If you tire of the stunning views from our properties, you can choose from a great selection of things to do on site or nearby! Whether you want to try Somerset's finest cider & cheese, something more adventurous like a bush tucker trial, a posh frocks & wellies welly walk or a relaxing, creative crafternoon, here are just a few ideas to make your holiday perfect.
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- Posh frocks and wellies
- Go Wild with Bush Tucker Trial
- School Sports
- Wild Booze
- Cider & Cheese
- Archery & Axes
- Afternoon tea
- Beauty & Pamper
- Cocktail making
- Thermae Bath Spa
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
- Garter Making
- Vintage Accessories
- Bunting making
Posh Frocks & Wellies
A unique, and fun, self-guided themed activity to explore the area, and take on some fun challenges along the way.
"The posh frocks and wellies was brilliant. Everyone really enjoyed themselves. The photo game was really fun and provided lots of giggles along the way!"
- Dress to impress in your best posh frocks, then pull on your wellies
- Hens - get the girls to pimp up their wellies before the weekend!
- Navigate your way across country to a location such as a a lovely country pub, or choose a circular route
- Activity can be run at any time to suit you
- Activity is personalised for your bride-to-be or birthday girl and includes:
- a detailed guide with steps & route description with photos so you don't get lost!
- interesting information about various features along your route
- nature features to hunt for and identify along the way
- fun camera challenge game
- this activity is currently delivered on android smartphones
LOCATIONS: All locations
For a wonderfully relaxing, bonding activity, you can't beat creative crafts! Our Crafternoons including making beautiful flower crowns, pretty garters, and cute vintage headbands. The activities are provided in kits, with a detailed tutorial delivered via your smart phone (currently on android, coming soon on iphone).
Go Wild with Bush Tucker Trial
Fun-loving groups will just love a fabulous 'Go Wild' activity with something for everyone.
"The Go Wild activity was wonderful, I can see why this is a firm favourite. Our instructor was Will. He had a lovely manner and seemed to know his stuff when it came to the foraging and fire-starting."
Take a leisurely pace, or go for it with a challenging team-building and competitive style. Go Wild normally involves 3 elements - a short wild food foray & bush tucker trial, a fire-lighting challenge and a bush-bow archery competition.
During the foray, you will discover some of the wild food that you can eat, and you can collect wild food for your bush tucker trial such as nettles, sorrel and jelly ear fungus! Then you can take a step up from plants and try some bugs such as mealworms. You can then blindfold the bride-to-be, birthday boy/girl or boss, for the finale which usually involves screaming, squirming & hysterical laughter!
During the fire-lighting challenge you will each make fire without matches, the aim here is for everyone to achieve a flaming bundle of hay, which is quite an experience, a great photo opportunity, and a bit harder than Bear Grylls makes it look!
The third element of the Go Wild activity involves learning how to use a bush bow for a short, fun bush-bow archery competition and games.
The idea is that you have learned a bit about ‘hunting and gathering’ including wild food & fire-lighting in a beautiful setting, and had some laughs along the way. It’s not strenuous or dangerous, and is a whole lot of fun.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
LOCATIONS: Bristol & Bath
School Sports Day activity
This fun activity was introduced in 2014 and remains a huge favourite!
Take yourself 'back to skool' with your very own sports day activity.
The games vary but usually include those below, and more. Our fun instructors are always thinking up new and mad things to do!
- Sack race
- Egg & spoon race
- Hula hooping
- Welly whanging
- Tug of war
- Jumping tyres tag
- Relay races
- Skipping race
- Wheelbarrow race
- Football dribble
- Chucky egg (think about it, the clue is in the name...!)
- Fluffy bunnies
Duration: 1- 1.5 hours depending on group size
Location: 25 mins Bristol, 35 mins Bath
NEW! Wild Booze
Wild booze – bottle your hen weekend and take it home with you!
Using ingredients foraged in the wild and from the kitchen garden, our expert tutor will take you on a forage for your ingredients.
On your foray you will learn about the different wild and kitchen garden botanicals in season, what flavours, aromas and characteristics they have, and which plants go with which spirits.
Back at base, you'll make & label your own wild booze to take home.
Duration: Approx 2 hours.
Cider & Cheese Tasting
Ooooh arrrr, welcome to Somerset!
This top-rated activity continues to be one of the most popular, with a cider expert. More than just a few sips of cider, you won't believe how much fun you can have :)
“Thank you Adrian for the cider and cheese tasting. Your funny stories and knowledge were great. I managed to give my sister the perfect hen party with exactly what she wanted”.
“Everyone loved the cider and cheese tasting. Was very informative and Adrian was great. Thought the gift was such a lovely touch. Pregnant ladies also very well catered for!”
- In our Cider & Cheese tasting activity you will learn about tasting, orchards and cider making, with lots of fun stories and interaction.
- You will try 5-6 different top quality varieties of West Country cider along with 3 West Country cheeses with crackers.
- You'll discover that if you drink too much cider you'll get 'Somerset Cider Leg', and hear a few other Cider Stories, oooh, aaaarh!
- Optional gift for someone special whether a bride to be, top sales person or birthday gift.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
LOCATIONS: Bristol & Bath
Archery & Axe throwing
Archery is a great fun, competitive activity that is always popular with groups.
Generally the activity will include tuition from a qualified archery instructor so that you can enjoy the activity safely. Competitive groups will love the challenge of learning the ancient art of archery and you get to work with various types of bows, arrows & targets, as well as special throwing axes!
Once you have mastered the skills, it's full-on competition to see who wins with lots of fun games! This incredibly popular activity is fantastic fun and works well with all kinds of small and large groups.
Duration: 2 hours
A fantastic afternoon tea served on vintage china is a wonderful activity and is popular with everyone. Includes sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam, petit fours, etc, and vintage china hire.
Beauty & Pamper Treatments
All hotels with spas offer a menu of spa treatments which can be booked directly with the hotel.
At self-catering cottages, and hotels without spas, there are visiting therapists who will normally provide a range of treatments on site.
Cocktail making is a fun and glamorous activity! Some hotels will provide this on site, or we can suggest lots of city locations so you can kick off your big night out with style.
Duration: varies according to location
Thermae Bath Spa
Perfect for Hen weekends, Adult friends/family groups (over 16 only)
Enjoy a luxurious visit to the famous thermal spa at Bath.
- Take in the views from the incredible roof-top pool.
- Enjoy the experience shower and steam rooms.
- Swim in the Minerva pool with gentle currents.
- A classic, sophisticated and relaxing activity.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay shooting is always popular with a group, and we can recommend clay shooting ranges within a short drive of our lovely properties.
Perfect for: Corporate Events; Hen weekends; Friends/family groups including children
This is a fantastic way to explore the stunning Mendip Hills and we are lucky to have superb off-road riding just a stone's throw from our lovely properties.
Try a fun-filled garter-making workshop so you all have something naughty but nice to wear on your hen night or at the wedding! Learn basic hand sewing skills and use a variety of lace, ribbon & decorations.
All group leaders are provided with full details and prices for transport companies near your property, so you can book minibuses and taxis.
Delicious hot buffet at self-catering properties Bristol/Bath:
TWO COURSE HOT BUFFET
Aberdeen Angus beef lasagne & Chicken enchilladasFor vegetarians/vegan/GF: Quinoa, lentil & beetroot bake with red onion marmalade & topped with a thick slice of goat's cheese or tomato
Giant tear & share garlic bread (GF & Vegan roll with olive oil & garlic)
Dessert - Chocolate Fudge cake, Red velvet cake, tiramisu, french apple or lemon tart
Nachos - tortillas, grated cheese, salsa