9 experiential Father’s Day gifts for the best day out ever

Men can often be tricky to buy for, even when it is your own dad. And with Father’s Day just around the corner on 19 June, it’s time to start thinking about what you might buy him to show him just how much you love and appreciate him.

If he’s the sort of man who has everything he needs, and the thought of buying him socks another year in a row fills you with dread and disappointment, why not buy him an experience? There are so many experiences out there that make the perfect Father’s Day gift, whether he’s a thrill-seeker (bungee jumping, anyone?), a foodie (there’s everything from doughnut to sushi making in this department) or loves getting down with nature (a foraging or bushcraft workshop would be the ticket here), we’ve found 11 of the best Father’s Day experience gifts and compiled them right here for you.

9 best Father’s Day experience gifts:

Bushcraft experience

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Find Me A Gift

Full-Day Bushcraft Experience, £49, Find Me A Gift

Give dad the chance to channel his inner Ray Mears or Bear Grylls with a day of learning bushcraft skills like building shelters, fire lighting and cooking over an open flame, all in the beautiful Peak District.

Gyoza making experience

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The Jericho Kitchen

Master the art of Gyoza making with Yukiko Milne, £80, The Jericho Kitchen Cookery School

The Jericho Kitchen in Oxford run a range of exciting expert-led cooking classes, including doughnut making, sushi making, pasta making, basketry and loads more.

Abstract art class

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Not On The High Street

Abstract Art Class, £69, Not On The High Street

Let him get in touch with his artistic side with an abstract art class run by award-winning abstract landscape painter Georgie Mason at her East London studio. Aimed at beginners, Georgie will guide you through the process of colour mixing, mark-making and texture until you have created your very own masterpiece.

Stand up paddleboarding experience

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Learn to paddleboard through London, from £154, Indytute

Why walk London when you can paddle it? A guided tour with a difference, you’ll be taught the basics of how to master stand up paddleboarding, before paddling through London’s waterways while learning the history of the sites you pass.

Axe throwing

axe throwing

Axe throwing, from £22 each, Whistle Punks

With venues in London, Manchester and Bristol, Whistle Punks is the home of urban axe throwing. Hosted by expert instructors, you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time (or at least have a lot of fun trying).

Learn to surf

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Family Surf Day, £220, Not On The High Street

There is no more perfect place to learn to surf than the undisputed home of British surfing, Fistral Beach in Newquay. This experience includes a 2-hour private lesson for four people, where you’ll learn the basics of mastering the board, after which you keep the equipment for the rest of the day to continue catching those waves.

Foraging experience

Totally Wild UK

Foraging course, from £30, Totally Wild UK

Get back to nature with Totally Wild’s foraging courses, which take place all over the UK. After learning the basics of foraging and having a go at it yourself, you’ll have a 2-course lunch cooked up for you utilising wild and foraged ingredients.

Bungee jumping experience

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Bungee Jump Experience, £75, Buy A Gift

If your dad’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie, he’ll no doubt love throwing himself off the top of a tall crane attached only by a bungee cord. With locations all over the UK, this will make a great (if not eye-watering) day out.

Canoeing experience


Canoe through Little Venice, from £50, Indytute

See London from a whole new vantage point as you canoe your way through the waterways of Little Venice and Maida Vale, taking in the beautiful scenery as you paddle up the Gand Union Canal.