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Father’s Day: the Ultimate Gift Guide

If, like me, you find your dad tricky to buy for (socks again?), then you’re in the right place -- we’ve come up with a range of experiences that would make great Father’s Day gifts.  

Summer is quickly approaching (or so they say), so I’m considering a 5.5-hour sailing experience for my ex-naval officer dad. For £79, you get to sail across Weymouth Bay and stop off for lunch at Lulworth Cove, Dorset’s famous horseshoe-shaped bay. Keeping things nautical, we also have a deal for a scenic Powerboat trip off Anglesey for £19, instead of £35. This 2-hour experience takes in sights including the Menai Strait, the Swellies, Plas Newydd stately home and Puffin Island. Having spent three years at university in North Wales, I can vouch for the scenery -- it’s breathtaking.

If your dad’s not the seafaring type, you could take him to play 18 holes of golf at Surrey’s Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club for £29 -- saving 54%. This deal, which is for two people, also comes with 35 balls each on the driving range and a coffee. Alternatively, golfers in the north can tee-off at Fairfield Golf and Sailing Club in Audenshaw, on the outskirts of Manchester for £25 -- saving 61%. This course is located around a reservoir, so despite its proximity to the city, the setting is very rural.

If that all sounds a bit sedate, here’s one for petrol-headed dads. This 6-hour motorsport experience in North Yorkshire gives participants the chance to get to grips with three different types of motorsport -- rally driving, speedcross and madtrax -- all for £99 instead of the usual £247.

You’re probably fully aware that at Travelzoo we like to bring you fun, unusual experiences that you won’t find anywhere else, and in my opinion we’ve unearthed a corker here -- two days at the Goodwood Estate in Chichester. This action-packed experience, which costs £189, includes a flying lesson, health club access, a flight-simulator session, lunch and two tickets to the Moving Motor Show – saving you £98.  And if none of that appeals, you could treat him to surf and turf at Stock Restaurant in Manchester. For £39, two people can share a seafood platter and 12oz steak in a deal that would regularly cost £77.50. Personally I love the stunning architecture in this restaurant that occupies Manchester's former Stock Exchange.

Manchester-based assistant producer Claire Stapleton contributed to this post.

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