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Ditch the socks and aftershave, drop the executive desk toys, and donâ€™t go near the BBQ tool sets. Hereâ€™s the best thing you can do this Fatherâ€™s Day: buy him a pair of wellies and a penknife and head for a Forest Holiday.
What man doesnâ€™t relish the call of the wild? He thinks itâ€™s the primal call, the essence of his masculinity; we all know itâ€™s just that he never grew up! Either way, make this the Fatherâ€™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 ourÂ 11 locationsÂ the perfect Fatherâ€™s Day awaits him, whatever his favourite way to let off steam and relax.
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 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 whatâ€™s edible and whatâ€™s not and get back in touch with the natural world.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â All-Action Dad
Thereâ€™s no shortage of daring activities for All-Action Dad. How about canoeing down the River Wye at theÂ Forest of DeanÂ or on Loch Lubnaig atÂ Strathyre? Or big tree climbing atÂ Blackwood Forest? AtÂ ArgyllÂ you can test dadâ€™s nerve, gorge-walking in the River Croe. Or atÂ 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.
Â â€œWhen 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.â€Â Â Mark Twain
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 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 mustâ€¦ or wellies, a sandwich and a thermos. There are forest walks, river walks, moorland walks and coastal walks around our locations. Thereâ€™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.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Laid-Back Dude Dad
It doesnâ€™t all have to be quite so energetic. Itâ€™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. Fatherâ€™s Day sorted.
Fatherâ€™s Day cabins are going fast at Forest Holidays â€“ 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, letâ€™s give the dads of the UK the time of their lives!
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