Wednesday 18 September 2019

15 of the best locations for hen and stag dos in Gloucestershire

If you’re planning a fun-filled stag or hen do in Gloucestershire, this hot list is all you need to get started planning an epic weekend to remember.

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, sponsored by Hillside Brewery.

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.

For more information about Hillside Brewery, visit hillsidebrewery.com directly.


1. Hillside Brewery


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.

Start your day with an exhilarating match of archery tag, before tasting a few of Hillside’s delicious beers and exploring the family-run brewery on a guided tour. Then it’s time to get back to the action with an afternoon of bubble football followed by a delicious cheese board.

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.


2. Woodchester Valley Vineyard


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.


3. Cowley Manor


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-meter 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.


4. Cheltenham Racecourse


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!


5. Glamping at Wildwood Bluebell


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.


6. Flyup 417 Bike Park


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.


7. Delta Force Paintball


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.


8. The Spa at Hatherley Manor


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 brand-new luxury spa only 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


9. Land Rover Experience Eastnor


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.


10. Bottomless Brunch at The Fire Station


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


11. Camping at Thistledown


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.


12. Go Ape


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.


13. Vanilla Pod Bakery Cupcake Wars


Recently returning to The Vanilla Pod Bakery for 2019, Cupcake Wars is a great activity for an afternoon of creative competitive fun.

Hens split into two teams to decorate a box of naked cupcakes with buttercream, rainbow food colouring, sprinkles and sugar paste. The winner gets a prize and each guest can take home their tasty creations.

Located at its new 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.


14. Temple Guiting Manor and Barn


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.


15. Harts Barn Cookery School


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

© SoGlos
Friday 11 January 2019

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