Planning a hen party in Norfolk and looking to step away from what’s been done before? Embrace the extraordinary and celebrate this special occasion with a touch of uniqueness and flair! Norfolk, with its charming countryside and stunning coastlines, offers a host of exciting and alternative options to create an unforgettable hen party experience. From fine wines to aquatic adventures, we’ve curated a list of ideas that will delight the bride-to-be and her bridal party.
Group Surfing Lesson
Looking for a splash of excitement and a thrilling adventure on the waves? Glide Surf School located in the quaint Victorian seaside town of Cromer provides group surfing classes that are ideal for hen parties. Private group lessons can be tailored to suit the experience of the people in your group, so whether you’re a complete beginner or wish to take your surfing skills to the next level, you’re guaranteed an exciting day on the water guided by an experienced and passionate instructor. Cromer itself is a beautiful, traditional seaside town with sandy beaches and great surfing conditions to boot! Don’t forget to get a group photo of everyone in their wetsuits!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If surfing seems a little bit too high-octane then why not choose stand-up paddle boarding for your group instead? Glide serenely on the water and take time to enjoy life from a different perspective as you take in the views from the sea. Hunstanton Water Sports offer a paddle boarding taster session from their base in this charming coastal town. North Norfolk Paddleboards also offer group taster sessions as well as guided tours through the salt marsh at Burnham Overy for those with some basic paddle-boarding experience.
Afternoon Tea With A Twist
Is there anything more indulgent and satisfying than afternoon tea? If you fancy a slice of luxury in one of Norwich’s most beautiful buildings then why not head to The Assembly House where you can choose from Beforenoon Tea, Afternoon Cheese or Peter Pan Afternoon Tea (the latter option donates 50p to Great Ormond Street Hospital for each tea served). Whether you prefer your tiers full of treats to be breakfast themed, deliciously sweet or distinctly cheesy, The Assembly House has got you covered. Their multi-award-winning themed teas are served under glittering chandeliers to add some sparkle to your special occasion.
Boat Trip On The Broads
What could be better than embarking on a breathtaking river trip along the stunning waterways of the Norfolk Broads? Whether your group is large or small there are group packages to suit your needs. Why not pack a picnic and spend the day with your closest pals? Barnes Brinkcraft offers picnic boats suitable for small groups that are perfect for exploring the waterways’ hidden delights. There’s no experience necessary and the boat offers protection from the changeable British weather! If you prefer to have the hard work done for you then you can book a private group tour with Broads Tours whose experienced skippers will take care of every detail leaving you to relax and enjoy the views.
If you fancy extending the celebrations across a few days or more then West Lexham Manor near Kings Lynn could be just what you’re looking for. Offering a range of accommodation options across 21 acres of lush gardens or woodland, you and your favourite folk can escape to paradise, unplug from the hustle and bustle of daily life and really connect together before the big day. Small groups might prefer to spend a few nights in one of West Lexham’s treehouses: underneath swaying branches and surrounded by birdsong, each cabin is embraced by its very own tree! For larger groups there’s the barn which has its own private garden and a fire bowl for late-night chats and stargazing. Whatever you choose you are guaranteed a blissful few days in harmony with your surroundings.
Norfolk’s very own state-of-the-art winery shares the secrets behind the production of its exceptional English wines. Take a tour around Winbirri Vineyard before embarking on an unforgettable Norfolk wine-tasting experience which gives you the opportunity to taste a selection of their finest white, red and sparkling wine varieties. Love is at the heart of everything the team at Winbirri Vineyard does so it’s a perfect place to visit for your pre-wedding celebrations. The heady mix of friends, family and fine wines is bound to create an unforgettable hen party that you and your guests will love.
Hen Party House
If one day of celebration simply isn’t enough then you’re going to need a place to stay that’s perfect for chatting into the small hours and totally indulging with your nearest and dearest. If you really want to make the most of your time together and keep the party going all weekend, why not consider staying at the Beach House Mundesley? This large and luxurious house has a hot tub and sauna and comes with monogrammed fluffy bath robes for you and your guests to keep. Why not have a private chef come and prepare a dinner party for your group? Or perhaps you’d like to indulge in beauty treatments that can be carried out at the property by the local beauty salon? This house has it all and, to top it off, it’s just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Norfolk has so many wonderful alternative hen party ideas! It’s a county with a gorgeous coastline, beautiful countryside, lots of history and the vibrant city of Norwich too. Of course, there are so many more bars, restaurants, workshops and days out that could be combined with the selection we’ve chosen above. These are just a few options that we’ve chosen to help give you a head start with your hen party planning.
If you would love to get more inspiration for your wedding then why not come and join us at our ECO Wedding Show at Wellington Wood, Thetford on Sunday 8th October 2023.
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