Things to do in Buxton on Father’s Day

Father's Day in Buxton 2018

[box style=’success’]Father’s Day lunch and a pint at The Old Sun Inn[/box]

The Sunday lunch at 53 is always hearty and tasty but equally the steak burger with onions and (the now legendary) homemade fries would be an ideal treat for Dad. The haloumi wrap is a great healthier option as is the homemade soups they have on offer daily. Gluten free bread is now available here too as well as the occassional GF pudding.

53 Degrees North, Hall Bank | Open Monday – Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 1.30am, Sunday 11am – 11pm

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[box style=’success’]Hearty breakfast bap at Cafe in the Cavern and Poole’s Cavern and Breakfast at the[/box]

Take Dad beneath the earth and explore the vast limestone caverns and see how the spectacular crystal stalactites and stalagmites have lined the chambers over millions of years.  With new LED lighting, the caverns look spectacular along the effectively illuminated walk ways, so don’t forget your camera.  A day out at Pooles Cavern can be enjoyed by everyone and the Cafe in the Cavern serves a varied, tasty menu, with light meals or if you fancy a coffee somewhere away from town. Guided tours are every 15-20 minutes. The walk through Grin Low Country Park opposite the cavern entrance up to Solomon’s Temple offers breathtaking views of Buxton.

Poole’s Cavern, Green Lane | Every day 9.30am – 4.45pm

Entry / Cost: Adults £9, children £5, family ticket £25 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

[box style=’success’]Enjoy a tasty Thai meal with yummy Movenpick Ice Cream for afters[/box]

If Dad is a fan of Thai food, you could treat him with Red Sea bream, Crispy battered chicken with red wine sauce, or the classic Thai green curry. The velvety Mövenpick ice cream on offer is delicious too. Simply Thai not only offer fresh and deliciously authentic Thai cuisine but its also always beautifully presented. Afternoon Tea is back by popular demand now too so you could treat Dad to this English tradition with a Thai twist (need to book in advance for Afternoon Tea).

[box style=’success’]Banger & stock car racing[/box]

Banger and stock car racing is thrilling to watch and everyone of all ages can enjoy the atmosphere too. This weekend there’s StoxKarts, 2 Litre Bangers, Hot Rods British QR/ Howard Jones Memorial, 1300 Saloon Stock Cars, Hot Fords One2One Valeting Championship Final and Grand Prix Midgets.. There’s a free large car park here, its dog friendly and there is also hot and cold refreshments to keep you going as well as a licensed bar.

Buxton Raceway | 25th May 2015, from 1pm

Entry / Cost: Varies – check website, Kids up to and including 8yrs go free

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If your Dad’s loves a bit of vintage, you’ll find a mix of original vintage and reproduction clothing for men and women as well as a vast array of furniture and homewares from all era’s at this huge vintage Fair on Father’s Day – from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s. There’s also a number of great handmade designer traders who take their inspiration from all things vintage. Sweet treats and cakes will also be on offer.

The Buxton Vintage Fair, The Dome, University of Derby | 21st June 2015, 10am – 4pm

Entry / Cost: £1, under 12’s FREE

[box style=’success’]PLAY GOLF TOGETHER AT THE DRIVING RANGE[/box]

Have fun and get active together on Father’s Day at the golfing range. Just a 5 minute drive out of Buxton, its an ideal outdoor activity even if the weather doesnt hold up. Beginners welcome – they’ll show you everything you need to know and there’s 10% ball discount for University of Derby students. Disabled access is also very good and there’s free parking.

Peak Practice Golf, Barms Farm, Fairfield Common (Off A6) | Open Sunday 10am – 4pm

Entry / Cost: Check website


The Railyway are offering a free pint with every main meal for every Dad on Father’s Day. There’s lots to choose from on the menu or there’s the Sunday lunch. The perk here is that the Sunday Roast comes as a Carvery at £7.49 and so its unlimited roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and gravy and there’s a veggie option on request.

[box style=’success’]RIDE THE DISCOVER BUXTON TRAM[/box]

If your Dad’s a bit of a history buff and you fancy a chilled out pace, treat him to a ride on the Discover Buxton Victorian Tram. He may well be up on Buxton’s past but this tour can offer up some of the lesser known facts about our lovely little town and well, its a rather novel thing to do to ride on a converted milk float! Pre-booking recommended.

Discover Buxton, Leaves outside Buxton Opera House, on the hour

Entry / Cost: £6 per person

[box style=’success’]SUNDAY LUNCH AT BARBARELLA’S[/box]

The generous Sunday lunch shouldnt disappoint a hungry Dad, with various meats on offer every week. Served with delcious, huge roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding and bacon wrapped stuffing as well as seasonal veg – when we visited it was brocolli, carrot and savoy cabbage – this was all accompanied with cauliflower cheese and gravy to finish it all off. Certainly one of the biggest Sunday lunches we’ve come across and superb value for £10.


It’s easy to forget what’s right on our doorstep in Buxton.  Both the Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine Walk (across the road, off Burlington Road) provide pretty walkways and pathways if you dont want to venture to far and if you take some seeds (huge bag available for £1.10 from Buxton Pet Shop) you could feed the ducks at the lake and grab an ice-cream while your at it.  

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