Hens on a mission
Want to dance, eat, relax or hit the great outdoors for your hen party? Whatever takes your fancy, just
invite the girls, choose a date and let the professionals do the rest
For a gung-ho getaway weekend in the Lake District, River Deep Mountain High offers gorge walking, abseiling, kayaking, rock climbing and any number of activities to get the heart beating. Packages include accommodation (22 bunkbeds in three bedrooms), with a kitchen, open-plan dining, outside bonfire and a BBQ.
If you fancy battling rapids that pump out the equivalent of 80 bathtubs of water per second, let Chilli Sauce book you into the Cardiff International White Water Centre to do just that. Each raft holds six, including an instructor, and the experience offers three hours of white-knuckle whooping. Afterwards, hit the City of Cardiff to bolt on an experience such as a comedy show or casino night.
With sessions around the country, GoHen has activities for all palates. Try cider tasting In Newquay with a farm tour and a tractor ride around the orchards (minimum 6), or high tea in Bath with cupcakes, games and the chance to create your own gin (minimum 8). Fancy something retro? Vintage tea packages in locations such as Brighton, Birmingham and Liverpool include a makeover (minimum 6).
If you prefer the comfort of your own four walls, Wine Tasting at Home from Waitrose features two hours of fun with a wine expert to guide you through a selection of six wines, talking about grape varieties and sharing tasting tips (6-10 people). From £30 to £50 per person depending on the wines you choose.
Take a cookery class at Fearless in the Kitchen and let fresh food champion Jen Roach take you on a journey using seasonal produce, followed by lunch overlooking the Berkshire countryside (maximum 10).
For no-fuss facials and fun, the therapists from Glo Pamper come to your home, hotel or holiday let with a variety of packages for most budgets. And if you’re all feeling the pressure of the impending big day, they also offer a one-hour Yogi Hens class, so you can all deep breathe your way to inner calm (minimum of 10 people).
If you prefer a conventional spa, a Girls Night In overnight package at the Solent Hotel & Spa, Hampshire (from £123 per person), offers full use of the facilities. You also enjoy a tapas-style supper and a chick flick. And you can add on extras such as Bubbles & Bubbles – a glass of fizz and an hour in a hot tub (minimum 4).Contact: Book your weekend via spaseekers.com and, as lead booker, you’ll get a £50 voucher to use against a future booking!
Having a festival or fete themed wedding? You and your girls can spend three hours making your own bunting with The Crafty Hen (minimum 10, or minimum charge for smaller groups). Or go down the fashion route with an afternoon making fascinators. Workshops are available in various locations across the UK.
Team Hen offers imaginative hen-party activities perfect for the DIY bride. Book in for Origami Paper Folding with Origami-Est, or create your own flower crown at Flower Show Presents’ Fresh Flower Workshop?