Monday 28 September 2020

12 ways to treat your dad this Father's Day in Gloucestershire

Discover 12 ways to spoil your dad this Father's Day in Gloucestershire – whether you’re having a virtual drink together, going for a socially distanced day out or treating him to something to look forward to after lockdown.

Father’s Day falls on Sunday 21 June 2020 this year – the perfect time to treat your dad to a Gloucestershire gift that he’ll treasure.

Lockdown restrictions might mean that gift-giving is a little trickier this year, but there has never been a more important time to support Gloucestershire businesses – with SoGlos handpicking some thoughtful, local gift ideas for your dad.

1. A show to look forward to at the Everyman Theatre

From stand-up comedy and hit musicals to political dramas and the family panto, the diverse line-up of shows at the Everyman Theatre appeals to a full spectrum of fathers!

And if you aren’t sure what show would delight your dad, get him an Everyman Theatre gift voucher this Father’s Day for something to look forward to. Gift vouchers are valid for two years – with plenty of time for him to pick out the perfect performance. For more information, visit

2. Forestry England membership

With stunning locations including Beechenhurst, Mallards Pike Lake and Symonds Yat, a Forest of Dean membership with Forestry England is an ideal gift for an outdoorsy dad – and it supports the local forest too.

Costing £35, Forestry England members get free parking at their chosen forest, plus a range of discounts on outdoor clothing and family activities, including Go Ape. For more information, visit

3. A day of wildlife spotting at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Nature loving dads will go wild for day out at the stunning Slimbridge Wetland Centre, which reopened on Wednesday 10 June 2020.

If you’re planning a socially distanced day out with dad, Slimbridge tickets need to be booked in advance and cost £11.60 per adult. Or, if you’re feeling flush, an annual membership costs £55 for the year. For more information, visit

4. Tickets to a Gloucester Guildhall comedy gig

With Gloucester Guildhall’s autumn programme already including some anticipated live music and comedy gigs, book your dad tickets to one of its upcoming events for something for you both to look forward to.

If political comedy cracks him up, book tickets for Matt Forde at Gloucester Guildhall and your future dad will thank you. For more information, visit

5. Tickets to Tom Kerridge’s drive-in cinema

There are some fantastic new drive-in movie screenings happening around Gloucestershire this summer, with Tom Kerridge’s new Drive and Dine Theatre the latest to be announced – perfect for a socially distanced cinema date with your dad.

Taking place in nearby Bath and Warwick, film titles span classics and recent releases – with a menu curated by Tom, including bacon cheeseburgers, burritos and cheesecake, yum. For more information, visit

6. A day out at the Malvern Autumn Show

Described as ‘the ultimate harvest festival’ the Malvern Autumn Show 2020 promises to be a great day out for dads into gardening and good food – and something to look forward to – on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020.

An annual highlight is always the giant vegetable competition, with food market, cider garden and new Malvern Gin Show on the cards this year too. For more information, visit

7. Ticket to Fresh: Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse

Fathers into fine art will relish taking in the work of more than 600 artists at Fresh: Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse, in November 2020.

The event brings 53 galleries together in one location, with the chance to browse and buy original artwork from new talent to big names including Hirst, Banksy and more. For more information, visit

8. Brew his own beer at Hillside Brewery

What better way to treat a beer-loving dad than to brew his own? At Hillside Brewery, dads can spend the day with head brewer to create a bottle of their own recipe beer to take home.

Buy as a gift voucher to redeem when the Forest of Dean brewery reopens after lockdown. For more information, visit

9. Cherry and White kit from Gloucester Rugby

A replica Gloucester Rugby shirt is a perfect present for fathers who are faithful fans of the cherry and whites.

Personalise his shirt with a name and number, so he can feel like one of the team wearing it until The Shed reopens. For more information, visit the Gloucester Rugby shop at

10. A bottle of Woodchester Valley Vineyard’s finest

From its gold award winning Bacchus 2018 to its new vintage Atcombe Red, wine-loving dads will be thrilled with a gift from Woodchester Valley Vineyard, near Stroud.

Create your own gift box with a bottle of wine and two branded glasses or treat dad to an at home wine tasting. There’s also free delivery on orders of six or more bottles. For more information, visit

11. A dram of whisky from Cotswolds Distillery

Made using locally grown barley, Cotswolds Distillery’s single malt whisky is the first whisky to be distilled in the Cotswolds and a World Whisky Awards winner too.

Ideal for fathers with a taste for the finer things in life, Cotswolds Distillery also offers whisky tasting and tours for something to look forward to. For more information, visit

12. A bottle of Neptune Rum

With over 65 awards to its name, Cheltenham’s own Neptune Rum is a fitting tipple for superstar dads with its blend of eight, five and three-year-old Barbadian rum.

Costing £34.95 for a 75cl bottle, order online and use the code FFINV20OFF to get 20 per cent off, plus free delivery. For more information, visit

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