Looking for the perfect Father's Day treat? From golfing with the pros to driving a Ferrari, give your dad to an experience he'll never forget
Looking for a memorable Father’s Day present? Forget the silk tie and cufflinks and go for the experience of a lifetime. From golfing with the pros to wine tasting and swimming with sharks, you can treat your father to a day he’ll never forget. Here is the pick of the crop.
Give your dad a chance to improve his swing with this fabulous treat. After a gold analysis, he will enjoy a lesson with a PGA professional before showing off his new skills on the 18-hole championship course of the Marriott Tudor Park Hotel and Country Club in Kent. £59 through Red Letter Days.
Dad’s a gourmet? Then treat him to dinner at Aqua Shard, the fabulous restaurant on level 31 of the iconic skyscraper. Scrumptious dishes – think tuna tartare, open crab ravioli and sour cherry parfait – meet near-perfect views across London for the ultimate foodie experience.
Can’t choose between Ferrari 360 and Lamborghini Gallardo? Let your father try both, alongside the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and a Porsche GT3,on an adrenaline packed day on the track. £189 through Virgin Experience Days.
Take your father on a fabulous four-day tour of Islay, the gorgeous Scottish island that’s home to eight of the best whisky distilleries, including Ardbeg and Laphroaig. You’ll get to explore Islay’s sandy bays and ancient ruins before visiting the distilleries and sampling their distinctive, peaty whisky. Prices start from £239.
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This is the ultimate treat for adventurous fathers. From ascending a cliff face to lighting a fire and crossing a river, this survival skill course, which is delivered by instructors handpicked by adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls, will test your dad’s stamina, strength and resilience to the limit. £1,899 through Red Letter Days.
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Treat your father to some of the best wines in the world. At Berry Bros & Rudd’s wine dinners, experienced masters of wine present a selection of at least five fine bottles, guiding you through the tasting and sharing their knowledge and passion – all accompanied by delectable dishes created by Berry’s Head Chef, Stewart Turner. From £155.
Let your dad be Sir Richard Branson for a day with this one-hour ride aboard Virgin’s bold red balloons. The wind will blow him over rivers and verdant countryside and a glass of bubbly will await him on landing. £119 for one person through Virgin Experience Days.
If your father’s into driving, little beats the pleasure of racing one of the world’s most covetable cars, the Ferrari 360 Modena, at Britain’s most famous circuit, Silverstone. £120 through Virgin Experience Days.
Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame offers a guided tour where you get to smell Kentish hops and sample malted barley before enjoying a tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers. Tickets are £12.50 per person.
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Treat your dad to a close encounter with one of the world’s fiercest creatures. Kitted out in a scuba diving suit, he’ll get up close and personal with Sand Tiger, Lemon and Nurse Shark, some of which reach up to 10ft. £259 through Virgin Experience Days.
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