Hen Party Houses in Devon
For an action-packed hen weekend, Devon won’t disappoint
INTRODUCTION TO DEVON
Situated in the southwest of England, Devon boasts sandy beaches, cliffs, historic towns and national parks. Head south, and you’ll find the coastal towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Towards, the southwest lies the Exmoor Coast and Jurassic Coast. Devon might not be packed with bar crawls and clubs, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of fun to be had. And if you are looking for something a little more lively, the city of Exeter is ideal. Although it might look so far away, you’ll be pleased to know it takes just 3 hour 30 minutes on a train from London… That’s 3 hours 30 minutes of ‘Never have I ever’ and homemade mojitos…
HOW TO GET TO DEVON
As one of the most southwest points in the UK, you might think that Devon would be a little difficult to reach. But the truth is, whether by train or car, it really isn’t that much effort and when we say the views are incredible along the way – the views are incredible! Once there, it’s pretty easy to explore on foot and there’s also an excellent taxi service.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN Devon FOR HEN GROUPS
Devon might be known for its countryside and beaches but it’s also home to Exeter. With a great shopping scene, plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from and beautiful architecture, it’s certainly worth a day trip. From cocktail-making and dance classes to escape rooms and afternoon tea, there’s plenty of things to keep you busy..
Towards the north of Devon, you’ll find the pretty village of Croyde. It might be quaint but there’s a real buzz here in the summer with beachside cafes, traditional pubs and of course a whole host of watersports! Surf South West have specialist hen party packages that will see your hens hit the waves while having fun at the same time. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of pubs to warm up in afterwards!
Often known as the party town of Devon, Torquay is a traditional seaside attraction that has been developed into a modern hub of culture. Think palm trees, beautiful harbours, an international marina, sandy beach and eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars. There’s a reason The Guardian said it was one of “Britain’s most booming seaside towns, undergoing a style revival.”
If your bride is happier in her trainers than she is in killer heels, a trip to the Dartmoor National Park has to be on the agenda. Here, the landscape is made up of forests, wetlands, rivers and rocks. Hike through valleys, abandoned houses, and spot the wildlife native to the area. Whether you want to explore yourself or book onto a guided tour, a day spent here won’t disappoint.
The foodies amongst you will be delighted. Devon offers coastal tea rooms, cosy pubs and incredible restaurants. For something low-key, try a deli or cafe. In the evening, take your pick from pubs, fine-dining restaurants, street food and takeaways. Here, you’ll find some of the best places to eat in the UK.
BEST HEN GROUP ACTIVITIES IN DEVON
Nude Life Drawing
BEST FOR SOMETHING NAUGHTY
Drawing a naked man while sitting next to your friend’s nan might sound like hell, but trust us when we say Nude Life drawing is guaranteed to get everyone laughing. It’s not just about drawing – even though they do put the art into the party. Expect drinking games, creative games and a finishing pose that will definitely be one to remember.
A Festival Weekend
BEST FOR THE ULTIMATE PARTY
If you’re heading to Croyde, then you’ve got to visit during June when the Gold Coast Oceanfest is on – a celebration of music and surf located on the edge of the beach. There are sports competitions, headline music acts such as the Kaiser Chiefs and plenty of cider stalls!
A Yoga Retreat
BEST FOR FEELING ZEN
If a weekend of partying isn’t what your bride wants then a relaxing activity like yoga surely will be! Unwind, enjoy a little pampering and when you’re not doing the downward dog, head outside into the countryside and explore. In the evening, many retreats put on more yoga sessions or you can chill by the fire with your nearest and dearest. We feel zen just imagining it…
A Cookery Weekend
BEST FOR ALL AGES
Planning a hen activity that everyone will love? Head to River Cottage HQ – the foodie set up for Hugh Whittingstall. Here, you can take part in a dining experience, where you’ll be met with canapes and fizz. You’ll then enjoy a delicious meal cooked by a chef, who will explain the menu and showcase the ingredients. The best part about it? You can add on a cookery demonstration and the event starts with a tractor ride around the farm… Oooo arrrr farmer!
A craft day
BEST FOR GETTING CREATIVE
Hen parties don’t have to be spent in the bar. If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied before it’s time to head there however, a craft day should be top of your list. From place settings to knicker customisation, Make at 140 will be loved by all your guests. At least you’ll remember some of your weekend…