Pushing the pressie perimeters for Pa!
Presents versus experiences, that’s the question on many people’s minds at this time of the year. Does dad need a gift to unwrap or would he rather an experience to remember? With Father’s Day lurking mid-month (June 18th) it’s a conundrum you may imminently be needing to address.
Personally speaking, as one advances in years, an experience can be a far more fulfilling ‘present’ to receive than unwrapping yet another bottle of wine/pair of socks/tie etc. So why not make this year’s Father’s Day even more memorable and arrange an extra special day out for the loved male in your midst.
There’s all manner of experiences to suit every budget – ranging from free entry to various amazing locations to international spy missions costing £26,000 or the chance to star in your own film which will set you back to the tune of £200,000! Assuming most of us have a fairly realistic budget to play with, here’s our top five ideas for an alternative day out for daddy.
Goodwood Festival of Speed – June 29th – July 2nd : Tickets from £34. Theme: Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers
This year’s celebrations revolve around racing machines that were so fast, powerful, expensive or complicated that the rules had to be changed to rein them in. These are the high-watermarks of motorsport; cars and motorcycles that left an indelible mark on the history of the sport. www.goodwood.com
Drone Flying Course, Devon – £155 (one day course)
Master the science of flying a drone. Perfect for amateurs and skilled enthusiasts alike. Lead by CAA approved drone pilots, the course teaches students how to control their drone, how to understand what’s shown on screen, a breakdown of UK flying rules and techniques for safe flying. Each student has a go on a DJI drone simulator before venturing outside to fly the real deal. Pose for a group drone selfie to commemorate the day and take home a flying lesson certificate. www.redletterdays.co.uk
Buy an acre of land on the Moon – £25
How would it feel to look up into the sky at night and be able to say you own a piece of the Moon? Well now you can with this unique gift as you become the proud proprietor of an acre of land on the Moon. You can possess a piece of this history as well as over 4,000 square metres of genuine solid land. You’ll receive a lunar site map to indicate where your land is located; lunar deeds; and a declaration of ownership. Who knows – one day you might even get to visit your land. www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Uniqlo Tate Lates, Tate Modern Gallery: Free entry
The Tate Modern is a great location to experience a vibrant mix of art, music, film, talks and workshops. Just introduced is an after-hours ‘special’ held on the last Friday of every month called the Uniqlo Tate Lates. “Earlier this year we celebrated the exhibition ‘Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017’ with a series of pop-ups workshops and music. One of the evening’s highlights was a badge making workshop run by professional artists Hunt & Darton. At ‘Statement Badges’ visitors could design and make their own creations emblazoned with statements and slogans. www.tate.org.uk/whats-on
Foraging experience, various locations: from £30
If you fancy a forage, it’s not just food you’ll find, you may glimpse a deer, hear a woodpecker, see a stoat or an owl or even find hidden waterfalls and signs of ancient life. Regular foraging forays take place throughout the year or you can arrange your own private trip which could include a wild food cooking or brewing course, medicinal plant walk, a day catching crayfish, or the opportunity to learn how to dry and store mushrooms. www.wildfooduk.com