7 fantastic Father’s Day Yorkshire gift experiences
With father’s day fast approaching, we asked a real dad to pick out which of our experiences he would most like to receive this June. So in no particular order, here goes…
1. For the gentleman drinker: Brewtown brewery tours
The Guardian recently hailed Leeds as “the UK’s craft ale capital”, and York is a city long blessed with independent breweries and quirky bars. Drinking beer was once seen as a nasty habit, an affliction or addiction. Now, thankfully, it’s just a hobby. And what better way to nurture a budding interest in zythology (Google it) than with Brewtown’s guided tours of the region’s finest beer makers?
A great group exercise for a bunch of like-minded dads, it lasts 5 hours and the price includes several pints. Bonus points awarded for including Brass Castle brewery on the Malton tour – the company with the cleverest logo you’ve ever seen (look at it both ways up).
2. For the foodie: Cheesemaking in the Dales
In the words of Annie Lennox: “Sweet dreams are made of cheese / who am I to dis a brie?”. If the dad in your life is a cheese fan then perhaps this experience in the heart of the northern Yorkshire Dales is worth a look.
A full-day experience (and again a great one for a group) to learn about the process and – crucially – participants get to either a) take some cheese back or b) collect some of the cheese they actually made once it has matured. And he can do it in his wellies. Cracking.
Full day course from £99 for 1 person, £150 for 2 people – further discounts for larger groups. Reeth nr Richmond (15 mins off the A1).
3. For the whisky connoisseur
There comes a point in every man’s life when he is going to have to nurture an appreciation for good whisky. Send Dad to the beautiful Yorkshire coast to spend an hour with the guys at Spirit of Yorkshire distillery and he will experience the passion and enthusiasm that goes into every drop produced here.
The distillery’s expert guides will tell him all about this age-old, hands-on process that is part science, part patience and part instinct. And he’ll round off the tour with a chance to try some of the Maturing Malt.
Whisky Tour & Tasting Sessions cost £15 per person
4. For the hungry artist: art experience including lunch
Is dad harbouring some latent artistic talent? Is he full of untapped creative potential? Could the walls of his home be filled with his prodigious output?
If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes’, then treat the old man to this creative day out under the expert tutelage of artist Paul Robinson near the Peak District national park. He’ll introduce a range of techniques so dad can head home with the fruits of his labour and having enjoyed a home-cooked, locally-sourced lunch.
Art Taster Day £75 per person South Yorkshire
5. For the stressed-out: Axe throwing (near Leeds, York and Harrogate)
It’s throwing big axes for an hour. No further explanation required.
6. Learn the traditional art of blacksmithing
This one’s for all the Dad’s with a keen interest in history and absolutely anyone who gets satisfaction from creating useful objects with their own hands. On this practical blacksmithing course you will learn a range of traditional forging techniques and apply these to traditional or modern designs depending on your preference returning home with a range of hand made treasures.
£160 for a one day blacksmithing course including lunch
7. For some gorgeous him-time: pamper experience in Huddersfield
I take issue with the fact that this one isn’t listed under the ‘gift experiences for him’ section. Why should hardworking dads be denied a 25 minute facial followed by a 25 minute back massage? I had a facial recently and I’m not ashamed to say I left feeling FABULOUS.
Why should father not get to experience the beautiful vaulted cellars based on ancient Roman bathhouses? Would the soft lighting, gentle music, calming aromas and relaxing loungers be wasted on him? No! They’re exactly what he needs. This father’s day, your dad needs a Laconium and a Tepidarium more than you realise (or he’ll admit).
Ultimate pampering experience including thermal rooms: £123 for 3 and a half hours.