The time of year has come to thank our Dad’s and Father figures for all that they do for us – the jokes, the advice and the laughs! In Exeter you’ll find the perfect gift or activity to show Dad how much you appreciate him. We’ve pulled together some exciting ideas so you don’t have to – whether Dad is a massive foodie, adrenaline junkie or has a particularly sweet tooth, our city is the place to be on Sunday 20th June.

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Hire a paddleboard, kayak or canoe

Enjoy a family day out on the water at Exeter Quay. Hire a paddleboard, kayak or canoe (and safety equipment!) from our incredible local businesses, ready to help you with their advice and expertise. Test your skills, balance and embark on a glorious adventure along Exeter Canal.

Book your spaces now at:

Cook up a storm in the kitchen with help from Darts Farm

Is your Dad the ultimate steak lover? Thanks to Darts Farm, you can pick up some pretty impressive steak hampers to treat him! Prices range from £45-£85, click here to orders yours.

Give Dad the gift of choice 

Give your Dad the ultimate independent shopping experience in Exeter this Father's Day, with an InExeter gift card! With over 95 independents to discover, explore and support, he'll be spoilt for choice of where to spend it. Give the gift of option in Exeter, with a value from £10-£500.

Purchase tickets for an upcoming show

Is your Dad keen to get back into the entertainment seat? Exeter has generous handful of theatres and venues with jam-packed programmes filled with fantastic local productions and popular names. Why not book a future production for you and your Dad? Check out these venues:

Pick up a sweet treat

All Dad's love fudge, right? Pop to Roly's Fudge Exeter for their wide selection of tempting fudge - available in single packs or gift boxes, you can even pick 'n' mix his favourites...

Flying through the trees 

Experience new heights at Go Ape this Father's Day, the UK’s no.1 forest adventure! Harness up and fly across zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and try something new as you admire Haldon Forest’s breath-taking views! This is an experience you certainly won’t forget! Don't forget to pre-book your adventure at Haldon Forest, here.


Allow Dad to #ExploreIndoors this Father's Day within our award-winning attractions, most of which are now open to the public. Our indoor attractions have been hard at work to ensure your next visit is as safe as possible for you and your family. With hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and plenty of space – all you need to do is pre-book your place! Click here to start planning your indoor adventure. Please note - some of these indoor attractions may not be open on Sundays, please check directly.

Order an inspirational cookbook

If your Dad loves cooking and wants to broaden his horizons, this is the perfect gift! Purchase Mitch Tonk's new recipe book, so he can learn how to prepare seafood dishes, the Rockfish way! Click here to order your copy.

Pick up a novel at the Book Market at Powderham Castle

The free Book Market at Powderham Castle takes place on Sunday 20th June, giving you and Dad the opportunity to browse thirteen bookshops and stalls. Not to mention there are delicious food stalls to visit inbetween! Click here to find out more.

Say cheers to Dad!

Pour Dad a refreshing gin and tonic this Father's Day with a bottle of Exeter Gin. Even better - check out their website for tempting recipes to try! If your Dad is more of an ale kind of guy, why not treat him to a bottle of RAMM's 'Albert's Ale', created by the Exeter Brewery! You can purchase this at The Shop at RAMM in single bottles or packs of 4.

Hop on a bike

Pack a picnic, hop on your bike and follow one of the many cycle trails Exeter has to offer, the choice is yours where you'd like to explore! Check out our Adventurous Cycles in Exeter blog for inspiration. Don't have a bike of your own? Don't let this stop you! Exeter has a great selection of businesses where you can easily hire some wheels:

Book a table at Dad's favourite restaurant

If you're looking to treat Dad to a heart-warming meal, there are many restaurants in Exeter with special Father's Day deals to tempt you all. Visit our restaurants page for a list of eateries we're sure Dad will love!


Darts Farm Shopping Village
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Darts Farm

Darts Farm is a vibrant, nationally award-winning Farm Shop based in the historic estuary town of Topsham, overlooking the beautiful Clyst Valley. A unique lifestyle shopping experience with a working farm at its heart, Darts Farm showcases the best food and drink the region has to offer and is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers. These include The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft.

AS Watersports
Internal of AS Watersports

A S Watersports are the south west's premier canoe, kayak, sit on top and fishing kayak retailers. Over 30 years of experience means our friendly expert staff can give you the best advice.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
View from across the Quay at Haven Banks

Outdoor activity centre. Sailing, windsurfing, caving, climbing and orienteering, raft building, canoeing. Overnight camps and residential visits.

Saddles and Paddles
Boating and Canoeing
Saddles  Paddles

Bike and canoe hire from Exeter's historic quayside. Explore the old canal trail. Seven miles of flat, traffic free cycling in beautiful countryside. The canoes are great fun and easy to use for exploring this beautiful waterway.

In Exeter Gift Card
Independent Shop
InExeter giftcard image

Take the decision out of gifting and buy the InExeter gift card. A great way to support local independents and discover a huge choice of retailers from boutiques, artisan producers, lifestyle and homeware shops, jewellers, makers and crafters.

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter Northcott theatre exterior

The Exeter Northcott Theatre has been the home of high-quality professional theatre in Exeter and Devon for 50 years. The varied programme includes drama, dance, opera, ballet, music, workshops, community and educational events.

Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Exeter Barnfield Theatre

A varied programme of events, alternative theatre and concerts. An intimate atmosphere. Bar and cafe.

Cygnet Theatre
Ham and Passion at the Cygnet Theatre (c) Maria Falconer

Cygnet is a training theatre with a varied programme of classical, modern and musical plays throughout the year, including new theatre works. The theatre has nearly 40 years experience of helping young actors to develop their individual qualities.  They offer drama training in the form of one day courses, a one year foundation course or three years full time professional training for actors.  Cygnet graduates have gone on to have successful careers in all aspects of stage, film, TV & Radio, to form their own companies and found theatres.

Exeter Phoenix
Arts Centre
Angled image of the exterior of the Exeter Phoenix

Exeter Phoenix is one of the South West’s leading contemporary arts venues, offering an exciting and varied programme of theatre, dance, performance, music, film and visual arts, and attracting over 150,000 visitors a year.

Exeter Corn Exchange
Event Venue
The Hall of Exeter Corn Exchange

The largest venue in Exeter city centre, Exeter Corn Exchange is probably the ideal location for your event - whatever it may be.

Go Ape! Haldon
Adventure Park/Playground
Person in the trees at Go Ape!

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.

Rockfish Exeter
External  image of Rockfish restaurant

Amongst the treats at this consistently award-winning restaurant are sustainably sourced and locally landed seafood, often cooked within hours of being caught. From your table by the Quayside enjoy simple, relaxed, ingredient-driven quality food for the whole family.

The Book Market at Powderham Castle
"Hire a bike to get to the Book Market" graphic from Exeter City of Literature

Powderham Castle and Exeter City of Literature are hosting a brand-new Book Market in the Castle grounds, featuring a plethora of independent booksellers and literary arts groups from across the county.

Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle exterior

A visit to Powderham Castle is an enchanting day out for all its visitors. Fascinating guided tours of this magnificent 600 year old Castle.

Co Bikes
Cycle Hire
Co-Bikes riding past Cathedral Green (c) Gareth Williams Photography

Experience an easy, enjoyable, electric Exeter with Co Bikes. The hire-by-the-half hour electric bikes are great fun to use and perfect for exploring the hilly city of Exeter. Riders can hire, ride and drop the bikes off at any Co Bikes site – much like London’s ‘Boris Bikes’ except purely with electric bikes.

Devon Cycling Holidays
Devon Cycling Holidays

Discover all that Devon has to offer with a cycling holiday package designed to suit you and your group’s aspirations and ability.

Route 2 Bikes, Topsham
Route 2 Bikes, Topsham

Hire a Bike to explore the beautiful Exe Estuary Trail, part of the National Cycle Route 2. One of the best cycle trails in the country, it is accessible for all.

Exeter Quayside
Historic Site
Monolith at Exeter Quayside. Copyright: DOminic Lowther

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.

Exeter Ship Canal
Waymarked Trail
Far away view of Double Locks (c) Mathilde Le Floch

The Exeter Ship Canal first opened to shipping in 1566 and was the first canal to be built in Britain since Roman times. It was also the first canal in England to use the pound lock.

Exeter Gin
Local Shop
Exeter Gin presented in a glass with ice and a lime

Winner of the award for Best Classic Gin at the Great British Food Awards 2020, Exeter's own premium gin is made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world.



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