30 AUGUST 2012
Hen weekends are the perfect opportunity to take part in some original, fun and even cultural activities with your girlfriends.
A celebration of the bride-to-be's last moments as a single lady, the plans should reflect her personality as much as her wedding day.
So for anyone who loves art, food and a bit of pampering, here are our favourite hen-night options, minus the L-plates.
The Arty Girl
Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire and Kinsale Pottery, Cork offer a creative start to building the memories that make a wedding complete.
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Hen parties are invited to experience the pleasure of making clay and ceramic sculptures and work on group projects under tuition in a fun-filled environment. You can even get into some jewellery-making at Kinsale where the inclusive nature of expert instruction means everybody can join in.
A guaranteed way to achieve amazing results and fabulous personalised souvenirs to remind you of a fun, girly day
Already well known for its weekly organic food stalls Borough market, London hosts the Underground Cookery School.
Your cooking party begins with a canapé reception whilst music and wine tasting set the atmosphere for a friendly introduction to gourmet cooking.
As well as learning tricks of the trade in creating delicious sushi, canapés and cupcakes, there will be a chance to get competitive in cooking challenges.
Avoiding the traditional hen pub-crawl doesn't necessarily call for angelic behaviour. At Choccywoccydoodah (Bar du Chocolat), Brighton expect an indulgent evening in a decadent boudoir.
Here an extravagant chocolate feast will be served to you and your guests as you relax with a sumptuous hot chocolate made from pure Belgian chocolate. A great way to spend hours being catered to with your nearest and dearest – just don't expect to leave hungry!
Enjoy a historic day in bliss by visiting the 2,000 year old Roman baths whose thermic waters are thought to have brought health and vitality to its affluent and arty city for centuries.
Situated over the baths themselves sits the historic 18th century Pump Room where for only £63.50pp their Ancient & Modern package invites you to enjoy and sample the waters drawn from the famous spa fountains, before you sit down to enjoy a three course lunch.
The package is completed with a two-hour visit to Thermae Bath Spa, where you can relax in the steam rooms and luxuriate in treatments before your big day.