Great Father's Day gift ideas

We have said thank you to mum, now it is time to thank our dads, or the father figure that has giving so much. From riding a bike, to scoring a goal, to building your first piece of flat pack furniture – chances are, it was your dad that showed you how it was done As Father’s Day approaches – this year it is on June 16 – perhaps you are starting to think about how you show him how much he means to you, but are stuck for ideas.

Dad’s can be tricky to buy for, but not to worry – here we bring you a round up of some of the more interesting gifts you could buy for him.

Experiences

Drive a fast car

Buckle up for the ultimate driving experience with the double supercar blast – where your dad can pick from the world’s top supercars like sleek Ferraris, stunning Lamborghinis, luxurious Aston Martins, sporty Porsches and more. They’ll get to drive a total of up to six miles in two chosen cars at Honiton and they will be in the hands of experienced driving-day experts helping them have a truly unforgettable day. The session costs GBP69 and more details can be found here

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Race a dumper truck

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Who hasn’t wanted to get behind the controls of a dumper truck and feel the power beneath your seat and the rumble of the engine?

This JCB dumper truck race experience gives your dad that chance and puts your skills to the test. It’s not just best lap times you’ll be trying to beat, as there’ll be fierce competition to prove themselves worthy of the grand final as they race around Diggerland’s special course at Cullumpton. The experience costs GBP48 and can be booked here

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Get up close to a wolf

Great Father's Day gift ideas

An experience like no other – getting up close and personal with the resident timber wolf pack at Dartmoor Zoo.

They will learn about some of the most famous calls in the animal kingdom with this wolf encounter and howl experience – they may even get to hear one of them howling. You can meet a wolf for GBP50 and details can be found here

Jump out of a plane

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Tandem skydiving is one of the most exciting adrenaline experiences and you can book a jump from 10,500 feet and enjoy the sensation of free fall with some of the most incredible views. They will have an experienced skydiving instructor attached to their back who will handle all the parachuting technicalities so they can enjoy the whole experience, which will last around eight minutes.

After a briefing they will hit the practise mats before putting on the safety gear and heading skyward. The skydive will cost GBP249 and details can be found here

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Go up

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Welcome the day with a romantic flight sunrise hot-air balloon in Exeter – 2,000 feet in the air, complete with a glass of champagne. After drifting into the clouds and spending an hour in the air, you will return to the ground and get to help the crew pack the balloon away.

The trip costs GBP255 available here

Enjoy afternoon tea and champagne

Great Father's Day gift ideas

What could be nicer than tea for two at a luxurious hotel? At the grand Highbullen Hotel in Devon’s beautiful countryside, you will be treated to something far more than a cream tea – it will be a sumptuous feast. You will be greeted with champagne, freshly-baked scones, paired with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam, fresh finger sandwiches and a selection of homemade cakes.

The tea costs GBP53 and can be booked here

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Become a master distiller

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Based within The Shops at Dartington complex, Devon Gin School will give that special man the opportunity to work with experienced distillers at workshops when all gin-lovers can learn about the process of creating the spirit and make their own sample. They will learn about botanicals, choose and mix the gin recipe, design and make a bottle label and take some home. They will also find an on-site shop selling different tipples, including flavoured liqueurs.

The cost is GBP52.50 for one or two sharing one still or GBP105 for up to four sharing two stills and details can be found here

Drive a tank

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Set among the woodland of Escot Park, fans of unusual machinery can find a secret treasure trove at Tank Land, a company organising mini-tank adventures. No matter the skill level, all driving-enthusiasts can experience time behind the controls of the vehicle with experienced instructors overseeing the session. A drive through the woodland and its muddy hills and dips adds a touch of authenticity to the ride.

The cost starts at GBP15 for one and more details can be found here

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Take flight

Great Father's Day gift ideas

What could be more exhilarating than taking the controls of a plane? Your dad will receive one-to-one training with a licenced instructor and will be in the air for around 30 minutes. For an extra cost they can also take a passenger to enjoy the experience.

The sessions are with Aviation South West. A flight for one costs GBP99.50 or GBP139 with a passenger. For more details visit the website .

Meet the birds

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Yarak Birds of Prey near Exeter houses 35 birds, including one hooded vulture which you will be able to meet.

The venue hosts flying displays, handling experiences and parties to help celebrate that special occasion. Staff are on hand to answer questions and share their in-depth knowledge with visitors as they roam the grounds and check on the hawks, owls, eagles and falcons. The experience costs GBP39.99 for one or GBP65.95 for two and it can be booked here

Tickets

How about tickets to see a comedian or his favourite band?

Martin Kemp Goes back to the 80s

Great Father's Day gift ideas

The Spandau Ballet legend turned TV heart-throb, will headline a huge 80s night in Plymouth this summer.

Following a string of rapturously-received sold-out shows around the UK in 2018, the star will be back on the decks to spin all the biggest and best hits from the seminal 1980s It is on at Plymouth Guildhall on Friday, June 7, 2019. Click here for more details and tickets.

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Lenny Henry

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Lenny will be on tour and stopping off at Plymouth with his show An Evening with Lenny Henry – Who Am I, Again? on November 10.

Buy your tickets here

Our pick of the top live events in Plymouth

Here are some of the big names coming to Plymouth Pavilions

Strictly Come Dancing the Professionals Tour 2019 – May 22/23

Tickets start at GBP34.50 available here

WWE July 19/20

Tickets start at GBP19 available here

Pixies – September 14

Tickets start at GBP43.45 available here

Aled Jones and Russell Watson: In Harmony Tour – September 29

Tickets start at GBP33 available here

An evening with Will Young and special guests – October 2

Tickets start at GBP40 available here

Two Door Cinema Club – October 13

Tickets are GBP33 available here

Kevin Bloody Wilson – October 30

Tickets start at GBP33.85 available here

Diversity – October 26

Tickets start at GBP32 available here

Russell Kane, The Fast and the Curious – November 2

Tickets start at GBP22.

20 available here

Tim Minchin: Back 2019 – November 5/6

Tickets start at GBP44.25 available here

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much – November 16

Tickets start at GBP22.20 available here

Jonathan Pie: Fake News Tour – December 1

Tickets start at GBP19 available here

Rob Beckett:Wallop – December 6

Tickets are GBP25.50 available here

Romesh Ranganathan: the Cynic’s Mixtape – December 13/14

Tickets start at GBP25.50 available here

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – December 20

Tickets start at GBP35 available here

Ed Byrne:If I’m honest – March 28 2020

Ticket are GBP28 available here

River Dance 25th anniversary tour – April 11/12 2020

Tickets start at GBP41 available here

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny- April 17 2020

Tickets start at GBP32 available here Check out what is on and book tickets for shows at the venue at Ticketmaster here or See Tickets here

Boardmasters

Great Father's Day gift ideas

The three day festival takes place in Newquay in August and features the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan, Florence and the machine, Dizzee Rascale, The Wombats, Lewis Capaldi and Jax Jones. Tickets start from GBP74 and can be bought via the website

Gifts

Wireless touch speaker

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Quick and easy, this battery operated speaker means he can play all his favourite music a little louder where ever he is.

It costs GBP17.99 and you can buy it here

Stormtrooper Gin

Great Father's Day gift ideas

You get two reusable bottles modelled on the real original stormtrooper helmets, filled with delicious artisan gin. Perfect for any Star Wars fan who enjoys a cheeky tipple. The gin is from award-winning Bimber Distillery – one is London Dry Gin with juniper berries, peppery spices, and a gentle citrus finish, the other is Sloe Gin with fresh berries with a kick of pepper, slightly creamy and softly fruity.

They cost GBP49.99 and can be purchased here

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Spy watch

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Bond fans will love this watch that contains a video recorder which can film up to around 115 minutes, including audio with its 4GB memory. There is a 2.0 mega pixel camera cleverly disguised on the clock face. However, you might want to suggest they are not too Bond, not everyone will want to be filmed.

The watch costs GBP34.95. Buy it here

Cushion faces

Great Father's Day gift ideas

Get their face, or someone else’s, printed on a cushion for them to snuggle up to. They cost GBP24.99 and you can buy them here

National Trust or English Heritage membership

Great Father's Day gift ideas

If he loves history and the outdoors then what about a membership to either the National Trust or English Heritage which gives him access to hundreds of places across the UK. You can get a family membership to both for GBP16 a month.

How to sign up to the National Trust

The National Trust looks after more than 500 places across the UK which includes some of the best beaches, parks, forests and wildlife areas in the country.

For a monthly or yearly fee you can enjoy as much of it as you like when becoming a National Trust member. Individual memberships are priced at:

  • Adults (aged 26 and over) – GBP69 a year, or GBP5.75 a month
  • Young person (aged 18-25) – GBP34.50 a year
  • Junior (aged 0-17) – GBP10 a year

Join here Here’s what you get:

  • Free entry to over 500 special places
  • Free parking at most National Trust car parks
  • National Trust Handbook full of ideas to help you plan a visit
  • National Trust Magazine sent to you three times a year
  • Regular newsletters sent straight to your inbox

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How to sign up to English Heritage

More than 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites spanning six millennia are cared for by English Heritage, including prehistoric sites, grand medieval castles, Roman forts and even a Cold War bunker. For a monthly or yearly fee you can enjoy as much of it as you like when becoming an English Heritage member. Memberships are priced at –

  • Adult (aged 18 and over) GBP60 a year or GBP5 a month
  • Joint adult GBP105 a year or GBP8.75 a month
  • Family (One adult and up to six children) GBP60 a year or GBP5 a month
  • Family 2 (Two adults and up to 12 children) GBP105 a year or GBP8.75 a month
  • Senior (65 and over) GBP51 a year or GBP4.25 a month
  • Adult and senior GBP93 a year or GBP7.75 a month
  • Joint senior GBP78 a year or GBP6.50 a month
  • Young adult/student (18-25years) GBP48 a year or GBP4 a month

Join here

What you can enjoy –

  • Unlimited access to more than 400 historic places
  • Free entry for up to six children
  • Free handbook worth GBP10.95
  • Free or reduced entry to events
  • Free parking at English Heritage managed sites
  • Exclusive members’ magazine four times a year
  • Members’ rewards and offers

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Now TV

Great Father's Day gift ideas

How about a subscription so he can watch all his favourite shows, like Game of Thrones or a Sky cinema package so he can also relax with the best films.

Packages start at GBP7.99 a month. Sign up here

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