Like most, we woke up on the 27th of November to the news that Prince Harry will marry his girlfriend and Suits actress Meghan Markle. The couple have been dating for a year and a half and will tie the knot at Windsor Castle sometime next year. While many people’s first thought was wondering if we get a bank holiday and day off work to ‘celebrate’, The Stag Company decided to get in quick and throw in their hat to host Harry’s stag night. The Prince is renowned for his party antics and unsurprisingly the thought of a stag night for such a man has excited many. The Stag Company’s iteration is a weekend in both London and Prague with activities that are all related to the prince and royalty.
For bridal parties looking to relax, unwind and truly pamper themselves before the big day, The Verbena spa offers luxurious spa experiences with delicious lunches, fizz and bespoke treatments that ticks all the beauty boxes. The Feversham Arms, home to The Verbena Spa in North Yorkshire, welcomes your hen party throughout the year to treat themselves and prepare their mind and body for the special occasion ahead.
What could be more romantic than celebrating your hen do during the Christmas period, the most magical time of the year? For hen’s really wanting to get in the festive spirit, The Train to Christmas Town is the ultimate way to celebrate your last weekend of freedom with the merry man himself – Father’s Christmas! This brand new experience, curated by the team behind the original THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, is launching in the UK this Christmas and tickets are selling fast! Hens can dress up in their best Christmas jumpers, cover themselves in festive glitter and join in with the joyous journey all the way to Christmas Town.
So, you’ve been put in charge of organising a hen party or bridal shower. No pressure! As you’ll know, there are a lot of plates to spin to ensure everyone, especially the bride-to-be, has the best possible experience.
Once you have booked the perfect venue, sourced or made all the decorations and stocked the fridge with plenty of bubbly it’s time to start thinking about some fun activities to keep everyone in the party mood.
Although it might be tempting to go into minute detail, we wouldn’t recommend over-planning as this can take away from the event’s spontaneity. On the other hand, when you’re in charge of entertaining a room full of people, it’s important to at least have a few activities in place.
There’s a world of options for hen and stag celebations, whether it’s thrill seeking, theatre or afternoon tea, Salford Quays: the home of MediaCityUK offers a contemporary destination that’s abuzz with restaurants, bars, hotels, and attractions to keep everyone entertained.
Salford Quays is Greater Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination and home to some of the most spectacular attractions and iconic buildings in the UK. It’s one of the Northwest’s best cultural, sporting and leisure destinations; housed within one square mile, all of its attractions are within easy walking distance, making it the ideal location to take the hen and stag.
Weddings are notoriously expensive, but with a few small changes, they don’t have to cost the earth. The same applies to your stag or hen weekend, which is why stag and hen party planners, Last Night of Freedom, have rounded up their top ways to penny pinch on your stag or hen do.
Escape to Green Farm Spa, for an alternative, healthy hen experience, surrounded by nature in the luscious Kent countryside. Relax in the outdoor hot tub and sauna in front of a roaring log fire, lounge around in a hammock in the tranquil walled garden, then take a stroll around the farm’s 50 acres of meadows, ancient woodland, wildlife and farm animals. The spa’s treatment menu offers face, body and holistic therapies by ESPA alongside a range of wellness packages. Whether you’re visiting for a day or overnight retreat enjoy your spa break alongside yoga and art classes in tranquil surroundings.
Healthy Hen spa package includes:
Leading stag and hen travel expert, Red7, has searched far and wide to find Britain’s best Best Man – and today the seven national finalists have been revealed.
Dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven’, the crop of finalists comprises the competition’s regional winners from across Great Britain and sets a very high bar for all future Best Men.
Each Best Man had to prove he had gone the extra mile, from overcoming the adversity of a sudden family death, to sourcing two giant Aldabra tortoises as guests of honour at his tortoise-loving mate’s nuptials, and even adding a touch of Hollywood with a personalised message from ‘Anchorman’ star, Paul Rudd.
Being chosen for the enviable role of Bridesmaid is undoubtedly flattering. Chances are she considers you a trusted confidante and she values your ideas and style. Now, all you’ve got to do is prove her right with the hen party - yikes.
Naturally you want to ace every element of the wedding planning and ceremony. So first up, as revealed by Sybil Wilmot-Smith, Head of Trends for curated online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, here’s how to throw the hen party of the century…
Invitations full of promise
Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Distillery Vodka, the Irish artisan craft spirits, produced in The Dingle Distillery, County Kerry, Ireland both launched earlier this year in the UK, and they've proven to be the key ingredient in some delectable cocktails!
They include some gin and vodka sharing cocktails, some twists on the classics and some slightly more unique options! Equally all could work for a hen party, and the slimline version is ideal for the bride to be who's watching her figure!
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As every bride and husband-to-be knows, one of the highlights of getting married is the celebrations with family and friends that come before the big day. But there’s more to Hen and Stag parties than a night on the town, and with the pressure to plan the perfect party, why not make it as memorable as possible by taking a weekend away? With everything from top-class theatre trips in the UK, to cocktail classes in Barcelona or brewery tours in Prague, short break specialist Super Break has a wealth of Hen and Stag breaks that will help make the occasion unforgettable.
Perfect getaways that will make the Hen happy…
Fancy dress is a great way to get into the party spirit during a hen do and give the group a sense of unity, but why not forgo the usual playboy bunnies, or saints and sinners, and go for a theme that’s a little different.
“Hen parties are getting more and more creative when it comes to their fancy dress theme, and the main objective is that the bride stands out,” says Emma Angel, Director of Fancy Dress at Angels (angelsfancydress.com). “Aside from the traditional ‘L’ plates, there are many innovative themes that will ensure the bride is the centre of attention.”
Batgirl and her Robins
Dublin is a hugely popular hen weekend location. The city boasts bars and pubs with unlimited live music and delicious drinks, as well as gorgeous Irish men with the world’s best accent… Stag and hen specialists, Last Night of Freedom, are big fans of the city – it’s their second busiest destination – and are rounding up why you should choose Dublin for your hen do.
Located on Old Christchurch Road, at the site of the former Dusk till Dawn nightclub, The MacGuffin Project is the south coasts newest attraction everyone is talking about.
Bringing a slice of London magic to Bournemouth town centre, The MacGuffin Project offers people an escape from reality by immersing you into the dark but beautiful world of the long forgotten MacGuffin Carnival. It’s down to you and your team to work together, unravel the mysteries and overcome the challenges that unfold before you. Interact with machines, communicate with lost souls and piece together the past as you race against time to complete your missions.
If wedding admin is leaving you feeling frazzled, pre-wedding nerves are sneaking in, or you’re looking to relax after the stressful task of organising your wedding, it sounds like you are in need of a relaxing retreat.
Well you’re in luck, as Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, share their top five health retreats for stressed out brides, where you can enjoy luxury spa pampering and wellness relaxation before stepping into the limelight on the big day, or winding down on your dream honeymoon.