment
Groombridge Place has some high flying entertainment

There will also be a display of cars and vehicles on show. While at the site, why not take Dad up on the Tree Top Walkway which is the highest and longest in the country, or share a pirate adventure at Crusoe’s World with suspended rope bridges and walkways before reaching a wooden pirate ship. Birds of prey will also be showing off their skills twice daily. Entry costs £14.95, and £12.95 for up to 12s. Book at groombridgeplace.com

PENSHURST PLACE

A family barbecue will be the highlight of the Father's Day weekend at Penshurst Place on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. There will be car making and crafts between 11am and 4pm in the Old Coach House on the Saturday, while on the Sunday, there will be a Father's Day party on the South Lawn from noon with a barbecue. The family day out also includes the chance to visit the Toy Museum and the Adventure Playground, or take the woodland trail with a den-building area behind the playground and the chance to try the log pyramids and giant mushrooms. Penshurst Place will be open from 10.30am to 6pm both days and throughout this month. To find out more go to penshurstplace.com/whats-on

* Pick up a copy of your local paid-for KM Group paper this week to see our My Dad supplement, with more than 20,000 pictures drawn by local children of their dads.

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It's Father's Day this weekend
It's Father's Day this weekend

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