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RESIST the soap-on-a-rope and golf balls winking at you from the shop window. Show that your dad means more to you than the ubiquitous gifts by giving him something different this year. There is plenty on offer in Joburg to give this Sunday a twist.

Family circus
B&B Markets Rooftop in Rosebank is putting on a family circus, with fire-eaters, chain saw jugglers and ventriloquists just some of the attractions on offer. Also on the bill is comedy from Bryan Vorster and his magical pelican, Mr Penelican, the Five Tanzanian Acrobats and Lady Francesca playing with the Barrel of Death.

Enjoy the entertainment at the Rosebank Rooftop MarketEnjoy the entertainment at the Rosebank Rooftop MarketTo ensure the focus stays on dad, the first 100 fathers to arrive will receive a R50 voucher for the Rooftop food court. Entrance to the circus is free, and it starts at 12pm.
Dance with the Lipizzaners
Watch the elegant Lipizzaners prance around proudly while you enjoy a laid-back lunch in the warm winter sun. You can choose from a standard menu, which includes chicken Prego rolls, boerewors rolls and chicken curry with rice, or you can camp out on the lawns with a picnic for two.

Chicken drumsticks, dried sausages, spring onion dip, noodle salad, Greek salad, French bread, butter and cheese are all included in the basket, along with lamingtons for dessert. For those with less carnivorous tastes, there is a vegetarian option.

And there’s a free beer for all dads.

Feasting aside, the Lipizzaners will be performing to music from James Bond and you can meet the horses after the show to feed them carrots. There will also be a car display to rev the dads’ engines; saloon cars, 4x4s and SUVs will be on show.

A jumping castle will keep the kids occupied, and book lovers can browse through the second-hand book stall.

To book a picnic basket, contact Marianne on 082 457 2276 or email her at The horse performance starts at 10.30am. Tickets for the performance cost R110, and it is free for children under the age of three. The picnic basket is an additional R120, and wine can be organised for R60.

Braai at the Sandton Sun
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned braai, and the Sandton Sun is offering to do the hard work while fathers – traditionally the tong masters – sit back and enjoy the day. A “day of decadence” is on the cards, with various options available. There will be continental and hot breakfast available all day, and mid-day treats include a hot buffet lunch at the San restaurant.

Sit back and let others prepare the mealSit back and let others prepare the mealIf a braai is the only thing that hits the spot, there will be plenty of the favourites to keep the whole family happy. Boerewors accompanied by spinach and onion smoor, chicken paprika satays with peanut basting, mielies and beef espetada are sure to go down the right way.
The feast will be rounded off with a variety of sweet treats such as crème brulee, lemon-baked cheesecake and black forest gateau. There will also be a selection of cheese for those not so sweetly inclined.

All options include a complimentary draught beer or a pomegranate and sparkling grapetizer.

The meal options cost R240 per person.

Fathers’ Day is also the perfect opportunity for men to show their softer side and indulge in some pampering. Or do it for him and book him one of the spa packages on offer at the hotel.

Package one comprises an express facial with Africology skincare products, an Indian head massage and spa refreshments. It lasts for one hour and costs R500. Option two is a two-hour affair with an hour-long massage, hand and feet grooming and spa refreshments. It costs R750.

A rejuvenating facial accompanied by a back detox and massage makes up package three, and costs R850 for one-hour-and-45-minutes. Option four is the most luxurious and is a three-hour extravaganza. A sea-whisperer massage takes 90 minutes, with hand and feet grooming with moisturising. Spa refreshments will be on tap too. It costs R1 000.

For more information, phone the spa on 011 780 5500.

Gorge on Potjie
Visit the House of Pharaohs in Bryanston for a lip-smacking potjie buffet. A whole range of slow-cooked goodness will be coming out of the potjie pots, with Karoo lamb and spicy chicken just two of the options to get your taste buds tingling.

Breads, salads and desserts will accompany the feast and ensure that your waistband will be considerably tighter when you leave. Children will be able to work off the excess food and energy on the jumping castle in the garden, while parents can sit back and enjoy an after-meal drink at the poolside bar.
It is R130 for adults, R50 for children between the ages of seven and 12, and R25 for two to six-year-olds.

House of Pharaohs boutique guest house and conference centre is located at 1 Gaunt Road in Bryanston.

Have lunch with the Bats
If escaping the hustle and bustle of the city is more your dad’s scene, why not treat him to lunch with those South African rockers, the Bats, at the River Deck Country Estate in Honeydew. The tranquil oasis nestled in the countryside will be shaken awake with the roar of the rock for which the group is known.

Comprising Eddie Eckstein, Pete Clifford, Paul Ditchfield and Derek Gordon, the group will prove they haven’t lost their appeal; expect things to get raucous. Of course, rock n roll is not the only thing on the menu; sumptuous food will keep you going and let dad let loose like its 1988 again.

Tickets cost R250 for the show and meal, and can be bought through Computicket or by phoning 087 940 9920.

River Deck can be found at 35 Peter Road in Honeydew, and festivities will start at 12pm.

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