Here Come the Girls: Top 10 Ideas for a 2013 Bristol Hen Weekend

*The following is a guest post on Kyle the Vagabond, as I don’t normally participate in hen (“bachelorette”) parties in England. I once visited Bristol and spent time meandering around the University grounds, although I unfortunately didn’t encounter any roving packs of rambunctious, premarital females.

Nevertheless, many of the pursuits listed below are available to general Bristol travelers, and are indicative of the level of adventure available in southwestern England.

Whether the bride-to-be is a party animal or the idea of tacky hen dos fills her with dread, Bristol is a perfect city to accommodate. Look into hotels in Bristol from Travelodge for some budget rooms and start planning the perfect activities which will suit the bride-to-be, down to a T.

Outdoor Pursuits: Abseiling & Climbing near the Avon Gorge for an exhilarating afternoon on limestone cliffs. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve climbed before or you don’t know your carabiners from your holding grips, it’s a day full of fun and thrills and a perfect activity for those looking for an active event.

Theatre Trip: The Full Monty at the Hippodrome is perfect if you’re heading to the city between the 4th and 9th March 2013. Enquire about group bookings for possible discounts to this incredible show which mixes fun, drama and nakedness. Written by Oscar-winning screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy, it’s a perfect option for hen party evening.

Top Meal: The Hole in the Wall can be found on Queen’s Square, right in the heart of vibrant Bristol. It’s a traditional pub that offers some excellent food, produced to a high standard and at a reasonable price. Use the online booking form, or contact the pub directly, to arrange a group booking.

Live Music: There are plenty of options for live music in Bristol, to cover most genres and preferences. The Old Duke comes highly recommended for some jazz sounds. With the pub being at the heart of new and traditional jazz bands from Bristol, you can guarantee an awesome night with jazz rhythms getting you in the mood for dancing.

Afternoon Tea: Head over Browns Brasserie in Clifton for an afternoon tea. Whether you’re after the simple, traditional offering or something a little more lavish, such as a champagne accompanied afternoon tea, you can. At around £20 a head, depending on your choice, it’s an ideal, reasonably priced, daytime treat.

Cocktails: If cocktails are what you’re after, look no further than Revolution, located on St Nicholas Street. Pop in for a few signature drinks, reserve a booth or organise a hands-on cocktail making party – a perfect treat for the bride-to-be.

Retro Cheese: It doesn’t matter how sophisticated you want the evening to be, a visit to the 80s bar, Reflex, is a must for anyone up for a laugh…Don’t blame it on the sunshine, blame it on the boogie!

Dance Class: Bristol based dance tutors, Hoppin’ Mad, can provide a bespoke package for you and the hen party. Pick up some moves and learn the basics of swing, jive or the flapper-tastic Charleston.

Day Trip: You don’t have to spend the entire time in Bristol, you know. Take a day trip to Bath Spa for a thermal pampering treat or a little sightseeing.

Alternative Heaven: Whilst you’re exploring Bath, if you’re into your rock music, head over to the Hobgoblin for some riff-tastic tunes.

Bristol is one of the most popular hen party destinations in the UK and with the sheer volume of activities on offer; it’s easy to see why. Book your weekend in this vibrant city and make an unforgettable weekend come alive.

[Photo Credits: Bristol, Secret Pilgrim on Flickr; Avon Gorge, mike warren on Flickr; Bath, LitasWorld on Flickr]

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