Tourist Information Centre column: Father’s Day days out
FATHER’S Day is on Sunday, June 17.
If you’re struggling to think what to buy for your Dad, pay a visit to the Tourist Information Centre in St Paul’s Square. We have a huge range of gift ideas including many with a local feel.
Why not purchase a local history book of Bedford or one of the surrounding villages? We stock fantastic prints by local artists depicting picturesque scenes of the town’s main landmarks.
There is also a collection of stunning crystal items including decanters, a one pint tankard and whiskey glasses. You could purchase a Bedford neck tie or some Bedford Best beer.
We stock scrumptious Bedfordshire honey which is produced locally at Bromham and a variety of old coins and bank notes from yesteryear. For those who are interested in rugby, you could buy an official Bedford Blues scarf, umbrella or T-shirt.
> What about treating your Dad to a trip to the theatre? We are booking agents for both the Royal & Derngate in Northampton and Milton Keynes Theatre (bookings can be taken on Monday to Friday only). Alternatively, there are Theatre Tokens which can be used at over 230 venues nationwide, including those in London’s West End.
> Speaking of London, you could treat Dad to a day out sightseeing in the capital. At weekends, an adult day-return rail ticket to London including a Zone 1-6 Travelcard is just £20, and what’s more, three or four people can travel together for the price of two adults on First Capital Connect services, making the fare just £10 each for a group of four. Additional children pay just £2 each. Even on weekdays, a group of four can travel for just £13 each at off-peak times, so why not take your Dad out to see some of the sights of the capital?
You could visit the World Rugby Museum and Stadium Tour at Twickenham (Zone 5), take a tour of Wembley Stadium (Zone 4) or Chelsea FC (Zone 2). For those with an interest in gardens, a visit to Kew Gardens (Zone 3) is a must, whilst thrill seekers may prefer Chessington World of Adventures (Zone 6).
History buffs won’t want to miss visiting HMS Belfast (Zone 1) the Museums and Galleries of Greenwich (Zone 2) or combine history and beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace (Zone 6). Many London attractions also offer 2 for 1 entry when you travel by train. Visit www.daysoutguide.co.uk for more information.
> You could book onto one of our popular guided walks which leave from outside the Tourist Information Centre on Sundays at 11am. On Father’s Day, it will be the WWII Bedford Walk.
The cost is just £3 per person and walks must be booked and paid for in advance at the Tourist Information Centre. We are currently open on Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 4.30pm.
> Finally, if you still can’t think of what to buy for Dad, why not purchase some of our Love To Shop vouchers? They come in £5 or £10 denominations and can be used at a variety of well-know stores across the UK.
So make a point of visiting us this week!
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