Father’s Day fills most dads with dread. From the moment a dad wakes up, he is met with almost inedible breakfast, a jokey card, and dull gifts like ties and frying pans. Now, of course, it’s the thought that counts but why not turn the usual rigmarole into an experience he might actually enjoy. Make the most of his hobbies and interests and find the perfect experience to show him how much you appreciate what he does for you. If you’re lucky you can get him out of the house and give your mum a break for a day too.
Dads love golf, right? At least 90% of the dads I’ve met love golf. This makes Father’s Day the best time to take a trip down to Adventure Experience and show him who’s the boss at adventure golf. These Florida-style mini golf courses offer hours of fun for big and little kids with challenging holes and life-like dinos and pirates. They have several locations around the country with multiple attractions, activities and restaurants to keep you fed, watered and entertained all day.
Along with adventure golf, the team at Adventure Experience also offer an exhilarating sky trails course. This challenging course offers an assortment of obstacles from floating planks to swinging rope bridges and is perfect for the whole family. If this is more your speed then take your dad on an adventure and let him live out his wildest Indiana Jones fantasies.
Why not do both? Make a full day of it and experience everything Adventure Experience has to offer.
A Wee(kend) Dram
If you’re dad fancies himself a connoisseur then book him a tasting that will last long in the memory. Whiskey, wine, gin, vodka, brandy, even tequila is up for grabs. Led by a professional, your dad will love learning about expensive single malts and unique blends. Let him get swept up in the moment and enjoy his very own Oz and James Drink to Britain adventure.
Offers for tastings abound. A quick search on Virgin Experience Days or other voucher sites will bring back a large selection of locations and plans. To make it really special why not volunteer to be the designated driver or, if you’re using taxis, finish the day off with a meal at his favourite restaurant. It’s sure to be a day he won’t soon forget.
Food and drink go hand-in-hand. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so show him how much you care with a meal he can really enjoy. This could be anything. Maybe book his favourite Italian restaurant. If the weather’s nice why not throw a barbecue in his honour. Or perhaps he really enjoys mum’s cooking and wants that roast that reminds him of home.
Whatever the case, putting in a little thought goes a long way so plan a feast he won’t soon forget and he’ll be smiling like the cat who got the cream.
Dad’s Biggest Fan
If there’s one thing watching sport has taught me, it’s that dads take it seriously. Rugby, cricket, football, no matter the flavour there’s nothing quite like the allure of live sport. Now Father’s Day doesn’t always align with football season and the like but that doesn’t matter. Book a couple of tickets and give them to your dad on Father’s Day. Even if the match is only in a few months your dad is sure to be excited to share his passion for his team with you.
If you’re looking for something out of the box, why not get a few tickets for a sport neither of you knows very well. The UK has a thriving sports scene with diverse options like ice hockey and motocross. Who knows you may just start a tradition you can all enjoy.
Good Ol’ R&R
Rest and relaxation can never be overestimated. Parents work hard to make sure their children are happy and healthy so reward your dad with a little break. This could be taking the whole family out for the day to give him some peace or quiet, getting him a ticket to that film he’s been wanting to see, or even a treatment at a spa.
Whichever option you take your dad will appreciate the chance to relax, reset and recharge for the busy week ahead.
Music to His Ears
Music is one of those instant nostalgia generators. Who can forget that mixtape your dad put on every time you left for a holiday or the number of times he’s cursed at the radio for playing X artist. Well now’s your chance to give him the music he wants. Look out for his favourite band or artist’s tours and grab a few tickets for him. He’ll appreciate being heard and look forward to rolling back the years.
If you were lucky enough to have one of those ‘cool’ dads that played a musical instrument then keep an eye out for a class or music lesson. Music is one of the greatest creative outlets and this could be the push your dad needs to rediscover his talents or find a new hobby.
See the Great Outdoors
Last but not least is making the most of what nature has to offer. From hiking trails to camping trips, historic sites and everything in between, seeing the great outdoors could be the perfect Father’s Day gift. You could find somewhere he hasn’t been and adventure together or show an interest in his love for history and plan a trip to a heritage site or two.
The fresh air will revitalise you and work up an appetite just in time for a big family dinner. Is there really any better way to spend Father’s Day? Whatever you do, this day is all about spending time with family and appreciating everything your dad does for you. Take note of his interests and plan something that he’ll remember for years to come.