*Sparkle Pearls and Lace* has all the ideas for a little country affair for a sophisticated hen party in the country. Think rolling hills, cute little cottages, tweed and sheep. Pack some Hunter wellies, a Barbour wax jacket, a gilet and away you go for *The Country Bumpkin Hen Party*
*Afternoon Tea in the Country*
Taking tea and scones in the drawing room of a stately home or on the lawns of a manor house would be a perfect way to spend an afternoon with your hens. For inspiration, look for historic houses, stately homes, country house hotels, manors and national trust properties in the area where you are having your hen party. Two that are well known for their country afternoon teas are Pennyhill Park in Surrey and Kilworth House Orangery in Leicestershire.
Take a country baking class and make bread, cakes or pies. Learn new skills and take what you make home – sounds like a pretty good deal to us!
For more information, please see *Speckled Hen Country Bakery*
Hire some bikes and go on a lovely bike ride in the country. You could even take a picnic.
For more information, please see *Cycle Cotswolds*
Get fancy and attend a black tie event, such as The Henley Festival, which hosts an extravaganza of musical delights, flowing Champagne, fine dining and arts performers. Set alongside the Henley river, this is a chic country festival.
For more information, please see *Henley Festival*
There are various courses on offer, including basic bread baking, Italian breads, sourdough, bagels, pretzels, hot cross buns and stuffed breads. This would be a scrummy hen party activity!
For more information, please see *Virtuous Bread*
Yes you can hire actual castles to stay in, so if you want to do something totally extravagant for your hen, this might be the perfect start!
For more information, please see *The Country Castle Company*
*Champagne/English Sparkling Wine Tasting*
Take a tour of the beautiful vineyard with stunning views of the English countryside followed by a sparkling wine tasting.
For more information, please see *Upperton Vineyards*
There are a whole range of classes on offer, including British cheese tasting, Chocolate and Cheese, a global cheese tasting and cheese making. Plenty on offer for cheese lovers here!
For more information, please see *Flavour Tastings*
The epitome of being a country bumpkin, any country style hen party would not be complete without a spot of clay shooting.
For more information, please see *The Clay Shooting Company*
*Country Cooking Class*
They offer a fantastic range of courses, including preparing 3 course meals, fish courses, bread making, patisseries courses etc.
For more information, please see *Kent Cookery School*
*Country House Stay*
Why not hire a gorgeous cottage or country house for the weekend. It could be the perfect base for your country hen affair.
For more information, please see *Big Cottage Hen Parties*
A country pub for a drink, a spot of lunch or for a delicious dinner is the perfect stop after a nice walk in the countryside. Pretty much every village has one, so one shouldn’t be too hard to find!
For more information, please see *Great Country Pubs*
Why not hire some lawn games, like croquet for some fun in the country? Many country houses already have their own sets, so if you are hiring a country residence, don’t forget to ask if they have some. If not, do not fear, there are a plethora of companies out there that hire vintage lawn games.
For more information, please see *Glorious Garden Games*
Consider a flower arranging class – create pretty garlands, wreaths, bouquets, baskets or other pretty floral arrangements. Plus, you get to keep your gorgeous floral creation.
For more information, please see *Wild About Flowers*
A day out in floral heaven might be a perfect addition to your hen party. Hosting exquisite floral shows at Cardiff, Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton Park and Malvern, there are an array of locations to choose from.
For more information, please see *RHS Flower Shows*
Why not host a traditional English garden party to complete a country hen weekend? Have a fancy tea party in the garden with tea, cake, finger sandwiches and scones. With some shabby chic furniture, pretty fairy lights, a few floral touches and bunting – you have your very own secret garden party. You could even hire some props. Think about how pretty the photographs would be!
For more information, please see *English Country Garden Prop Hire*
Enjoy a horse ride whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of Exmoor.
For more information, please see *Burrowhayes Farm*
*Hot Air Balloon*
For something rather extravagant and absolutely spectacular views of the countryside, why not take a hot air balloon flight complete with champagne and strawberries?
For more information, please see *Skybus Ballooning*
*Jellies, Jams, Cordials and Marmalades*
Learn how to make preserves, enjoy tastings and an take away some scrummy things.
For more information, please see *Vale House Kitchen*
*Open Air Theatre*
Enjoy a summer’s evening full of culture watching a classic play in the outdoors. They are often performed in the grounds of stunning country houses and stately homes, a perfect setting for a sophisticated country hen party.
For more information, please see *Open Air Theatre*
Find a perfect spot in the country to have a picnic – lay down a blanket, open your picnic hamper and enjoy! This would be very easy to create yourself or there are other companies that can do it for you!
For more information, please see *Crumbs and Napkins*
Hire boats and take a lovely ride along the river, taking in turns to punt. Or hire someone to do it for you! You can take a picnic in the boat and this is guaranteed for fun!
For more information, please see *Cherwell Boathouse*
Bringing Africa to Britain: stay in a lovely little safari lodge in Port Lympne Park. Enjoy delights such as champagne, a picnic or fine dining and enjoy a private safari in the Kentish savannah.
For more information, please see *Livingstone Lodge*
*Scenic Train Journey*
Enjoy a luxury train journey on this opulent train, the sister train to the Orient Express and see the spectacular British countryside. The journeys vary and can take you on a variety of daytrips. There is an exquisite dining experience also.
For more information, please see *Belmond Northern Belle*
Host a slumber party in a in a country cottage or a country house suite. There will be an upcoming feature on how to host the perfect sleepover on the blog soon.
For more information, please see *Hand Picked Hotels*
Consider a tranquil and relaxing spa day or as part of a weekend in a lovely country manor house or . You can opt for individual treatments, such as facials, massages or many spas often offer half day or full day packages. Secret Escapes have a fabulous list of country house spas.
For more information, please see *Secret Escape Spas*
*Summer Picnic Concerts*
Perfect for a chilled country hen party – take a picnic, blanket and listen to some fabulous music. A hen party activity that needs little organisation. Lots of venues host summer picnic concerts, look out for news on these at stately homes, palaces, National Trust properties, gardens and palaces. Kew The Music now hosts a regular summer concert series.
For more information, please see *Kew the Music*
Enjoy a variety of tea activities, including, tours, tastings and masterclasses.
For more information, please see *Tregothnan*
Bathe in the natural warm mineral waters and choose from a variety of spa treatments. A bit of relaxation for your hen party.
For more information, please see *Thermae Bath Spa*
Take a truffle hunting tour to find some of the most valuable foods in the world, completed by a truffle afternoon tea.
What better way to spend a weekend in the country with a lovely country walk?! The Ramblers website has over 2000 walks to choose from, so that should be enough for you to find something suitable. You could always plan a reward at the end of your walk with a pub lunch or afternoon tea.
For more information, please see *Ramblers:Britain*
Take a tour of the beautiful vineyard and woodlands, followed by a wine tasting experience.
For more information, please see *Sedlescombe Vineyard*
Hopefully you are now feeling country bumpkin inspired for a relaxed hen weekend in beautiful countryside.