On Saturday 22nd February, 12 dads and 22 children embarked on a night walk up Garway Hill. Well, “walk” wouldn’t correctly describe it. Perhaps speed-march would be more appropriate. Once sheltered at the top, in the brick base of the old radio tower, we lit our fire buckets and enjoyed some toasted marshmallows on sticks. The cutting wind and pitch black night highlighted to all how quickly one could lose their way. Keen to set an example to their children, some of the dads managed to head down the hill off-course. However, quickly corrected by our offspring, we all made it back to the cars exhilarated by the end of the evening. The pictures didn’t turn out that well though – here’s our best one!
Have you yet ventured up to the top of one of the most stunning view points in South Herefordshire? From Garway Hill you can see 7 counties on a clear day, and it’s an easy walk even for the youngest in your family. The octagonal brick structure on the summit, once a World War II radio tower (pictured, courtesy of Doreen Ruck), along with the modern day radio mast nearby, and the bracken-covered upper slopes, make the hill an easily recognised landmark from far around. Join us on Saturday 22nd February at 6pm for a night-time wander up Garway Hill. We’ll be impressed if you see 7 counties, but you might enjoy a bit of stargazing, if that’s not too hopeful? And we’ll be celebrating… it’s our 50th event since Days Out With Dad started up 5 years ago.
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Despite the day offering a weather cocktail of rain, wind and hail, the skies opened up last Sunday with a timely window of playable conditions to allow dads and children to work on their swing. With particular thanks to Andrew Griffiths and his team from Tennis Hereford, we enjoyed a great couple of hours of coaching and play at Hereford Whitecross Club.
Have a look at the few photos we managed to take on the day.
Join us at the start of 2014 on Sunday 26th January, 3pm – 5pm, for a spot of free tennis coaching. Here’s a great opportunity for dads and children together to enjoy some tennis coaching from Andrew Griffiths and his team at Tennis Hereford. A great chance for everyone from complete beginners to regular players to get some tips on technique. We’ll finish up with a short tournament at the end to suit all abilities. Suitable for ages 6 and above, although if you have a younger child who already plays tennis, then bring them along too. Please book your places here.
For some, it was a first baking experience, and for many, it was their first experience baking with gluten-free, wheat-free ingredients. The resulting Christmas-themed cookies weren’t suggestive of amateur chefs, however. Take a look at the photos of the day. Our thanks to Julie and family for putting together the recipe and ingredients and managing the melee. And thanks to the Herefordshire Council Community Projects Grant that has supported us throughout 2013 to help enable events such as this one. Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from Days Out With Dad!
Come and join us in St Weonard’s on the afternoon of Sunday, 8th December for some Christmas-themed baking. Julia Thomas, local author and baker of award-winning cakes, will be guiding dads and children through the steps to make, bake and decorate our very own creations. All cakes will be dairy, wheat and gluten free. This is a great opportunity to let your artistic side come out, get in seasonal mood, and maybe even take back a surprise, mouth-watering gift for mum. Spaces will be strictly limited on this event, so please book via this link. £5 / child. Dads go free.
A big thank you to Tiger, who joined us to visit the Llamas with his dad in September, and who wrote a fantastic report on his experience there for his local newsletter. Great to have your feedback, Tiger! Do remember to leave us your impressions of our events. You can always use the “Be the first to comment” link at the top of a post, or you can send us an email. We’re forever glad to hear more about your experiences, both positive and otherwise.
There must be relatively few physical events where a dad would expect to be beaten by his primary-school age children. But our freestyle workshop in the Haberdashers’ pool in Monmouth on Sunday 20th October proved there is always an exception. Instructor, Sharron Stevenson, and colleagues put dads and children through their paces as they endeavoured to improve their stroke techniques. 8 families enjoyed the workshop and while children chatted freely during rests at the pool ends, dads did their best to catch their breath prior to the next exercise. The balance was redressed a little during fun relays and games of water polo, and all enjoyed a free play session to complete a rewarding 2 hours in the water. Our thanks to Herefordshire Community Projects Grant for match funding the event. Have a look at some pictures of the afternoon.
Do you struggle with your front crawl? Perhaps you only swim breast stroke because just one length front crawl will leave you gasping for air? Or maybe you’re a full-on triathlete who just wants to perfect their stroke? Are your children still learning to swim and need a helping hand when it comes to front crawl? Or are they already elite swimmers in their age group and wanting to improve their personal best time? Well – on Sunday 20th October, 2.45pm – 5pm, we will host a freestyle technical workshop in Monmouth that will have you all in the pool together. We have 3 qualified instructors busy crafting a unique session to help you whatever your ability. Come along, jump in and enjoy the fun. There will be time for free play in the pool afterwards. As ever, this is NOT for children only – dads will be in the pool learning alongside them – even those who haven’t exercised or dabbled their toes in a pool for many a year … £5 / head. Places limited: book your place now.
UPDATE: WE HAVE REMOVED THE REQUIREMENT FOR SWIMMERS TO BE ABLE TO SWIM A LENGTH – NOW OPEN TO ALL ABILITIES
It’s not every day you make new friends – rarer still for them to be llamas. But a day out with dad can easily take you off the beaten track, and 17 families discovered just that on Sunday 15th September when they visited a local farm in Ewyas Harold. Fast-moving children as young as 2yrs take a little getting used to if you’re a llama, but calm eventually settled over the flock as some serious grooming and hair-styling ensued. Llamas then showed off their agility skills as dads and children led / cooerced them round a mini-obstacle course, before returning to their pen for some well-deserved food – fed to them by a willing bunch of carers. Thanks to Old King Street Farm for an experience to remember. And why not check out the photos of the day?