hen party spa

Our top hen party spa picks

The hen party  has been around for as long as anyone can remember, but the type of hen parties that brides opt for changes over time.  More and more hens now are choosing an altogether more relaxed and pampered option rather than the traditional big night out, especially as more women choose to get married later in life.

So if you’re after a relaxing get together before the big day, then a spa could be the perfect choice. We’ve selected our tip midlands picks for you.

Well-known Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire is, in our opinion, a stunning destination spa.

There are many beautiful lounges for your group to sit and relax over a coffee or glass of wine.  Use of their facilities including the multi-million pound Thermal Spa, which houses a series of different heat and water experiences is included in the price of every package.  There’s also an abundance of chill-out rooms and beautiful gardens and terraces to be enjoyed when the weather is good.  And Ragdale’s extensive menu of treatments offers your hens a huge choice.

You can all join in with one of Ragdale’s fun dance or exercise classes – Hula Hooping or Ballet Toning will get you and the girls giggling.  And for the perfect end to a lovely relaxing day, treat yourselves to Champagne and canapés.

We love – Ragdale Hall has the perfect accommodation for a group.  The Lodge is a country cottage that sits separately to the main building.  With four twin/double bedrooms, it’s the perfect pad for your lively hens and you won’t need to worry about disturbing Ragdale’s other guests.

And for your hens, Ragdale is currently offering a 5 spa days for the price of 4 deal (This offer is subject to change and depends on availability.)

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Next in our top spa picks for hens is Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire.

Set in 50 acres of quintessential English countryside, Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel is a Grade II listed stately home retreat that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service.

Far from imposing strict rules, regulations and regimes, the focus at Hoar Cross hall is on balancing the body and mind, restoring a sense of calm and promoting a general feeling of well being.

An extensive refurbishment programme is currently underway. The newly decorated public areas , including the stunning long gallery bar and library, scream hotel chic, while the spa’s features include a 26-meter salt water vitality pool, hydrotherapy pool with jet blowers and the nordic heat and ice Suite, with an Aspen wood sauna, steam rooms and ice temple.

We love – The option of booking a suite with a private hot tub so the celebrations can continue once dinner is over.



Last but by no means least is Elan Spa at Mallory Court in Leamington Spa. This hasn’t actually even opened yet (due spring 2017) but we have such confidence in Mallory Court and the Eden Hotel Group that it’s sure to be a great choice.

The Elan Spa is the perfect destination for you and your hens to pamper and unwind before the big day.

They offer a great mini spa package which includes full use of the spa facilities for three hours including a 25 minute ESPA treatment of your choice each and a glass of Champagne. Prices start from £75 and book 10 or more and the bride goes free.

Residential packages include accommodation, a 25 minute ESPA treatment, three course dinner menu in the Brasserie, full English breakfast, use of spa facilities up until checkout, car parking and VAT.  Packages start from £199.00 per person

We love – The fact that we will have a dedicated spa right here in South Warwickshire. Can’t wait.

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Vintage chic wedding fair. Photo by Michelle Hardy.

Get the most from wedding fairs

Vintage chic wedding fair. Photo by Michelle Hardy.
Vintage chic wedding fair. Photo by Michelle Hardy.


Planning a wedding is confusing enough, so when it comes to wedding fairs, it’s important that they make your life easier rather than even harder.  So here are our top tips on how you can get the most from any wedding fairs that you choose to visit.

  1.  Choose your crew. Who would you like to take with you to the fair? Are you looking for an all girls day out or are you hoping your groom may join you? Which ever you choose is of course fine but it’s worth thinking about what you want from the day and what your groom or friends may get out of it.  If you are hoping to look at specific exhibitors who you think you would like to make a booking with on the day, then it could be worth taking your groom as any decisions can be made there and then.  Or if you are in the early planning stages and would like a few friends’ input on your initial ideas, then friends and bridesmaids are a good choice.
  2. Choose your venue.  Most hotels and wedding venues hold wedding fairs. Visiting the wedding fair at your own venue can be a good chance to see the venue again, probably with some rooms set up, and meet the venue’s preferred suppliers.  Some venue run fairs may be limited to these preferred suppliers so this could limit your choice of suppliers. However it could mean you can book all your suppliers in one go if you are happy to go with the venue’s recommendations. If you’re after the widest range of suppliers possible then choose a privately run fair.
  3. Choose your style.  If you are having a particular theme or style for your wedding such as vintage, festival or quirky then look for a fair that targets this market specifically. This will mean that all the exhibitors offer they type of style and service you are looking for.  Even if you don’t have a particular theme then try and get a feel for your chosen fair from past fairs’ photos.  This will help you achieve a good fit.
  4. Fashion shows.  Decide whether you would like to see a catwalk show as part of the fair, as not all wedding fairs run one. If you already have your dress then this may not be a consideration, but if you are still searching for the one then there is no better way to view dresses than on real people. Plus you get chance to look at the dress close up and chat to the boutiques after the show.
  5. Take your cheque book/credit . Even if you don’t plan on making any bookings on the day of the fair, you never know what you will find so it’s worth being prepared. Many exhibitors offer excellent discounts for bookings made at the fair so you can really save some pennies.
  6. Pre-register or buy tickets in advance.  You may be tempted to leave it until the day of the fair but by doing it in advance you can save time on the day and avoid any queues.  Plus you won’t risk missing out on any freebies offered, such as a goody bag, as these are usually limited and can run out for people who haven’t pre-booked.
  7. Remember to relax and enjoy the day (you can do this by taking advantage of any free fizz offered by the fair).