35 ways to thank dad in Sheffield city centre this Father’s Day ♥

It is a truth universally acknowledged that shopping for the men in your life is often hard work.

So we’ve taken the stress out of celebrating Father’s Day for you. This handy guide covers experiences, presents and places to eat this Sunday 16 June.

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Please note: all information is correct at time of publication.

Days out with dad

🧢 Gifts for dad

🍺 Eating (and drinking) out with dad

Days out with dad

In a case of spectacular timing, Father’s Day falls on the opening weekend of Euro 2024 this year.

Fan City is a 4,000 capacity, family-friendly fan village on Devonshire Green which is screening the month-long tournament including England’s debut against Serbia on Sunday 16 June.

Special guest and former Sheffield Wednesday player Chris Waddle is to make an appearance. Chris said: “Fan villages like this are like a New Year’s Eve party. People just enjoy it, it's a lot of fun and there is loads going on, if you enjoy your football, you enjoy a party, then why miss it?”

📸 Fan City

Tickets for the game are available at £12 per adult or £5 per child. Throughout the tournament non-England tournament games are free to watch, and there will also be live music and Q&As.

📸 Fan City Sheffield

There’s nothing like teamwork to bring a family together…

Challenge dad at The Great Escape Game on Vicar Lane, where groups must put their collective problem-solving skills to the test to succeed.

📸 The Great Escape Game Sheffield

Themed immersive experiences range from a submarine adventure to a magical world of wizardry. There’s a cocktail bar and kitchen for celebrations afterwards too.

Or you could plan a trip to Roxy Ballroom with your 'Daddy Cool'. How about a few games of Crazy Pool? Or maybe even a spot of Karaoke 🎤 

There's 20% off gift cards until Monday 17 June when using promo code DADROCKS24, the perfect dad gift if you ask us! 

📸 Roxy Ballroom

Free interactive character hunt The Urban Dwellers is perfect for dads with younger children to entertain.

📸 Urban Dwellers

This fun trail around Sheffield city centre launches this month. It features 15 augmented reality artworks and animated installations from Sheffield artists Lisa O’Hara and TADO. It’s part of The Children’s Media Conference and suitable for children aged 5-12.

Enjoy some family theatre at Ten in the Bed, a 50-minute show which celebrates the power of imaginary play, even when the world is daunting.

📸 Stephen Beeny

It is the latest production from award-winning theatre company Half Moon Theatre and takes place at the Library Theatre on Tudor Square.

Create a brick masterpiece together at Sheffield’s innovative Lego cafe.

Builder’s Brew, on East Parade, is the perfect place for big and little kids alike to let their imaginations run wild. Book a one-hour or two-hour session, choose a suitably challenging Lego set and get building.

Gamer dads are in luck. That’s because Sheffield is home to The National Videogame Museum on Angel Street. Pose for a selfie with Sonic, try classic arcade or rare video games and explore how they are made through interactive exhibits.

📸 Sonic at the National Videogame Museum

Brand new opening Cambridge Street Collective on Backfields has plenty to keep dads happy.

There are 20 kitchens serving authentic global cuisine, from Detroit-style pizza to Hong Kong noodles, four bars, an AR-darts room and a sandpit for the kids.

📸 Cambridge Street Collective

On Sunday 16 June there’s also a free Barbie and Spiderman mini disco, so parents can put their feet up for a while.

How about booking Dad on to a History & Brunch City Centre Tour courtesy of the team behind Kelham Island Food Tours.  

This 3-hour History and Brunch Tour of Sheffield city centre takes you back through time where you will visit a number of locations that played a role in Sheffield's history, finishing with a delicious sit-down brunch at Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen on Sidney Street. 

The first tour will happen on Sunday 7 July with two further tours planned for Sunday 4 August and Sunday 8 September. 

💡 Hot on the heels of the History & Brunch City Centre Tours, a new series of city centre food tours will be arriving in the city centre this summer! Be amongst the first to know about these new events by visiting this page

📸 Kelham Island Food Tours

Did somebody say fore!? Send dad off for a golfing day with a twist at Gloryholes.

This adult only mini golf club on High Street has three different mini golf courses, pool and beer pong to boot.

Sheffield DocFest, the UK’s leading documentary festival, is back on Father’s Day weekend.

📸 DocFest

Film fans have plenty of thought-provoking screenings to choose from, including the European premiere of Daughters at The Showroom cinema on Paternoster Row. This moving documentary about the broken prison system in the USA focuses on the chance imprisoned fathers have to spend with their daughters.

Animals, heroes and history combine in a new exhibition at the National Emergency Services Museum.

📸 National Videogame Museum

The award-winning family museum on West Bar is hosting a party to mark the 200th anniversary of the RSPCA charity on Sunday 16 June. Expect four-legged friends, party games and crafts on top of the Tardis-like museum’s displays dedicated to the emergency services.

Or why not head to Sheffield Plate in Orchard Square for their free Crafty Cats Kids event on Saturday 15 June.

Little ones can take part in creating their own greeting cards as well as some portrait painting, all in celebration of fathers and father figures! 

📸 Sheffield Plate in Orchard Square

Kids drinks and juices available at the Sheffield Plate bar, with children’s £5 meals all day, plus free coffee and tea on entry for the adults. Something for everyone! Further details and tickets available here

Gifts for dad

For an effortlessly cool clothing gift, head to one of Sheffield’s newest stores.

Independent men’s store Yards Store on Pinstone Street has a fusion of heritage and outdoor brands, from New Balance to And Wander, in stock. They also sell a range of gifts, including the mandatory socks!

📸 Yards Store

Right next door is another fresh retail addition, Fjällräven Sheffield.

The brand is known for its classic backpacks and there is a wide range of colourways to choose from in the new store.
But you’ll also find stylish outerwear and coats any outdoors fan dads will love.

Got a beer fan to buy for? Look no further than The Moor Market’s Beer Central stall.

📸 Beer Central

Packed with international, national and of course local brews (this is the capital of beer, after all) you can also pick up other specialist drinks. The staff are happy to share their expertise!

If your dad is a runner, make this year’s gift a personal best.

Up and Running on Church Street has everyone he needs for pounding the pavements, from new tech to just the right gear.

Pick up the perfect card at Sheffield Makers inside Sheffield Winter Garden. Many of their cards are themed around the city, or the Peak District. Everything they sell has been created by makers and artists from the Steel City.

📸 Sheffield Makers inside the Winter Garden

The finest confectionery around is to be found inside Hotel Chocolat, on Fargate. There are pocket money friendly options from £9.95 and decadent collections of their most iconic chocolates if you want to splash out.

📸 Hotel Chocolat

For music aficionados, independent record store Bear Tree Records is the place to be. It’s tucked away inside The Forum retail space off Division Street and stocks both new and used vinyl plus music-related books.

📸 Bear Tree Records

The Alternative Store, on Devonshire Street, serves subcultures with its collection of design-led mens’ and unisex clothing, including brands such as Dickies and cool beanie hats. We especially love their products printed with the 0114 Sheffield dialling code.

Aftershave is a classic dad gift for good reason.

Pick up a new fragrance for Father’s Day at Atkinsons on The Moor. Sheffield’s family-owned department store has plenty of signature scent options to choose from, including Armani, Coach and Diesel.

Give the gift of choice with a Sheffield City Centre gift card. Accepted by more than 90 businesses, they can be used for experiences such as theatre shows as well as retail and in hospitality venues.

Eating (and drinking) with Dad

Start Father’s Day right with a full English breakfast!

Copper Pot on Division Street is earning a reputation for its classic morning dishes, featuring sticky paprika beans and with a vegetarian version available. They also do breakfast butties.

'Dads who brunch', however, will know Tamper Coffee is the right destination. Their New Zealand dishes such as mince on toast, early burger and chilli crab scramble are always a hit. The sweetcorn and ricotta fritters make for a sensational lighter option at the Arundel Street hangout.

📸 Tamper Coffee

More than 300 quality rums, special offers and Sunday afternoon entertainment. Well-known independent restaurant Cubana in Leopold Square has it all in store for Father’s Day. 

There’s happy tapas, at two dishes for £12.95, happy cocktails for £7 each, a resident magician and live music. The hand-picked rum selection is one of the world’s biggest with 305 varieties, and there’s also a dedicated cigar menu.

📸 Cubana 🥘 Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus and Potatoes)

Adrian Bagnoli, director at Cubana, said: “All in all it is a great offer, any father being taken out and getting all that will have a good time. Lots of people know about our rum menu and come to try it - occasionally they buy the one which is £250 a shot! It’s usually for a celebration like a promotion or an engagement. We’ve plenty of rums that start at £4 but others that are more than that.”

The rum in question, Havana Club 1519, is a rare variety. Only 500 bottles were made to celebrate the anniversary of Havana in Cuba as a city. The rum menu took the team nine years to collate and it is still the biggest in England.

Dad-of-two Adrian, who expected to spend his Father’s Day at the venue, said: “We are expecting it to be very busy on Father’s Day. Saturdays are even busier than pre-Covid now, people tend to do all their socialising on weekends.”

📸 Father's Day at Cubana

For an indulgent treat, try the Father’s Day feast at Ego Mediterranean restaurant on Surrey Street. Dads can enjoy a three-course meal, including main course options of a roast dinner, hanging kebab or Moroccan lamb, for £29.95.

📸 Ego

Give your dad a front row seat at the teppanyaki show on offer inside stylish Guyshi BBQ + Bar on West Street.

Sheffield’s first Japanese charcoal barbecue also specialises in premium wagyu, sake and sushi. There’s even a robot waiter, named Yuki, for added novelty.

📸 Guyshi's Robot waiter

Steak superfans - or rather, their families - can book into Miller & Carter for a limited edition Father’s Day dish.
The 160z Cornish salt aged Tomahawk is billed as the ultimate ribeye experience for one, costing £38.95.

📸 Miller & Carter

The a la Carte menu is also available at the Surrey Street restaurant.

Around the corner you’ll find one of Sheffield’s oldest pubs, the Brown Bear on Norfolk Street.

This is something of a hidden gem steeped in history. Inside it is cosy, quaint and conducive to quality time together over a good-value afternoon pint.

Sticking with classic pubs…

Try The Bath Hotel on Victoria Street, a favourite of the real ale circuit. This traditional corner inn has a triangular bar serving craft beers, snacks and board games. It was also the 2024 winner of the Sheffield City Centre Pub of the Year award from Sheffield CAMRA.

📸 The Bath Hotel on Victoria Street

And if Mother Nature plays ball, Father’s Day is an ideal excuse to find a beer garden!

Independent taproom Triple Point Brewery specialises in craft, vegan and gluten-free beers. The outside area facing onto Shoreham Street is also a glorious sun trap when the weather is on point.

📸 Triple Point Brewery

Meanwhile Brown’s, which has a terrace overlooking the Peace Gardens, is giving away a free pint of Asahi for VIP members when they book a meal.

📸 Browns

At Bella Italia they're raising a glass to all the amazing dads out there! Join them on Sunday 16 June and you treat Dad to a free pint of Stella Artois with every booking.

📸 Bella Italia

Satisfy a sweet-toothed dad at Sundaes Gelato on West Street. This tribute to all things dessert offers signature puddings across gelato, waffles, crepes and of course sundaes. The parlour also opens until 11pm on Sundays, to accommodate any (ahem!) last minute plans.

📸 Sundaes Gelato

Whatever you're up to, we hope the Dad or father figure in your life has a really special day 🎁