Forget a night out in your local pub; your send-off into married life deserves something a little more special! A hen weekend is the perfect chance to let your hair down and enjoy some quality time with your best friends before you tie the knot, so start planning your hen party holiday today. Our hen and stag partner Freedom are experts at planning memorable hen weekends, making them the ideal provider to arrange all your fun for you!
Where Should You Book a Hen Weekend?
This is the first big question when planning a hen weekend – at home or abroad? Staying in the UK means nobody needs to worry about forgetting their passport, you don’t have to get on a plane, and you can choose from a wide range of activities including spa days, cocktail masterclasses and Burlesque parties. You could also surprise the group with something a little more unexpected like paintballing, life drawing or an escape room.
However with short-haul flights to Europe becoming cheaper, going abroad isn’t the expensive blowout it once was. In fact, you could find yourselves paying the same amount, or even less, than you would on a UK break! A break abroad also gives you an excuse to disconnect from life at home and focus on celebrating the upcoming nuptials with your best friends. Whatever you’re imagining for your hen weekend, Freedom can help you make it happen.
How to Book a Cheap Hen Holiday
Plan in advance: On a hen weekend there are likely to be at least 10 guests, so you can’t afford to leave arrangements until the last minute. Establish who’s coming, find a date when everyone’s available, and book as soon as you can. Freedom allows you to book hotels or activities with a deposit of just £50, and if anyone has to drop out they’ll let you reduce your group number 6 weeks before the day.
Book as a group: Freedom make it easy to keep group bookings organised, with an online system that allows you to add activities, invite other guests and set up payment systems for guests. People can pay individually as late as 6 weeks before the event, and there’s also the option for the organiser to hide activities from other guests if they want to keep something a surprise!
Get food sorted: Eating out in a large group can be expensive and extremely stressful, so make sure you have a plan for meals! If you’re on a beach holiday book all inclusive or self catering to allow flexibility, while if you’re on a city break go for B&B and make meal reservations in advance. Freedom can suggest some top dining experiences to make your evening particularly special.
Popular Hen Weekend Destinations
Where you go for your hen weekend depends on what kind of break you want. If you’re looking for a party weekend by the beach, Spain is a popular choice – splash out in Valencia, go cheap and cheerful in Benidorm, or hit the clubs in Magaluf. If you want a sun holiday that’s more low-key, try the sunny island of Tenerife or the classy beach clubs of Marbella.
Your other main option is a city break, with a fun mix of culture and cocktails! Prague and Amsterdam are two of Europe’s biggest nightlife hubs, or you can stay local in London, Leeds or Newcastle. If your days of hard partying are behind you, consider Barcelona or Madrid for delicious food, beautiful sights and great shopping.
Whatever you're looking for, Freedom can help you organise your dream hen party. With a huge range of UK and overseas hotels and more than 100 activity ideas to offer, their travel experts are your one-stop shop for all your questions and booking needs.