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 . . .

Let's Talk - - GIFT IDEAS -

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,

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