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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last few weeks, you’ll have seen that the annual ‘Dote on Dad Day’ is set to drop next month on Sunday the 19th of June. The pressure is mounting… so how are you planning to show the man who taught you everything how much you really love and appreciate him?

Sure, you could take a trip down stereotypical lane and buy him some cooler clothes that he will never wear, a new book that he’ll fall asleep before reading, aftershave he’ll forget to use, and supermarket own-brand chocolate that mum will pretend she hasn’t eaten the second he’s not looking – but where’s YOUR fun in that?

At The Indytute, we’re big advocates for having fun, but why should the father figure in your life be the only one to benefit? After all, Father’s Day SHOULD be a celebration of the great person YOU turned out to be as a result of his hard work (well… some of his hard work… thanks mum for your input on the rest!). To help flip Father’s Day on its head and make it an annual occasion that you’ll all genuinely enjoy, we’ve put together some of our best experiences and inspirational ideas to make it a real showstopper!   

Whether you and your Pops are culinary kings, sports lovers, classic car fanatics, or haven’t got a single thing in common but just love hanging out together, there’s something here for everyone!

  • Annoy Mum Together – Why annoy mum alone when you can do it together – the ultimate bonding experience for father and child. Our Harmonica Masterclass is perfect for the blues lovers and budding musicians among us! 

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    • The Ultimate Cheese Fiends – Cheese on a barge? Yep, you read that right. Forgo the fancy cakes and cringey Cornwall vs Devon scone debate by jumping aboard a solid 96ft double-decker barge, moored on the Regent’s Canal, serving the best ‘Afternoon Cheese for Two’ around. This package comprises a platter of 6 different British cheeses, each with individual pairings, a carafe of house wine, alongside crackers and sourdough. What more could you need? 
    • Fashion Icons – What better way to show the man who’s truly one of a kind how much you love him than by helping him to design his very own customer sneakers! These trainers are simply the best. They tick every box. Made by you, using reclaimed leather, to your own style and specification, AND from the comfort of your own home. Fabulous for your feet, the environment and a great talking point (even if Dad’s pair generate more of a confused stare than envious admiration from passers-by! Shhh… we won’t tell him) 
    • What’s SUP? Why walk London when you can paddle it? Our SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) experience helps you to see London from an entirely new perspective by paddling along the prettiest part of the Regent’s Canal, passing Regent’s Park and London Zoo, before heading back to base for a beer! 

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    • The MINI break you all need – Never mind following in his footsteps, why not follow in his Classic Mini Cooper! To celebrate the man you adore, this tour will take you both to one of the best local coffee houses in the city, get you tucking into a street food lunch at one of the local markets, and stopping off at a traditional English Pub for an afternoon tipple, before finally winding up in an artisan chocolatier to satisfy the sweet tooths. 

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    • Whisky Lovers – Bars. Remember those? Nope, neither do we. Fortunately, our new virtual masterclass brings the sophistication of Map Maison in east London to your home. This masterclass will introduce your Pops to the finer things in life, with the history, flavours and style of Japanese whisky. It’s the perfect set-up to say a big cheers to him, and an even bigger cheers to YOU! 
    • Hoxton Hotel
    • Selfridges
    • Soho House
    • Stella Magazine
    • Stylist
    • Time Out
    • The Times
    • Press