5 alternative hen-dos your bride won’t cringe at

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Anyone who has been given the task of organising a hen-do will understand how they can turn into a logistical nightmare…

For starters, there are the endless emails trying to agree on a date that suits the seemingly never-ending list of hens. Then there’s the debate over the activities that will work for everyone – because do you want the bride-to-be’s gran subjected to a pole-dancing class? And that’s before you have the conversation about cost…

Which is why we’ve teamed up with Premier Inn to help you along the bumpy road to getting your bride hitched. With 750 hotels handily situated across the whole of the UK, Premier Inn makes for the ideal base for your bride-to-be celebrations – no matter where or how you decide to celebrate. We’re talking stellar powerful showers, perfectly placed vanity mirrors, luxury Hypnos® beds, late check-outs available upon request (which you’ll definitely need) and breakfast served until 11am at weekends (subject to hotel). 

With your accommodation sorted, you can focus on the fun. Here are five suggestions for a hen-do she won’t forget, all within easy reach of your Premier Inn… 

Go coasteering in Wales

If your bride-to-be is a bit of a sporty type, try exploring the stunning water features of Pembrokeshire via Celtic Quest Coasteering – an activity that sees you swim, jump, climb and rock hop your way around the coastline.

Not keen on getting wet? Take the sea safari and explore at your own pace.

 Price: Half-day trips cost £45 per person and book your stay here

Get a vintage makeover in Brighton        

Often the best part of any big night out is getting ready with your friends beforehand. Channel the pin-ups of yesteryear and give your party prep a stylish retro twist with a vintage makeover.

Bijoux Hen Parties will crack out the pin curls and rouge to give each hen their own favourite classic look – you can choose from the Twenties, Thirties, Forties or Fifties. You’ll never be more ready to go out on a hoot.

Price: Each makeover is priced from £35 per person (minimum groups of 10) and book your stay here

Visit a gin school in Manchester

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So, you might not have been a fan of school the first time around, but trust us: this one is a vast improvement. Enrol at Manchester Three Rivers Gin and you’ll enjoy an award- winning, three-hour experience that’s both immersive and interactive – and when we say ‘interactive’, we mean tasting as well as touring, plus the chance to buy some gin. You’ll also get four complimentary drinks and your own take-home bottle.

Price: £95 per person and book your stay here

Make a music video in London

If your bride has a reputation for dominating the dancefloor and being the first to hit the karaoke, why not up the ante and get her starring in her own pop video? Simply choose a song and Go Experience will hire you a director, choreographer and make-up artist to help you turn that tune into your very own music video.

Accessories, props and post-production are all included – just make sure the hens are ready to bring their best dance game.

Price: £70 per person and book your stay here

Go foraging around Edinburgh

If you’re looking for a healthier celebration, a foraging trip with Wild Food UK in Scotland’s Pentland Hills could be just the thing.

The three-and-a-half-hour experience, currently booking until late May, takes you on a walk around the woods, teaching you what you can pick and then explaining how you can cook your finds. You’ll even get recipes sent to you afterwards in your course notes.

Price: £45 per person and book your stay here

Win a two-night stay

Take a break worth £1,000 for you and three friends.

Chances are your calendar is starting to get booked up with hen parties, weddings and other bashes for the remainder of the year. And, with hotels dotted all over the country, you don’t need to look further than for your accommodation. In fact, Premier Inn is offering one Stylist reader the chance to win two nights at a Premier Inn of their choice. The hotel stay includes two nights for a maximum of four adults (staying across two rooms), a bottle of bubbly for when you arrive, breakfast on both mornings for you and your three guests, plus a £250 beauty treatment voucher to get you ready for whatever you’re celebrating during your stay.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question…

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