June is absolutely flying by, half term is over, the Euros are in full swing and Father’s Day is here! To celebrate this important day with that all-important Father figure in your life, we’ve come up with a bunch of fun things to do, places to visit and local delights to try in our latest blog.

GET ACTIVE

If he’s up for some adventure and open to trying something new, he might like to dip his toe in the water and give Paddle Boarding a go? We have some brilliant offers on our website with Saltworks SUP Paddleboarding, so whether he needs a refresher or is a complete beginner, he’ll love this adventure-fuelled gift vouchers.

If the weather isn’t playing ball and he’s not a football fan, you can escape the match and the house and kick back and relax at the Palace Cinema or Broadway Cinema at the Villa. If he’s feeling energetic, why not strike up a family competition at the bowling alley at the Manx Fun Farm near Lonan or Pepsi Max Bowl in Ramsey and enjoy a bite to eat afterwards, to refuel?

If he’s feeling really brave, you might be able to convince him to don his skates and join you all for a roller-skate – Don’t be offended if he politely declines!

LOCAL FOOD & DRINK, ENJOYED TOGETHER

If you’re planning on eating over the weekend, you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating and beer gardens, serving locally sourced produce, specials boards and Sunday Carvery options.

We think he’ll love the delicious pub style grub provided by the south of the Island including the Shore Hotel in Gansey, Bradda Glen Restaurant and The Bay in Port Erin. If you’re in Castletown, we love The Viking pub , just across from the Steam Railway, where you’ll find a beer garden as well as Pulsom park just over the train tracks.

Up north you’re also spoilt for choice, with a cider festival at The Sulby Glen Hotel thanks to the guys at Isle of Cider or try the tasty food and beer garden offerings at The Ginger Hall

In Ramsey, you’ll find an abundance of eats and treats from the delights offered by Truth Wine and Tapas Bar (check out the exclusive offers on our website). The menu choice at the warm and welcoming Mitre will keep you full for hours and returning for more, likewise there’s plenty of good stuff at Good Stuff if you’re in the Ramsey area. Explore a little further North and you’ll find The Grosvenor in Andreas offering wholesome pub grub – not least, this gentle drive to the North offers some pretty stunning views too!

If you have young children (or a Dad who Is young at heart), on site play areas are a must, so why not pop in to the Horse & Plough in Farmhill, The Ocean Views Restaurant in Onchan Park, The Crosby in Crosby or The Cat With No Tail in Governor’s hill – all of which provide decent outdoor play options, with some offering the beer garden vibe, should the sun shine!

We can’t forget Laxey village and the delicious dining options on offer. Let’s start with the Laxey Kitchen for all things vegan, their sweet and savoury menu is not only vast but scrumptious! Take a wander around the glen and finish up at The Laxey Glen where you’ll be met with a warm welcome and lots of space for adults and kids to spread out. We also love Ballacegga Bar & Restaurant situated just opposite the entrance to Laxey wheel. With everything from afternoon teas, homemade cakes to delicious lunch options, you’ll never go hungry!

If he’s not keen on a sit-down meal, you can’t beat a lovely walk along one of our many gorgeous beaches, so if you find yourselves in the Laxey area, you could treat him to a speciality coffee and homemade cake from The Shed instead! Laxey has so much to offer with the beach and glen providing the perfect outdoor activity spots, so you can be amongst nature or watch the world go by, whatever the weather.

If you’re heading west, take a stroll around the Castle and enjoy some ‘match day’ sliders at The Creek Inn or drink in those stunning harbourside views at Filbeys Bistro  or The Boatyard in Peel. With so much beauty on our local doorstep, what’s not to love!

STAY HOME AND ORDER IN!

If Dad’s a footy fan, there’s a SMALL chance he’ll be wanting to stay closer to home this weekend to enjoy the match in peace from his favourite armchair! Fire up the BBQ, crack open a speciality beer or cider and stock up the fridge thanks to our amazing local butchers and drinks providers Bottlemonkey and Isle of Cider

If he loves his pizza and sweet treats, indulge in one of the amazing takeaway options and sweet treats, delivered to your door! Giant slabs from the BROWNIE BOSS IOM , sweets & treats from Gourmet Shakes & Snacks or a ‘make your own pizza kit’ from the brilliant team at Slightly Pretentious Pizza are a must!

GIFT VOUCHER IDEAS FOR HIM

The Water sport fanatic – Treat him to a Paddleboarding, Kayak or coasteering experiences from Saltworks SUP Paddleboarding and Ebb & Flow Watersports

Mr Motorsport – How about a voucher from Road & Track Motorcycles a t-shirt or TT themed gift from TTShirts.com in Douglas?

The Football fan – He’ll love a box of speciality ciders from Isle of Cider, speciality beers from Bottle Monkey, vouchers for Intersport or Jaks!

The Golf lover – How about a voucher for a 1:1 coaching session with an ex Pro golfer or golf simulator at iGolf and Mount Murray Golf Club & PGA Shop?

The Outdoor lover – If he’s he loves to cycle, ramble, garden, climb or run, you can’t go wrong with a voucher for Up & Running , Cycle360 or many of the local garden centres such as Rileys Garden Centre and Ramsey Garden Centre.

The FREEdom lover – Remember that you don’t have to spend a penny to spend quality time with the leading man in your life, so get out and about, enjoy a new route along the coastal footpath, try out a new glen or plantation and bring a warming flask of coffee and homemade cake, prepared using ingredients from the fabulous Isle of Man Creamery, Noa Bakehouse, Coffee Mann and Robinsons.

Wherever you decide to take him this weekend and whatever local gifts you choose, have an amazing weekend and thank you for continuing to support local.

Finally, REMEMBER to tag the local business that you’re supporting, by way of a little ‘thank you’ shout out – Afterall, a little local love and support, goes a long way.

Love Abbie xx