Bridal Party! #floatinghens
When your bride gives you a hen do brief of 'outdoorsy, no clubs but chic and glamorous' you may wonder what you've let yourself in for. TH&TH are here to help and have given you the itinery of outdoorsy chic hen dreams.
A hazy August bank holiday weekend
Charlie the 'outdoorsy' bride and 20 of her hens
£200 per person
Foxton Locks lodges is a super luxe hideaway, brilliantly located in Leicestershire, making it easy for southerners and northerners to travel to. You will need a few cars so you have transport for the weekend activities, otherwise getting a train into Market Harborough and a taxi over is super simple for non drivers.
We arrived way before the bride to set up. When we stepped into the lodges we were overwhelmed by the chicness and beauty of the place. Super cute wooden cabins decked out with luxe interiors , slate bathrooms and stunning furnishings, we'd found chic hen heaven!
After decorating the lodges with bride face bunting and horrendously embarassing ex boyfriend pictures plastered across the walls the bride's arrival was imminent. Cue 'We're going to the Chapel' blasting out of the soundsytem and a veil quickly placed into bridey's hair and tears were flowing. The champagne was popped and the party had started.
It's hard not to notice the huge hot tub on the terrace and after a few glasses of bubbles the swimsuits were on an we were in. We sat late into the warm evening sharing stories of cringe worthy pasts and laughed until our bellies hurt. Then time for bed.
Now, the bride asked for outdoorsy. We gave her outdoorsy. Cue a 20 minute drive to Rutland Water and the donning of full body wetsuits. We were going raft building. Some of the girls had the face of pure dread but you'll see by the photos below they soon got into the spirit. Unfortunately the August sunshine had disappeared on us but our chic suits kept us pretty toasty.
If you want to laugh harder than you have ever laughed and bond over something totally out of your comfort zone, then this is for you. It also comes in at a super thrifty price per person so great for budget busting. Check Anglian Water for further details.
*Budget busting tip, we cooked pizzas and took them with us for a lunchtime snack instead of eating at the centre.
After returning to the Lodges we started getting ready for the main event. The bride was told to bring a chic outfit and get ready for a night out. Little did she know we had alternative plans.
After locking her in a room for an hour to get ready whilst we prepped dinner, the party room and our outfits, she was released but had to wear a blindfold. We were all dressed according to 'The Glamour Salon' mood board above. Quite a sight! The bride was then made to sit on a chair whilst we prepared her glamorous new outfit. A 1980s pure polyester wedding gown with applied pearls and sequins. After lifting the dress over her blindfolded head she exclaimed 'this smells of loft' and we knew she would just love it.
The big reveal was incredible, belly laughs and shrieks of hilarity were the order of the evening. We played our favourite party games, Mr& Mrs (video edition), The higher or lower game (email us for details, it's pure hen gold) and the cereal box game (best after tequila). At the point when our vision was becoming slightly blurred, a handsome sailor arrived, in the middle of Leicestershire? Something didn't add up! It soon became apparent that he wasn't a sailor and the less said about that the better. If you want to find him then you can here.
Sore head Sunday. A slow morning with some fry up goodness and enjoyable lounging in the lodges was just what we all needed. Interspersed with some hot tub action we all started to come back to life. Just in time for the Hen Olympics. The final outdoorsy activity that is super purse friendly to plan. The washing up bowl relay, 4x4 loops round a track with a full bowl, the winners are the ones who complete the course with the most water in the bowl. Exchange the washing up bowls for penis batons for a less messy game. The winners were reward with bride medals seen below.
Once the fun and games had come to an end we said our farewells and were aching from all the laughter, ready to do it all over again at the wedding!
We can thoroughly recommend this weekend for a wonderful time with your girls. Away from clubs, sticky bar floors and late night taxis. A truly chic getaway for you and your best friends.
Email the wonderful Laura at Foxton Locks lodges for more information on booking this accomodation. firstname.lastname@example.org