Bath Hen Weekend

How To Plan The Perfect Hen Weekend In Bath

Recently, I helped plan a hen weekend for my best friend whose getting married next weekend. I’m Maid of Honour, but I had ALOT of help from the two amazing bridesmaids. If you are looking at planning a hen weekend, my first piece of advice would be to enlist help.

We decided on Bath as a perfect hen location for our bride as our remit was: ‘country walks, but somewhere we can also get dressed up and have a night out’. Bath did not disappoint. So let me break down the steps we took to create the perfect Hen weekend. I’ve added links in each section to locations and purchases etc.

Number of hens: 13
Cost per hen: approx £300. Our bookings and accommodation were £170 upfront, and then it depended on what each girl ordered and how much they spent on drinks etc. So call it £300 but with savvy meal selections and light drinking it would be less.

Accommodation:

We booked two of the properties on New Leaf Farm. It’s about a 6 minute drive from Bath and, since Bath has Uber, this was very straight forward. The accommodation was beautiful – we booked one property that slept 10 and one which slept 4. Very high spec, and perfect for hosting large groups. When we weren’t out we did all our own cooking, and the kitchen was stocked with everything we could need.

Afternoon Tea:

We began the weekend with an afternoon tea. Many had travelled far and we wanted to welcome them with food and drink. We put on a spread of sandwiches and cakes which catered to vegans and veggies alike. (Let me know in the comments if you’d like a post about what we served). We also created a ‘pimp my prosecco bar’ with cordials and fruits. Finally we borrowed some vintage china and brought some pretty napkins. It made for a beautiful spread which went down really well with hungry weary travellers.

Goody Bags:

Also on display upon arrival were the goody bags we created. These were really important for creating a sense of belonging amongst people who’d not all met each other before.

The bags contained:
A badge
A face mask
Team bride temporary tattoo
A detox tea (for the hangover the following morning)
A paper straw
A personalised T-shirt.

I used Team Shirts to create each personalised T-shirt. They had the name on the front – very handy when trying to get to know 13 people, and a slogan on the back from the Bride to Be’s favourite TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race. Both the goody bags and badges came from Not on the High Street – they do a wonderful range of Hen Party Goodies.

Decoration:

Almost all our decorations came from Tigerlilly. We got cheap, tissue thin bunting, but it was so effective and made the house look really jolly.

Saturday Night Out:

For our night out, we booked Ubers to take us to Great Pulteney Street where we’d booked a private dining room at No15 Great Pulteney. This was such a great experience. The room was beautiful and the food and service really good.

We then had a room at the Opium Bar. It was hard to make this reservation since they don’t reserve past 9pm. Thankfully they phoned me and agreed to keep it a little longer – a few of us dashed off to hold the room while the others finished coffee. It was well worth it. The room at the back for private groups had low down coffee tables and floor cushions to sit on, the room was plastered in paintings on the walls and ceilings and had incense burning in the corner. Very Bohemian and great for adding the wow factor.

Use their tour feature to have a look around this unique bar:

http://www.opiumbars.com/tour/

Sunday:

After a lie in, and a home made brunch, we walked along the canal path into Bath. This was a lovely walk. We didn’t then stay in bath, but got the boat straight back to Bathhampton, where we were staying, as we had a Sunday Lunch booking, but this could easily be adapted to include some shopping and leisure time in Bath.

The boat back to Bathhampton moors at the pub, Bathampton Mill where we’d booked a Sunday Lunch for 3pm. The food here was fantastic, I’d highly highly recommend it. The boat was £5 one way or £10 for a round ticket.

On the Monday we then all packed up and got Ubers back into Bath, some left to get the train home, while others stuck around for a spot of shopping. All in all it was a fantastic weekend.

I hope you find some of these ideas useful, even if not for a Hen, but just for a visit to Bath.

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Spring Lookbook

What to wear for Spring and Summer Weddings this Season

Hi loves, I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful long weekend. For this look book I want to share the items I’ve found for the Spring/Summer hen parties and weddings I have coming up. I have 4 weddings to go to this year! For one I’m a maid of honour, and for that I’m wearing the green Jenny Yoo dress. Each picture is a link to the item, however, the Blue shoes are the closest I can find to the one’s I’m actually wearing which are Reiss from a few seasons ago – mine aren’t slingbacks.

I spent months trying to find something suitable for the country weddings I’m going to, many of which are in the beautiful Cotswolds, in garden settings and I have to say I’ve been saved by the return of the Midi Dress!

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Where To See Bluebells in Oxfordshire

Top spots for seeing Bluebells in Oxfordshire

Thinking of getting out and about to see some Bluebells this Bank Holiday? Carpets of Bluebells are one of England’s treasures, and I’ve got two top spots in Oxfordshire to share with you. They’re at opposite ends of the county so hopefully there’s one that will be in good reach for you.

Badbury Clumps

Officially named Badbury Hill, but the locals call it Badbury Clumps. It has an iron age hill fort hidden amongst beech tress, as well as beautiful views across the Thames basin. In late April and early May the beech trees contain a hidden treasure – a carpet of Bluebells. Click the image below to find out more about Badbury Clumps and how to get there.

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Greys Court

At the other end of the county, near Henley lies Greys Court. I’ve done a blog post about it’s wonderful gardens, click here to view. But it’s Bluebell wood deserves a post all of it’s own. Perhaps even more spectacular than Badbury Clumps, hidden below the carpark and accessed from a field with sweeping Oxfordshire views, these Bluebells are one of the county’s hidden gems.

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Click the image below to find out more about visiting Greys Court

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Where To Go To See Spring In Full Bloom

Greys Court – A Fairy Tale Garden.

Spring is my absolute favourite season. It’s the most joyful thing in the world to see blossoms and blooms after months of barren cold landscape. Seeing life come back to the countryside and hearing the birds sing again is an incredibly uplifting experience and one of the best places to experience this, is in an English country garden.

One of Oxfordshire’s gems is Greys Court. Greys combines the fairy tale ruins of a 14th Century medieval tower with a 16th century manor and walled gardens. The gardens are a series of compartmentalised sections, accessed through wooden gates, and secret archways each leading to a new and beautiful zone.

In April the trees are in blossom and the daffodils nod happily in the breeze, in the centre of the gardens is a small orchard and meadow with views back to the medieval tower. One of the most quintessentially English scenes you’ll ever see.

Most spectacular of all is the Bluebell display which bursts into life late April, early May. Its the most vivid display I’ve ever seen, and well worth an annual pilgrimage to revel in their beauty.

If you time it right, the 100+ year old Wisteria will have bloomed as well, making a canopy of lilac. Grey’s court is truly a location fit for a fairy tale.

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To find out more about Greys Court, click the image below. Have you been before? Share your experience in a comment.
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Beautiful Burford

This morning I met a friend for brunch in Burford. It’s a beautiful medieval town which grew rich on the wool trade. It’s a superb example of a classic Cotswold Town with many thatched buildings and almost all built of Cotswold stone, of course.

By the church we found a blossoming tree brightening up this gloomy day.

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Back home, later the same afternoon I found myself making a coffee to counter-act how sleepy I felt. This weather is really taking its toll. When will the warm weather arrive!?

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