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 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire from places like Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Banbury and Buckingham, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding magazine when contacting a hen and stag party organiser.
At Donnington Grove Hotel, we aim to meet and surpass your expectations every step of the way to ensure your wedding reception is truly memorable. From small and intimate weddings, to big, grand affairs, we have a choice of beautiful suites and function rooms that can be set up to accommodate the wedding of your dreams and meet your budget.
At Henley Distillery in Oxfordshire, the team are excited about offering their facilities to the wedding market. The gin experience room contains 12 mini stills which can be used as one per person for a private event, perfect for a hen gathering or if guests were happy to share, they can host up to 24 people. For private events, the team can tailor all of their experiences to suit the party - whether that be due to budget constraints or timings. The Signature Gin Experience lasts for around three hours and invites guests to fully immerse themselves in the gin-making process. Following a tour of the distillery and brief history of gin, guests venture across the courtyard, G&T in hand to the Gin Experience room for a gin tasting. After this, our head distiller guides the group through developing their own bespoke recipe by choosing from more than 100 botanicals, eventually distilling and going home with a personal bottle of gin which they have created themselves.
Posted: 24 January 2023
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
Grab your #weddingsquad, it's time to get dressed up and put on your dancing shoes because Tony n' Tina's Wedding - the immersive hit Broadway show from America - is coming to London! This unique live theatrical experience - during which the audience and cast interact together during a 'live wedding' - will officially open at the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on March 16th, 2023, and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think its got all the ingredients for the ultimate stag/hen or sten do!
Posted: 19 January 2023
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
Coppa Club is delighted to announce its signature igloos, 'Under the Twinkling Sky', are now available to book until Spring 2023 in six of its clubhouses. The igloos, complete with a brand-new theme and contemporary design, offer a cosy refuge from the winter elements, where friends and family can reunite Under the Twinkling Sky, co-workers can celebrate with after-work dinner and drinks and couples can cosy-up with the ultimate festive date-night. Inspired by the wintry theme of 'Under the Twinkling Sky', Coppa Club's igloos offer a stylish and subtle outdoor dining experience during the colder months. Each igloo is decorated with warm, muted lighting complemented with an autumn colour scheme of oranges, greens, and deep reds, creating a cosy atmosphere in which to dine, laugh and drink alongside friends. Upon arrival guests will be greeted to a terrace of sparkling fairy lights alongside feature walkways lit with lanterns and plant lights hanging from trees.
Posted: 1 December 2022
As part of recent sector recovery work, almost 27 million people were reached by Experience Oxfordshire's 'Escape to Oxford' marketing campaign this summer. The local marketing initiative formed part of VisitEngland's 'Escape the Everyday' campaign to support England's tourism industry recovery post-pandemic. Experience Oxfordshire worked with Navigate Agency, on the VisitEngland funded campaign, to attract a domestic audience of pre-nesters, 25- to 44-year-olds with no children, to enjoy days out and short breaks in the city of Oxford and across Oxfordshire. It's also a fun place for a staycation, hen or stag celebration and of course, a wedding! The campaign reached more than 26.6 million consumers, with the majority of engagement coming from London. Activity drove a record 246,000-plus website visits from multiple paid media channels, with Click Through Rates exceeding all previous campaigns. As a direct result of the campaign, almost 1,500 bookable product experience conversions have been tracked, ranging from walking tours of the city to river cruises on the Thames.
Posted: 27 October 2022
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
Conveniently located in Chippenham, Wiltshire close to neighbouring counties Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Bristol, Drive-Tech at Castle Combe is a great place for a hen or stag gathering. We chat to Jayne Cooper about their latest package offerings for fun hen and stag celebrations. She tells us, "There's nothing like a bit of adrenalin-pumping fun to get everybody revved up! A karting Grand Prix is an ideal way for groups of friends and family to experience some thrilling action-packed fun with plenty of track time.
Posted: 16 September 2022
With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.
Posted: 12 September 2022
2022 is the year of the re-organised Covid wedding, there will be around 350,000 weddings across the country this year which means nearly 700,000 hen/stag and sten dos! srprs.me, the world's leading mystery holiday provider, has collated its top tips for organising the least stressful, most spontaneous mystery trips perfect for stag and hen dos this summer - saving friendships from endless decision-making in the process. Anneke Nijenhuis, Chief Surprise Officer at srprs.me, wants to take the stress out of planning a stag or hen do with the following tips...
Posted: 17 July 2022