This weekend it was the hen do for one of my best friends.
We’ve been friends since starting middle school when we were put into the same year 5 class. She was the most welcoming and friendly person I’d ever met (and still is!) and we became firm friends when on the first day we sat in the little wooded area of the school playground and a bird pooped on her hand. I think it was a good omen!
Anyway, we were trying to decide what to do for her hen do here in Suffolk that wasn’t too expensive and could include everyone. We ended up heading to Pleasurewood Hills for some nostalgia and then camping at my dad’s campsite (Mill Hill Farm Caravan and Camping Park).
If you’re planning a hen do in Suffolk, here are some other great ideas:
If you haven’t been to an escape room before then the basic premise is that you are locked in a room (don’t worry, you can actually get out if there’s an emergency), and you have a certain amount of time to solve the puzzle and get out. Again this is a great idea as an ice breaker if not all your hens know each other.
The Puzzle Room at the Suffolk Food Hall is really great fun – the theme is ‘Escape the Gamekeeper’s Bothy’ and the look of the rooms is very authentic set in the Victorian farm buildings.
Beauty Product Workshop
Lotta Skincare creates natural, homemade skin products here in Suffolk. UEA Natural Sciences graduate Charlotte Bones (check) makes these gorgeous products at her home and also offers the chance to learn how to make natural skincare products yourself with workshops for up to 8 people. This would make a fun hen do party that would help to break the ice between guests if not all your friends know each other before the wedding.
So it’s no secret that there aren’t many places in Suffolk that you can go ‘out out.’ If you’re looking for a hen party location to drink and dance, I would recommend Aurora on the Ipswich waterfront. The cocktails are totally delicious and the view over the river is beautiful. You can even hire a private room if you want an exclusive experience for you and your gals.
If you’re based closer to West Suffolk, I’ve heard great things about The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds from a colleague and you could even stop by the new Bourgee lobster and steak restaurant in town first to make a real night of it.
If you all have a larger budget to play with then a spa weekend is probably at the top of the list for many bridal parties. There are plenty of places to choose from in Suffolk including The Bedford Lodge Hotel, Ufford Park and Weaver’s House Spa at The Swan in Lavenham.
However, I would definitely recommend Aqua Sana at Centre Parcs in Elveden. The spa has 15 different experiences and rooms, more than any other spa I’ve ever visited. Relax in the Turkish Hammam, float in the heated outdoor pool or enjoy one of the many treatments on offer. And then either stay in one of the rooms at the Spa or hire out one of the Centre Parcs lodges and enjoy the other activities on offer at the site such as Go Ape, Archery and Segways.
Watersports Activity Day
For those adventures groups, the Southwold Surf School offers both hen and stag do activity days. Providing the opportunity to learn to surf, try paddle boarding or go mountain biking, the Surf School will help you plan a fun and action-packed day on the Suffolk Coast.