Why are fellas so hard to buy for? When it comes to choosing gifts for my female friends and relatives I am never short of ideas but send me shopping for to buy a pressie for a man and I will usually come back with the usual suspects… socks and a jumper, plus maybe a box of chocolate Brazil nuts that I will inevitably end up eating myself.
In all honesty, my Dad eagerly awaits his parcel of socks and a jumper (I think he’d be disappointed if I got him anything else!) but if your old man is harder to please then these gift ideas I’ve come up with might help you out, especially if he lives in Geordieland!
Think Scotch eggs, slider burgers, pork pies and Wylam Brewery ale and you’ve got an afternoon tea that is sure to make almost any Dad drool! The surroundings at The Vermont are super sophisticated so your Dad will feel throughly spoilt and the swish city centre hotel often has super cars parked outside, it’s the perfect place to spend some quality time together this Father’s Day. Full details on The Vermont website.
You might remember a few of weeks ago I blogged about an amazing line up of music mega stars heading to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland for a series of outdoor concerts this summer (you can read the full post here). Well, the promoters have only gone and put an amazing 2 for 1 offer out there for Father’s Day! Book a ticket for Nile Rodgers, Tom Jones, Madness or Il Divo and you can take your Dad for FREE. To access the offer go to and enter the code DADGIFT.
Adrenaline junkie Dads will love the exhilarating experience of driving on the award winning circuit at Karting North East. I took my fella and his best mate along to try it out a couple of years ago (read about it here) and they both loved it so much they have been back several times since, without me I hasten to add, I was far too slow for them! There are all kinds of packages available on the Karting North East website.
I’ve heard really good things about the Father’s Day packages on offer at the home of Newcastle United. Sunday lunch is served in the Magpie Club with stunning panoramic views of the pitch. For just £20 per person (£10 for under 12’s) you get a delicious two course meal and a tour of the stadium, plus Dads get a free drink! There’s also the option to upgrade to an executive box for £10 per adult. Full details here.
If you hadn’t already realised, there will be not one but three World Cup games taking place on Father’s Day…
Costa Rica vs Serbia (13:00 Kick Off)
Germany vs Mexico (16:00 Kick Off)
Brazil vs Switzerland (19:00 Kick Off)
So, if your Dad is football mad you could reserve a table at the World Cup Fan Zone in Times Square (in front of Life Science Centre in Newcastle). The area is being transformed in to the region’s largest beer garden for the summer with a humongous screen showing every single game, there’ll be loads of yummy street food vendors. Entry to the square is free but you can go online to reserve a table and pre-order drinks. There’s more details on the World Cup Fan Zone Facebook page.
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Just a short drive from Newcastle in the beautiful grounds of Close House Hotel is one of the top 100 golf courses in England, the Lee Westwood Championship Colt Course. Close House also offers the 18 hole Lee Westwood Filly Course which follows the line of the river Tyne and offers challenging greens surrounded by the stunning Northumberland countryside. The Close House website has a shop section where you can pick up voucher for a round of golf from £50 or splash out on a stay and play package from £139.
I love the Geordie accent and it’s wonderful to see it being celebrated on these special cards created by Geordie Gifts. You can pick them up from the Geordie Gifts shop in the Grainger Market, their stall on the Quayside Market every Sunday or the Geordie Gifts website. Plus, as their name suggests, they also sell a range of quirky and humorous gifts too, including plaques, mugs and tea towels!
Sadly, my Dad doesn’t live near me in Newcastle, he’s back in my home town of Rochdale, so these brilliant Father’s Day gift ideas would be lost on him. I guess socks and a jumper will have to do! Here’s a pic of us together a few year’s back when we did the Corrie Tour in Manchester.
If you know someone struggling to think what to get their Geordie Dad then be sure to share this blog post with them! Oh, and if you’ve any other ideas for Father’s Day, leave a comment below!