Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
Have you forgotten Father’s Day on the 15th? Not to worry – we’ve got some ideas for you..
Whether it’s your dad’s favourite tipple or you’re thinking of trying something a little bit different, the Forest of Dean has plenty on offer.
Three of the best: organic British wine
Although a french name would be the easy choice for a bottle of red or white, think outside the (wine) box and pick a local, organic vineyard if Dad’s a bit of a patriot. The UK wine industry is flourishing but some of the best have to be the leading Three Choirs Vineyard with 75 acres of vines, White Castle Vineyard or Parva Farm for a variety of quality Welsh wine or Wernddu Organics who also produce ciders and perries too.
You may not realise it but these guys are behind the best in the business: Stowford Press, Wyld Wood and Old Rosie are the big names that will not disappoint Dad this Father’s Day. If a few bottles do not suffice, the 400 year old Westons farmhouse also offer tours of their apple and pear orchards with free samples along the way (need we say more?)
Minimum order £30 online
Daily tour: Adult £8.00, child £4.00
For a Dad who likes nothing better than patiently watching the river for a bite, the area of the Severn Estuary off Black Rock has the second highest tidal range in the world. These particular fishermen are actively promoting the fishery in their aim to keep the history and tradition of lave net fishing alive for future generations to enjoy. In light of passing down lessons from father to son this Father’s Day, encourage Dad to support this age old practice and learn something new to show off about.
This is a great opportunity for Dad to get in touch with his ‘ hunter/gatherer’ instincts. This course explores the whole process of producing meat including farming practices, slaughter, butchery and cooking. For example , their two day meat course engages a group with six different species of animal to watch a master butcher at work and practice the techniques, ending the day by cooking and eating together.
£270 per person.