If you are looking for ideas to celebrate your last night of freedom, you should choose something memorable as it's a great opportunity for you to get your best friends together for a big pre-wedding night out or weekend away!
Hen and stag parties are bigger and more adventurous than ever with many brides and grooms-to-be looking for original ideas prior to a perfect send off before married life begins. These are challenging times, of course, but there’s a plethora of activities to choose from that you may not have thought of such as go karting, quad biking and cocktail making as well as spa days, party boats or a good old-fashioned nightclub.
Here’s some great businesses catering for hen and stag parties based in Devon and Cornwall from places like Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Barnstaple and Falmouth, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding magazine when contacting a hen and stag party organiser.
Here at Cuckoo Down Farm, there is the opportunity to hold a small number of weddings every year.
For this, you will have exclusive hire of the farm. This includes the glamping accommodation, use of the three-acre woodland and additional festival-style pitch-your-own camping for guests. The farm is very much a blank canvas for your wedding. You can hire a marquee or tepee, organise your own bar and catering, book your own entertainment and devise your own ceremony.
Browns launch champagne bottomless brunch
This month, Browns Restaurants will be adding a Champagne bottomless brunch to their signature weekend menus, as part of this year's festivities to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. From Friday to Sunday until 2pm, guests can enjoy free-flowing Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne, alongside signature brunch dishes such as Browns Lobster Benedict, a satisfying stack of Pancetta Buttermilk Pancakes, Smoked Salmon, Smashed Avocado, Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough and a variety of classic egg dishes. Alternatively, opt for more substantial dishes, like the Browns Burger and Chargrilled Chicken & Bacon Club.
Posted: 27 May 2023
How to throw a Hen Do on a budget
A typical spend for a Hen Do weekend can cost over £250 per person, taking a big chunk out of the wedding budget. Not only is this a massive cost for the bride, but it could also lead to members of the bridal party worrying about how they can afford such lavish expenses, which may result in them bailing out on the plans. Making arrangements in advance and planning activities ahead of time means both the bride and the party enjoy the celebrations without any falling outs. Sticking to local destinations or opting for activities like bottomless pottery painting over brunch are some of the simple solutions to saving money but still allow everyone to revel in the fun.
Posted: 19 April 2023
Abroad stag and hen dos not an option due to cost of living crisis
Couples planning stag and hen festivities this year may need to think again as Brits admit they would not attend an abroad celebration. Luxury fashion retailer Fenwick, has surveyed the nation to find out opinions on stag and hen dos, including the amount they'd be willing to spend and whether they'd travel abroad. Many people now take their bridal parties or groomsmen on holiday to celebrate their big day. These trips can often end up costing a lot of money especially if heading to popular destinations such as Marbella, Budapest or even Vegas which when the majority of the UK is being squeezed by the ongoing cost of living crisis, isn't something many can afford. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 50.70% would refuse to attend a stag do abroad, preferring to celebrate closer to home in the UK.
Posted: 1 February 2023
New interactive feature to make hen and stag dos less stressful
A new randomised spinning wheel feature has been launched by Hen Weekends and Stag Weekends in an effort to make the planning process of hen and stag parties easier and less stressful. This comes as their recent study of hen and stag party bookings found that 30% of hen and stag party organisers have no idea which location to book, with so many different options on offer creating quite the predicament.
Posted: 23 January 2023
Fever & Boutique nightclub brings the party back to Exeter
Exeter's Fever & Boutique nightclub has recently opened following a seven-figure refurbishment that has transformed the popular night spot. It has also created more than 40 local jobs. The refurbishment, worth more than £1,500,000 and more than three months in the making, saw the building stripped back to just bricks and mortar, with the extensive refit creating an all-new space that Exeter partygoers, especially hen gatherings and stag groups will love. There are new bars, plus new furniture and atmospheric lighting. Across the club's two rooms, revellers can expect a bigger and better experience than before. In Boutique, the club's largest room, dance podiums provide the ultimate space to enjoy the house, RnB and hip-hop vibes, with VIP booths to enjoy. In Fever, the second room, look forward to a feature light-up dancefloor!
Posted: 12 January 2023
New hen party ideas at Bird & Blend Tea Co. venues
On various dates throughout December and January '23, and into 2023, Bird & Blend Tea Co. will host its two brand new workshops. A magic potions brewing & tea mixology workshop at Bird & Blend Tea Co - is for those keen on discovering and learning the mastery of potion making whilst mixing tea, and the science behind the magic. The special two-and-a-half hour workshop invites its guests to take an immersive step in to conjuring up shimmering, colour changing and whimsical potions...all whilst the smoke swirls, the smells take over and the senses awaken. As a VIP guest, wannabe magic and mixology makers will be treated to unlimited amounts of tea from an exciting selection of blends or tea cocktails.
Posted: 7 December 2022
Newquay businesses thank those who took part in Halloween parade
People of all ages turned out in their thousands to either participate in or spectate, for the first Newquay Zombie Crawl in three years. Thrill-seekers experienced the streets of the coastal location as an otherworldly spooktacular Zombie-flooded world in the most frightening, but fun, event of the year! Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) organised this year's edition of the Zombie Crawl, reviving the terrifying tradition for a fresh start in 2022. Newquay BID Manager Mark Warren said, "Our 2022 Newquay Zombie Crawl was utterly incredible. Thousands of people of all ages, and visitors and residents alike, took to the streets, and our endless stream of Zombies and Halloween-costumed crawlers impressed everyone with their scariness. Businesses up and down the town were telling us all how happy they are to see this key event firmly back in our Newquay calendar and with this year's phenomenal turnout and support, we'll confidently be going WAY bigger next year."
Posted: 1 November 2022
Polurrian on the Lizard in Cornwall unveils Hen Party Special
Why not celebrate at Polurrian on the Lizard? Enjoy some time with the girls (and guys) in the stunning surroundings of this Cornish-based hotel. The Hen Party Special package includes chilled prosecco or a signature cocktail on arrival, a one-night stay with dinner (to the value of £20 per adult) bed and breakfast. Also included is a dance class, yoga session or surfing lesson plus a bottomless afternoon tea and a cocktail-making class. A 30-minute treatment for the hens and a one-hour treatment for the bride-to-be is part of this exclusive package alongside full use of the health club facilities throughout the stay. This package is just £367 per room based on two people sharing and is subject to availability and is valid until further notice. Supplements apply to larger room categories and the offer requires a 30% deposit at the time of booking and is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Posted: 25 October 2022
Newquay Zombie Crawl set to take place on Saturday 29th October 2022
Preparations are underway for the return of the ever-popular, family-friendly Newquay Zombie Crawl that's set to happen on Saturday 29th October 2022. Thrill-seekers can expect the streets of the coastal location to be transformed into an otherworldly spooktacular experience this Halloween as hundreds of participants flood into the town to witness the most frightening but fun event of the year! Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) will be organising this year's edition of the Zombie Crawl, and they will be ensuring it's one to remember seeing as it is the first time it has happened since 2019. Newquay BID and its team of organisers will be reviving the terrifying tradition for a fresh start in 2022. The spooky Newquay experience will begin with multiple rolling workshops for families to enjoy, happening throughout the town from 12 pm-3 pm. Blystra Arts will be running pumpkin carving sessions at the Royal British Legion, while there will be scary storytelling at Newquay Library and dance group Bounce will be running a Thriller dance lesson with group dances happening every hour on Newquay Piazza, next to the cinema.
Posted: 29 September 2022
Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do
Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.
Posted: 21 September 2022