Five Fantastic Fathers Day Ideas

Fathers Day in Cambridge

Fathers Day is quickly approaching. If you’re anything like me, you may have forgotten that the day in question is just around the corner.

At Traditional Punting Company, we thought it would be nice to come up with five fantastic fathers’ days out in and around Cambridge. To treat those in your life that have been continuously by your side.

Cambridge Punting with us

It would be remiss of us to not plug a guided punting tour with us at the Traditional Punting Company. But please do trust us when we say that it will blow the socks off your dad.

As all our punts are guided by one of our highly trained chauffeurs, your father dearest won’t need to worry about having to do the work himself. They can just sit back, relax and treat themselves to one of our Luxury Afternoon Teas by Harriets Tearoom or a Deli Style Picnic by All On Boards.

For those of you who are over 18, you could always pop into the Cambridge Wine Merchants on Bridge Street beforehand. They have an incredible selection of Ales, Bitters, Lagers and Wine at their disposal, all we ask is that you bring plastic glasses with you.

If your Dad enjoys history, our guided tours are perfect. They are packed with fascinating facts and figures about all that is significant around the River Cam. During your tour, you will pass seven colleges and nine bridges.

Coming into summer, the wildlife surrounding the river is magnificent. Perhaps encourage your papas to bring their binoculars and see if they can spot any kingfishers.

After your 50-minute guided punting tour with us, you could take your dad on a walking tour with our partner, Stride. They provide an in-depth locals perspective on Cambridge, whilst allowing you the opportunity to take in all the beauty the city has to its name.

We look forward to welcoming you and your father on Sunday. Click here to book your punting tickets for a Father’s Day that’s hard to beat.


Botanical Gardens

Cambridges’ Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to take your green-fingered pops. The Botanical Gardens have over 8,000 species of plants.

If your trip to the Botanical Gardens has inspired your dad to go home and do some gardening of his own, then there is a garden shop on site. They host a collection of various seasonal perennials, shrubs, pots and bird houses, among other things.

If you get a bit parched during your walk around the site, they have a garden cafe that has a delicious selection of homemade cakes and sweet treats.

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Anglesey Abbey

Fancy something outside of the city? Why not take your Dad to Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean Manor on the outskirts of Cambridge. Anglesey Abbey is blessed with 114 acres of gardens, including the annually developed rose garden with 40 different varieties of rose. A quintessentially British summer scene to take your fathers to.

For the art lovers out there, Anglesey Abbey hosts a small collection of Constable paintings.  These paintings range from some of his early oil works to his largest ever canvas. These paintings are set in a home rather than a gallery. Therefore this collection provides a more personal, intimate look at exactly how these paintings were embraced by 19th Century culture.

For those dads with small children, the Hoe Fen wildlife discovery area is a fantastic place to take your daddies. The wildlife area has treehouses, swings, den building, and plenty to keep your dads on their toes. In addition, there is also the opportunity to go bug hunting, amphibian spotting and bird watching.

Angelsey Abbey also has a lovely restaurant on site which sells both cooked meals and afternoon tea, a perfect end to Father’s Day.

Wimpole Estate

Following on the National Trust theme, Wimpole Estate to the south of the city is a great place for all ages to take their father figures to. Wimpole Hall is an elegant 18th Century mansion sitting on 2500 acres. 300 of which are parkland. Inside the house, the numbers are just as impressive, as the library has a collection of 10,000 books.

Wimpole Estate as a whole is very environmentally friendly, they plan to plant 1000 new trees in the parkland alone over the next ten years.

The estate’s farm comprises 1000 acres of arable land that is still being used for production today. They are one of the only organic farms in the area, producing Wheat, Rye and Spelt for organic bread. Among many other products.

Furthermore, for the animal lovers out there, their farm is full of different animals, from chickens, and horses to cows and pigs.

Go Ape

This one goes out to all the adrenaline junkie fathers out there! If you are looking for something slightly further afield, then Go Ape at High Lodge Thetford Forest is the place to be. The treetop challenge is split into two different courses meaning all abilities can have a go. Afterwards, you could always have a go at the Forest Segway trail.


We hope this has given you some Father’s Day inspiration. Be sure to book quickly with us to ensure you don’t miss out on a relaxing day down the river.


Posted on June 15th, 2022, by the Traditional Punting Company Editor