Most people believe the origin of the Father’s Day story began with Sonora Dodd from Washington.
It is believed she came up with the day after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910, and wondering why dads didn’t also have a date.
The Civil War veteran and her siblings had been raised by her father after their mum died in childbirth.
Dodd began a campaign to have Father’s Day instated.
Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries of the world on 19th March because it is St. Joseph – the father of all fathers for Catholics.
The US was the first country to make Father’s Day an official holiday.
President Rixard Nixon introduced it under US law, and many other countries adopted the same day. In the UK, like in the US, Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June, which this year is the 16th.
Bristol offers dads a wide choice of treats on their special day.
If you fancy a nice day out, then read on…
Dads get free entry and a free lunch at Berkeley Castle on Father’s Day! Not only is this magnificent castle and gardens a great spot for a family day trip, but his majesty Henry VIII & his six wives have also been invited to make sure your Dad gets the welcome he deserves!
When accompanying a full paying child, dads get in for £1 this Father’s Day at Avon Valley Wildlife & Adventure Park – that includes Grandads and Great Grandads so bring them all along! Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is also offering a free bacon bap included with their entry plus the opportunity to feed the giraffes.
For sports fans, Ashton Gate Stadium is offering a drink on arrival, two-course carvery and stadium tour for all guests on Father’s Day – booking is essential.
Or how about heading to The Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare on Father’s Day to show off dad’s driving skills on the indoor Go-Kart track and get free entry when accompanied by one paying child or adult.
Or how about a chocolate making class at The Chocolate Tart, where he can create some chocolate delights to enjoy later at home…with you!