Make this Father’s Day special inside and out!

May 29, 2020
Hawk Conservancy Trust Experiences
Hawk Conservancy Trust Experiences

This Father’s Day may take a bit more thought than in previous years. We can’t just head out for the day and guarantee the place we want to visit will be open, we may not be ready ourselves to do so! It doesn’t mean this Father’s Day can’t be special whether you’re heading out or staying in, and we’ve got some great ways you can make him feel truly appreciated!

Give him something to look forward to with a gift voucher for an activity or great day out. Take him somewhere where you know you can all enjoy the day in safety and by sticking to those government guidelines! If neither of these plans works for you we are sure he will love breakfast in bread and an IOU for a wonderful experience he can enjoy worry-free when the time is right!

Let’s see how we can help you make this Father’s Day great…

Buy him a gift to enjoy at a later date


Why not treat dad to a belated Father’s Day adventure with a Go Ape Gift Voucher to use once lockdown ends, currently 30% off and valid for 18 months!

Treat your dad to a driving experience at the UK’s fastest race circuit – Thruxton. Get behind the wheel of supercars, sports cars and single-seat racing cars. Prices start from £99. All gift vouchers are valid for 18 months, giving them plenty of time to book a date to attend.

A Paultons Park gift card is the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s day! Gift Cards can be used towards the purchase of tickets and season tickets as well as being able to be used in any of the Paultons shops, restaurants or catering kiosks. Gift Cards can also be redeemed against purchases made on the Paultons website!

This Father’s Day give your dad the promise of a family day out that he’d choose, or perhaps a special experience where he can meet and fly magnificent birds of prey. Vouchers available from the Hawk Conservancy Trust with an extended validity of 18 months for all.

Treat your father to a visit to Theatre Royal Winchester to see An Evening with Francis Rossi, magician Ben Hart or Steeleye Span next year; Play to the Crowd Gift Vouchers or Membership – the perfect gift for Fathers Day, whilst supporting Play to the Crowd – the arts and education that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers.

Buy him something that he can sit and enjoy from the comfort of his own home! Ringwood Brewery’s shop is open and Bombay Sapphire Distillery is taking orders online!

Make the most of Father’s Day with a safe day out

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

If you can’t visit Gilbert White & The Oates Collections this Father’s Day, why not Be More Gilbert at home instead? Take a long walk in nature or get stuck into the garden all together? Tickets are available online to the museum for when things go back to normal and if you are local why not order a takeaway from White’s cafe?

Make the day memorable with canoeing, kayaking, or bike hire with New Forest Activities! Their social distancing activities are open for business, their instructors have been trained to deliver the activities in the safest possible way, whilst still providing you with a truly fun and memorable experience! If you can’t go on the day treat him to a gift voucher!

Celebrate Father’s Day with a great walk and a picnic along the way. There are so many great walks in Hampshire to choose from, including the family friendly Tall Trees walk in the New Forest. This short walk is only 1.5 miles long but takes in some great scenery of the beautiful Redwood and Fir trees. Find out more about the Tall Tree Walk or other walks in Hampshire.

If a picnic sounds right up your street then enjoy some time at one of the many wonderful country parks in Hampshire. Itchen Valley Country Park, Lepe Country Park, Royal Victoria Country Park, and Queen Elizabeth Country Park are all open so you can enjoy their open spaces. Be aware some facilities are still closed and cashless payment will be required for parking.

Book your family for a special Father’s Day race with the Isle of Wight’s top go-kart experience at Wight Karting. Social distancing and special cleaning measures are in place to ensure that your visit will be as safe as possible. The nearby town of Ryde has something for the history fan too – take the free to download audio tour of the fascinating Victorian town. Fly across the Solent with Hovertravel from Southsea to Ryde in just 8 minutes to make the most of your day!

Keep an eye on this page to find out the latest on attraction openings and if you do venture out please make sure you are following safety guidelines.

Give him an IOU that he can cash in when the time is just right

There are still many of our wonderful attractions that won’t be able to welcome you through their doors just yet and you may not be able to buy a gift voucher to give to Dad on the day. However, a promise of something to look forward to can be just as good! So take a look at our Hampshire Attractions and let Dad know which you’ll be taking him to when they re-open, you could even let him choose for himself!

Steamship Shieldhall has unfortunately cancelled her 2020 sailing programme due to COVID-19. Her 2021 sailing programme will be launched this summer, with full details at Also available will be one or two day Steamship Experience courses – spend time on board a member of the National Historic Fleet! Something Dad may love an IOU for!