A Hen Party is a unique and memorable experience for the Bride-to-Be and her party guests. Many months of preparation are put into organising a wedding and the Hen Weekend is the glamorous beginning to the perfect dream event.
A Country Hen weekend in Herefordshire is a fabulous opportunity for a bride to spend quality time with best friends, sisters, cousins and the really important ladies in her life. Herefordshire offers a truly exceptional Country Hen Weekend experience – all the relaxing and tranquil benefits of the countryside without sacrificing modern-day luxuries.
If you’re looking for a truly special countryside location in picturesque landscape think no further than the Buckenhill Manor in the Herefordshire countryside.
Buckenhill Manor overlooks the town of Bromyard in Hereford, at the end of a long, sweeping drive with idyllic and pristine views across Bromyard Downs. The perfect location for your Hen Party weekend within a short distance of Hereford, Great Malvern, Hereford, Ledbury, The Forest of Dean and Hay on Wye. Buckenhill Manor boasts 13 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, a Games Room and a Cinema – everything you need in the perfect location for your hen weekend’s unique and unforgettable memories, all with easy reach of the M5 motorway.
The nearby Royal Oak is a 300 year old characterful pub located right on Bromyard Downs and close to the Manor, offering home-made country food ideal for long lunches whilst walking the downs, or the taking in the nearby National Trust Brockhampton Medieval House and Estate.
There is so much to do and see in this idyllic countryside from hiking and canoeing to sightseeing and shopping in the towns and villages. Just 11 miles from Bromyard is Hereford, a Cathedral City and home to the 14th Century Mappa Mundi and a fascinating Medieval history; great for a morning’s sightseeing, shopping and lunch.
Just 20 minutes from Hereford in the picturesque countryside is the Chase Distillery, a perfect location to tour, taste and shop their award winning and locally distilled gins and vodkas. Wines from their Provençal estate are also for sale, offering white, rosé and a red Grenache and Syrah blend.
For sporty hens there are lots of outdoor activities: walking and hiking in the picturesque Herefordshire countryside. The Wye River wends its way through Hereford and along much of the natural border between England and Wales in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village of Symonds Yat, sits above the Wye Valley Gorge and is a popular tourist destination offering canoeing, rock climbing and hiking as well as sighting wild Peregrine Falcons. The Forest of Dean is another perfect location for your hen party outdoor activities: cycle the forest tracks, walk the Sculpture Trail or exert more energy at the Go Ape tree-top rope activity; there’s even the option of Segway tours for those hens who want a little gentler exercise.
If your Hen Party guests are looking for adrenalin adventurers then look no further than Oakerwood Leisure. They offer fantastic themed activities specifically for your Hen Party Weekend including Paintball, Quad Bikes, Clays and Target Shooting, Raft Building and High Ropes and Climbing. There is also a Pizza Oven course for Hens who prefer a more sedate entertainment! A fantastic day’s entertainment before heading home to dinner at Buckenhill Manor.
If you’re looking for an in-house fun group activity that equips you and the girls with a lasting skill, then a cooking class could be an excellent idea. Great fun for all your hens and a wonderful a wonderful opportunity to add a personal touch; after the class your Bride to be will be fit with the skills and knowledge to cook her and the groom’s favourite meals. Of course, a little wine drinking whilst cooking is always possible!
Harts Barn Cookery School in the Forest of Dean offers ‘Banquets to Basics’ cookery classes. Their extensive facilities cater for hen party groups with specialist themes for your cooking experience from Profiterole Heaven to Italian, Thai, Spanish, Moroccan or British Classics, through to Pasta Making and Cocktails. There is sure to be a theme to cater for all tastes.
On the border of Herefordshire and Wales is the delightful town of Abergavenny, home to The Culinary Cottage in Abergavenny, another haven for food lovers offering morning and day courses for all levels and including a baking theme. Your hen party guests are sure to be equipped with delightful dishes to be recreated at home.
If your Bride-to-Be is a lover of yoga, meditation or Pilates then why not organise a Hen Party Wellbeing weekend with in-house classes? Over the course of the weekend, the guests could take time to really relax, revive and enjoy friendship, beautiful food and drink and serene surroundings. There is lots of inspiration on our House Parties Pinterest for hen party wellbeing themed gifts and activities, what to wear and the perfect yoga kit.
Spa Days are hugely popular with Hen Parties and the award-winner Holmer Park Spa and Health Club offers luxurious pampering and gym facilities in nearby Hereford. Located on the outskirts of Hereford, Holmer Park Spa can cater for larger hen party groups, ensuring each guest has their own bespoke luxury spa experience. Holmer Park is a luxury destination offering a Roman inspired swimming pool, a mineral grotto, saunas and aromatherapy rooms and steam chambers. Treatments on offer include facials, massages, wraps and exfoliation and the unmissable special highlight the Serail Mud Treatment Chamber. This mud treatment facility is a wonderfully relaxing experience with herb muds to cleanse and relax the body in the warm gentle music of the chamber.
A hack around the beautiful Herefordshire countryside is a lovely morning’s activity for your Hen Party group within 3 miles of your weekend luxury residence. Noakes Farm Riding Centre and The Tipton Hall Riding School both offer qualified and experienced instructors and horses to suit all abilities from beginner to the more experienced rider, as well as all-weather indoor riding facilities. Enjoy a Sunday morning ride before breakfast with your hens enjoying the fresh air and gorgeous horses.
If books and literature are your Hen Party theme then nearby Hay on Wye just over the border in Wales is sure to be a huge attraction. This bookshop filled town hosts the annual Hay Festival of Literature and Arts each year in late May and early June. Described by President Bill Clinton as “The Woodstock of the Mind”, the Hay Festival is a prominent festival of British Culture and reviewed on TV and media each year.
Herefordshire has lots to offer for your Hen Party celebration; whether looking for activities and excitement or relaxation and tranquil, this county has everything you need.