Celebrate in style
PUBLISHED: 05:14 02 March 2015
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You don't need to travel far for your hen party celebrations - Norfolk has everything you need for your perfect party, says Rachel Buller.
Day at the races
Get dressed up and enjoy an exciting day at the races. Great Yarmouth Racecourse and Fakenham Racecourse offer hospitality packages for every budget, including food, drink and the chance for a flutter. Both hold annual Ladies’ Days as well as various events and race meetings during the year. www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk; www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk
Adrenalin and adventure
Your hen do doesn’t have to be about dressing up, dinner or a night on the town – why not be more adventurous?
Head to Thetford Forest for a day of activities. Spend the morning mountain biking on the various trails which lead from the High Lodge centre and then in the afternoon, swing through the trees with Go Ape – all followed by a hot chocolate and piece of cake.
At Norfolk Ski Club in Trowse, near Norwich, enjoy the thrills of tubing as you speed down the slopes in large inflatable rings. There are 20 spaces in each hour-long session and all equipment is provided.
With Wroxham adventure company Activ-8, you can organise your own package of activities. The choice includes abseiling, archery, canoeing, raft building, air rifle shooting, go karting and mountain biking, and the team will arrange it all, including transport to and from where you are staying. Or sign up to a Swallows and Amazons adventure day or a bushcraft canoe trail.
For the quintessential English day out, you can’t beat a classic afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings.
At the Assembly House in Norwich indulge in cakes, pastries, scones and sandwiches and a great choice of teas served in beautiful vintage crockery. The stunning architecture in the Grade One listed Georgian building adds to the feeling of being thoroughly spoiled.
At Strattons in Swaffham, the traditional high tea is perfect for any civilised hen party. Treat yourself to a delicious choice of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes all in the relaxed and funky surroundings of the boutique hotel. www.strattonshotel.co.uk)
There is a great choice of traditional holiday lets across Norfolk and many cater for large groups. If you fancy something a little different, the iconic Cley Windmill is perfect, with its spectacular setting on the north Norfolk coast.
Try the ultimate party house – Carrington House at Snettisham – a glamorous, opulent property boasting bold décor, luxurious bedrooms, a soundproofed entertainment room with DJ equipment, a cinema room and hot tub. www.carringtonhouse.net Or how about hiring a boat on the Broads where you can explore tranquil waterways, sunbathe on deck, enjoy a picnic or moor up at a riverside pub?
Many of our hotels have excellent spa facilities where you can swim, laze in the Jacuzzi or indulge in a beauty and relaxation treatments.
At Barnham Broom, enjoy a weekend of pampering at the hotel and spa or book in for a day of treatments followed by an indulgent afternoon tea.
Spa at Style in Norwich offers a range of relaxing massage and holistic therapies as well as ESPA Natural Skincare treatments and access to the Jacuzzi and sauna. It has a range of special party packages perfect for hen celebrations. www.stylehealthandfitness.co.uk/spa
De-stress before your big day at Thai Herbal Retreat with a range of healing, calming and luxurious holistic treatments.
Combine a spot of pampering with some retail therapy by booking a Pamper Experience at Jarrold’s store in Norwich, which includes a personal stylist appointment, manicure, make-up consultation and lunch. Or you can visit its spa, The Retreat, for a host of treatments.
If you love clothes and fashion, book an evening at Norwich boutique Scarlet on Guildhall Hill, where you will be greeted with a glass of fizz before learning more about how to dress for your shape, get tips on styling and perhaps treat yourself to a new outfit.
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The EDP Wedding Show
The two-day event – the biggest in East Anglia – is at Norfolk Showground on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22. Sponsored by Alba Rose, it features more than 150 exhibitors, a champagne bar, Brasted’s Cafe and an amazing fashion show. There is also a chance to win your dream wedding worth £25,000!
Buy tickets in advance and save money, £8 for one, £14 for two or £25 for a party of four. Under 16s free; 01603 772175; www.edp24.co.uk/lifestyle/edp-weddings