Children and their fathers are invited to join us for a wander up a local hill on Sunday 19th May 2013, when we’ll be conquering the dizzy heights of Sugar Loaf, near Abergavenny. We’ll be walking at a wide range of paces, whether racing after young athletes or hauling up toddlers on our backs, but will hope to all join up for a picnic on the top. For further details, and to let us know you’ll be coming, please visit the sign-up page.
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‘Is it real’?, became the catch-phrase on Sunday 24th March, 2013, when Dave and Sue Shaw braved the icy roads to bring their amazing Rainforest Road-Show to Ashfield Park School in Ross. A very large live scorpion, python, and bird-eating spider were just some of the stars of the show, and everyone was able to taste some real rainforest foods, including durian fruit – renowned for its putrid smell (a blend of gym socks and raw sewage) yet pleasant taste. Every tribal item, food or exotic creature was brought to life with first-hand stories and photos from over 40 trips to rainforests around the world. For many children, having the opportunity to try a real tribal blow-pipe to shoot a dart across the school hall was a highlight of the afternoon. The dart was made from wood, whittled by razor-sharp piranha teeth and all were educated in the various poisons with which it might be coated by rainforest tribes when hunting. Our thanks to Herefordshire Council Community Projects Grant for match-funding this event. See the photos here.
On Sunday 3rd February 2013, 38 Dads and children attended a Samba Drumming Workshop at Kingstone High School, run by Matthew Hunt, Classic FM’s 2011 New Music Teacher of the Year. Matthew soon had everyone banging out some basic Samba rhythms on a variety of drums and instruments which slowly came together to produce a complete piece of Samba music. After a short interval to allow ears to recover, several Dads and children then had a go at developing their own Samba rhythms. It was great to see several new faces at the event and if the noise was anything to go by then there was no lack of enjoyment! A big thank you must go to Matthew Hunt for giving up his Sunday afternoon to run the event, and to Herefordshire C0uncil’s Community Projects Grant for match-funding the event. See more photos here.
The Rainforest comes to Ross! On Sunday 24th March, 2 – 4pm, Ashfield Park Primary School will host a Days Out With Dad Rainforest Road-Show. An illustrated talk about this fragile and fascinating ecosystem will be given by someone who has regularly travelled to and studied rainforests in South America and elsewhere around the globe. There will be a chance to see live creatures from the rainforests close up (captive bred), handle some indigenous tribal artefacts, taste native foods, and have your face painted in the style of a tribal dancer/warrior. Places are limited so please book by visiting the sign-up page. £5 / child – dads go free.
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Despite the freeze on Saturday 19th January, 6 dads and their children still managed to dig themselves successfully out of snow-covered driveways and make it to Kingstone High School for the indoor sport event. Alas snow did prevent both a camera and the key to all the sports cupboards from arriving, but that didn’t stop games of both football and basketball from going ahead. Rattlesnakes and Tigers battled it out for the overall championship, leaving the Eagles and Sharks to fight over the wooden spoon.
Ready to hit something? Then we’ve got just the event for you. Come along to Kingstone on Sunday 3rd February and grab the opportunity to make a din. Drum into your children the importance of rhythm. Here is a rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience under instruction in Brazilian percussion. Spaces will be limited so book now via the sign-up page. Cost will be £5 / child (dads go free).
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On Saturday 19th January 2013, from 2pm – 4pm at Kingstone, dads will be testing their sporting prowess against their children in team games such as basketball, hockey, football and volleyball. OK, so it may not be quite the beach volleyball you witnessed during the Olympics, but we anticipate no lack of fun, nevertheless. Start stretching your hamstrings now, and book early – spaces will be limited. Cost will be £5 / family.
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Join us on Wednesday 9th January at 8.30pm in the bar of The Pilgrim Hotel, Much Birch in South Herefordshire. We will be holding our AGM, where in addition to the formalities of reviewing the 2012 accounts and proposing / voting in committee members for 2013, we will be keen to hear from anyone who has ideas for the future. Come along, have a drink, meet the team and find out more about how we function as a group of volunteers. Remember we have an average budget of £400 available to support what could be YOUR event in 2013. Grab the chance while you can!
What would you do with £400? Well, if you’re from in or around South Herefordshire, and can think how you might use it to organise an activity, event or trip for dads and children in 2013, then we’d like to hear from you! Days Out With Dad have now been running for over 3 years and have organised nearly 40 events in that time. We have the setup, experience and plenty of volunteers to help you realise your ideas. Now, thanks to £2000 match-funding from the Herefordshire Council Community Projects Fund, we are inviting YOU to come forward and help organise events of your design. We aim to host 10 such events in 2013 with an average budget of £400 each. Interested? Then do contact us, or come along to one of our next committee meetings. We’re open to all types of suggested activity, whether aimed at pre-school years or secondary school age, but are especially keen to involve dads of younger age-groups.
On Saturday 17th November 2012, dads and children came together at Point4 in Hereford to make paper lanterns (honing those craft skills) before embarking on a short walk around the local area. There might have been a hint of reluctance from dads as the walk took in a fitness trail in the local park but that didn’t seem to dampen the competitive spirit among the children, who perhaps wisely employed a bit of judicious cheating to ensure their dads kept their place. As night fell, we returned to test the lanterns and young eyes betrayed excitement at the effective light sources – and slight fire danger – that they’d contributed to creating. Our many thanks to Anna Ward of Let’s Walk Herefordshire and volunteer, Martin, for a very enjoyable event.