Father’s Day Gift Ideas: the perfect day out for any dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner, but don’t panic! We have a top selection of great days out by steam, perfect for dads, that he will have fond memories of for years to come. See below our top 3 summer trips by interest, including the best trips for transport buffs, birders and real ale fans.

If you’d like to give him the freedom to choose his own trip, a Steam Dreams Gift Voucher is the perfect present. With over 50 trips a year to choose from, from locations across the UK, there’s something to suit everyone.

1. Transport buff – Steam Journey to Salisbury, for a Routemaster Bus Tour to Stonehenge

In Spring 2018, board The Cathedrals Express from various locations for a trip across Hampshire and Wiltshire to Salisbury. Here, you will be transferred to historic Stonehenge by Vintage Routemaster Bus!

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Vintage bus and train in one trip!

2. Birders Paradise – Steam Journey to Weymouth for the RSPB Discovery Centre

This summer, treat your dad to a day out by steam train to the south coast. You can board the train at London Paddington, Slough or Reading for the journey to Weymouth, where you will have around 3 hours to visit the RSPB Discovery Centre, the historic Nothe Fort or simply enjoy lunch at the seafront. Our return journey takes passengers along the coast, past Bournemouth and the Solent!

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PG Ben Beaver - 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' (Gresley A4 Pacific 4-6-2) Cockwood Thurs 10-4-2014 #2
This trip is rostered to be hauled by Union of South Africa, sister engine to the famous Mallard


3. Heritage Rail Fans – Mainline Steam and Heritage Steam in one day! 

For a really special day out, combine mainline steam with heritage steam with a trip from London to the Swanage Railway, on Sunday 29 July, or take your dad to the West Somerset Railway from London, Surrey or Hampshire on Tuesday 21 August.

Both journeys include a trip along the railway in your ticket price, and some free time to spend at the railway at your own leisure before returning home.

Steam Trains at Corfe Castle Station

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4. Picky Dad – Gift Voucher

We offer our Gift Vouchers in a range of values to suit all pockets. Starting at just £50, you can choose any value to suit your requirements. Your voucher will be valid for a full year from the day of purchase.

Please ring our office on 01483 209888 if you would like to purchase a Gift Voucher.
We can post it out to you the same day, along with a free copy of our latest brochure. Vouchers can also be sent electronically and printed at home as a last minute gift!

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3 thoughts on “Father’s Day Gift Ideas: the perfect day out for any dad

  1. How about a departure from Brighton area / Bluebell Rlwy/Portsmouth in the agenda to cater for Southern steam in this well-populated area? Many thanks

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  2. Even prior to the May 2018 timetable change, the Brighton Main Line (BML) was running over capacity at peak times. I suspect pathing charters along the BML all the way to/from Brighton on a weekday is now impossible, even with the reduced timetable due to the issues caused by the new timetable.

    It will certainly be interesting to see the timings for the next few trips that take in parts of the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network for the pickup stations, in terms of how much flexibility there is. I do find myself wondering if the season ending White Cliffs circular may eventually have to be replaced with another itinerary due to the issues around the GTR network The big unknown of course is what will happen on Sunday 9th December when the next timetable change is due to happen.


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