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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 17, 2012 by  
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fathers dayLeft it to the last minute and do not want to give the usual box of chocs or bottle of wine, then have a look at these last minute ideas below.

Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for and often fall into one of two camps: those that already have all the latest gear and gadgets, and those that won’t get anything new until the old one is completely moth-eaten / dog-chewed / sneakily thrown away by mum (delete as appropriate).

Instead of buying yet more dust-gathering gifts, keep things personal this Father’s Day with a trip or a treat that’s right up Dad’s street.

For the Adventurous Dad
To placate a fidgety dad, incorporate some fresh air and activity into your bonding time. Head for the wilds of nature this weekend and camp under canvas for a couple of nights. The Camping & Caravanning Club has thousands of sites to choose from, from Sennen Cove to Derwentwater. And if you know he’s all bravado, and deep down he’s and really more a duvet and pillow man, consider checking into a pod instead.

Go Ape is a firm favourite with fathers and kids alike and the New Forest offers the classic high-wire adventure along with combat games, kayaking, bike rides and archery. Make a weekend of it, and pack those activities in – New Forest Hotels offer four different properties within the park.

Dads go FREE at beWILDerwood in Norfolk this Sunday when you book through Test his  bravery with the treacherous trail and the scaaaary lake and, if he makes it through, reward him with his very own BeWILDerDad’s card.

For the Mod Dad
Let your dad pay homage to some of his musical heroes and trace their humble beginnings on a Manchester Music Tour. Home to bands such as The Smiths, New Order and Happy Mondays, Manchester is packed with star-studded venues and locations that he’ll be bragging about for weeks afterwards.

Or get Dad tickets for a gig and let him re-live his youth. The Jam House, Jools Holland’s live music venue in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, is offering 20.12% off entry to selected nights this summer via

Celebrate the whole weekend at Beaulieu’s Custom and Hot Rod Festival on 16th and 17th June in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. Sunday’s drive-in promises a colourful display of up to 600 custom and hot rod vehicles. Or head to Brighton for independent cafes, live music bars and vintage shopping in the historic Lanes.  Overnight breaks this month cost from just £79 with Great Little Breaks.

For the Old School Dad
Venture aboard one of the country’s most famous ships at the newly-reopened Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London. Walk along the decks in the very footsteps of seamen more than a century ago. Make a day of it and combine Cutty Sark with the Royal River exhibition at the National Maritime Museum to discover 500 years of England’s maritime history.

Explore England’s magnificent heritage at one of the country’s ten Treasure Houses. From Blenheim Palace to Chatsworth House, and from Leeds Castle to Holkham Hall, this group has history and splendour in abundance. If you’re feeling generous, buy him the Gold Pass – which allows access to the whole group over the course of a year.

If all that history and culture has left you gasping, head instead for Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.  See winemaking in action and taste some of the award-winning wines – save 20.12% when you book via The flint-clad chateau-style building hosts two restaurants; the indoor Garden Conservatory and the third floor Gallery Restaurant providing spectacular views of the estate, so consider staying on for dinner.

For the Foodie Dad
For a Father’s Day with a difference, treat dad to a day in the North Yorkshire parkland of Swinton Park learning how to hunt with Birds of Prey and ferrets and forage for edible wild ingredients before sitting down to enjoy a delicious meal (using ingredients sourced from the day’s hunting and foraging).

Alternatively, take a weekend-long bee keeping course at Tiger Hall in Shropshire and learn some fascinating facts guaranteed to stay with you longer than the accompanying jar of honey does.

But if all that sounds like too hard work, head to Cheltenham Food & Wine Festival, running 15 – 17 June, and let the experts do it for you. Including food, wine and beer tastings, live cooking demonstrations and music and entertainment, there’s something to please the whole family.

For the Spoilt Dad
For the Dad that likes the finer things in life, hire an E-type Jaguar for the day from The Open Road Classic Car Hire and save 20.12% through Or arrange a luxury sailing trip in the Solent with Escape Yachting, also offering 20.12% savings when booked via Sailing from Lymington in Hampshire, you’ll have Champagne and a freshly-prepared two-course dinner onboard accompanied by fantastic views of the Solent.

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