Airplane Flying Lesson at Atlantic Flight Academy
This is an ideal gift for the dad looking to live out his Top Gun fantasy! They will get the opportunity to handle the aircraft and also to enjoy the scenery from aloft of sights such as Cork Harbour, Kinsale, the West Cork coast to name a few. The gift of the memory of the day they got to fly their own airplane is a pretty unique one! You can get dad a 30 minute flight for €99 or a 60 minute flight for €195 and you can call 021 48887373 to make a booking or through their website
Night Kayaking with Atlantic Sea Kayaking
Book the babysitter and head off with himself into the night for a magical moonlit experience of Kayaking under the moon! Atlantic Sea Kayaking paints a very enticing picture of this adventure “This trip provides a unique experience of being on the water from dusk into darkness. There is always something to make you gasp on this trip, the sounds of seabirds coming in to roost, the sunset, the rising moon, the aromas of honeysuckle and gorse on the breeze, the panoply of stars overhead, the astonishing bioluminescence, and the deep, dark peace and serenity of night. It is a trip which feeds body and soul.” We think this is an unforgettable present for a dad who wants to do something new in the beauty of the Atlantic. The trip costs €55 pp using double kayaks, and runs nightly- it can be pre-booked through their website All necessary safety and kayaking equipment provided.
High Adrenaline Karting at Adventure Park
This is a great gift for an adventurous dad who feels the need for speed! With high speeds on full throttle, straights, 8 bends and 4 technical corners this track is home to Munster’s biggest motor sport events, Irish Open Karting Champions, and Ultimate Drift Series Ireland. As well as day karting there are also floodlit tracks for night bookings too. You can treat dad to a one hour session for €65 and watch from the sidelines to cheer him on! This track is at Adventure Park which has loads more To book you can contact Adventure Park through their website
Design & Woodwork Course at Benchspace
I love the concept of Corks creative woodworking and design space- For the part time makers, hobbyists and enthusiastic beginners looking to get creative Benchspace offer classes & workshops in everything from Traditional Joinery and Modern Machine Making to 3D printing. You can choose a single “Benchspace Bites” workshop starting at €30 to inspire dad or a full 10 week evening course such as Introduction to Practical Woodwork or Frame Joinery for €330 to help him build some serious skills! You can book your course online through the the Benchspace website
A Man Spa at Escape
It’s hard to believe there is such an amazing spa in the city centre and if you haven’t been here before I highly recommend it- it is in fact my favourite spa in Ireland and they have a lovely package for the menfolk! The Escape Spa at the Imperial have an “Escape Man” package which includes access to the gym, 1 hour in the vitality suite, a 30 minute back massage, a 15 minute head massage, time out in their beautiful relaxation room and a complimentary local craft beer at Seventy Six on the Mall Bar. Why not bring himself for lunch after to top off his day or if you are really looking to spoil him enlist some babysitting help or grandparents to watch the kids and make it an overnight at the Imperial! bookings through their website
A Deep Sea Angling Day Trip with Kinsale Angling
I guess time and space is a pretty great gift for a busy dad and if you send your fella off for some Deep Sea Angling he will get just that! Anglers head out from Kinsale past Charles Fort to the fishing grounds on the Harpy which is a safe, fast, 43′, 450 hp, aquastar deep-sea charter angling boat with large comfortable heated island wheelhouse. This trip looks like a great adventure and it is really affordable at just €75 for a single day seat. Lucky seafarers might even get to spot some Dolphins which frequent the waters around here! Gift vouchers are available online on the Kinsale Angling website or you can call them on 021 477 4946
Family Buffet Lunch, Mini Golf & Entertainment for the Kids at the Cork International
The Cork International Hotel always stand out when it comes to creative ideas for families in Cork and they have a superb Sunday Lunch Buffet from 12.30pm until 3pm perfect for the family and some treat for dads! There mini golf, giant jenga and ring toss games. Price per adults €27.50 for three courses. Kids under 10 can eat free with each adult that has three courses and there is a kids Entertainer from 1pm and Pianist in the Atlantic from 12.30 until 3pm. This sounds like a really nice relaxed way for the whole family to celebrate dad and as usual you can’t be the Cork International for a family friendly experience! You can contact the Cork International to book on 021 454 9800
A Day at the Races
Treat your dad to a day at the races at Cork Racecourse Mallow. There is the thrill of racing, great food, kids entertainment, music in the grandstand and all the fun a day at the races brings. They run a free shuttle bus to and from Mallow Train Station to town, so hopping on the train from Kent Station makes this an easy trip where you can even indulge in a post win beverage or two! Buy your tickets online on their website
Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Lee City Tour
Cork City Sup run regular Stand-up paddle board tours through Cork City centre with experienced guides and we think this would be a fantastic way for himself to get out on the water for a bit of me time. They run daily tours year-round, wind permitting. They Schedule their trips according to the tides when the river moves at a gentler pace and no experience is needed. The team have over 20 years of experience delivering water-based activities and excellent safety standards. They have carefully selected boards to ensure you don’t fall into the river and stay dry! You can find out more about these tours and book them through the Cork City SUP website
Jazz & Manscaping at the Metropole
I love this Hotel for a special occasion! We were there recently for afternoon tea and the place has seriously transformed. The hotel will be a hive of activity this Sunday for Father’s Day and you can expect the daddio of the house to get a little pampering as JFM Manscaping Lounge will there offering head and shoulder massages to all the Dad’s! There will also be board games in the Snug for the family to enjoy. Stay for Sunday Lunch with Jazz, every Dad who eats will be in with the chance of winning an Ultimate Experience Package from Just for Men, Manscaping Lounge. Booking is essential and you can do so by calling +353 (0)21 464 3700.
Thanks for reading! Whatever you get up to we wish you a wonderful day celebrating the dad in your life. Do you have any other great experience gift ideas in Cork that we should know about? Please tell us in the comments section here or on our social pages!