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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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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