Dads and Druids are the themes behind our chosen weekend events, as Sunday is both the longest day (the summer solstice) and Father’s Day.
21st June is always the summer solstice, and to celebrate some of England’s most mystical and historic sites welcome druids to celebrate. Stonehenge is of course the most well known and English Heritage have published details of their management of the event this year. This is an ideal time to visit a truly unique venue. Another historic site celebrating the solstice is Avebury at it’s historic stone circle, with the celebrations culiminating with sunrise on Sunday. Both sites are expected to be very busy but well worth it if you can make the journey.
Father’s Day on Sunday seems to be celebrated by cars, cars and more cars and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to celebrate on what will hopefully be a lovely summer day. Over 1000 classic cars will be descending on Harewood (which is between Leeds and Harrogate in Yorkshire) for the Yorkshire Post Motor Show. With monster trucks, family events all day and craft and food stalls this year they are paying tribute to the Land Rover Defender.
At the other end of the country The Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire is having a Hot Rod and Custom Drive day in their event designed to bring in the dads. With areas for hot rods, vintage scooters and American classic vehicles, there is also a vintage village with vintage fashion, furniture and much more. Plus with live music throughout the day and the regular museum exhibits this will be a full on day out.
The last car event we’ve found is on all weekend and is for a great charity – plus it’s at the Top Gear track so probably on lots of dads ‘to-do’ list. The Children’s Trust, which supports children with brain injuries is holding a Supercar weekend at Dunsfold in Surrey with supercar rides on the track, hovercrafts, Diggerland, Segways and a whole lot more. A great day our for a great cause. Dads and children, and probably a few mums will love it!
And if druids and cars aren’t really your thing, Saturday is the last day of Royal Ascot. A fantastic opportunity to see how the other half live, with some amazing outfits and people watching guaranteed, plus, of course, a few stunning racehorses.
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