Make Father’s Day special for your Dad

Thu 11 Jun 2020

We know that this Father’s Day is going to be a bit different this year compared to previous ones, but In Derby have been thinking up some great ways that you can treat your dad on Sunday 21 June. Whether you’re celebrating on the weekend itself, or organising something for you all to look forward to, we have just what you need to show your Dad how special he is in your life.

Take some time out with your Dad in our Derby Parks. You can enjoy a walk together, go for a bike ride, or take a picnic and sit in our wonderful green spaces and make the most of the fresh air. Visit the sculpture trail at Markeaton Park, explore the tree trail at Darley Park, or treat your Dad to a round of golf at Allestree Park now that the golf course has reopened for bookings. For lots of great ideas to plan a fun day out in our parks. Remember, groups of up to six people can now meet up outside, so why not bring other members of the family along.

If bike riding is your Dad’s thing, our Derby Active Cycling team have created the perfect Facebook group for him to enjoy. For Father’s Day, use the Derby Active Cycling Facebook group and free virtual classes to inspire you to arrange a joyful bike ride outdoors together. If indoor cycling is more your Dad’s speed, buy him a unique gift to ‘Feel the Thrill’ of track cycling at Derby Arena. For just £80 you can purchase a voucher that will give him four consecutive sessions on the indoor velodrome track, allowing him to progress through the accreditation programme, with safe guidance and equipment. Gift cards are available online to buy and will be validated from the date of Derby Arena opening. Find out more at

If your Dad is into fitness but is a bit down that the gyms are not open, why not introduce him to our Derby Active at Home page? We have lots of great ideas for fitness at home, including free classes on our Derby Active Class Facebook page, garden workouts plus stretch and relax sessions. Spend some quality time with your Dad and try out some of the classes together, and celebrate Father’s Day by getting active this year.

Why not take this opportunity to cook your Dad a delicious and healthy meal to show him how much you care this Father’s Day. See some of our Eat Well Monday menus and give your Dad a new favourite meal this year. If you don’t live with your Dad, you can still make him one of these fantastic meals and deliver it to him to show that you are thinking about him on Sunday 21 June.

If your Dad is a book lover, introduce him to the Derby Libraries online eBook service and give him the gift of reading to his heart’s content. The Derby Libraries team have put together a great list of reads especially for Father’s Day, so you can even start him off with a topical read to show him what he means to you. Some of our favourites include I Love the Bones of You: My Father and the Making of Me the autobiography of Christopher Eccleston discussing the relationship with his Dad; Three tales of My Father’s Dragon,a children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett and loved by families with younger kids; My father is a polar bear by Michael Morpurgo exploring two children discovering their father in the most unusual of places; for new or expecting parents, read Baby change by Anne Calver for this father’s day; or why not introduce your Dad to Rangan Chaterjee’s book Feel Better In 5, where he talks about juggling his roles as doctor and Dad as well as introducing his five-minute daily plan to boost wellbeing.

Book something to look forward to and take your Dad back to the eighties with tickets to see Queen Machine Symphonic on Wednesday 13 October 2021. Joined by West End leading lady Kerry Ellis and the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra, the music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before. Tickets can be purchased from £47-£27, so why not give your Dad the gift of a foot-stomping night out?

Treat him to a funny night out with Jason Manford’s Like Me at Derby Arena on Thursday 13 October 2021. In these trying times it’s important exercise the old chuckle muscle, and Jason Manford’s newest show won’t disappoint!  You can get your tickets for just £37 and give your Dad the gift of looking forward to a great night out with lots of laughs.

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe Father’s Day this June.