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13 EXTREMELY MANLY THINGS TO DO THIS FATHER’S DAY

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Fed up of getting Dad Yorkies for Father’s Day? Folks, it’s time to reclaim the art of the awesome present. Whether your old man’s a hipster, a hiker or a deep sea fisherman, there’s something for him on this list!

wet shave

Classic wet shave

If Dad’s frequently heard cursing in the bathroom, or found at the breakfast table with tiny squares of tissue stuck to his latest shaving cuts, might we recommend a professional wet shave? We’re talking cut throat razors, steam baths, the lot. Perfect for keeping Dad beards in check as well as creating a full, smooth face shave, this is a gift that’ll change his outlook on personal grooming.

Murdock’s of London offer an awesome shave for between £45 and £75.

The Barber House in Birmingham does a full cut throat shave for £28.

Image by the Three Choirs

Image by the Three Choirs

Proper wine tasting

Forget quaffing dodgy red from the local supermarket. For a father who likes a drop of the good stuff, a quality wine tasting is the way to go. You can’t get better than Three Choirs, which have vineyards in Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

Tours are just £12.50 per person, and include tutored tastings of delicious vintages and local cheeses.

Image by Jennings Brewery

Image by Jennings Brewery

Brewery tour

Dads who like a tipple will love a brewery tour! What could be better than drinking perfectly brewed beer right from the source? Plus, he’ll get to learn all sorts of interesting facts he can wheel out at the next family dinner.

We recommend going for a venue with an impressive location. Like the Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, which enjoys views of the Lake District as spectacular as the beer. Tours are £12 per person for drinks only, and £15 if you want to add a pie and pea supper. Yum.

Image by Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre LTD

Image by Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre LTD

A canoeing trip

Get out and about and try one of the most versatile sports in the country! Ideal for dads who think they’re Bear Grylls, canoeing can be as sedate or as adrenaline-fuelled as you like.

Hire Canadian canoes or kayaks from the Wye Dean Canoe Hire centre, for half or full days. A double canoe or kayak costs £34 for a day, or £24 for a half day.

Hiking

A good walk in the country

Hiking is a quality way to spend some bonding time with an outdoorsy dad. Pack your OS Map, energy bars and bandanas and get out on the great British trails!

We recommend using Walking Britain to find routes near you. They’ve got information on National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Trails.

Image by Adventures Wales

Image by Adventures Wales

Gorge adventure

Looking for something a little more challenging than a Sunday afternoon stroll? You need to try gorge walking. This is what Indiana Jones would get his dad for Father’s Day.

You’ll leap down waterfalls, scramble over boulder fields and swim through mountain pools, all under the supervision of an experienced guide. Dad – and you – need to be fit. Adventures Wales do some cracking walks, for just £55 per person.

wilderness survival

Survive in the wild

Think you’ve got what it takes to survive without mobile phones, electricity or heating? Nothing bonds Dad and his children like a bushcraft day. You’ll learn how to make bows and arrows, track wild animals, forage for seasonal food and treat common ailments with medicinal plants. It’s a bit like River Cottage, if Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was Jason Statham!

Woodland Ways runs amazing one-day and weekend bushcraft courses at locations all over the UK. Average prices are around £100 per person.

Image by Zip World

Image by Zip World

Dad on a wire

Zip wiring is one of the most exhilarating adrenaline activities in the UK – a brilliant combo of speed and aerial thrills. In Snowdonia’s Zip World, you can do it in caves. Or on the longest zip line in the northern hemisphere, which is also the fastest line in the world. Hold onto your helmets, and prepare to scream like a little kid, even if you’re a big one!

Average price for this insanity is £60 per person – or you can go as a family for £220.

Image by Land Rover Experience

Image by Land Rover Experience

The Land Rover experience

If Dad’s always complaining that Chelsea Tractors should be driven in fields and not on the school run, this is the Father’s Day gift for him! Take a Land Rover back to the countryside it was designed for, and thrash it to within an inch of its life in a 5,000 acre rural playground.

With the Malvern Hills as a backdrop and a ton of different terrain to get your gear train into, we recommend trying Land Rover Experience Eastnor. Prices are £225 per driver for half a day and £325 for a full day.

Image by Tank Driving Scotland

Image by Tank Driving Scotland

Driving a tank

That’s right – an actual tank. No big boy can resist the chance to control a genuine armoured military vehicle. Your Dad will crush everything in his path as he learns to ascend and descend specially designed obstacles mounds, training courses and tank traps. Sir yes sir!

We recommend Tank Driving Scotland, which offers a range of packages to suit any soldier. Pick their Brigadier Advanced Tank Driving course to give Dad the full works, or a Special Tank Drive For Two if you want to share the experience. The Brigadier Course costs £159.99 per person – the Special Tank Drive is £179.99 for two people.

Image by Great Central Railway

Image by Great Central Railway

Vintage steam trains

Let’s toot for Thomas! It isn’t just little ones that love a steam train, you know. If your Dad knows his Standard Gauge from his Narrow Gauge, he’ll be happier than a pig in poo when you reveal your destination.

Visit the Great Central Railway in Loughborough for a steam train experience with all the bells and whistles. On Father’s Day, First Class restaurant cars take lucky dads on a ride through spectacular countryside while top Sunday nosh is served. Tickets are £48 per adult and £38 per child. Veggie option is available

chilli tasting

Chilli tasting experience

Hotheads will love the opportunity to get a chilli high on Father’s Day! Give Dad a chilli tasting and tour. He’ll see chillies grown in a special nursery, learn a little spicy science and sample hand made chilli sauces. Not for the faint of heart!

Edible Ornamentals in Bedfordshire does a brilliant chilli tasting experience, complete with the opportunity to try the hottest chillies in the world. Do you dare?

The Chilli Tour at Edible Ornamentals is £35 for two people.

fishing

Fishing on the open ocean

Sea fishing is a great gift for the keen angler. Kit Dad out with a sea fishing rod, head to your nearest coastline and set up for a day of sandwiches, flasks of tea and “ones that got away”! Check out British Sea Fishing for the latest information on gear, bait and popular shore fishing spots. Take a surf rod for extra length and strength. Happy angling!

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