50 or so dads and children enjoyed a beautiful day at Eastnor Castle last Sunday, the sunshine and views only affected by the need to run 5km and get covered in mud. It was a day to remember though – particularly for those who camped the previous evening and made a festival out of it. We made a striking impact with our (now not so) brilliant-white T-shirts (our thanks for sponsoring which go to Helyx SIS Ltd). And out of over 1300 runners, our large team performed well, with one of our number even winning the prize for the fastest 7yr-old. While some competed hard, others found their mission in ensuring their fellow team mates came back the muddiest. Congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge and well done to those children who proved they’re faster than their dads. We’ll trip you up next time. Enjoy browsing this great set of photos of the day.
Join us on Saturday 5th July with all the family (mums too) for an overnight camp at Ridgehill, just South of Hereford. A great opportunity, we hope, to enjoy the long evening with fantastic views out over the local countryside. We’ll put together the usual mix of fun and games for everyone to enjoy, but most of all, come along, relax and enjoy a bit of summer with us. The campsite is in a great spot, but it is only a small one, so please use the booking form to be sure of your place. Price will be just £5 / child, with a maximum of £10 / family, although we’ll be asking for some help with food, especially if you’re bringing a whole netball team! Shout if you haven’t got a tent, and we’ll see what we can do to help. Equally, if you have a whole stock of them, or some great games to play, then do get in touch. And good luck in the tug-o-war.
Who’s the fastest? Well here’s your chance to find out. Hope for rain on Sunday, June 29th at 10am, so that the mud lies thick. Dads will run head to head with their children through muck, mud and … well, quite a bit of dirt. Here’s your chance to join us on the Junior Oblivion Mudrunner at Eastnor Castle – back by popular demand since we last ran it in 2012. Join the Days Out With Dad team as we run a 5km course through muddy terrain, with just a sprinkling of obstacles thrown in for good measure. Is it child’s play? Or the stuff of men? You won’t know unless you try it. Places are very limited so book your places early! Regrettably, price remains uncertain, as sponsorship has not yet been secured against the entry fee, but register your interest, and we’ll keep you updated. Please note this race is for children aged 5yrs and older, and we will only accept entries for children who are running with their fathers (or father figures).
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.
Register your interest and we’ll send you details of where and when we’ll be meeting.
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.