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Gloucestershire Hen Party Guide

Gloucestershire is a county in the south west of England, known for it’s amazing natural scenery and historic routes that harken back to the anglo-saxons. What attracts hen party goers year on year to the county however, are the wide array of exciting activities available in both Gloucester city, and Cheltenham town. In the city, there are a wealth of unique activities you’ll struggle to find elsewhere, namely falconry and skiing! At Cheltenham, it’s all about the races, with one of the most stylish sporting events taking place annually in the spring.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg, as the county also has a number of exciting nightlife possibilities, plus a range of accommodation options to suit groups of any size. Continue reading the Hen Party Guide for Gloucestershire to see all that this compelling county has to offer!

Gloucestershire Hen Party Activities

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The search for activities in Gloucester begins at Mill End Mitcheldean, a historic house that not only offers boutique style accommodation (which we’ll get to) but also fantastic hen themed activities. Firstly, you could opt for a weekend of hair styling, pin ups, and dressing up, which is followed by a glamourous photoshoot. That’s not all however, as you will also take a burlesque dance class to match your glam outfits. Alternatively, you can have an amazing day of makings chocolates! Create chocolatey desserts and delicacies and mix top-notch cocktails to enjoy with dinner.

Another possibility for spending a day here is to head to the Cheltenham Races. Here, the best jockeys in the world compete throughout the year, meaning that you can get glamourised with your girls and head to Cheltenham on most weekends. That being said, the Cheltenham festival takes place annually from the 13th to the 16th of March, attracting global attention as the festival becomes not only an exhibition on great horse racing, but an exhibition on high-end fashion also! If you’re savvy and planning a hen party in the spring, getting glammed and going to the races with your girls will be a lavish way to spend the day.

However, if you want to try something truly unique and out there on your hen party, why not visit The International Centre for Birds of Prey. Here, you and the girls can have a have day experience of handling birds of prey! From handling Owls, to Falcons, Hawks and Kites, you will choose which of these terrifyingly beautiful birds you want to fly straight to your fist!

If you’d prefer to get active on your hen weekend, there are activity centres that stand out from the rest. One such centre is the Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, an all-weather ski and snowboard slope where you and the girls can take skiing lessons! Take a day to learn the basics on how to pass yourself on the slopes, without having to fight the bitter cold.

Lastly, Way 2 Go Adventures offer a range of watersports for you and the girls to enjoy. With Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand up Paddleboarding, Nordic Walking and Raft Building available in the Forest of Dean, you can do whatever floats your boat (literally)!
As an interesting aside, this forest gets a mention in the final Harry Potter book, as it is the forest where Harry finds the sword of Godric Griffindor!

Gloucestershire Hen Night Ideas

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For an entertaining night out in Gloucester City, few surpass the Gloucester Guildhall. The Guildhall is a live entertainment venue, hosting live music and comedy. You can book a weekend show to see some of the very best comedians from the UK comedy scene, as well as top musicians. In the event that you land in Gloucester with nothing booked, you can content yourself with the in-house cinema, an intimate venue for art house films of international acclaim.

One of the most trendy nightlife venues in Gloucester that is perfect for hen parties is Butlers. This nightclub stays open to late, with free entry and exciting drinks promotions. As well as this, you can book a private VIP booth for your ladies, with various standards available which offer different drink combinations. Lastly, Butlers also handles transport home from the club, meaning you can organise a taxi back to your accommodation with minimum fuss.

Gloucestershire Hen Party Accommodation

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As alluded to earlier in the guide, Mill End Mitcheldean is an amazing self catering or fully catered option. With beautiful and creatively decorated guestrooms sleeping up to 25 over 10 bedrooms, you can haul your entire hen party over for exclusive use of this historic house! The upper and lower Malt Houses are where you will stay, containing 60” TVs and all the amenities you will possibly need. What’s more, hiring the house gives you exclusive use of the spa space and cocktail bar!

If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel during your weekend away, the Hatton Court Hotel is a safe bet. This ivy-covered hotel has traditionally decorated rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Amenities include a restaurant serving locally sourced dishes and afternoon teas, plus an informal brasserie.

Staying at the Hatton can prove to be costly, so if your on a tight budget or want to save money to spend on activities, you could stay in a B&B instead. The Lower Lod Inn is set next to the River Severn, and is a 15th-century inn with 4 straightforward guestrooms including en suite bathrooms, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There is also a traditional pub in-house, with beamed ceilings, a fireplace and garden seating.

Image Credits: Daily Mail | gloucestershirelive.co.uk | The Mill End Mitcheldean

With all of the factors considered, a hen party in Gloucestershire is not to be missed!