There’s no better time to be British than 2012, with the black cloud of the economic downturn lifting to make the country the centre of the world’s attention in the Olympic year. With the eyes of the world upon us, there’s finally cause for optimism in the UK and with this in mind, it’s no surprise that thousands of couples are planning to tie the knot in this year of years.
Planning a hen party to mark the bride-to-be’s rites-of-passage down the aisle can be a bit of a headache for the chief bridesmaid. Not only do you have to choose a location that’s easy to get to with great nightlife, you also have to handpick the activities that are going to get all members of the party, regardless of age and background, into the mood. Here are Hen Heaven’s top 5 destination picks for 2012.
Obviously you might want to give London a swerve in the fortnight of the Olympics, unless you want to be paying a premium for hotel rooms, but if you head to the nation’s capital after the Games, you’ll be able to sample the wave of enthusiasm classically left in the wake of the competition. London’s diversity is its greatest asset as you might have guessed from its “world in one city” nickname but our favourite activity for hen weekends in London has to be a spa and pamper experience at the Grange hotel. London hen party perfection.
Brighton’s reputation for hen weekends is without parallel, thanks to incredible shopping, nightlife and its location right next to the South Downs, meaning its ideally placed for adrenalin activities like quad and hover biking which are good for all-action girls. There’s no more exciting city than Brighton afterdark with its eclectic night haunts, eccentric characters and of course, the matter of an obligatory dip in English Channel to top off a night of chaos.
Liverpool’s redevelopment after its 2008 Capital of Culture year mean it’s ditched its unsavoury reputation to become a proper 21st century city with world-class restaurants, clubs and some of the friendliest inhabitants in the country. One benefit to a Liverpool hen weekend that you might not have thought about but will thank me for later, is the fact that all of the nightlife is centred upon the city centre, meaning you can leave your flats at home for your Liverpool hen night. Sounds like a small consideration, but will pay off big-time on the night.
If you’ve never visited the Scottish capital you’d be in for a treat with an Edinburgh hen party – this is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is arguably the global home of live comedy. Every August thousands of stand-up comedians and actors descend upon the city but all year round you can find something to tickle your funny bone in one of the many top comedy clubs the city possesses. Wonder architecture, shopping and hotels make Edinburgh a no-brainer when it comes to hen weekends.
No list of hen weekend destinations would be complete without Newcastle, arguably the party capital of Great Britain. Revellers gather in their thousands to this North East clubber’s paradise for the engaging, hilarious locals, the cheap drinks and the range of amazing activities you can tie into your hen party. Pole dancing lessons, cocktail making and cheerleading are just three of the incredible opportunities to really light the tinderbox of your Newcastle hen party.
So there you have it, 5 amazing destinations to factor into your hen party planning – don’t let 2012 pass without getting into the spirit of things – discover a city in the UK for yourselves and give the bride-to-be the send-off she deserves.
Mark Booth is web content editor for Hen Heaven, the UK’s leading provider of hen weekends and hen nights in the UK and abroad. Call 01273 225 070 or visit their site to find out more.