Planning a re-scheduled hen? Struggling to keep up with ever-changing travel restrictions but don’t want your VIP to miss out? You’re not alone! Read on for some ideas on how to plan a COVID friendly hen do.
Flexibility is Key
Book accommodation and activities with full cancellation protection. Read up on their booking terms and check what happens with deposits and balance payments, should you need to cancel or re-schedule. Most good providers will happily offer the option to move your party to a new date at no extra cost if it means they keep your business. Book early so that everyone has something to look forward to and time to save, but it’s great to have the peace of mind that you can move things around if necessary.
Tighten the Purse Strings
Look at a UK staycation instead of going abroad, removing the uncertainty of quarantine and travel complications. There’s plenty of amazing hen party destinations around the UK (click here for some ideas), offering fantastic value for money, and you’ll be doing your bit to help the UK travel and hospitality sector too – WIN!
Pick activity and accommodation providers with small deposit payments so that you’re not forking out too much up front. Request late final payment dates so that everyone has a chance to save. Book further in advance and consider a weekday and term time trip to keep costs down.
Go City Centre
Pick a city centre base so that all your activities and local attractions are within walking distance. Walk or drive to your activities where you can, and limit use of public transport. You’ll also be less likely to need to use taxi’s too, again, keeping costs down. If you’re driving, just be sure to check in advance on parking availability and put some change in your purse in case it’s a cash only parking machine.
If you’re exploring the city on foot, have a nosey around the area on google maps before you get there so that you’re familiar with where everything is. And make sure you’ve got plenty of battery life on your phone to avoid taking your group on an unintended tour of the city!
Or Go Rural
Minimise the need for mingling with the general public by hiring your own private hen house in the middle of nowhere. They’re not as expensive as you might think, and many of them cater specifically for groups of hens. Have a nosey at some of our recommended providers here. Go for somewhere with plenty of indoor space for socially distanced activities.
There are endless activity options, without the need for leaving the venue once you arrive. From cocktail making, sports days, and murder mystery evenings to arts & crafts, movie nights and life drawing, there’s something for everyone.
Consider booking accommodation with plenty of outdoor space and holding your hen in the great outdoors. Many activity providers will offer this as an option and come equipped with everything they need. Assuming it’s not mid-winter, during a snowstorm or torrential downpour, putting on an extra layer (or two) and getting some fresh air is a great way to blow away a hangover! Just make sure there’s the option to move indoors if the weatherman isn’t on your side.
Ask everyone to pack some hand sanitiser and a face mask or two. Put one in each handbag that you’re taking to avoid the situation of arriving at a venue and being turned away.
When you’re allocating accommodation, aim to keep people in bubbles. Keep mums with daughters, and families together, even if it means booking extra rooms. Encourage all attendees to keep within their bubbles throughout the duration of their stay, and when travelling to and from, and participating in activities.
Track & Trace
Ask for everyone’s details in advance. That way, if you need to pass them onto restaurants, bars or accommodation or activity providers, you’ve got them all to hand. Less admin time = more party time!
Just remember, a COVID Friendly hen doesn’t have to be a boring hen! Enjoy!