Bake with a Legend baking hen party workshop

Hen Party Workshops – Exciting and Creative Activities

Forget about primping and preening with a relaxing hen weekend… it’s time to get crafty. There are a whole load of exciting and creative hen party workshops where you can learn or hone a skill – with the addition of naked men, of course. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom rounds them all up.

Bake with a Legend

Get ready to lovingly erect your buns and conquer the dreaded soggy bottom on your hen do.

Bake with a Legend baking hen party workshop

That’s right – this is baking, GBBO style, with our Bake with a Legend activity. Our all-new and exciting hen party activity will take you on a doughy journey – inspired from the hit TV show.

You’ll bake with former (and legendary, hence the name) contestants of the programme. We’re not talking minor stars. Howard Middleton, the unsuspecting victim of custard gate and Bake Off memes. Paul Jagger, the creator of the world-famous lion in bread (rendering Paul Hollywood speechless…). Ian Cumming, the runner up of season six. Glenn Cosby, renowned for his supersize baking talents. Those are just some of your expert teachers. You’ll even get a glass of Prosecco, snacks throughout the class and prizes for Star Baker. On your marks, get set, bake!

Graffiti Workshop

Get out and paint the streets of London (not literally) on your hen party with a graffiti workshop.

Graffiti Hen Party Workshop

With this activity, anything goes. Channel your inner Banksy and get creative (and covered) as you learn spray paint and stencil techniques under the guidance of an expert (not Banksy – our contacts only stretch so far).

You’ll produce your own masterpiece and go on a whirlwind tour of East London’s infamous street art, seeing work from the likes of Banksy (him again), Shepard Fairey, Invader and Jimmy C.

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Wandering Wings line-up

Wandering Wings – The Ultimate Festival-Folk Pop Wedding Band

When you plan your wedding you want everything to be perfect. The perfect dress, the perfect venue and the perfect wedding band… Hopefully you’ve got your dress and venue sorted, and as for your perfect wedding band, well… we’d like you to meet Wandering Wings.

Wandering Wings are a talented ensemble of five acoustic musicians, who perform an extensive repertoire of songs in a feel-good folky style. The band features lead singer Danny on keys, Sam singing backing vocals and playing the double bass, acoustic guitar from Dion, Max on the sax and James on the drums.

Wandering Wings line-up

They are extremely experienced, having performed all over Europe and on UK stages, as well as appearing on national TV and radio. Some of their most memorable performances have been at venues such as Wembley Stadium and The Cavern Club! With musical degrees from prestigious universities, the band members have vast musical knowledge, which they use to perform to the highest standards.

Not Your Average Wedding Band

Popularising the folk-pop genre, artists such as Mumford and Sons, Avicii and Passenger have transformed the music industry. Wandering Wings took inspiration from these artists to form the ultimate festival-folk pop wedding band. With their stylish, rustic image, incredible talent and authentic instruments, they are the complete festival wedding band package. If you’re in love with the pop-folk hits of today, Wandering Wings are the wedding band for you.

Wandering Wings heads in picture frames

A Repertoire Full of Feel-Good Hits

Wandering Wings’ repertoire consists of pop, rock, soul and disco songs, performed in their signature, folk-infused acoustic style. With decades’ worth of hits to play, their music suits all audiences, no matter their age. Everyone is generously catered for with anthems from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Oasis, Maroon 5, Adele, Mumford & Sons and many more.

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Lane7 Newcastle Hen Party Activity

The Best Newcastle Hen Party Activities

The spectacular homeland of Geordie Shore, Newcastle Brown Ale and the North’s finest nightlife. Newcastle was, rightfully so, top of the most popular hen party destinations in 2016. Last Night of Freedom, stag and hen experts and resident Geordies, are super proud of the city. Lauren rounds up the best Newcastle hen party activities.

Geordie Shore Makeover

Your Newcastle hen weekend is about to get even more glam… with a Geordie Shore makeover.

Geordie Shore Makeover Newcastle Hen Party Activity

This gorgeous city is the holy land of bouncy hair and big lashes, and this luxurious makeover session will prepare you for a weekend in The Toon. The Geordie Shore girls don’t leave the house without primping and preening, and there won’t be any hens looking less than perfect on our watch.

This beautiful salon, located right in the centre of Newcastle, has styled the stunning Geordie Shore girls, as well as everyone’s favourite Gogglebox star, Scarlett Moffat. You’ll get a professional hair stylist and make-up artist taking care of you, and you can even bring your own Prosecco to toast to a fab hen weekend.

Lane7

Forget your childhood games of bowling, this is 21st century bowling.

Lane7 Newcastle Hen Party Activity

Lane7 is a concept unique to Newcastle – and a hugely popular one at that. The American diner-style venue, dedicated to the games of the past, features an uber-cool bowling alley, ping pong and beer pong tables, arcade games and a sweet karaoke room to boot. It has combined all this with a gastro pub, serving delicious food inspired from Murica.

Lane7 boasts an unrivalled atmosphere, as well as classic cocktails and Hooch (for those feeling super retro). We’ll arrange your bowling game, buffet and drink.

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Newcastle - Most Popular Hen Party Destinations of 2016

Most Popular Hen Party Destinations of 2016

Last Night of Freedom has over 25,000 stag and hen weekends under their belt, and 2016 was the biggest year yet. As it has drawn to a close, Lauren Green rounds up the most popular hen party destinations of 2016.

1. Newcastle

The undisputed northern nightlife hub has clinched the top spot for the second year in a row.

Newcastle - Most Popular Hen Party Destinations of 2016

Newcastle‘s cosmopolitan centre can be split into several exciting and alluring drinking districts, including the illustrious Diamond Strip (better known for its stint on Geordie Shore), the Quayside overlooking stunning attractions on the river bank and the opulent Grey Street.

This wonderful city even features one of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, the world-famous Metrocentre. Plus, with so many fabulous Newcastle hen party activities it’s little wonder that this city is firmly in the heart of our hens.

2. Dublin

Delicious Dublin is lively and, quite frankly, outrageous.

Dublin - Most Popular Hen Party Destinations of 2016

A never-ending party of iconic and boozy attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Whiskey to name but a few. For this, Dublin has retained the coveted second spot for another year.

Of course, special mention goes to the legendary Temple Bar. It’s Dublin’s most famous son and home to a huge amount of traditional pubs, swish bars and clubs that don’t stop until dawn. The Fair City thoroughly deserves its title.

3. London

After a fourth place finish in 2014 and 15, London has made it into the top three most popular hen party destinations of 2016.

London - Most Popular Hen Party Destinations of 2016

Landan Taan has seen a whole new wave of activities take centre stage. From the likes of a WAH Nail masterclass and a London Bus afternoon tea, to a graffiti workshop in East London and a cocktail class at the A-list haunt, Juju. Plus, it has stolen the crown of marvellous Marbs.

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The Headland Hotel and Spa - Hotels with a View

Hotels with a View – Wedding Venues and Romantic Breaks

We know how important it is to capture your wedding day, so we’ve selected some of the most popular hotels with a view in England and Scotland. With views guaranteed to impress, not only will they make stunning backdrops for your wedding photography, but all the venues listed are also perfect for your first getaway as newlyweds.

St James Hotel, Nottingham, England

Perfect for: Weddings

St James Hotel is an independent boutique hotel conveniently located in the heart of Nottingham city centre. The venue boasts 87 beautifully designed bedrooms and several function rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and other events. Its largest room can hold up to 180 people (banquet style).

If you would like a room with a view then you should choose ‘The Penthouse’, with refurbishments made in 2014 inspired by the luxurious grand palazzos of Venice.

The Penthouse, St James Hotel - Hotels with a View

The Penthouse overlooks Nottingham Castle, which is within a two minute walk of the hotel. St James Hotel is permitted to use the site as a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs. The castle has a fascinating history dating back to William the Conqueror in 1067, and has been a museum and art gallery since 1878.

The picturesque location and luxury rooms makes St James Hotel the perfect destination for both weddings and romantic breaks.

Room rates from £50 per room, per night.

St James Hotel, 1 Rutland Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6FL.

Tel: 0115 9411114

Banchory Lodge, Royal Deeside, Scotland

Perfect for: A Romantic Break

Banchory Lodge is an idyllic picture-postcard weekend retreat nestled in the heart of Royal Deeside. Set on the banks of the River Dee, in stunning Scottish countryside, this hotel oozes style.

Banchory Lodge - Hotels with a View

Retaining its country house charm, the Georgian building was extensively refurbished in 2014, with gorgeous quirky Scottish interior design at the heart of the hotel. It’s a place to chill out, relax and soak in the views where the salmon regularly leap.

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