We’ve all seen the beer multi packs, chocs and watches advertised in an attempt to get your attention ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday 20 June 2021. But what if your Dad is someone who cares about shopping local as much as watching the game? Here’s our round up of cool experiences and things to enjoy in and around Manchester that ethically-minded Dads are going to love.

Sign Dad up to a monthly coffee subscription

Is your Dad a coffee guy? Sign him up for Chorlton-based Passionfruit’s monthly bag of ground or bean coffee. We have cherished every bag we’ve tried. Subscribe for £30 a month. Find out more by following the button below.

Enjoy a meat subscription from a local, independent supplier

Local female-owned-and-run business, Meat Co, delivers unusual cuts of meat in a chilled box once a month, while maintaining impeccably high welfare and sourcing standards. We’ve enjoyed three boxes to date, each offering enough for one meal a week. The boxes combine two quicker cooking options (flat iron or lamb rump steaks) with two slower cookers such as brisket, rolled lamb breast or lamb neck and cost £43 PCM including delivery.

Support local wildlife with a membership to Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Did you know that Cheshire Wildlife Trust manage more than 40 wildlife reserves across Cheshire? A monthly subscription (£5 per family) gives Dad access to all of these sites, as well as the warm feeling that every penny spent is going directly back into the charity’s excellent work across the region.

Become a member of your favourite Manchester cultural institution

Manchester has some of the best museums, libraries and art galleries in the country and everyone has a favourite. Perhaps art is your Dad’s thing? Did you know that becoming a ‘Best Friend’ of Manchester Art Gallery gives you access to exclusive events and discounts in the shop and café for £35 per year?

Join the Portico Library

Dating back to 1806 and hidden in plain sight on Mosley street, The Portico is one of the city’s finest Georgian spaces, home to a reading and exhibition space as well as a fabulously traditional café. Membership has a range of benefits, including access to over 40 magazine and five daily papers, borrowing books, use of the historic reading room with free WIFI, guided tours and more – all from £67 per year.

Give a donation to a local cause or charity

The North West is home to over 17,000 charities catering to every cause imaginable. Examples include Manchester Mind who offer mental health support to those in need locally; The Mustard Tree who help people to change their lives, secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing, and Rainbow Haven who we held a fundraising quiz for last year and who provide support services to assist activities for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. Have a browse, send them a few pounds and let Dad know you’ve done a great thing on his behalf.

Buy some local booze

Love beer? You’ve got a smorgasbord to choose from here in Manchester – from Seven Brothers to Cloudwater, Runaway, Shindigger and so many more. Beer not Dad’s thing? Try Manchester Gin or the award-winning Diablesse rum (their new spiced clementine edition is sourced from the Diamond distillery in Guyana which is THE home of golden rum) – or go for some locally sold wine from Isca in Levenhulme, Didsbury’s Reserve or The Wine Boy in Stockport.

A cool, changing monthly magazine subscription from Rare Mags

They say ‘give the gift you’d like to receive’ and this is mine. I absolutely love Rare Mags and find it extremely hard to leave their Stockport Old Town store whenever I get the chance to visit. They stock rare, cool magazines on subjects such as travel, fashion, pets, cultural issues and much more, as well as a host of perfectly curated books and novels covering everything from the life of Moomins creator, Tove Jansson, to Emma Jane Unsworth’s latest book on post natal depression. A genuine treasure trove that’s both inspiring and a labour of love at the same time – enjoy a monthly surprise subscription for £80 for six months and £160 for 12 months.

Eat Well MCR’s Father’s Day bundles

Eat Well MCR, the collective that delivers restaurant meals to vulnerable people, have added new products to their online Marketplace just in time for Father’s Day. It’s the charity’s one-stop shop selling produce and meal kits from the region’s best restaurants, growers and producers. Choose from The Father’s Day Cheese and Wine Gift Set (£35) or The Father’s Day Beer and Pie Gift Set (from £12). Browse by following the button below.

Sun 20 Jun
Ruth Allan
Published on:
Tue 15 Jun 2021