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Five Ways to Enjoy Father's Day in Staffordshire


Whether you call him 'Pa', 'Dad', 'Daddy', or something else, it's time to celebrate your old man once again!

Father's Day is Sunday 18th June - just around the corner - and there are loads of ways to enjoy it in Staffordshire.

Here are five to get you started...

Join the crowds at Shugborough, pictured here, and roar the iron men and women across the finishing line

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

Over 2500 triathletes will be heading to Staffordshire on 18th June for the return of our greatest sporting challenge, the IRONMAN 70.3 race.

Cheer them on as they swim 1.2 miles at Chasewater, cycle 56 miles through Cannock Chase and East Staffordshire, and run 13.1 miles at Shugborough.

The Red Lion pub in Little Haywood is known for its great atmosphere on the day - there's live music, a rooftop DJ and a BBQ, and it's a perfect vantage point for seeing the runners.

Check out our blog for other great spots for taking in the action.


The Piggyback Challenge

Dad can take on a sporting challenge of his own at Trentham Monkey Forest this year.

To have a go at The Piggyback Challenge, you will have to carry your little monkey on your back, just like the male Barbary macaques do in the wild.

You could win tickets for a return visit!

Afterwards, meet some of the new dads roaming the grounds and see if you can spot the babies!

The forest has welcomed two new arrivals so far this year, with more expected to come later this summer.

Catch your breath after the Piggyback Challenge by spotting the new babies at Trentham Monkey Forest, pictured here.
See some top airborne action at Weston Park for the International Model Air Show, pictured

International Model Air Show

Watch amazing airborne displays at Weston Park for the International Model Air Show.

Some of the world's top model pilots will be showing off their skills, with mid-air acrobatics from the Swift Glider display team and the Battle of Britain pyrotechnic show.

There's also a fun fair and free model-building workshops to enjoy. 

For a more sedate visit, explore the acres of stunning parkland, discover the Synthetic Landscapes art exhibition, and sample tasty treats at the Granary Grill.


Father's Day Lunch Train

If your dad likes to take things at a slow pace, head for the Churnet Valley Railway and treat him to a trip on the Father's Day Lunch Train.

Relax in one of the classic First Class coaches as you wind your way through Staffordshire's 'Little Switzerland', the picturesque Churnet Valley, and indulge in a four-course lunch with waitress service.

Or hop off at Froghall or Cheddleton Stations along the 11-mile route and enjoy a bite to eat in one of the charming tea rooms. 

Browse our Father's Day events listings for more great places to eat in Staffordshire.

Unwind on a heritage steam train in the Churnet Valley, pictured. Image courtesy Dave Gibson.


Take the chequered flag against the other dads at Midland Karting, pictured

Father's Day Race

Get dad's adrenaline pumping in the Father's Day Race at Midland Karting.

Put pedal to metal and work as a father-son/daughter combo to get on the podium.

Grab pole position in the qualifying session, before going head-to-head with other families in the hour-long race, accumulating as many laps as you can as a team before taking the chequered flag.

The top three teams will win medals and bubbly, while the winners will receive a voucher to return with the family for a 30 minute session.

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