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Time for Daddy!

Father’s Day: 19th June 2011

After running a Mothering Sunday feature in our Spring issue we thought it only fair to cover Father’s Day in our Summer issue! So here’s a little history for you and ideas on where to spend the day...

A brief history

Most sources agree that Father’s Day originated in the USA in 1910 when a lady called Sonora Smart Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother died in childbirth, felt fatherhood deserved the same recognition as motherhood, which was honoured/celebrated each year on Mother’s Day. Sonora campaigned for the day to be formerly recognised but it took many years for Father’s Day to be taken seriously and become the widely celebrated and respected day it is today. Father’s Day is celebrated on different dates throughout the world but in the UK it always falls on the third Sunday in June, which this year is the 19th June.

What’s on this Father’s day If you’re wondering how to spend the day with your Dad or husband then here’s our guide to what’s on where:

Dad Drives Thomas!

at Nene Valley Railway

Let Dad fulfill a life long dream to drive a steam locomotive this Father’s Day! Dads can drive Thomas on two trips to the tunnel and back - and receive a special drivers certificate for doing so! Children can take a photo of Dad as he drives Thomas. Price: £20 per Dad (over 18s only). All proceeds towards Thomas’ overhaul fund. You can also treat Dad to a full English breakfast (served until 10.30am). Limited Spaces so booking essential. Call 01780 784444 or visit

Big Machines, Steak and Ale

at West Lodge Rural Centre

Take Dad along to West Lodge Rural Centre on the 19th where there’ll be farm machinery on display, including a CLAAS combine harvester, and steak and real ale will be served in the restaurant, plus all the usual farm attractions to entertain the children. Call 01536 760552 or visit for more information.

Family Fun

Classic Cars

To celebrate dads of all ages, there will be a host of activities held in the stunning grounds of the Hall, giving families the chance to get out and have a fun day together. The event includes live music from The Kibworth Band, a treasure hunt, story telling, garden games and a coconut shy. Activities will run from 2pm to 5pm, with refreshments and lunches available from 11am in the Tea Room. Admission is £5 which includes entry to the gardens. For details of opening times visit or call 01604 686543.

If your Dad is a classic car fanatic then it would well be worth the trip (approximately an hour from Kettering) to Audley End House in Cambridgeshire where a beautiful collection of classic cars will be on display. You could also treat him to lunch or afternoon tea in the cafe! 11am to 5pm. Adults £12.50, children 5 to 15: £7.50. Visit: for more information.

at Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens

at Audley End House and Gardens

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Summer 2011 NENE edition  

North & East Northants edition, Summer 2011

Summer 2011 NENE edition  

North & East Northants edition, Summer 2011