Does the thought of L-plates, fancy dress and Blackpool bring you out in a cold sweat? Don’t worry. Strippers and Jägerbombs aren’t compulsory for your hen do. Check out six alternative hen party ideas without a willy straw in sight...
1. Shooting and cake
You might think cake and guns don’t mix, but the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club say otherwise. Get your girls together for a spot of clay pigeon shooting and then yummy baked goods afterwards. You don’t need any special equipment or clothing and taking your own cake is optional.
Image © Shooting & Chelsea Bun Club
2. Go to a festival
If you’re into music, why not take your girlfriends to Glasto or T In The Park for your hen do? Or, if camping in a muddy field isn’t your thing, how about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August) or Cannes Film Festival (May).
Images © Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Cannes Film Festival
3. Horse riding weekend
At some stage, almost every little girl has wanted a pony. Live those girlhood dreams with a riding weekend in Spain. Out in the sunshine, trekking through beautiful countryside, you’ll have loads of time for relaxation and female bonding before sangria and tapas in the evening.
Image © Equestrian Escapes
4. Afternoon tea
The iconic Dorchester Hotel in London offers several afternoon tea packages. It also has a spa so you could treat yourselves to pre-wedding facials too. With elegant, bite-sized cakes and pastries, plus Champagne, a little of what you fancy is most definitely a good thing.
Image © Dorchester Hotel
5. Chocolate indulgence
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Rococo Chocolate offer several chocolate experiences that would be ideal for a hen party. Their Chocolate Canapés Cooking Class sounds particularly intriguing. Or, for a journey into chocolate, there’s Chocolate Tasting For Beginners.
Image © Rococo Chocolate
6. Quad bike racing
Thrill seekers will love an adrenaline-charged, rip-roaring ride on a quad bike. Racing your friends around the Leicestershire countryside with Garlands Leisure will really put you in the mood for your hen night.
Image © Garlands Leisure