It can be difficult finding activities to fill a whole day and night that suit a range of tastes and budgets, but if you’re the best man or maid of honour, never fear! SoGlos has got you covered with our latest hot list.
We’ve rounded up 15 of the best locations for stag and hen dos around Gloucestershire, featuring everything from thrill-seeking adventures and relaxing spa treatments, to delicious food and drink experiences.
An award-winning vineyard in Stroud, Woodchester Valley is a stunning weekend retreat for groups of wine-loving stags and hens.
Located in Stroud, the venue boasts 45 acres under vine, which guests can explore on private tours followed by group sampling in the tasting room.
There’s even overnight accommodation available in Woodchester Valley’s three luxurious vineyard barn guest rooms for 2 guests; and for groups of four, or those travelling with dogs, there’s the stunning retreat farmhouse.
Those looking for a chance to enjoy some pampering with their best friends should look into a luxury getaway at Cotswold manor house hotel and Spa, Cowley Manor.
Located near Cheltenham, the venue’s gorgeous C-Side spa hotel boasts a luxurious 17-metre green slate indoor pool, as well as a heated outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, relaxation area, gym and treatment rooms.
There are three delicious places to dine on site – The Restaurant, The Terrace and The Bar, alongside stunning rooms for a luxurious overnight stay.
Place your bets and hope for a winner during a day of thrilling racing at Cheltenham Racecourse, promising an enthralling day of racing action, and plenty of opportunity to enjoy a boozy beverage.
Perfect for both stags and hens, a day at the races offers the chance to dress up in your Sunday best while eating, drinking and celebrating with your friends. There’s even the bonus of going home with some extra money towards your all-important honeymoon!
Glamping at Wildwood Bluebell will create memories to last a lifetime. Stag and hen groups will discover their own private Cotswold meadow with luxuriously furnished tents decorated with fairy lights, lanterns, grass like carpet and handmade cushions.
A mowed games pitch is available for group sports, with other facilities including an outdoor fire pit, an indoor fire pit surrounded by cosy rugs, a covered kitchen, and an Indian-style tent perfect for feasting as a large group.
Providing an eclectic mix of everything you could need for a beer-fuelled stag or hen do, Hillside Brewery is home to outdoor combat sports, beer tastings, brewery tours and even has its own camping facilities. Relax into the evening with plenty of drinks in the fully stocked bar, before ending the night camping under the stars, in the rolling countryside of the idyllic Forest of Dean.
Find out what the SoGlos team thought about this experience in our Hillside Brewery experience day review.
Flyup417 is a mountain biking park for all abilities, near to Cheltenham. The 100-acre farm on Crickley Hill is the largest private mountain bike facility in England and offers a huge number of different riding disciplines in one location.
Perfect for stags or hens who love to ride, or beginners who want to give extreme sports a try, Flyup417 offers group coaching sessions making it ideal for a fun and active start to your celebrations.
Competitive groups will love donning their helmets and preparing for battle at Delta Force Paintball, just over the border in South Bristol. Protective clothing, guns and paintballs are all available on site, and the sport is open to anyone over the age of 10, making it a suitable daytime activity for those with younger stags or hens in their party.
Easily accessible from the M5, the venue is about 40 minutes from Gloucester and 20 minutes from the centre of Bristol. Teams can compete in attack and defence games as well as capture the flag challenges. It’s a great way for some good and not-so-clean fun ahead of a big night out.
If you’ve got a group of guys or girls who could do with a bit of pre-wedding pampering, indulge with a weekend away at Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa.
The luxury spa opened in 2018, and offers weekend packages perfect for those celebrating a special occasion. Groups can enjoy three-course dinners, spa treatments, fun evening activities and overnight accommodation, alongside access to the stunning new spa.
Find out what SoGlos thought in our Hatherley Manor Spa Review
Thrill-seeking stags and hens will love the chance to get behind the wheel and explore tough terrain around the Eastnor estate. Offering a range of full-day and half-day experiences, there’s something for all abilities, with challenging rock crawls, roller beds and steep inclines to overcome.
Land Rover Experience offers guests the opportunity to drive off-road trails in an area of outstanding natural beauty. With over 66 miles of tracks, an adventure is guaranteed.
If you’re looking for a foodie (and boozy) way to start your hen or stag do, head to Cheltenham’s The Fire Station, for a delicious weekend bottomless brunch.
Alongside its chic interiors, stunningly stocked bar and incredible cocktail menu, the venue offers two hours of unlimited Bellinis, Mimosas or Bloody Marys to wash down either a two- or three-course brunch menu.
Discover what SoGlos thought to this delicious brunch in our Fire Station Bottomless Brunch review
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Thistledown Farm near Stroud is an organically managed family farm offering a relaxing and rural retreat for stags and hens looking to enjoy some quality time in the great Gloucestershire outdoors.
There’s also an on-site café which opens late on Friday and Saturday nights offering sourdough pizzas cooked in the clay oven. Alongside locally sourced beers, ciders, wines and gin, the café is open to campers and locals, ensuring a real party atmosphere.
Swing through the Forest with your mates at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean. This outdoor adventure is not for the faint hearted, but is an exhilarating experience for groups looking for a hen or stag party to remember.
Learn how to use your safety equipment before climbing high into the canopy and traversing ladders, running over rope bridges, swinging into cargo nets and sliding down zip wires.
Vanilla Pod Bakery’s Cupcake Experience is a great activity for an afternoon of creative fun.
Hens split into two teams to decorate a box of naked cupcakes with buttercream, sprinkles and sugar paste. Plus, each guest can take home their tasty creations.
Located at Vanilla Pod Bakery’s studio in the heart of Cheltenham, this makes a fantastic afternoon activity for hens looking to cram lots of different experiences into their weekend of fun.
If you’re looking for a luxurious weekend retreat, the Cotswold village of Temple Guiting is home to a stunning manor house with separate barn accommodation which can sleep up to 34 people.
Ideal for large groups or those looking to combine a stag and hen weekend in gorgeous surroundings, the venue is set within 14-and-a-half acres of idyllic landscaped grounds.
Facilities include an all-weather tennis court, outdoor hot tub, table tennis, table football and a small lake within the large walled garden.
Groups can indulge their inner foodie with a hen or stag party at Harts Barn Cookery School. Overlooking the stunning countryside in Longhope, the venue can offer different cooking themes to suit its guests.
Themes include profiterole heaven, Ready, Steady, Cook challenge, cooking with local beer and cider, exotic meats, outdoor cooking, chocolate making, and cheese and wine tasting.
The venue has also hosted ‘sten’ parties, which combine both stag and hen experiences, making this a versatile venue for couples who want to celebrate together.
By Melissa Hamblett
Thursday 20 February 2020
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