8 Tips For Manchester Father’s Day Treats

Where has that year gone? It seems like no time since Father’s Day last year when we were treating our dads to a pint or two and a hearty meal to say thanks for being such a great parent. Yes, Father’s Day is nearly here again. On Sunday 18th June, dads throughout Greater Manchester (and all over the UK) will be honoured on their special day.

Poor old dads often get the short end of the stick.  While mums regularly get spoilt with flowers and kisses, we sometimes forget to thank our dads for their deep pockets, kind advice and unending taxi rides (whenever we’ve missed the last bus)!  Thank goodness there’s a day dedicated to reminding us how special our fathers are.

One day each year to say thanks, isn’t much so get planning now!  Let’s take a look at how we can look after our dads and husbands in Greater Manchester this Father’s Day.   To make things easier, give the man in your life a day off from taxi driving and car park fees by taking the bus for a stress free day out.

Go Grilling!

Dads love to BBQ.  Fact!  If you think that you can restrain your dad from taking over the grill for once, treat him to an extra special BBQ at Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar.  Steak, spare ribs, pulled pork and burgers - a meat eater’s heaven - with a good few vegetarian options thrown in too.  All washed down with award winning beers and allowed to settle with live music, DJs and a great atmosphere.


Save your dad from matchday withdrawal now that the football season is over by taking him on a behind-the-scenes tour of his favourite club or a meal in the stadium restaurant. Whether he’s a Cityzen or a Red Devil; a Wigan Latic, an Oldham Latic or a Bolton Trotter you can spoil him at the home of his team.  And if his club is closed for the summer, like Bury FC or Rochdale AFC, why not gift him a season or match ticket?


If your dad’s a bit of a petrolhead, take him back in time to WWII USA at Avro Heritage Museum which hosts a 1940s America Day on Sunday 18th June.  Helicopters, classic American cars, military vehicles and live 1940s music are set to make a great day out for the whole family.

Pieces Of Eight

Speaking of family… if the dad in your life enjoys nothing better than spending his spare time with his young children, treat him to a day out with a boatful of scallywags on a Pirate Ship Cruise from Salford Quays.  Fancy dress is optional but we’re sure that once he’s got his hands on the shiver-me-timbers rum punch, dad will be yo-ho-ho-ing his way all along the River Irwell!  

Just For Fun

Challenge your ultra competitive dad to a game that’ll test his knowledge of the big screen with the Movie Buff Quiz.  Whether he’s a Star Wars connoisseur or a Frozen fan, this game will have him reaching into the depths of his movie memory.  Too much hard work?  Then treat him to a barrel of laughs with the hilarious Silly Sausage game instead, or one of the other great retro games available at John Lewis.

Behind The Wheel

Can’t keep your dad or husband away from the steering wheel for one day? Go-karting in Rochdale could be a fun way to treat him. At speeds of up to 40 mph, travelling around a 500m track full of 19 bends and fast straights, he’ll still be getting his driving fix.  Race him to the finish line or let him win on his special day - it’s up to you!

Bee Traditional

Go traditional with your gift and plump for the old favourite - a pair of socks. No ordinary socks for your dad or husband, though.  Give him a pair of Manchester’s own Bee socks. Black, grey or yellow, he’ll be able to display his proud Mancunian heritage by displaying the Worker Bee - the symbol of Manchester which appears in many places throughout the city.

Build A Den

Get the kids busy building a den with their dad for Save the Children Den Day on 16th June, then challenge them to camp out in it for a night. He’ll enjoy reliving his youth as well as spending quality time with his children.  Add takeaway and a campfire too, and he’ll be in his element!

Whether you’re nipping to the shops to buy your dad a gift or taking him out for the day, take the easy and cheap option by catching the bus. System One travelcards and our new get me there smart card are accepted by all major local and regional bus companies throughout the region. 

Travelcards start from just £5.00 – click here to view the full System One range and get me there range.

Win a FREE one-day System One travelcard by figuring out which of these Manchester-themed Father’s Day gifts can be smelly, holey and often has one missing.  Tell us via Facebook or Twitter using #SystemOneFathersDay and you could get your hands on free bus travel for a day.  

However you plan to spend it, have fun with your dad on Father’s Day!




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