Guest blogger, written by Catherine Lavinia
Planning a hen weekend can be masses of fun if you don’t get snowed under with the organisation. Whether the bride is your best friend, your sister or another relative, treat the job as an honour, not a chore. There’s no pleasing everyone – it’s all about compromise; it’s your job to create the best of both worlds and in Bristol that is completely achievable.
The city is booming with activities and nightlife to keep a hen weekend satisfied. You can find some excellent cheap hotels in Bristol that will not only base you in close proximity to activities, bars and restaurants but also allow you to make great savings that will please the more frugal of guests.
A hen weekend in Bristol will require precision planning to ensure you can cram as much as possible without exhausting everybody.
Day 1: Break the Ice
If you’re travelling to a hen weekend on a Friday – particularly if you’re not able to get there until after work – the last thing you want is for the main revelries to kick start. Ease the girls in gently – use the evening as a “getting to know you session” – chances are not every lady there will know everyone else, so utilise this time to break the ice. Use hen party games and cocktails, for example.
Alternatively, how about a trip to the theatre to get the ball rolling? The Full Monty is on at the Hippodrome in March, which will certainly get the good times started!
Day 2: The Main Event
This is the main day, so make use of every minute of it. For the vintage fans, today would be a fantastic time to enjoy afternoon tea. Browns, in Clifton, offers fabulous packages including a champagne afternoon tea for £23.95.
Follow this with an activity to get your girls in the mood for an evening of splendour. How about a burlesque class or a lesson in swing dancing? You could even theme the whole day to incorporate the dress code.
Stay in the city for your evening meal. Head to the riverside and enjoy a three course meal at the beautiful Hole in the Wall. A traditional pub with the added luxury of quality fine food, it’ll start the evening off nicely.
Finish the evening with a bar crawl. From live jazz at The Old Duke to 80s cheese at Reflex, there’s plenty of bars and clubs to visit. Contact them in advance to let them know you’re coming – you could even opt for a VIP booth or something equally luxurious.
Day 3: Chill Out
Depending on how heavy last night was, you’re probably going to want to relax a little bit today, but that doesn’t mean you should be lazy.
Hop on the train to nearby Bath for a little elegance and chic, and enjoy a couple of hours in the thermal spas. You can enjoy access to thermal pools and steam rooms for £26 for two hours, or treat yourself to treatments for slightly extra. Bliss.
Enjoy organising the bride-to-be’s hen do and be proud that you are the one who made it unforgettable. Start your plans today and book some budget accommodation in the heart of Bristol.