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Better than socks! 12 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 Glos & Worcs instead, from husky dog trekking to Michelin-style dining and the Red Devils - you'll get mega brownie points (and hopefully an invite…)

Stumped for what to get your fave man this year? Then see our hand-picked guide to the best experiences to gift instead right here.

The Scenic Supper, Moreton-in-Marsh


Treat him to the coolest dining out experience in the Cotswolds. Scenic Supper is a gourmet experience set in private greenhouses with mind-blowing views over the countryside at Todenham Manor Farm. Choose from a 4 or 6 course organic tasting menu for lunch or from the a la carte menu, created by Rick Stein-trained Samuel Idione. It’s a totally unique experience – we went to review recently, see here. We can guarantee he’ll never have dined out like this before! Book in or buy a gift card.

Husky Sled Dog Trekking, Arctic Quest, Tewkesbury

Surprise him with something really different with a husky dog trek across the British tundra! Find Arctic Quest just outside Tewkesbury, and if you want to extend your adventure, you can stay the night in a traditional Sami Tipi or Herder’s Hut, complete with campfire, hides, furs and beds. There are dogs to suit all levels of riders. Enjoy a taste of mushing before settling down in front of a campfire with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. For thrill seekers, the taster mush can also be run in the dark! Full mushing experience is £120.

The Royal Three Counties Show, 17 – 19 June, Malvern

Treat your dad to this fantastic day out on Father’s Day. The Royal Three Counties Show takes place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June, with 6,000 animals to meet; thrilling live entertainment from motorcycle stunts to parachute displays; a brand-new food festival, the UK Timbersports Championships and the Red Devils will be dropping in too.

Tibbiwell Alpacas, Painswick

Trek across the prettiest village in the Cotswolds with this charming pack of friendly alpacas. These gorgeous creatures live on a farm in the heart of Painswick, book in and your fluffy guides along with lovely owner Sandie will take you on a 45 minute tour of the village. Cost is £30 per person and £15 for 12 and under.

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, Gloucester

The biggest and best ski centre in the region, take him skiing, snowboarding or Snoxross for all levels and abilities. Go family tubing – 30 thrilling minutes of downhill rides in a big round bouncy ring from £8.50 a child and £11 an adult. 

Dinner at YOKU, No. 131, Cheltenham


Want to take him somewhere really special to eat out? Then try YOKU, a Tokyo-vogue Japanese Sushi restaurant which has opened to high acclaim in the heart of Montpellier. Culinary director Ronnie Bonetti and chef Jessie Chung serve up a range of Japanese sushi and Asian cuisine alongside sake, japanese wine and cocktails. Ronnie has cooked for Adele, Bruce Willis and Matt Damon, as well as previously working at Soho House and Babington House. You’ll get show stopping dishes like this!

Queens Tiffin Afternoon Tea, Queens Hotel, Cheltenham

Treat him to afternoon tea at the super elegant Duke’s Tea Room at the most stylish hotel in Regency Cheltenham. The ever-popular Queens Tiffin Afternoon Tea has goodies like Yorkshire Beef and Horseradish Mini Puddings and Creamy Nougat and Chocolate Mousse Bars to scoff – heaven on a three tiered plate. Add in a glass of fizz for someone extra special.

Or take the party outside and enjoy it basking in the sunshine in the brand new Summer Garden.

Cool Craft Workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

Is your dad the crafty type? Then book him in for Kiln Fired Enamelling! The class on Friday 17th June and costs £90. He’ll can make his own kiln fired enamelled creations, such as cufflinks, key rings, plaques and pictures all to take home that same day.

Family Farm Photo Experience, Michelle Morris Photography, Worcs

Set on a working farm in the idyllic Teme countryside, Michelle Morris’s farm is the perfect setting for some family photos. Muddy tried the experience and it was SO much fun! Book in for a Family Photo Session where you get two hours of meeting animals, riding on tractors and jumping on haystacks and take away a bundle of photos you’ll treasure forever. Sessions cost £145 (for up to 10 people). Book a gift experience here.

River Boat Trip, Worcester

Take a watery wander down with a boat trip with Worcester Boat Trips. This relaxing 45 minute cruise departs from South Quay and there are tea, coffee, drinks and snacks available en route alongside a fully licensed bar (wahay!). Or choose to take it by night where the boat transforms into a live music venue starring the best in local talent.

Free beer at Stroud Brewery, Stroud, 19 June

Take him for a thank you lunch at Stroud Brewery. Tuck into a two or three course meal, with starters including caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese tart or deep-fried halloumi with chilli sauce; roast for the main course; and banoffee cheesecake, brownie or summer fruit sorbet. The best bit? It comes with a free pint of Stroud Brewery’s Budding organic pale ale. Or, if he loves coder, check in to

Dunkerton’s Cider Tour in Cheltenham, 18 June

Take him for this fantastic tour, where he’ll learn how the brewery creates its organic craft cider, tour the presses and enjoy a sample of some of award-winning drinks. Plus, on 18 June there is a special £25 pp lunch on for Father’s Day. Dads can enjoy half a pint of cider, a guided tour of the cidery; three ciders perfectly paired with organic cheeses; and a Dunkertons Cider glass goblet to take home. Cin cin!

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