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Better than socks! 9 Father’s Day experiences

Can't bear to buy the man in your life yet another aftershave? Pick up one of these days out in Suffolk & Cambs instead - you'll get mega brownie points (and hopefully an invite...)

Make your own gin at Cambridge Distillery

Sure, you could buy a G&T-inclined dad a new bottle for Father’s Day, but where’s the fun in that? Slip him a gift card from The Cambridge Distillery and he could make his very own blend instead. The hour-long gin-making experience includes a Cambridge Dry Gin & Tonic, learning about botanicals and tasting notes, and his own blended gin. Of course, you’ll have to taste test the fruit of his labours too. 

£30

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Flight experience at IWM Duxford

Got an aviation geek in your midst? Give him a gift he’ll never forget by booking him one of IWM Duxford’s flight experiences. Choose between a short hop over Cambs in a De Havilland Dragon Rapide, a trial flying lesson in the famous Tiger Moth, the sheer power and excitement of the stunning Harvard or really splash out and book him a passenger flight in a Spitfire!

From £99

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Cookery day at Cambridge Cookery School

Looking for the perfect gift for a foodie fella? How about helping him hone his cookery skills by booking him into one of Cambridge Cookery’s fabulous courses? Classes include Knife Skills, Curries of the World, Pasta Perfection, and a Beef Masterclass. And the best bit is, you get to enjoy his new and improved cookery skills next time you visit!

From £150

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Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourses

Any dads who love a flutter on the gee-gees and are into their music will be very happy with tickets to one of the Friday evening race days at Newmarket Racecourses this summer. There’s a stellar line-up to choose from depending on their musical tastes – Paloma Faith, Rudimental, The Script, Queen Symphonic, Anne-Marie, The Wombats and Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics.

From £30

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Spa day at Potton Hall Spa

Could your dad do with a good pamper this Father’s Day? Get him the gift of some much needed R&R with one of Potton Hall’s spa packages. This glorious Suffolk spa is perfect for men who aren’t au fait with strutting their stuff in a robe and slippers as this rural retreat has a maximum of 15 guests at a time and has lots of lovely outside space, so you’ll feel like you have the place to yourselves. If he needs some company, it’s only right to book a ‘Just for Two’ spa day escape and join him for the experience.

Spa packages from £70

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Cambridge Food Tour

Another option for food-loving fathers is to send them off into Cambridge with Gerla de Boer who knows everything a gourmand should know about all the best foodie haunts in the city. The tour takes in all the best independent businesses with a chance to taste the wares as you go round. You can even create a bespoke tour for your dad based around his favourite foods.

From £65

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Tandem skydive over Suffolk or Cambs

Got a daredevil of a dad? Show him you love him by having him tied to an instructor who will take him 13,000ft high in a plane before jumping out over Suffolk or Cambs! It’s certainly a Father’s Day present he’ll never forget. There are two UK Parachuting Centres in our counties – Peterborough or Beccles so pick your dad’s nearest centre and give him a surprise on the 19th!

£250

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Wine tasting and vineyard tour at Giffords Hall

Fathers who are fans of a good glass of vino should definitely have Giffords Hall in Hartest on their radar – not only do they sell some truly excellent English sparkling, red and white wines, they also offer regular tours and tastings, too. Book a private vineyard tour and you can upgrade it to a cheese and wine tour for extra brownie points.

From £78

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Kart Racing at Ellough Park Race Circuit

Let your F1-loving dad pretend to be Lewis Hamilton for the day by booking him an experience at Ellough Park Race Circuit in Suffolk, a challenging 1100m outdoor floodlit kart circuit that hosts a number of visiting British Championships each year. If you want to get involved you can book a private event – choose from Iron Man, Grand Prix or Endurance – or simply let him loose with the rest of the public!

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