Clay pigeon shooting at Oakley Hall, Hampshire: Let your dad lord it up this father's day on 315 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside. The winding drive alone, snaking up to the elegant Georgian manor, screams: “pass me my shotgun and wax jacket!” And now your dad can don both and test out his hand/eye co-ordination whilst attempting to obliterate pigeons of the clay variety! After working up an appetite in the West Woods of the estate, he'll then retreat to Oakley Hall for a spot of supper, and to weigh up his new country-gent status.
A round of golf at Glen Eagles: His handicap may not be good enough for the 2014 Ryder Cup, but there's no reason your dad can't play on a championship golf course. The PGA Centenary Course at Glen Eagles was designed by acclaimed golf architect, Jack Nicklaus, and is the longest inland course in Scotland. Not only will your dad enjoy the huge undulating greens, he can also marvel at breathtaking views over the Grampians and the Trossachs as he lines up his next shot.
Pamper at Lucknam Park: Discerning gentleman love a good man-pamper! So, if your dad is of the ‘cleanse-tone-and-moisturise' variety, pack him off to Lucknam Park Spa for the day. After checking out the thermal cabins and taking a dip in the outdoor salt water plunge pool, he can head to one of the state-of-the-art treatment rooms for a ‘Made-to Measure Grooming Facial' - offering an hour of tailored indulgence using Anne Semonin essential oils.
Nab your dad tickets to the largest motoring garden party in the world. On 12th – 14th July, The Festival of Speed mixes motor sport, stars and a heady mix of cars to create a unique summer weekend in the gorgeous grounds of Goodwood House. To celebrate the festivals twentieth birthday, they have lined up ‘the biggest, best, fastest, loudest and most outrageous vehicles of all time!' – perfect for car fiends.
Nature lovers will be in their element at the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah Garden in Cornwall. This exotic ravine garden wouldn't look out of place with dinosaurs roaming the 25 acres. Wander with your dad beneath canopies of exotic blooms, taking in the waterfalls and giant gunnera and you'll see why Trebah is rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world. With over four miles of footpaths, a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons and a private beach – this will be a father's day to remember!
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