Wondering what a hen night in the Cotswolds might entail? You might think of the area as being filled with sleepy villages but, in actual fact, the Cotswolds covers nearly 800 square miles. In other words, that’s A LOT of pubs. Running through five counties – Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire – there’s plenty to see and do here with each area having its own quirks, must-visit places and hen party activities.
Of course, a hen weekend in the Cotswolds isn’t complete without a day trip to one of the picture-perfect villages. Peruse the lively market towns, take in the many country houses and castles, adventure through reserves and blossoming fields, trudge along footpaths off the beaten track and kick back and relax in the countryside.
Looking for a little party atmosphere? Cirencester and Cheltenham won’t disappoint. Here, you’ll find food festivals, craft classes, cocktail tasting and more. Some of our favourite bars in the area include Lounge 72, The Botanist, The Clarence Social and Gin & Juice. Before you visit, why not check out the annual events calendar too? The region is renowned for its food and drink so you won’t be surprised to hear that there are many food events throughout the year.
Taste fine wines, enjoy craft beers, saviour local cheeses and meats. Book a table at one of the many gastro pubs, sit back at a smaller cafe and take in the history at one of the area’s oldest inns. Your days in the Cotswolds certainly won’t get boring and, in the evening, whatever your budget, age or hen party style, you won’t be disappointed…
Yoga and brunch
Revitalise and nourish your body and soul with a yoga hen party session tailored to your hens, then enjoy your state of bliss with a delicious brunch. This isn’t just any old brunch though. Adorned with grazing platters, hot breads, fruits, meats and pastries – as well as a few bottles of the good old stuff – you have all the time in the world to catch up, discuss the wedding and feast on the best brunch platters in the Cotswolds – which can be catered for vegetarian and vegan hens too.
Looking for a classy hen party activity? A Nude Life drawing class in the Cotswolds is just the thing. Your private session will begin with a few drinking games to get the party started, before your personal model gets into position. There’s even an option to get your bride-to-be involved and you might just walk away with a few new drawing skills. See, a hen do in the Cotswolds is practically educational.
Flower crown making
Want something to take home from your hen weekend in the Cotswolds? Sure, you’ve already got that guy’s number from last night – but this memory should last a little longer. With a flower crown workshop, you get to make your very own floral headpiece from gorgeous foliage, ribbons, accessories and more. This is definitely worth an Instagram pic.
It’s always wine o’clock in the Cotswolds and a tasting event makes for a fantastic hen party. Of course, no-one actually knows the difference between a Pinot or Chardonnay but we bet by the end of the event you’ll be claiming you do. Oh, and there’s always one who’s finished all glasses before you’ve even finished one. Did we mention cheese and bread is often involved too?
A BBC Masterchef finalist, Ben crafts blow-your-mind fine-dining menus. Tailored to your hen party, his modern British and European dishes have nods to Japanese and Indian cuisine and the stamp of approval from Times food critic Kate Spicer and Evening Standard’s Charles Campion. He’s even cooked for Lily Allen. Yes. Lily Allen. And now, he could be cooking for you for one night only…
Facial and massage
Picture the scene. Your hen. Your ladies. Your very own beauty therapist. Taking place at one of the local luxury hotels, you’ll be treated to deep cleaning and uplifting facials. Think double cleanser, exfoliation, extraction, detoxing, face massage, neck and shoulders massage. Does it get any better than this?! Well, it could, if you organise a champagne afternoon tea for afterwards…
Headwear, underwear and accessories – the HenQueens creative experiences put an epic twist on the hen party theme. You’ll be sketching, painting, crafting, printing and wrapping with your ladies over cocktails or mocktails – whichever sparks your joy. Led by an expert, you’ll discover how to get your creative juices flowing before turning your hand to a number of crafty projects. Make something for the big day, design a gift for the bride or simply have some fun and see what comes out of it.
Picture it now. You’re balancing on your very own paddle board as you float around a beautiful and picturesque reservoir in this SUP party. Around you, the sounds of nature will play as well as the gentle lapping of the water. Led by an expert, you’ll explore beautiful landscapes using your boards and take a moment to enjoy a quick core-focussed yoga session. Once done, you’re on the move again as you head back to where you started. The real challenge of this hen do SUP party will be for everyone to stay on their stand up paddleboards…
Whether you want to arrange it in the official pasta making kitchens or want the pasta party to come to you, this is a fantastic UK hen party activity for all ages. Each session begins with a glass of wine and snack as you discover some tricks of the pasta making trade. Guided by Federico, you’ll learn how to make a range of pasta – including Linguine, Tagliolini and their signature Tortellini. You’ll get to taste your creations, take some new recipes home and you’re guaranteed to have a laugh from start to finish. Plus, when you’re not stuffing your face full of carbs, you can ask the team your burning pasta questions and unveil a few fun facts about the history of pasta.
If we asked you to name two of your bride’s favourite things, we’re pretty sure that chocolate would be up there. And, even if it’s not, after this award-winning hen party chocolate making masterclass with chef Ben it definitely will be. Under his careful eye, you’ll learn how to create the very finest artisan truffles for a life of dinner party favours, fabulous gifts and just some general pure self-indulgence. It’s the ultimate activity for a memorable hen party weekend.