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  • lisap4123
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
    Hen Weekend Away for around 80 each
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
    For my hen weekend away (May 2010) we stayed in a large Yurt and large tipi in a woods in Herefordshire, split the cost between us. We had a budget for a picnick, BBQ , party food and breakfasts too. Accom and food came to 60 pp.

    We also hired canadian canoes and went on an organised trip down the river Wye - 6.60 per person. We picknicked by the river on a hot summers day and paddled in the river and swam in some safer parts where current was safe. We had a bbq and camp fire with fun and games on the Sat night. We also had a night in town on the Friday night which bumped the total cost up to around 80 per person, but without the night in town the whole weekend was only 66.60 each plus shared costs of petrol in shared cars to get there - about 3.50 each.

    We had a wonderful weekend but we were really lucky with the weather in that it was really hot and sunny. I am not sure if it would have been such fun in the rain !

    There are loads of things you can do which arent rip-offs.


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    • lozziem
    • By lozziem 16th Jun 10, 8:51 AM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 8:51 AM
    Hen do
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    • 16th Jun 10, 8:51 AM
    For my hen do we have found a deal with a comedy club in Clapham. The clapham grand. They are doing a deal over summer, for 10 you get reserved seating, free arrival drink and night club entry. I have been to a comedy night there before and it's a nice venue, haven't tried the nightclub though. To get the special offer you have to put a voucher code in at the checkout. The code is "summeroffer".
    • lilian1977
    • By lilian1977 16th Jun 10, 9:51 AM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 9:51 AM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 9:51 AM
    I had a great hen do in Manchester, 22 gets you a welcome cocktail, a tapas meal (there was loads of food!), a 45 minute salsa & merengue lesson, tequila shot and then entry into the latino club night afterwards. Also a present for the hen! It wasn't full of hen parties, just a nice mix of people. Great fun!

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  • JoE
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    • 16th Jun 10, 11:41 AM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 11:41 AM
    My top tip - whatever you're booking, get the price BEFORE you tell them it's a stag/hen do as prices often go up as soon as they know (same goes for everything to do with weddings). And remember, with a decent size group you should be able to haggle the price down or at least get the bride/groom for free.

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  • nscott88
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:19 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:19 PM
    Hi there,

    My boyfriend is best man in September so he has the difficulty of arranging the infamous stag do! He has decided to go to Liverpool as it would cost too much to go abroad and Liverpool is only a 4 hour drive away (from Glasgow). Do any of you have suggestions on what they could do?

    Thanks,
    Natalie
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    • By bubbles0169 16th Jun 10, 1:20 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:20 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:20 PM
    you could have a hen night in party, like a adult sleep over or they go home at end of the night
    get your cheap booze from the supermarket and look online for cocktail recipes and
    play trivia games(also online) designed for hen partys too

    if you do want to go out alot of the clubs give you a discount, VIP access if you pay a certain amount,get in by a certain time and ring before to book it

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    • zipman23
    • By zipman23 16th Jun 10, 1:42 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:42 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:42 PM
    Hi there,

    My boyfriend is best man in September so he has the difficulty of arranging the infamous stag do! He has decided to go to Liverpool as it would cost too much to go abroad and Liverpool is only a 4 hour drive away (from Glasgow). Do any of you have suggestions on what they could do?

    Thanks,
    Natalie
    Originally posted by nscott88
    I'm off to Liverpool next month for a stag do (Not mine, but it is my first). We're going July 9th-11th and plan to go to Chester Races on the Saturday (I think theres a 'big' meet that day). Staying in a Premier Inn which is costing 26/room per night, local train to the racecourse is something like 4 return and then plan to get blitzed on the night time! (obviously with our winnings!)
    English by birth. GEORDIE by the grace of God.
    • wba31
    • By wba31 16th Jun 10, 1:46 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:46 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:46 PM
    I agree with Bristol Dancer, don't book through these companies online...

    I organised my friends stag do last weekend. 8 guys. We all met in Solihull, where the groom lives, and in 2 cars drove to Snowdonia. We went quad trekking at Adventure Mountain off the A5, that was 36 each. We stayed B & B at the YHA hostel at Swallow Falls, with breakfast was 21 each. We went into Betws y Coed on the night and had a number of drinks, we got fish and chips from the chip shop. then on the sunday lunch time we did a raft building activity with Get Wet Adventure based near Bala, which was 15 per person. For lunch and dinner on the saturday, drinks on the night, and lunch on the sunday, people bought their own. total cost per guy, inlcuding fuel and covering the stag was 90 each. I spent 130 in total, but that included tequila shots etc. To do something similar through one these websites would be 200 plus. The room in the hostel was basic, 8 bunks, but had our own bathroom and it was comfy. the hostel itself had a pub/restaurant so we could have stayed their for the night.
    most importantly the groom had an awesome time, and I would fully recommend Adventure Mountain for the quad trekking, and Get Wet for any of their activities. We had an awesome time on both!

    http://www.adventure-mountain.co.uk/
    http://www.get-wet.co.uk/
  • AnnaLouise
    For my hen weekend away (May 2010) we stayed in a large Yurt and large tipi in a woods in Herefordshire, split the cost between us. We had a budget for a picnick, BBQ , party food and breakfasts too. Accom and food came to 60 pp.

    We also hired canadian canoes and went on an organised trip down the river Wye - 6.60 per person. We picknicked by the river on a hot summers day and paddled in the river and swam in some safer parts where current was safe. We had a bbq and camp fire with fun and games on the Sat night. We also had a night in town on the Friday night which bumped the total cost up to around 80 per person, but without the night in town the whole weekend was only 66.60 each plus shared costs of petrol in shared cars to get there - about 3.50 each.

    We had a wonderful weekend but we were really lucky with the weather in that it was really hot and sunny. I am not sure if it would have been such fun in the rain !

    There are loads of things you can do which arent rip-offs.
    Originally posted by lisap4123
    Can you please tell me where you did the canoeing down the River Wye? Am heading that way in August for a hen weekend and that sounds ideal!

    Thanks
  • DeepBlue
    Little more than the cost of a train fare
    I live in Brighton and have picked up many tips on hen nights on the cheap. An ASDA smart price bottle of of Vodka and some own brand cola should get even the most overweight of party goers nice and drunk on the journey to the seaside. If carefully planned, unconsciousness should kick in by about 7pm ready for a night in A&E. On your release the following day, simply jump back on the train and head home. A fantastic night not to remember can be had for less than a tenner and the cost of a train fare. Stags can save even more by not purchasing a pink cowboy hat.
    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 16th Jun 10, 4:39 PM
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    I agree with the suggestion of the 'stag/hen night in' party. For my sister's hen night one of the possibilities discussed was staying in, watching Sex and the City box sets and chick flicks, eating chocolate and ice cream, drinking cocktails doing pampering stuff (face packs, painting each other's nails etc) and just generally chilling out. You could also do a stag version but with video games or Steven Seagal-type movies.
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    • Sarah-J
    • By Sarah-J 16th Jun 10, 5:14 PM
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    Sarah-J
    My excellent hen do!
    Just had my hen do We took a boat trip up the Thames from Abingdon to Oxford for 10.50pp, raided the supermarket, and then headed down to Christchurch Meadows for a picnic by the river with some srumbly food and Pimms. The evening was spent at a middle eastern restaurant, again by the river (are you spotting a theme here?!), where we had a fixed price mezze at 15pp (tons of food!) and belly dancing.

    Some folk came for the whole day and some just came for parts of it, so it wasn't too pricey. Total costs including drinks was probably around 50-60 for the day, which I don't think's too bad! My friends that organised it probably spent an extra 10 or so on props for some very simple silly games, which were great fun & worked extremely well without being the usual ritual humiliation - let me know if you want any details of them. I had a wonderful day

    So stick with the advice of keeping it local, and look around for things that you can do for yourselves like picnics - you really don't have to spend a fortune. It does help to have a back up plan if the weather's not as great as it was for me though - this is the UK after all...
  • foxystoat69
    For the folks who have mentioned Liverpool/Chester Races, the meeting on Saturday 10th July, call Chester Races Box office, the cost of tickets to the open course (the centre of the course) is normally 10, but for groups of 30+ there's a 20% discount on this.

    I'm having one of my stag do's there...in the slightly more expensive section ....

    Race dates here http://www.chester-races.co.uk/fixtures

    Box Office number is 01244 304610
    • layla1979
    • By layla1979 16th Jun 10, 6:56 PM
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    layla1979
    Im in need od w1lly straws and ballons etc! Anyone know where I can get them cheap?
    Thanks to everyone who posts
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  • Amelia S
    I've booked the afternoon part of my hen do with Kiki and Eli who run cupcake decorating hen parties! All my hens are totally up for it as not only is it an ultra-girlie activity but everyone gets to learn a new skill and take away with them all the lovely cupcakes they've made, so my hens get something out of it too.. its about 30 per person which we thought was pretty reasonable, plus they're based in the country side so we're getting away from the city night out saga and having a country girlie retreat instead : )

    Layla1979 - i hosted a hen do a little while back and got those straws cheaply on ebay ; )
    • clairmelville
    • By clairmelville 16th Jun 10, 7:50 PM
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    clairmelville
    Cheap-ish hen do.
    Pleasant surprise at the last hen do I went on.

    The hen went to Alton towers (and had loads of BOGOF vouchers), and stayed in a lovely lodge close by with a jacuzzi and self catering. Ended up paying 50 for the accomodation (six sharing a cabin but not cramped at all), 10 for food (including a packed lunch at Alton Towers), plus 15 for entry.
    Was less than 100 for the whole weekend including getting there and snacks through the day.

    Much better than the last hen weekend I went on in London which cost over 350.
    • Shirazee
    • By Shirazee 16th Jun 10, 8:49 PM
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    Shirazee
    My eldest daughter recently went on a hen night to Magaluf. As the hen she drank free all night and the rest of the party got a jug of 'sex on the beach' and shots for free, and after that any drinks were two for one, she said that they struggled to drink all the free alcohol which was available to them!
  • lisap4123
    Can you please tell me where you did the canoeing down the River Wye? Am heading that way in August for a hen weekend and that sounds ideal!

    Thanks
    Originally posted by AnnaLouise
    Sure we used Wyedean based at Simmons Yat - beautiful riverside village.
    http://wyedean.co.uk/

    They were knowledgable and professional and hunky guys too.
    There were 2 other stag do's canoeing down the river but just us as the hen do. It was a really sociable activity as you get to chat so so many other canoers going down river at same time. We did the half day from something bridge castle or something back to Simmonds Yat which is meant to take 3 hours but took us 4 (we stopped for half hour picnic). If I did it again I would do the days canoeing on the same stretch and have a more leisurely journey, as for the last hour we were getting tired and having to canoe quite hard to get back.
    It was an amazing experience and I would definately recommend. Only 1 of our group had canoed before and we all got on fine. No capsizes or anything - they are very stable canoes.

    Hope this helps.
  • Chipolina
    DIY Hen Party
    I had two hen parties. One was an ann summers party with the girls from work. I organised a buffet, just pizzas, crisps, sandwiches etc all of which I got from Asda fairly cheaply and asked the girls to bring a bottle each. It was great fun and worked really well. My second hen party was a 'pamper party' which I held at my house. I know a girl who is training to be a beauty therapist at college so her and a friend did the treatments for us at college prices. Again I provided a buffet and asked everyone to bring a bottle. This was excellent fun and everyone enjoyed the pampering. Much less stress abd expense than a weekend away but still lots of fun!
    I wasn't overly bothered about going to a nightclub etc but if you wanted to you could hold the pamper party or ann summers party first and then go into town etc.
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