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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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Welsh Games Rugby Run

Seven Reasons to Book Welsh Games

Welsh Games has quickly become one of South Wales’ most popular group activity days. Their hilarious, wacky events welcome up to 250 people every Saturday and are sure to have stag, hen, birthday and corporate teams alike in stitches all day long.

The event features nine themed games, each celebrating all things Wales. So whether you’re trying to outrun your best friend to score a try before your bungee gets twanged back, prodding your mother with an oversized leek or negotiating your way around an obstacle course in a huge dragon suit, you’re definitely in for a amusing day out!

Welsh Games Rugby Run

Welsh Games is especially popular with Cardiff hen parties, operating every Saturday from March to October. So, if you’re thinking of organising something for next year now is an ideal time to book as they are offering a free place for every group of more than 12 people.

Sarah Rogers has put together seven reasons why you should book a day out at Welsh Games…

Laughing Out Loud

Reading the reviews the first thing that stands out is everyone saying how much they laughed. Whether you’re clinging to a bucking sheep or wrestling in a Dafydd (the only one in the village) fat suit, the day is certain to bring a smile to your face.

Nine Hilarious Games

Our nine themed games feature a variety of large inflatables, fat suits, catapults and bungees. Each is designed for maximum fun and is sure to have your group in stitches. Your group’s very own Activity Host will lead you around the games and supervise the fun.


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Munich Christmas Market

Top 5 Christmas Markets for a Hen Weekend

Nothing gets us as excited as the festive season. Well, maybe several glasses of warming mulled wine. Last Night of Freedom has a vast selection of destinations that truly come alive at Christmas. So, if you’re planning celebrations in winter, here are their top Christmas markets to indulge in Yuletide cheer on your hen weekend.

Edinburgh Christmas Market, 18th November 2016 – 7th January 2017

Scotland’s life of the party, Edinburgh is one of our top hen party destinations.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh is quaint, charming and full of character. The olde-worlde city is famous for beautiful attractions, iconic architecture and the hugely popular Christmas Market. Set along Princes Street Gardens, this Christmas market is brimming with festive creations and atmosphere.

Indulge in delicious, warming mulled wine, bratwurst, cheese, chutney, roasted chestnuts and much more. The stalls also boast artwork and hand-crafted seasonal gifts for those who have left their shopping a little late.

Add a cherry to the top of the boozy Christmas cake with a ride on the Big Wheel, or a skate around the mini ice rink.

Munich Christmas Market, November 25th – December 24th 2016

The Bavarian Capital gets into the party swing towards the end of the year, starting with Oktoberfest and going straight into the festive markets.

Munich Christmas Market

Munich Christmas Market is the oldest in the city. However, there are 24 markets dotted around Munich that ensure the celebrations continue into the New Year. Dating all the way back to the 14th century and set in the Marienplatz square, this market is Santa’s Grotto.

Browse the delicate wooden stalls selling traditional, handmade gifts, nutcracker soldiers, music boxes and Bavarian Christmas ‘Pyramids’. Of course, there’s also festive food treats and that all-important mulled wine.


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Bride and groom outside entrance of The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

We get very excited when an email lands in our inbox with pictures of a styled shoot or event at The Duke of Cornwall. So you can imagine our delight when we were invited to stay at the hotel and experience it for ourselves. So, last month we set off to Devon for our stay at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

Victorian Grandeur

Dating back to 1863, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel was Plymouth’s first luxury hotel; and luxury it is. Over the years the hotel has undergone considerate restorations and improvements. When you walk up the steps of the grand entrance you feel like you are stepping back in time.

Bride and groom outside entrance of The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

If you appreciate architecture then you will love The Duke of Cornwall. Described by Sir John Betjeman as “one of the nation’s best examples of Victorian architecture”, it really is spectacular.

Beautiful pillars, intricate detail and an abundance of Victorian grandeur feature throughout the hotel. Also, right in the heart of the hotel is a fabulous, sweeping staircase that leads up to the four floors. It is the perfect place to have some incredible wedding pictures taken.

Stairs in Duke of Cornwall Hotel

Weddings at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

The Duke of Cornwall is the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Toni, the wedding co-ordinator for the hotel, showed us around the choice of rooms available for weddings. We were blown away.


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Bath River Cruise

Cardiff vs Bath Hen Weekends

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.

Thermae Bath Spa

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.

West Country Games

Guaranteed to have you all crying with laughter, this is great for blowing the cobwebs away, and perfect for any Bath hen weekend.


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