Best Things to Do in Bath for Hen Parties
Push the boat out with a boat tour, or get crazy with adventure golf at Victoria Falls!
A boat trip along the river Avon
Start the weekend in style with a private cruise along the River Avon, beginning at Bathwick Hill. There are a variety of tour boat companies in the city, but Lady Lena stands out as the oldest electric riverboat in England that has starred in many film productions. The Victorian canal boat has a refurbished battery-powered engine that silently glides along the water. Without the rumble of a typical engine, you can sit back, relax and soak up the hypnotic sounds of rippling water as the boat passes timeworn country cottages and wide-open fields.
It is also possible to bring your own food and drinks on board, which are served on a pop-up table dressed in white linen, along with plates, bowls, cutlery and crystal flutes. Lady Lena is a picture of true sophistication, perfect for up to ten guests to enjoy. In total, the trip costs £240 for up to ten people on a two-hour cruise. To find out more information and book your private charter, visit www.ladylena.co.uk.
Cocktail Masterclass at Sub13
Once you’ve settled into your Bath accommodation and a few hen party games are underway, booking a cocktail masterclass in the evening will shake up the atmosphere and get all the girls in the mood to celebrate. Sub 13, voted the best cocktail bar in Bath, offers a VIP cocktail making package for £25 per head. This includes a private room with a fully stocked bar, approximately three drinks each and a charismatic barman who’ll show you the art of mixology.
On arrival, you’ll all be given a sparkling glass of bellini whilst the barman introduces some essential cocktail-making techniques. Following the tuition, each hen will get the chance to go behind the bar and create a cocktail for themselves. From measuring out the spirits to mastering the cocktail shaker’s stance, your delicious creations will be met with a round of applause. To find out more information, head to sub13.net.
Thermae Bath Spa
There’s no better way to blow away the cobwebs from the night before than a couple of hours spent at Britain’s only natural thermal spa. Fuelled by the warm, mineral-rich waters that were first discovered beneath the city of Bath in 863BC, no wonder the city has a strong association with the Latin phrase ‘Salus Per Aquam’ or SPA, which translates to ‘health through water’. A two-hour session at the Thermae Spa with the use of a towel, robe and flip flops cost £37 on weekdays and £42 on weekends.
The state-of-the-art complex features a multi-sensory wellness suite with an Infrared Room, a rejuvenating Ice Chamber, a Celestial Relaxation Room and two aromatic Steam Rooms, as well as the Minerva Spa, complete with a lazy river and a whirlpool to help you unwind. Save the best until last and ascend to the open-air rooftop pool that overlooks the chimney tops of Bath’s city centre and surrounding hills. It’s a spectacular setting, enhanced by the soothing air seats and bubbling jets beneath the surface. Find out more information at www.thermaebathspa.com.
Flower Crown Making with the Bespoke Flower Company
Hiring a talented florist to hold a flower crown workshop at your hired accommodation makes a very memorable addition to the hen do itinerary. There are some beautiful floral designers around Bath, but many are also willing to travel to your chosen location. For example, The Bespoke Flower Co. is a multi-award winning florist from the Cotswolds who can deliver a seamless flower crown making workshop wherever you are in South West England.
Founder, Emma Hutchinson, is a recommended florist at some of the best wedding venues in and the Cotswolds, meaning that she has the experience to craft unique bouquets that travel beautifully and suit the style of the bride to be. She will bring all of the flower crown making materials to your door and guide you through the process step-by-step, leaving you all with spectacular accessories to wear for the rest of the evening! To see more of her work and get in touch, search www.thebespokeflowercompany.co.uk/.
Private Chef from DineIndulge
A highlight of any hen do are the moments you cherish around the table. It’s a place to mark the occasion and toast to the bride’s next married chapter. So when it comes to catering, if you opt to cook yourselves, it can often interrupt the flow of the evening. Instead of spending time cooking, serving, clearing away and resetting for the next course, a private chef from DineIndulge can provide the ultimate dinner party solution.
DineIndulge brings the restaurant to you. They have a mouthwatering selection of menus from three courses to seven courses and different categories within each, giving you an unrivalled variety of cuisine and prices to suit your budget. The team also pay careful attention to all dietary requirements and will tweak any menu to ensure all diners feel confident with the final food selection.
The booking process is easy from start to finish, with a helpful online dashboard that collates all of the event information you need. On the day itself, the chef will arrive with plenty of time to prepare and plate up for your set dinner start time, all in the comfort of your home or rented accommodation. Using a combination of the culinary tools available and their own, the DineIndulge chef will provide a beautifully presented, restaurant-quality meal that will spark conversation impress your guests! DineIndulge is an effortless and exciting gastronomic experience that you will undoubtedly want to book again. Discover their flavour-filled menus and enquire online at www.dineindulge.co.uk.
Champagne afternoon tea at The IvyBrasserie
Grab your best girls and head to Bath’s The Ivy Brasserie for a classy high tea. Cakes, scones, sandwiches and champagne? Yes please! What could be better than eating some tasty snacks whilst laughing and joking and getting tipsy with your best friends. This is such a good way to spend your last “carefree” days before the big day. Let loose and have fun! The Ivy Bath on Milsom Street offers a relaxed yet sophisticated dining experience in historic Bath Spa.
With a short walk into the town, after you and your friends have eaten like Queens, head towards the shops and get a spot of clothes shopping in, what’s better than clothes shopping? Tipsy clothes shopping! Twice the fun, twice the laughs. The train station is located conveniently to the tow centre so you won’t worry about having to drive, get the train down and see what marvels this beautiful city, bursting with history has to offer.
Victoria Falls Adventure Golf
This one is for those brides-to-be who are fans of having an active lifestyle, we’ve added this one so you don’t have to skimp on your hobbies and interests for your hen party.
Victoria Falls Adventure Golf is a great activity for all your best girls to do with you- you can get a bit competitive and make it even more fun by crowning a winner at the end, making it an inclusive activity for everybody to do.
With eighteen holes on the gold course ranging in difficulty, there’s hours of game time to be had, with a cafe and tennis court on site, you won’t be lost for things to do. It is a popular place for visitors from all around.
Pro tip: for an even funnier game, get a bit tipsy in Bath city centre beforehand and you’re bound to have hours of laughter.