Yes, you read that correct – Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday 21st June! If you’re like others and can’t believe how quickly 2020 is passing by, don’t worry it’s not too late! We’ve put together some exciting ideas for celebrating your day with your Dad whether it’s at home, outside at a distance or over a video call…

Days out and activities

The latest good news is that you can now meet up to 6 people outside from another household at a 2 metre distance. This means that if you have members of the family who don’t live with you and your Dad, you can still enjoy a day out together this Father’s Day!

Is your Dad the adventurous type? How about hiring a canoe, kayak or paddleboard from Saddles & Paddles and enjoy a peaceful cruise along the Exeter Canal… see who falls in the water first!

Not to mention you’re also able to rent a bike from Saddles & Paddles, so hop on a bicycle and travel along Exeter Quay and the Exe Estuary Trail. Which destination will you choose - Topsham, Exmouth, Dawlish or Dawlish Warren? If you decide to cycle the Topsham/Exmouth route make sure to stop off at The Shack at Darts Farm for a refreshment stop!

There are endless walking opportunities within Exeter and beyond! Take in a breath of fresh air during a stroll at Exmouth or Dawlish Warren beach, enjoy the sights at Exeter Quay or embark on a journey underneath the trees at Haldon Forest! Alternatively, choose from over 60 routes on the South West Coastal Path.

During your wander around Exeter, stop off for a takeaway from one of the many eateries that are beginning to re-open to feed the hungry public. Order a scrumptious pizza from On the Waterfront or The Flat and indulge along the river, enjoy a juicy burger from Hubbox Exeter on Cathedral Green or support a local fish & chip shop and have a picnic wherever you’d like!

There’s one thing we know that ALL Dads love is a BBQ – why not gather all of his favourite meats and snacks from Darts Farm, Greendale or Ben’s Farm Shop and enjoy fresh, local produce outside in your garden!

Special gifts

Looking for a special gift for the best Dad in the world? Look no further as our local businesses have the perfect present selections. If you’re unable to see your Dad on Father’s Day don’t worry – you’ll be able to send some of these thoughtful items straight to him and have a good old chat over a video call!

Give Dad a taste of our city with a bottle of Exeter Gin, which celebrates Exeter’s Roman heritage. You can purchase a bottle from Darts Farm, Waitrose or Exeter Gin's online shop.

Who doesn’t love a gift hamper? Treat Dad to a Dart’s Farm West Country hamper, the ultimate steak selections a cider tasting experience or a box of the region’s best cheeses - shop their hampers here.

Order a box of goodies from Astridges Catering for Dad to enjoy on Father’s Day, filled with a selection of sweet and savoury treats along with a bottle of cider to wash it down with! I mean, how tasty does this look?

Support a local business and choose a homemade, keepsake present for Dad. Shop at Craft Exe for a selection of fused glass gifts or visit Hyde and Seek’s ‘Love Local’ section on their website for a unique treat!

Is your Dad a massive sports fan? Add to his merchandise collection with a t-shirt or souvenir from Exeter Chiefs or Exeter City Football Club (please note the ECFC shop may have delivery delays).

Happy Father's Day from the Visit Exeter team!


Saddles and Paddles
Boating and Canoeing
Saddles  Paddles

Bike and canoe hire from Exeter's historic quayside. Explore the old canal trail. Seven miles of flat, traffic free cycling in beautiful countryside. The canoes are great fun and easy to use for exploring this beautiful waterway.

The Exe Estuary Trail
Cycle Route
Exe Estuary Trail

The Exe Estuary is a 26 mile cycle route & walkway which goes along the whole Exe Estuary through Exmouth, Exeter & Dawlish.

Darts Farm Shopping Village
Local Food Producers
Darts Farm Shopping Village

Darts Farm is a vibrant, nationally award-winning Farm Shop based in the historic estuary town of Topsham, overlooking the beautiful Clyst Valley. A unique lifestyle shopping experience with a working farm at its heart, Darts Farm showcases the best food and drink the region has to offer and is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers. These include The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission - walking with view
Exeter Quayside
Historic Site
Exeter Quayside

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.

On The Waterfront
On the Waterfront, Exeter

Perched on the edge of the historic Exeter Quayside, we are housed on the ground floor of a magnificent 19th century warehouse. This building and many like it nearby served the booming woollen industry of the mid 19th century.

The Flat
The Flat

The Flat is an atmospheric independent pizza restaurant on fore street serving freshly prepared hand stretched vegetarian and vegan pizzas.

Greendale Farm Shop

Deep in the heart of the East Devon countryside, surrounded by 15 acres of farmland, you’ll find the award-winning Greendale Farm Shop and its family-friendly café. Full of fresh, locally-sourced produce, this welcoming shop has become a must-visit destination.

Ben's Farm Shop
Ready Meals
Ben's Farm Shop

Come and enjoy our wide range of seasonal, locally sourced, mainly organic but definitely plain delicious food and drink. We use local suppliers and even offer a range of salads, pasties, pies, cakes and soups that are made daily in our farm kitchen.

Exeter Gin
Local Shop
Exeter Gin

Exeter's own premium gin made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still.

Sandy Park Conference & Event Centre
Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category
Sandy Park

Sandy Park, Exeter's award-winning Conference and Banqueting Centre and home to Devon's Premiership rugby team, the Exeter Chiefs.

Exeter City FC
Sports Ground/Stadium

The home of professional football in Exeter - come and enjoy a great day out and watch Exeter City attempt to regain their rightful position in the Football League.



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