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Buck Off! An activity NOT to do on a hen do

I had the honour of organising my best mate Kate’s hen do a couple of weeks ago, and as part of it I arranged a Bucking Bronco.

I will write the whole weekend up in more detail in a ‘Hen Do That Happened ’ post, but thought it would be useful advice for people organising a hen do to know what happened on our weekend.

I’d hired a massive house with huge grounds and thought a bucking bronco would be fun. If you don’t know what a bucking bronco is, here we all are on it:

Bronco Group

Group shot on the Bronco (before it all went wrong)

Everything was fine until Kate’s third go. When she was thrown off she landed awkwardly on her neck, leading to a lot of pain, blurred/fuzzy vision and she was seeing stars. We rang 111 and described her symptoms, and before we knew it this was happening:

Paramedic 1

The lady we spoke to on the phone had sent an ambulance as a precaution

All of Kate’s vitals were tested and fine, but her eyesight wasn’t really improving. The paramedics said that although they thought she’d be fine, they would take her to hospital if she wanted.

She obviously didn’t want that, and luckily a couple of hours after the accident she felt well enough for a Gin and Tonic, and hen do fun was able to resume as normal! (Phew!)

Whilst we cancelled our plans for a night out at an 80’s club in town, I had enough games planned to make sure we had an even better time staying in. There were Power Ballads, balloon stamping, shot push ups and naughty biscuits (which you can read all about in the Hen Do That Happened post when I get round to writing it).

Kate also had a massive bruise on her thigh (she bruises like a peach), so we made a list of all injuries sustained on the bronco. Everyone had at least one, with the worst ones including:

  • a massive gash on one Hen’s foot (which we asked the paramedics to check out whilst they were there)
  • 10% loss (approximately) of one Hen’s body skin
  • a perforated boob and a torn shirt, where a badge the Hen was wearing was ripped off as she was thrown off

(One Hen also had a cut on her finger, but that was from slicing limes for the G&Ts).

It was pretty serious at the time, but it does make for a good story – how many other people can say they had to call an ambulance at their hen party – and I’m all about the stories!


Our lovely paramedics!

In summary:

DO NOT organise a Bucking Bronco for a Hen Do!

Activity – Scream with a Queen

When I found this website, I knew I had a duty to write a blog, as more people needed to know that this is an option for a hen do.

The website seems a little out of date (the public events page mentions 2012), but I have been in touch with ‘Cherry Darling’ and she is definitely still doing hen dos. If I had seen this before I found my Swedish cruise, I would have definitely screamed with a queen!

What is it: “The UKs Premier Paranormal Party Experience”

Where is it: Various locations around the UK from what I can make out on the website

How much is it: From as little as £45 per person

Important info/conditions:  




The following text (and all photos in this post) are taken from the website:

Scream with a Queen Logo

Welcome to the Scream Palace of Cherry Darling and Scream with a Queen, the UK’s Premier Paranormal Party Experience, delivering unique hen parties, ladies nights and celebration events.

Are you searching for that bespoke and unusual event that will have tongues wagging for years to come? We are the Nation’s only event company to offer this unique experience in some of the most haunted venues and hosted by the divalicious Cherry Darling.

If you’re after a wickedly fun experience then read on…  If you don’t, go to Blackpool…

About us 

Are you looking for an occasion that has simply got to be one of the most unusual events ever? Then you have come to the right place, for here at Scream with a Queen, we offer bespoke ladies nights, unusual celebration events and unique hen party experiences, which encompasses the opportunity for an amazing party as well as going on a ghost hunt in some of the UK’s most haunted locations. However, this is a ghost hunt with a difference… All of our celebration events at Scream with a Queen are tailor-made to thoroughly entertain and to provide you and your chosen victims with the ultimate party or exclusive hen night experience imaginable.

We searched the length and breadth of this haunted Isle to find a Diva of massive proportions capable of leading fun filled parties into the unknown and therefore we ask you to stand and salute the delicious Diva of Darkness herself, the one and only – Cherry Darling!

She will treat you and your guests to the following night of fun, frolics and fright!!

• Arrival Drinks for you and your guests
• A sumptuous two or three course meal in a *haunted location
• Cherry’s Camp Cabaret time
• Mini paranormal ghost hunt

cherry darling

Hendovals? Festidos? Glast-Hen-bury?

My mate Nicki from university has set a date for her wedding. And you know what that means – HEN DO!

Me and Nicki

Nicki and I

And what a hen do it will be. She wanted to go to Glastonbury, and to Glastonbury we shall go. Eight of us were committed to going, and somehow all eight of us managed to get tickets.

We're going to Glastonbury!

We’re going to Glastonbury!

I am excited about the festival, but now I’m advancing in years, I’m not looking forward to the toilet situation.

I'm not looking forward to these...

I’m not looking forward to these…

I’m at that stage in life where I need to go for a wee in the middle of the night and I don’t want to have to put on wellies, crawl out of my tent, walk for a mile and half (in the pouring rain more than likely) and queue up with 3000 other people who also need a wee.

So we’re hiring a motor home! We’ll be dry, warm and have access to our own personal toilet!

Nicki and I (and friends) on a previous Motorhome adventure in Sweden.

I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be an expensive week, but it’ll be worth it.

As I am now going to my first Hendoval? Festido? I thought I’d do a top 6 things to be aware of if you’re thinking of going to a festival for a hen do:

  1. Festivals are expensive. Not just the tickets, but also getting there, food and drink and camping equipment. Be aware that some of the people you really want to be there might not be able to afford it.
  2. On the flip side, you won’t be able to stop people you don’t want to be there from coming! Is your cousin Florence a nightmare drunk? Does Louise from work have hygiene problems? Is your neighbour Susan a little too flirty with your husband-to-be? If it’s V Festival or Leeds etc. where it is easier to get tickets, they can just buy their own and rock up and camp with you!
  3. For those that can afford it, be aware you might not all get tickets. This was a very real fear for Glastonbury, and we’re not entirely sure how we managed it.
  4. There is a very good chance it might rain! Which is not fun. If this is going to really bother you, I’d suggest thinking international! At Sonar festival in Barcelona, you can stay in a hotel. Benicassim Festival (also in Spain) is on a beach. Whoop! (Although my friends went one year and it was so windy their tent blew away…)
  5. You’ll have to pack wisely. It will be difficult taking in 75 individual vodka jelly shots for the forfeits. And we’re going to have to think cleverly about how we’ll fit in the banana suit, the hamburger suit, the chicken suit, the baby outfit and the mankini. Although a mankini doesn’t take up much space…..
  6. The festival might not be near the wedding date. Nicki’s wedding is actually in December. This isn’t a problem at all though, it just means we get to have two hen dos!!

As I have no experience yet of attending a hen do at a festival (Hendoval? Festido?), I will leave this here and report back in July next year. I  can then cover all the things we loved/forgot/wish we’d taken/did work/didn’t work etc. In the meantime, let me know if you have any top tips for hen dos at a festival.

Finally, I found out last week I am going to be Nicki’s bridesmaid. I am very honoured, and very excited indeed, and will now make sure this is the best hen do she can possibly have. (It would’ve just been ok before….)

I can't wait..

I can’t wait..


Activity – Synchronised Swimming

Learning  synchronised swimming. From a team who featured on Britain’s Got Talent and Splash. On your Hen Do. I don’t think I need to say much more.

I personally wouldn’t want to be wearing a swimsuit in front of professional swimsuit wearers on my Hen Do (or in any circumstances), but if you don’t mind, check the details out below:

What is it: “Synchronised Swimming – The newest craze for Hen Parties is here!”

Where is it: Beckenham, South West London

How much is it: Groups of 8-12 ladies, £80 pp (For larger groups of 13+ they can run two lessons during a three-hour session)

Important info/conditions:  Minimum size group is 8 People

Contact:, or, or  

Aquabatix synchronised swimmers

Aquabatix synchronised swimmers

The following text (and all photos in this post) are taken from the website:

Introducing a dynamic new idea for the bride who dares to be different.

Add a touch a glamour and sparkle to your hen party with a synchronised swimming lesson from Aquabatix, the World’s leading team of professional synchronised swimmers as seen on ITV’s Splash and Britain’s Got Talent.

Aquabatix has teamed up with Gillian Milner from the stunning venue Deerhurst Road in SW London to offer an exclusive hen party package for those looking to surprise their bride with something unconventional and truly memorable.

The two-hour session comprises of welcome refreshments, a lesson from one of the UK’s top coach’s along with demonstrations from a former international synchronised swimmer. The fundamentals of synchronised swimming will be taught whilst creating a routine performed to music of your choice. The pool is shallow so any standard of swimmer can participate.

To round of the experience, bubbles will be served whilst you relax in style.

Hen party in action!

Hen party in action!

The hen will also receive a special Speedo Sculpture swimsuitto either wear in the session or take away with her as a memento of her day.

The experience includes exclusive use of the entire basement swimming pool, changing area, disco room and outdoor terrace.

Activity – Knight/Jousting Experience

So, this is my first ‘Activity’ suggestion post. AND LOOK HOW AWESOME IT IS! It’s exactly the kind of thing I was thinking about when wanting to give people different ideas for hen dos.

What is it:Mastering the skills of being a knight, or trying to anyhow!”

Where is it: Warwickshire (There are other companies available – Google jousting experiences)

How much is it: There are lots of different packages available so you will need to contact them for a price. It sounds like it’s probably worth whatever they’re asking!

Important info/conditions: I think a level of horse riding experience might be required for actual jousting

Contact: Follow them on Twitter @joustexperience or Facebook


The following text (and all photos) are taken from the website:

“Ladies, forget about the “L” plates, Spa Days and Ann Summers parties… We have something new and exciting to offer you! These totally unique days cater for all sorts of abilities, even none! Geared completely for every member of the group with fun and light hearted banter throughout the day whilst actually mastering the skills of being a knight, or trying to anyhow! With plenty of opportunities to embarrass the stag or hen!

Come for a weekend, day or half day for a unique, exciting and action-packed Stag or Hen Do! Upon your trusty steed learn how to strike the quintaine target (man-shaped target that spins on impact) and spear rings with your lance before wielding a broadsword as you learn a swordfight straight out of the movies. Then raise the stakes as you compete in teams to battle it out in the “Grand Gauntlet Challenge” tournament! You will pick up points for your team in the mounted “knight’s skills” that you have learnt and then attempt to knock the Black Knight from his horse in a mini joust! Add a hog roast and a few barrels of ale with on-site accommodation for the Complete Knight Package!”

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