If you’re looking for a hen do with a difference, how about embracing the great outdoors with a girly ‘glamping’ trip?
To stand out from the crowd, it might take more than another Saturday night out on the town to really impress the girls.
Award-winning camping website, Pitchup.com has put together what they’re calling classy camping suggestions for a girly glamping trip to remember. ncorporating all of the elements of a traditional camping adventure, there are few extra ideas to make it that bit more appealing for modern hens.
For surf, sand and champers… Idos Camping, Pembrokeshire
Idos Camping is said to be pretty special. The luxurious ‘cloud house’ yurt is kept cosy with a log burner, the wooden nomad with an oil burner, and the two benefit from their very own hot tub under the stars.
Beach-bum hens are just ten minutes from the coast, and the site has its very own surf shop and coffee bar. Idos will organise group lessons with their instructor friends at the local surf schools, as well as archery, horse riding and cycling all being close by too.
In fact, there’s very little outdoorsy that the site cannot arrange for your hen adventure. The yurt is priced from £53 per night and the wooden nomad from £42 per night.
Farm days and fluffy animals… Court Farm Country Park, Somerset
The roomy tipis at Court Farm sleep up to six people and are fully kitted out for a comfy stay. In the summer, the girls can muck in and become farm-hands for the day, helping out on the farm itself (it’s a working farm with pedigree herds of sheep and cattle, plus lots of other furry and feathered friends).
If an escape from the pastoral is needed after a mucky day on the farm, then it’s not far to the beaches of Weston-super-Mare and the lively city of Bristol. Tipis are priced from £60 per night.
Fine wining and dining… Little Upton Boutique Bell Tents, Cornwall
An evening’s entertainment at an open air amphitheatre, or a shower in a converted piggery: an array of new experiences await you at Little Upton.
This bijou glampsite, located in the heart of the beautiful Cornish countryside, offers roomy bell tents and a luxurious yurt with some beautiful finishing touches, such as tea-light chandeliers.
Each tent has a decked ‘balcony’, with ample space for outdoor dining and relaxing. Home-made farm produce is available to purchase on site, or there’s a small shop a five-minute walk away in the hamlet of Upton Cross (the local delicacy is a world champion cheese, Cornish Blue).
With a cluster of charming country inns surrounding the site, hens will be spoiled for choice if they fancy eating out instead. Bell tents are priced from £50 per night and the yurt from £65 per night.
A rustic retreat… Magical Camping, Norfolk
Hidden away in lush meadows, Magical Camping’s luxury bell tents and tipis are kitted out with comfortable beds, carpeted floors and atmospheric lighting.
You can all learn a new skill and take part in a foraging course, and gather round the rather fantastic fire bowl for an evening glass of wine and a spot of memory-sharing.
The site boasts a modern shower block heated from solar panels, laundry room, on-site shop, five miles of farm walks, four acres of open space and is a close distance to both the fine city of Norwich and the beautiful Norfolk Coast. Tipis and bell tents are priced from £85 per night, or £440 per week.