Top 10 tips for planning a hen weekend in Cornwall

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Cornwall has everything you could want for a hen weekend and more (particularly if you’re looking for a little more than the just latest clubs). Whether you fancy an action-packed getaway that offers an adrenalin rush, or something a little more indulgent, there’s something to suit you.

We’ve put together our recommendations for a range activities to suit groups of all ages, including everything from vintage tea parties to spa days and hat making workshops. All these suggestions work just as well for girls’ weekends away as for hen weekends – perfect for celebrating a special birthday.

Top tips for making your hen weekend a success

1. Self catering is a popular option for hen weekends as it gives you the freedom to do your own thing. We’ve got several larger self-catering cottages that are ideal for groups, with plenty of communal space for eating together, hanging out, and of course, some party games.


2.Create a playlist as the soundtrack for your weekend. Choose some tunes for getting ready to, some chill-out stuff, and something for dancing around to in your PJs.

3. Gifts for the hen. Ask each member of the hen party to bring/make something special which relates to your friendship with the bride-to-be. It’s a lovely way of sharing some of your history together, particularly if you don’t all know each other, and it will be something unique the bride will cherish.

4. Pampering or spa sessions. Need we say more?

5. Cocktails (or alcohol-free ‘mocktails’) are great fun. Try a classic Manhattan, frozen Margarita or Mojito, or make up your own.


6. Games are an essential part of any hen weekend. They can be as clever or as silly as you like, depending on the group. Games like ‘Mr & Mrs’ are always good fun.

7. Fancy dress: choose a theme and go wild. Think Sex and the City, Hollywood (or Bollywood) glamour. Films are a good source of inspiration, particularly if the bride-to-be has a favourite. Classics such as Grease or Dirty Dancing have the added bonus of of a great soundtrack.

8. Make it memorable with an unusual activity. Vintage tea parties, where you get to dress up with fabulous accessories such as wigs, long gloves and feather head-dresses are really popular at the moment.

9. Spoil yourselves with an unforgettable dining experience. If there’s a large group of you, it’s best to book in advance to make sure you can get a table at the place you want to eat.

10. Don’t forget your camera! Once the weekend’s over, you can set up a space online where you can all share your photos. Most online photo sharing services like Facebook or Google+ have settings you can use to keep the photos private if you want to keep them to yourselves!

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