15 Jun, 2021

Treat the most important man in your life to a Father’s Day activity that ticks all the boxes. Whether he’s a big fan of the great outdoors or seeks thrills with an extreme sport, we’ve rounded up a range of adventurous Father’s Day ideas that will ensure it’s a day to remember.

Then finish the day off with good food and excellent wine (of course). We have some recommendations for dishes you can whip up to really treat Dad on this day that’s dedicated to him.


Things to do for Father’s Day

  • Plan a hike in the hills
  • Sign up for some tree top adventure
  • Seek thrills on the river
  • Hit the surfing scene


Head out on a hike

If the man of the hour loves nothing more than pulling on his walking boots and getting out in nature then organise a trip to his favourite hiking spot. Make a day of it, follow your own path and navigate the twists and turns of the British countryside before stopping for a much-needed rest and picnic lunch while enjoying the views. Here are some of the best routes to plan:

  • Hadrian’s Wall Path, Scotland – While this whole route spans 73 miles, there is a 20-mile option that can be done over a weekend. This takes you from Chollerford to Birdoswald Fort with impressive views of the Pennines and Lake District to snap some selfies with along the way.
  • Brown Willy, Cornwall ­– You’ll find this 5 and ½ mile route at the southern end of the UK where it will take you up and down the highest hill in Cornwall.
  • Langdale Horseshoe, Lake District – This circular route is challenging but can be done in a day, if you’re up for it. If the weather’s clear you’ll find yourself mesmerised by the stunning views over the valley.
  • If these aren’t enough, check out some more of the top hikes in the UK here.

Worked up an appetite after all those steps? Treat your old man to a few generous slices of pizza. Make this dish truly special by whipping up the dough yourself and letting him add whatever toppings he likes to his pizza pie. Generous handfuls of mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and spicy pepperoni are always a winner, or why not treat him to this delicious sausage and mushroom pizza! Serve with a glass or two of Dark Horse Malbec for a great partnership. This full-bodied red boasts notes of plum and blackberry and the melted cheese of your pizza will pair perfectly with the smooth velvety finish of the wine.

Dark Horse Malbec and Pizza

Tree top fun

For something a little tamer but no less thrilling, sign Dad up for an afternoon on a tree top adventure. Go Ape is one of the top options, with sites all over the UK where you can get strapped into harnesses and fly around the forest canopy.

If you’re based in Wales or just planning a trip, Zip World is a must visit. This adventure park features everything from ziplines to underground trampolines stretched over unused mine caverns. Only look down if you’re brave!

When you’re done with the harness, head back home or to your accommodation for some dinner and cook something up he’ll love. We’re thinking this Gizzi Erskine smoked chocolate chilli con carne. Loaded with beef mince, pancetta, black beans, dark chocolate and an array of spices – plus rice, sour cream and pea guacamole – this is the hearty dish the main man is hoping for.

This recipe was created specifically to pair with the intense yet balanced dark fruit aromas and smooth finish of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Sip this velvety wine before sampling a forkful of the chilli to appreciate the wine’s bold texture with the complex flavours of the dish.

Riverside thrills

You can keep your pedalos and leave your row boats by the bank when it comes to riverside thrills - we’re thinking you should strap on a life vest and prepare to get wet and wild. Here are just a few water themed Father’s Day activities to consider:

  • Thames speedboat cruise – See the sights of London from a whole new perspective while whizzing by on a speedboat. These guided tours take you along the river at high speed with starting points around London.
  • White water rafting – If Dad is always chasing adrenaline fuelled fun then sign him up for a rafting adventure. There are plenty to choose from across the UK where you’ll hop into a raft with a group and navigate the choppy waters along an assigned route.
  • Canyoning – Skip the boat altogether and get involved with canyoning. This is the ultimate test of bravery as you scramble and swim through the river to reach the end.

A day by the water just has to be finished off with a fish dish. We recommend serving up our fish tacos.. This fun dish includes a spicy mayo packed with chipotle paste, paprika, garlic and lime, plus white-fleshed fish of your choice that’s been seasoned to perfection.

Add a chilled bottle of Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc to the dining table and you have the perfect Father’s Day meal to enjoy together. The fresh citrusy notes of this wine cut through the spice of the tacos and results in a delicious combination.

Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc chilling in the stream

Surf’s up

If Dad’s always wanted to have a go at catching the waves on the UK coast then sign him up for a surfing lesson. Cornwall, North Yorkshire, Devon and Gwynedd in Wales are just a few of the best locations for surfing, with experienced surfers stopping by throughout the year with their wetsuits and boards.

Be sure to take time out of the water to film those magnificent dives he’s likely to make into the water as he learns how to balance on the board. Once he’s warmed up and recovered from a day out on the waves, serve up our recipe for seared sea scallops with roasted red pepper relish.

 An ideal treat dish after a day on the beach – this meal combines the simplicity and quality of the sea scallops with a tangy kick from the red pepper relish. Pair with a mellow glass of Dark Horse Chardonnay for a smooth accompaniment offering notes of toasted oak and apple. This both perfectly complements the scallops and balances the heat in the relish.


Whatever Dad’s into feel free to take some inspiration from our Father’s Day ideas and make it a day he’ll remember.

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