If you’re organising a hen weekend, the South West has two of the best locations in the country. Holly Speed of Regional Games looks at what’s on offer for Cardiff and Bath hen weekends…
There comes a time in a woman’s life when that big question gets popped. You know, that really important question from the one person who means the absolute world to you. “Will you… be my bridesmaid!?”
The pressure is on to plan the most amazing hen weekend possible for your best friend to show her how much she means to you and all her friends.
There are so many great cities in the United Kingdom to visit, but we’ve narrowed it down to two of the best. Now all you need to decide is whether to make it a Bath hen weekend or a Cardiff hen weekend!
Cardiff and Bath Hen Weekend Activities
Bath and Cardiff have a lot to offer when it comes to hen party activities, with something to suit every energy level and budget.
Thermae Bath Spa
Of course, there’s Thermae Bath Spa, one of the best day spas in the country. It has steam rooms, whirl pools, foot baths and a heated rooftop pool with beautiful views over the spires of Bath.
West Country Games
For something a little more energetic, why not head to West Country Games for a crazy day out in the countryside? It’s situated just outside Bristol and has nine West Country themed games on offer. You can try your hand at their Cider Run, Wipeout and Pitch Fork Duel.
Guaranteed to have you all crying with laughter, this is great for blowing the cobwebs away, and perfect for any Bath hen weekend.
There’s also a sister site over in Cardiff which offers a similar day out served up as Welsh Games. All with a Welsh theme, there’s a hilarious sheep rodeo, the chance to ride the pit pony and some merciless firing of tennis balls at Charlotte Church and Tom Jones!
You get your own activity instructor to keep energy levels up and free photos thrown in too. Welsh Games really is a great all-rounder for Cardiff activities.
Cardiff White Water Rafting
Both Bath and Cardiff have some great water-based activities to take advantage of too. In Cardiff you can go white water rafting right in the heart of the city.
Best known for their rafting and indoor surfing experiences, the company based in Cardiff Bay also runs trips further afield to spots where you can go river kayaking and gorge walking.
Bath River Cruise
For a more sedate option, why not hire a boat in Bath to take you on a Booze Cruise down the River Avon?
You can commandeer your own vessel complete with crew, a fully licensed bar and sound system ready to play your selection of tunes. The perfect way to kick off the evening’s activities!
Nights Out in Cardiff
As a capital city, Cardiff has plenty to offer on a night out. With a tonne of live music venues and lots of venues that welcome large groups, this ticks all the boxes for your hen weekend.
Try the cocktail bars in Cardiff Bay on the Friday night for a slightly quieter evening. This will give you the chance to catch up with everyone and save crazy St Mary’s Street for the Saturday night. With more bars and clubs than you can shake a stick at, this street is buzzing at the weekends, so why not kick off the night with a bar crawl? Don’t miss out the likes of Be At One cocktail bar, Missoula and Peppermint Bar.
Just around the corner are a couple of gems. Head to the Revolution de Cuba for some fun conga-ing around the room with some of this rum bar’s own maracas. Or, dip off to the Live Lounge to catch the city’s best live music. Both are big enough to fit a hen group in yet small enough to keep the atmosphere friendly and chatty.
Finish off the night back on St Mary’s Street with 90’s-tastic Popworld. Or, for a mixture of all the best cheesy and chart tunes, Tiger Tiger is always a winner!
Nights Out in Bath
For a great night out in Bath, stick to the underground bars. We don’t mean grimy joints with a secret knock, but underground, classy cocktail bars set in cellars beneath historic Bath.
Opium Bar, tucked away beneath Pulteney Bridge is a shabby-chic cocktail bar that is infamous amongst the locals. Sub 13 is another subterranean joint serving delicious cocktails, and it even has its own champagne lounge.
If your night starts a little earlier, head to the roof of Hall & Woodhouse to soak up last of the sunshine. Then, pop around the corner to the Bath Canary Gin Bar for the largest selection of gins you’ve ever seen.
Club XL is a great shout to end the night. Bath’s biggest club guarantees all the biggest tunes to keep you and the girls on your feet until the early hours!
Situated just off the M4 and not far off the M5, both destinations are easy to reach by road. They also have train stations situated in their respective centres making them a doddle to get to from almost anywhere in the country.
Guest Post by Holly Speed of Regional Games