MK’s Best Local & Independent Father’s Day Gifts, Days Out and Experiences this 2023

Posted 9th June 2023

You better hurry because Father’s Day is fast approaching! We here at MK Pulse know that Milton Keynes is a truly vibrant city – it is host to a plethora of fantastic independent businesses, shops and sellers. From delicious meals, drinks and discounted experiences, this year’s local Father’s Day offers are not to be missed. We’ll walk you through some of the best deals, ensuring that your Dad has a Father’s Day to remember!


The Shack MK

Home to all things BBQ, the Shack MK is a fantastic Father’s Day find; hosting a variety of day-classes, treat the special man in your life to lessons in over-the-fire cooking. Check out the Shack MK’s future classes here: Alternatively, you could always pick up some grill-based goodies from their shop! Find out more on their website

D Pizza Guy

Hosting a variety of pop-up supper clubs in the Hanslope area, Howard creates classic Italian pizzas as well as weird and wonderful creations on sourdough bases. Keep your eyes peeled on his social media profile here: – he’s soon to be releasing some extra dates for his Pizza Making Courses which would be sure to make the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Chins Kitchen

Originally beginning from a simple ‘Wednesday Curry Night,’ which proved incredibly successful with the local community, Safina Sarang of Chins Kitchen now hosts Indian cookery lessons and private function catering, in addition to other seasonal gifts for ordering. Book your Dad in for a 1:1 class, or go along as a family! Find out more here:


MK Biergarten

Milton Keynes’ first micropub and bottle shop, MK Biergarten, are a multi award-winning establishment serving up a range of bottled and draft craft beer and cider, both from the UK and further afield. The shop is the ideal destination for beer lovers: selling gift-boxes, vouchers, football shirts and more! Check out their range here:

Fat Mallow Co

Maker of fresh, handmade gourmet marshmallows in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, The Fat Mallow Co have introduced a perfect Father’s Day gift this year – their S’mores packs include 4 or 8 huge chocolate and biscuit stuffed mallows, biscuits to sandwich them with, skewers and you can even add on a tin of chafing fuel in case the sun goes in and you need to toast them inside. The Fat Mallow Co can supply in bulk if you’re having a family BBQ party. Check out the Etsy shop here:

The Fruity Farmer

The Fruity Farmer make and sell a range of seasonal Fruit Gins, Liqueurs and Oils from fruits predominantly growing on their farm hedgerows and in their garden. With a focus on small batch production, seasonality and locality, they still maintain a strong emphasis on excellent taste. The farm is in Stoke Goldington, between Milton Keynes and Northampton, in the beautiful north Buckinghamshire countryside. Their Father’s Day Hessian Gift Bag contains a bottle of Blackberry Whisky, a bottle of Rhubarb Rum and a bottle of chilli-infused Rapeseed Oil. Get them here before they’re gone:

Days Out

Braai Shack

South-African food specialists Braai Shack, based in Wolverton, are putting on a sunny garden party which is well-worth a visit. Starting at 1pm, you’ll be able to grab a free drink for dad and enjoy an afternoon outside in the sun. So, let Braai Shack fire up the braai and crack open a cold one so you can show your Dad some love! For more information or to order, call 01908 313838 or check out their website here:

Bletchley Park

Celebrate Father’s Day with a great day out for the whole family – Bletchley Park are running an event included with the ticket price for Father’s Day this year. Treat Dad to a BBQ or Roast, enjoy live music on the lawn and join in the free family workshops on the day too! Book your tickets and find out more here:

Frosts Garden Centre

Frosts’ BBQ Bash will take place on Father’s Day; this free event is from 11am to 4pm at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands. Not only will you be able to indulge in delicious food from BBQ-based vendors including some of our favourites here at MK Pulse: The Rub BBQ, The Brother’s Supper, Burgervore and Auntie Em’s Kitchen, but you’ll also learn top hacks from local chefs and master your BBQ technique. With plenty more food, drink, gift stalls and live music too, this one is not to be missed. Find out more here: