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Father’s Day drives for dads

Looking for some Father’s Day inspiration? Back away from the socks and nose-hair trimmers and give him the grand gesture he didn’t even know he wanted. No matter what type of dad you have, there’s a UK event that will make his day this June – just remember to hire a prestige car to get him there in style and make him feel like the rockstar he really is.

The sports fan

He’s responsible for your life-long bond to a useless football team, but you’d never change it for the world. The sports-fan father is happiest when he’s out the house and getting active…even if the activity is holding a glass whilst watching a game in the pub. This Father’s Day, hire a sporty Audi A3 and head to Whitby for a spot of summer sea fishing from one of the oldest ports in the nation.

Image by James Whitesmith
Image by James Whitesmith

 

If he’s more of a land lover, take on the Moor to Sea Cycle Route instead and explore the moorland, forest and coastal tracks of the North York Moors National Park.

The tech-mad dad

Having a tech-mad dad may have been a real pain in the days when he hogged the landline with his dial-up connection. But now that his Internet obsession doesn’t affect your ability to communicate with the outside world, you appreciate his enthusiasm when you show off your latest piece of hi-tech kit. Treat him to the tech of tomorrow by introducing him to London Technology Week.

Image by Patrick Collins
Image by Patrick Collins

 

Running from June 16-20, the launch year of this event features everything from the future of music technology to a workshop on how to turn your app ideas into reality. Give your dad  a day out and help him keep his finger on the pulse this Father’s Day.

The man of the wild

The outdoors dad loves fishing, hiking, hunting and all things nature. A man of few words but many feelings, this was the dad that would excitedly pull over the car to point out a rare bird or wake you up at 1am to look at the moon through a telescope. This Father’s Day, take him back into his natural habitat at TheCanoeMan School of Wilderness Bushcraft in the Norfolk Broads.

Image by Garden State Hiker
Image by Garden State Hiker

 

A one-day Bushcraft course offers lots of laughs as well as top tips from specialist Bushcraft instructors. Alternatively, take in the local scenery with the two-day Bushcraft Canoe Trail. Make it a trip to remember by getting there in a BMW 3 or 5 Series – it’s powerful and understated, just like your dad (but a bit more stylish).

The history buff

Did you spend hours as a teenager rolling your eyes as your dad talked you through the details of every dusty old building you came across? Now that you’re old enough to appreciate how smart he made you, say thanks to dad by treating him to a day out at a beautiful historic site. The National Trust hosts a number of Father’s Day events all over the country, including a ‘dads go free day’ at Kent’s 14th century Scotney Castle, complete with hog roast, award-winning ale and its very own moat.

Image by Brian Snelson
Image by Brian Snelson

 

Hire an iconic Mini Cooper for the occasion and treat your history-mad dad to the best of British.

The foodie father

The foodie dad is the worst enemy of the picky child. But now your palate has developed, you thank your lucky stars that you were forced to try everything from olives to octopus – because turns out they’re delicious. Indulge your food-mad dad with a day out at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas. replica hublot watches free festival held in London’s Potters Fields Park brings together some of the capital’s best Spanish restaurants in a celebration of the food, wine and lifestyle of the Rioja region.

Image by Adam Wyles
Image by Adam Wyles

 

Held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June, the park will come alive with tapas tastings and wine workshops – and since you’re the designated driver, dad can kick back and enjoy a couple of glasses from Rioja’s most famous wineries.

The James Bond wannabe

Every dad has a bit of a James Bond wannabe in him. And luckily we have some stunning Bond locations right here in the UK. Travel in style by hiring a luxury Mercedes S-Class and whisk dad off to the Highlands of Scotland.

Image by Moyan Brenn
Image by Moyan Brenn

 

Let him channel his inner Daniel Craig as you visit some of Skyfall’s most atmospheric scenery and make it a Father’s Day to remember.

The family guy

If dad is still on duty this Father’s Day, a more family-friendly option in the Norfolk Broads is BeWILDerwood. This award-winning adventure park is packed full of imaginative forest treehouses, jungle bridges, zip wires and boat trips. All the family can enjoy a day out here – and dads get in free on Father’s Day.

Image by Karen Roe
Image by Karen Roe

 

 

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