Ditch the socks and aftershave, drop the executive desk toys, and don’t go near the BBQ tool sets. Here’s the best thing you can do this Father’s Day: buy him a pair of wellies and a penknife and head for a Forest Holiday.
What man doesn’t relish the call of the wild? He thinks it’s the primal call, the essence of his masculinity; we all know it’s just that he never grew up! Either way, make this the Father’s Day for outdoor adventure and a return to simpler times.
So, is the dad in your house a self-styled action hero or a beer and TV man? Or perhaps both. At each of our 10 locations the perfect Father’s Day awaits him, whatever his favourite way to let off steam and relax.
1. Forest Survival Dad
Every Forest Holiday location has the ultimate forest survival expert. Your Forest Ranger will lead the whole family in den-building, bug hunting, night expeditions, bush craft and animal tracking. Learn the basics of survival, light a fire, identify what’s edible and what’s not and get back in touch with the natural world.
2. All-Action Dad
There’s no shortage of daring activities for All-Action Dad. How about canoeing down the River Wye at the Forest of Dean or on Loch Lubnaig at Strathyre? Or big tree climbing at Blackwood Forest? At Argyll you can test dad’s nerve, gorge-walking in the River Croe. Or at Sherwood Forest, go off-road on a quad bike. And the ultimate tree top adventures at Go Ape can be found close to many of our Forest Holiday locations too.
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain
3. Country Pursuits Dad
Maybe dad fancies himself as more of a country gent. Staff in hand, binoculars at the ready, tweed plus-fours if he must… or wellies, a sandwich and a thermos. There are forest walks, river walks, moorland walks and coastal walks around our locations. There’s archery at all locations, and clay pigeon shooting too at Sherwood Forest. Or try fishing from a boat on Loch Goil near Argyll. Very popular is Walk with Hawks at Sherwood Forest, an unforgettable falconry experience. Country Pursuits Dad is in his element on a Forest Holiday.
4. Laid-Back Dude Dad
It doesn’t all have to be quite so energetic. It’s hard work being a dad and sometimes it would be nice to simply relax. A few days of winding down, switching off and doing very little. Pub lunches, movie nights with beer and pizza, hot tub stargazing and watching the wildlife. Father’s Day sorted.
Father’s Day cabins are going fast at Forest Holidays – it could have something to do with the Pizza and Pint offer. There are still some available in most locations, so wellies at the ready, let’s give the dads of the UK the time of their lives!
5 More Ideas for Father’s Day Presents
- Forest Live events – June concerts in the forest with line ups that include Suede, James Blunt and Katharine Jenkins among others. Four of our locations are close to these Forestry Commission events: Thorpe Forest, Sherwood Forest, Cropton and Keldy.
- Le Tour de France in Yorkshire – catch this once in a lifetime opportunity when Le Tour de France comes to Yorkshire from 5th -7th July. Stay at one of our Keldy cabins to be close to the action!
- Highland Games in Scotland – feats of strength and stamina from men in kilts. Stay at Argyll for the Inverary Games on 22nd July or Strathyre for the Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Games on 26th July.
- Beaulieu Motor Museum – It’s Simply Porsche on 22nd June. Arrive in the Porsche if you’re lucky enough to have one or simply marvel at the 100s of Porsches of all shapes and sizes that will be gathering. One hour from Blackwood Forest– possibly quicker in the Porsche!
- Racing at Newmarket – Fancy a day at the races? Summer Saturdays at Newmarket are family friendly fixtures at the UK home of horseracing. 50 minutes from Thorpe Forest.