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Get the party started

21 Jun 2011

Get the party started

Why not choose one, two, or even three of these great hen ideas to celebrate your up-coming nuptials.

Bridal flower class

Flowers with Flowers with Flair Flower School has created a one-day floristry class especially for hens. Take some close friends along to the school barn in the picturesque village of Bardwell, in Suffolk, and learn how to make a bouquet, buttonhole and corsage under the guidance of trained florists.

All flowers and materials are provided in the bride’s choice of colours, and you can take your creations home with you at the end of the day.

Included is a glass of fizz on arrival, a two-course lunch at a local pub (and more fizz if you want it), plus tea, coffee and Danish pastries throughout the day. Call for prices.

For more information call 01359 259254, or visit www.flowerswithflairflowerschool.co.uk.

Afternoon tea

For a more sophisticated affair, head to Tilly’s in Southwold for a tiered tea. Served by 1920s-style waitresses there are three options; savoury, sweet and boozy, which includes a glass of pink or white fizz.

Prices start at £10 per person and it’s a great option for a small group of friends or family – definitely one for mum!


Learn to pole dance

Take your closest friends to a two-hour pole dancing session. Pole Fusion provides special hen party packages in Norwich, which include party games, and everyone gets a certificate to remember the event. You may not need these skills for your first dance but they might come in handy on the honeymoon!

For more information call 07798 781099, or visit www.polefusion.co.uk.


There are lots of hen night companies that can help plan an overnight stay in big cities such as London, Nottingham and Manchester. If you want to go further afield, then try to pick somewhere that’s a short plane journey away, such as Barcelona, Dublin or, if you’re a total party animal, Ibiza.

Try calling Fred. Olsen’s wedding specialist Kimberley Callaghan, based within Jarrold department store, on 01603 216840 for advice.

Party Pants

Party Pants is a highly entertaining class for hen parties to quite literally “stitch before they hitch” in a “brief” lesson in knicker making.

After a quick demo the party can get artistic, one of the company’s chief bridesmaids will make sure no one gets their knickers in a twist!

The lesson costs £30 per person which includes all the materials, a photoshoot of the event with all your favourite girlies and their creations, handouts to take away with you so you can experiment with more styles afterwards and, most importantly, a pair of your very own bespoke knickers to show off!

A travel fee is added for parties outside of London.

For more information call 0207 373 7590, or visit www.party-pants.co.uk.

Chill out

The classic spa package is a great one to do with your bridesmaids, and maybe mum, a few days before the wedding.

Atlantic Health & Spa in Suffolk, half way between Sudbury and Haverhill, has a special hen package, which includes access to all its facilities, including jacuzzi, swimming pool in a stunning 15th century barn, sauna and aroma steam room. Trained therapists will also be able to tailor the day to meet your needs from its extensive facial, body and nail treatments.

Lunch, Champagne and chocolates are included, and if booking for more than five people the bride goes free.

For more information call 01787 279009, or visit www.atlantichealthandspa.co.uk.

Murder on the Sheringham Express

For something a bit different, try a murder mystery on North Norfolk Railway’s Poppy Line. Each evening has a different plot and is set in a different period. Many passengers dress up, which adds to the fun but is not compulsory.

It costs £49.50 per head, which includes a three-course meal, and there is an additional £1.50 booking fee per party. Dates for 2011 are: September 24 1940s theme, October 8 1920s theme, October 29 Victorian Ghost theme.

For more information or to book call 01263 820800, or visit www.nnrailway.co.uk.

Under canvas

How about sleeping under canvas for a couple of nights? Deepdale Farm in Burnham Deepdale, on the north Norfolk coast, has several authentic Sioux Native American-style tipis and yurts, or Gers as they are known in Mongolia, which are domed homes made from a wooden frame, joined by wooden lattice walls and covered in fabric or skins.

Suitable for up to six people, this is an option for those who like to sit around an open fire and chat, it is not a party site and there is a strict noise policy in the evenings.

For more information call 01485 210256 or visit www.deepdalefarm.co.uk.

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