Father’s Day is fast approaching. Sunday 16 June is a day dedicated to celebrating that special man in your life. Greater Manchester has a tonne of fun activities to help make this Father’s Day one to remember whether your father figure is a beer lover, football fan or music buff, or anything in between.  When we say there’s something for everyone in our city region, we really mean it. So whether you’re looking for a way to celebrate your dad, grandad, stepdad or another main man in your life this year, we’ve rounded up some great activities across the region to inspire you. 

1. Party together at We Invented the Weekend

Luckily for the music-loving dads, this years Fathers Days lines up perfectly with We Invented the Weekend in Salford. The two-day free festival which throws open MediaCity and Salford Quays’ spaces and places, to celebrate the joy of free time, taking in sports, music, comedy, theatre, dance, workshops, talks, food, charity, wellness, crafts and more.

2. Wine tasting on East Lancashire Railway

Treat your fatherly figures to a  wine tasting journey through the world of fine wines and delicious food. Join East Lancashire Railway alongside their wine experts from Kwoff and start the evening with a prosecco welcome, before pairing each course to an exquisite selection of fine wines from around the world. Expect a sumptuous four course, silver served meal followed by coffee and after dinner chocolate. Relax knowing every aspect of your Fathers Day experience will be catered for to the highest standards.

3. Head Homeward bound to Bridgewater Hall’s Simon & Garfunkel show

Celebrate a day early on 15 June at Bridgewater Hall for the Simon and Garfunkel Story. Direct from a weeklong run in London's West End, a SOLD-OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story continues to stun audiences across the globe! Using huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia,' 'Homeward Bound' and many more.

4. Shocking Stunt Bikes at Cockfield Farm

Cockfield Farm is excited to welcome Broke FMX and their Stunt Bike show to the farm this Fathers Day weekend. The show features the UK's top ranked freestyle motocross riders, incorporating the latest heart stopping tricks as usually only seen on TV. The team have set the standard for 10 years and now continues to push the boundaries of FMX and lead the way for all motorcycle display teams. Are you ready to witness the thrill of athletes jumping 35 feet in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet?

5. Enjoy a craft beer tour

If you want to celebrate a beer lover this Father’s Day, make sure you do it the Manchester way. Craft Beer Tour Manchester gives you the chance to sample some of the finest local products from a range of microbreweries and craft beer houses. Enjoy a tasty afternoon as you walk through the streets of Manchester and try at least ten different craft beers learning about the secrets of each brewery from flavours to the history of the venue. It makes the perfect Father’s Day activity for your beer-loving Father figure, and you can always book it as a gift for a later date. What could be better?

6. Head to the Football Museum

For a great day out in Manchester, football fans love the National Football Museum. This family-friendly day out is a great way to celebrate a special man in your life this Father’s Day. Celebrate the legends, see iconic trophies and objects, learn more about the beautiful game and test your skills with some interactive games. With free guided tours or the option to explore on your own, this is sure to be a top of the league day out for the whole family.

7. Tour a football stadium

Manchester is home to two of the world’s most famous football clubs and so, if you’re looking to really treat a football-loving father figure, why not book a stadium tour? The Manchester City Football Club Stadium and Club Tour and Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour give exclusive behind the scenes access to two of the most well-known stadiums in the Premier League. See the changing rooms, press rooms and pitches as you put yourselves in the shoes (or should we say boots) of your favourite football stars. A stadium tour makes a great gift for any football fanatic, and even if you can’t make it this Father’s Day, you can book it to take the family another time.

8. Take him on a music tour

Got a father figure who’s mad about Madchester? Maybe they’re a Stone Roses Superfan, a Joy Division fanatic or even fancy themselves as another Gallagher brother. Well, Manchester’s music scene is unrivalled, and this Father’s Day you can book a unique tour to explore the city region’s musical heritage from Salford Lads Club through to the infamous Sifters Records. Founded by the drummer of Inspiral Carpets, Craig Dill, Manchester Music Tours is a unique way to learn about the history and legacy of Manchester’s music scene. With unique tours tailored to your favourite bands, this would make the perfect Father’s Day gift for any Manchester music lover.

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From Parklife to Warehouse Project and Pride to ground-breaking performances in offbeat venues including the White Hotel and Hidden, Manchester is the home of Unmissable Music. 

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