The average age of brides is increasing, according to the Office for National Statistics, but it’s not depleting the number of hen parties – or the brides wanting to get the girls together to celebrate the soon to be couple.
Despite the fact that many brides are older, it still seems that the most bridal of activities: the hen party, is still primarily aimed at the younger generation. Now, age is but a number and a raucous group of hens can certainly enjoy traditional past times if they wish. But for those seeking alternative hen party ideas, perhaps with a little more pampering than partying, here are our top 3 recommendations.
Be pampered in Newcastle
Newcastle is a vibrant city with some of the best clubs, bars and restaurants in the North of England. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that it’s deemed a great hen party destination. However, there’s lots more to do in Tyneside than party.
There are some fantastic hotels and spas in Newcastle that make for a more sophisticated hen party including the Malmaison or The Ocean Rooms at the Hilton Newcastle. If you still want to enjoy a night out on the Toon, Maximise run hen party packages in Newcastle including a ‘Pamper Day and Girls Night Out’ that allows you to relax by day and dance all night.
Bathe in luxury in Bath
Usually, hens flock to the nearby cities of Bristol and Cardiff as there is considered to be a more lively nightlife, yet it is the idyllic spa town of Bath, unrivalled in it elegance, that is more suited to sophisticated groups of ladies.
There is no end of things to do, with some excellent shopping to be had, as well as plenty of fine-dining options. Bath, as the name suggests, is the perfect town in which to pamper yourself. The Roman baths in the centre of town is usually swarmed by tourists, however some luxury hotels in Bath have natural Roman baths offering a unique and relaxing getaway for hens.
The best spa days in Bath are to be had at the Thermae Bath spa. The nearby Royal Hotel Bath offers the ‘The Classic Spa Break’, which includes two nights accomadation, a trip to the famous spa and, of course, complimentary champagne.
Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea in London
There is simply no classier way to drink during the day than at Afternoon Tea in one of London’s historic and elegant hotels. It’s a perfect group activity and the perfect excuse to visit London, a city that offers much more to do on a hen party. You can head out to the fashionable West End afterwards and dance the night away.
As for hotels to enjoy Afternoon Tea, The Dorchester and The Savoy have world famous offerings. However, they can be expensive. Instead you can easily find cheaper alternatives. For example, the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel costs just £35 per person (£45 including Champagne).
Alternatively, you could combine two quintessentially ‘London’ experiences and enjoy afternoon tea on the top of a double decker bus. Covent Garden’s BB Bakery has just begun serving its afternoon teas on the top deck of their new 1950s routemaster.
Do ‘Vegas’ in Blackpool
Las Vegas is the quintessential stag and hen party destination, however the cost of getting and staying there makes it quite costly. Blackpool is far cheaper alternative – depending on your luck with the slots! Plus Blackpool has a number of classic British attractions.
There is a reason they call the Lancashire seaside town the ‘Vegas of the North’. Blackpool has a rich and long history as the home for entertainment in the UK. Iconic venues such as the Blackpool Winter Gardens Complex and Blackpool tower, have been holding events since 1875 and 1894 respectively. And, of course, there’s casinos and gambling seafront arcades to suit gamblers of any budget.
The Grosvenor Casino is arguably the premier Casino in Blackpool and promises to deliver “the perfect day and night leisure destination with a fantastic restaurant, amazing bar, and a sports & entertainment lounge.”