Wedding Dresses 2017


Providing your bride is relaxed about heights, a flying-trapeze workshop could be just the wildcard you’ve been hunting for. NoFit State, based in Cardiff, is the contemporary circus group (the troupe tours worldwide and has played to audiences of over 250,000!), so you’ll be taught by the best in the biz. You’ll learn how to pull some seriously impressive sky-high moves, and can branch out into tight-wire, plate-spinning and diablo (a type of juggling prop) lessons. Flying trapeze workshops cost from £350 (max 10 hens);


If your bride digs nature, she’ll dig this. At this Malvern site, on the border of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, you’ll learn bushcraft skills, unwind next to a roaring fire and make seasonal favours, too (like hedgerow jam or garlic pesto). Pick either spacious Californian Dome bedrooms or tents. Two-day trips cost from £197 per person (includes camping and activities, max 20 hens);


Forget bootcamps, this is the real deal. he Survival Academy is run by experts who’ve trained or worked with Bear personally, and takes place on fancy estates. It promises to improve skills like communication, leadership and trust, so you push yourself to the limit, and get to truly know all the other hens, too. Eating bugs cooked on a stove, anyone? his adventure’s not for the faint-hearted. POA (min eight hens);


If the UK weather is playing ball, grab your bikinis and sail into the sunset with your nearest and dearest… around the Isle of Wight! Start at the port on the River Hamble (close to Southampton), then stop off for a leisurely lunch, or drop anchor in a bay and enjoy the on-board hospitality. Cruises cost from £2,100 a day (includes professional skipper and hostess, wet-weather and safety gear, and fuel, max 12 hens);


Retreat company he Zest Life will organise a whole weekend of activities in Wales, all with an emphasis on health and nature. Just pick the activity (there’s everything from hiking up Snowdon to zipwiring), and the firm will sort out luxury accommodation for you at Plas Cadnant, a picturesque country house on the Isle of Anglesey. Two-day stays in a twin room cost from £315 per person (includes meditation, yoga and relaxation sessions, along with all food, max 15 hens);



Offering bespoke healthy hen dos’, he Zen Hen’s founder, Iris Louwerens, seeks out the right locations and activities to suit every group. But let’s not be too healthy, eh? Life’s all about balance, and what better way to prove it than a Pilates class in your garden, followed by a prosecco brunch? All equipment is provided by Iris. Classes cost from £35 per person;


Book an endorphin-boosting private spin session at Ride Republic – the West London class that delivers a high-intensity, low-impact workout in style. Sign up for a class with your own instructor, followed by lunch in adjoining Tanya’s Cafe, run by famed raw chef Tanya Maher. And you don’t need to worry about getting a post-gym glow on; blow-drys and manis are available, too. Private classes cost from £300;


Everyone from Lady Gaga to Madonna waxes on about hot yoga, but finding a decent (i.e. not stinky) studio is tricky. We love Hotpod Yoga, which brings a cocoon-like inflatable, heated studio to you. Each pod’ holds eight or 20, and can be popped up anywhere. Classes suit yogis of any level, and the vibe is fun. Classes cost from £300;


Ever dreamed of drifting across a lake on a floating yoga mat? Brides thought so. Aquaphysical uses the buoyancy of water to promise a relaxing, but oh-so-thorough workout. Better still, the instructors and equipment come to a swimming pool or lake near you. POA (max 15 hens);

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