Cultured hens & stags

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

Get those creative juices flowing at your hen or stag party. Try an arty day out, or soak up a bit of local culture ‐‐ at home or abroad.

Get those creative juices flowing at your hen or stag party. Try an arty day out, or soak up a bit of local culture ‐‐ at home or abroad…

Cosmopolitan, anyone?

Forget boozy trips to Amsterdam and Dublin ‐‐ opt for full‐on glamour instead. An indulgent weekend of cocktails, modern art and shopping in New York, or haute cuisine and haute couture in Paris, would be perfect for the sophisticated hen. 

Your arts desire

Get creative and end up with a wonderful souvenir from your day. Paint‐your‐own pottery shops are popping up everywhere and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Paint an entire tea set for the bride, or make a lovely treat for yourself.

The modern couple

Take inspiration from Sophie and Edward who opted for a joint hen and stag night. They invited 10 friends each for a weekend at a country house, for horse‐riding and ball games. A less royal but more affordable alternative is for the best man and chief bridesmaid to cook a meal in one of your homes and invite the happy couple and guests for dinner and silly board games. 

Shelling out

Want to be in aphrodisiac heaven? Then head for the Whitstable Oyster Festival, every July, on a combined stag and hen do and organise the Champagne and Oyster challenge. There’s usually a C‐list celebrity and street procession to keep you entertained between mouthfuls and a dip in the sea will clear your head later.

Horsey horsey

Don’t just stop at a day at the races, go for the double! Combine Chester and Aintree, Lingfield and Epsom, or Doncaster and York. You’ll give yourself twice as many chances of winning enough cash to cover those last‐minute wedding expenses!


For a Halloween‐themed do, take in the spooky sights of London, combining a tour of the London Dungeons with a trip to the Tower to see the Bloody Tower, followed by a Jack‐the‐Ripper walking tour. Thankfully, the last one includes several famous pubs to help you drink your fears away.

Canal plus

Britain is criss‐crossed with scenic canals, flowing peacefully through some of the country’s most beautiful countryside. Hire a barge and spend a lazy few days touring, taking it in turns to operate the locks and stopping off at old pubs for lunch.

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