Monday 17 December 2018

Cotswolds hen do destination guide

Brides-to-be dreaming of a hen do packed with quintessential charm can head to the Cotswolds, with SoGlosWeddings’s guide bursting with ideas for places to eat, drink, stay and celebrate!

Hold the ultimate hen do in the heart of the Cotswolds, with a whole host of gorgeous places to stay and plenty of activities that the whole group will enjoy.

Encompassing picture-perfect villages including Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, quaint market towns such as Cirencester and heaps of Cotswold charm in Broadway, hen parties are spoilt for choice.

Offering a helping hand to plan the perfect hen do, SoGlosWeddings has got everything covered in this handy guide sponsored by The Royal Oak, Tetbury.

For more information, visit theroyaloaktetbury.co.uk.


Cotswolds hen do places to stay

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Tetbury

Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Royal Oak in Tetbury offers glorious guest rooms which provide the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas.

Also boasting a characterful pub and restaurant, The Royal Oak prides itself on serving up sensational seasonal and vegan dishes, as well as offering a wide range of ales, ciders and wines which are sure to go down a treat with hen parties.

Budget hotels

For hen parties not wanting to splash the cash on accommodation, there is a whole host of options to keep costs down. With a YHA hostel in the quaint village of Stow-on-the-Wold and The Barrel Store in Cirencester, hens can opt for a more affordable base for exploring the Cotswolds.

Luxury hotels

For hens looking for a little luxury during the hen do, The Kings Head Hotel offers sumptuous rooms in the heart of Cirencester. Other serious contenders to consider are Cowley Manor with its chic and contemporary interiors and The Fish Hotel, which offers girls’ weekends that include the chance to add a host of fun-filled activities to your hen do.

Self-catering

With Cotswold cottages and cosy hideaways in abundance, there’s plenty of options for a relaxed self-catering hen do. Boasting a selection of cottages sleeping up to nine in some, Owlpen Manor is set amongst 215 acres of glorious grounds and has plenty of space for some hen party celebrations, including its medieval barn restaurant, The Cyder barn, which is available for private hire and parties. Find more accommodation inspiration in our round up of 10 Cotswold cottages for countryside hen dos.

Bigger groups can also check out options including Middle Stanley Farm, which can accommodate up to 28 guests and is nestled amongst glorious woodland, with plenty of room for everyone to celebrate.


Cotswold hen do activities


Flower arranging

Creative types can get hands-on with a floral workshop at Wild About Flowers, honing the art of arranging some beautiful blooms which promises to be a therapeutic activity perfect for a hen do.

Perfume making

Hen parties looking to splash the cash can muster up some magnificent fragrances at The Cotswold Perfumery, which offers one- and two-day courses available. Great for getting the girls together, the course offers the chance to create sublime scents and learn the art of perfumery.

Spa day

Indulge in some much-needed hen do R&R with a sumptuous spa day in the Cotswolds, with a host of places offering pampering hen parties

The exquisite choices include C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor, The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester, De Vere Cotswold Water Park, and Calcot Spa near Tetbury, which all offer a heavenly spa to relax and catch-up with your hens in a tranquil setting.

Afternoon tea

Tuck into a scrumptious selection of sandwiches and cakes with an afternoon tea experience. Whether you’re looking for somewhere sleek and swanky like The Fish Hotel or The Kings Head Hotel or perhaps, something more traditional like afternoon tea at The Chipping Norton Tea Set, hens will be spoilt for choice in the Cotswolds.

Rally Driving

Thrill-seeking hen parties with a need for speed can race around the tracks at Gloucestershire Rally School, with an exhilarating experience day with expert tuition and the chance to go full throttle on the race track.

Watersports

Hen parties looking to make a splash with a jam-packed day out at Waterland can take on a series of activities and tasks including stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing and kayaking.

Clay shooting

Set your weekend off with a bang and book your hen do activity at Ian Coley Shooting School. With expert tutoring from a friendly instructor, hens can take aim and shoot at series of flying clay targets.


Cotswolds hen do places to eat


With a whole host of cuisines to choose from, foodie fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to Cotswold eateries.

Elegant eateries

Hen parties looking to wine and dine in style can head to the sumptuous setting of The Lygon Arms in Broadway or head into nearby Cheltenham and splash the cash on a meal at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie. Also promising some refined dining is Malt Restaurant at Cowley Manor, with a menu offering exquisite culinary delights.

Group dining

For more relaxed dining and tasty offerings, hens can head for tapas at Toro Lounge in Cirencester, tuck into scrumptious pub grub at The White Hart Inn in Winchcombe or, enjoy a good old British classic with fish and chips at Russells Fish and Chips in Broadway.

Alternative offerings

Featuring something a little different for health-conscious hen parties, tasty alternatives include Asparagasm in Nailsworth and The Royal Oak Tetbury, whose menus features vegan dishes and tasty treats for every appetite.

See soglos.com/food/cotswolds/venues to find out more, along with plenty of other delicious dining options.


Cotswold hen do places to drink


Boasting a whole host of cosy country pubs, discerning drinkers can enjoy the Cotswold charm at The Bell at Stow, sip on a gin or two at The Maytime Inn in Burford, and sample a real ale at The Ebrington Arms in Chipping Campden.

Whether you’re looking for something a little livelier or somewhere to make some shapes on the dance floor, Seventeen Black in Cirencester is a wine bar with a DJ and live music too.

Other alternatives for a boozy beverage or two include Graze in Cirencester, which also promises a place for private parties fit for the perfect hen do celebration.


Cotswolds hen do nightclubs


Hens can don their dancing shoes and party through the night at REVA in Cirencester. Promising an evening of floor fillers, lively hen parties can enjoy an evening of catchy tunes and can book the VIP area for a little added luxury.

Cheltenham is also within easy reach for those planning a hen do in the Cotswolds and offers a vibrant nightlife that’s ideal for getting the celebrations started. For ideas on where to party, check out our Cheltenham hen do guide.


By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Wednesday 13 December 2017

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