Not socks again!
It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18. So if you don’t want the usual pair of socks or box of chocs, leave this page open to inspire them to get you something a little different this year . . .
On the right tracks
Always dreamed of being a train driver or working in the signal box? North Norfolk Railway, which runs between Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt, has a range of driver experience steam and diesel days, and new this year has introduced signalling experience days when you can find out what it is like to work in the signal box and try your hand at operating the levers which control the points and signal.
Tickets for the signal days are £100, from shop.nnrailway.co.uk and 01263 820800. The sky’s the limit
Experience virtual flying made real at the controls of a flight simulator at Mildenhall. The team at family-run Sim2do have many years’ experience behind them in the RAF (the owner’s ancestor came up with the Mayday distress signal!) and they will help you learn how to get a Boeing 737 off the ground (and back again) safely.
Visit the website www.sim2do. co.uk or call 01638 428558 for details of flight simulator vouchers - and if you book before Father’s Day on June 18, quote the special code FLY50 to get £ 50 off the price (full-price vouchers start at £ 99). Step back in time
Norfolk and Suffolk have some fantastic museums for you to visit - and Father’s Day is the perfect time to get the family together to go somewhere interesting. If you are fascinated by cars or machines you will love visiting the Panhard et Levassor, Norfolk’s oldest working car, at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, near Dereham. Dating from 1899, this impressive vehicle was once owned by the co-founder of Rolls Royce, Charles Rolls. There will also be the chance to find out about the county’s brewing history, and see Bittern DX Radio broadcasting from the museum on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 June, as part of the International Museums Weekend. This amateur radio special event will see the team from Bittern DX communicating with museums all around the world. Plus, dads get a free cone of chips in the café.
For more details, see the website www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk or call 01362 869263. The model gift
Little Loco Company’s highly accurate model of the Class 15 loco, which worked in and around East Anglia and into London from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, will be instantly recognised by any schoolboy trainspotters of that period. The Suffolk-based company produces a limited edition O gauge model, the proceeds of which directly fund the restoration of the last remaining Class 15 loco. It also has three standard models priced from £ 375, the limited edition is from £ 395.
Order direct from the website (www.littleloco.co.uk) or from selected retailers: ScogRail in Ipswich, Trains4U in Peterborough and DigiTrains in Lincoln. A year’s enjoyment
And for something that will keep you entertained throughout the year ahead, you can’t go wrong with a subscription to Let’s Talk! As a special offer for Father’s Day, subscribe to Let’s Talk before June 8 by Direct Debit by calling 01858 438840 or online at www.giftsubs. co.uk/fathersday quoting the code LMMDAD17, and you will pay £12 for 12 issues and receive a Tonka multi-tool as your welcome gift.
Or if you prefer to pay by credit or debit card or by cheque, the cost is £15 for 12 issues, including the 15-function multi-tool which has pliers and a screwdriver.
The flight simulator experience at Sim2do,