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Thu 28 May 20 18:52
Whether it’s you or a bride you know whose wedding (and hen party) has been postponed, we know that the current Coronavirus situation must be causing unprecedented stress and disappointment. Here at The Foxy Hen, we’re working hard to find ways to help brides-to-be to find ways to celebrate their original hen do date and to help as many hen parties go ahead as we can in the second half of 2020.
To help you assess how possible your hen weekend might be in 2020 in into early 2021, we’ve put together a guide with the questions you should ask and precautions you should take in your planning and travel.
Choosing your hen do location is one of the most exciting parts of planning a girls’ weekend away for the bride. Do you travel abroad to catch some sun or stay closer to home for a classic UK hen do? Well, with Coronavirus still affecting global travel, staying within the UK for your hen weekend has suddenly become a much more attractive and practical option.
Before you choose your hen party destination within England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, it important to check the government’s current COVID-19 restrictions and advice and to consider your transport options.
If the girls in your hen group have access to cars and can travel safely, then driving to your hen destination might be your safest bet. Just make sure to check the government’s advice on what counts as necessary and safe travel.
To keep the journey cheaper and to not have to worry about how much you drink at the prosecco brunch on the final morning, travelling to and from your hen party location by train might be the best option for you.
As you’ll be journeying in a public vehicle with potentially lots of other people, it’s super important to check the UK government’s guidance on how to use trains safely. Additionally, we recommend checking (and re-checking) your trip timetable to make sure it is still going ahead:
Step 3 of the UK government’s Recovery Strategy states that non-essential venues and providers will open no earlier than 4 July 2020 and it states:
‘The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close… hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation)... and leisure facilities (like cinemas). They should also meet the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.’
This step is happening earlier than in other countries around the world, so there’s some good news there if you’d still like to go on your hen party later this summer. The challenge for your hen activity, accommodation and food venues is to reopen in a way that they can keep your group safe, within the government guidelines.
Here at The Foxy Hen, we’re liaising with all of our hen party suppliers to confirm their reopening dates, their safety precautions and make sure you’ll have an amazing experience. They are all working hard behind the scenes to welcome back hen do groups from all over the UK sooner rather than later.
Your hen party dates obviously depend on the final date of the bride-to-be’s wedding. And we know for a lot of you, this may be very much up in the air!
Once the date for the big day has been decided, then we would definitely recommend booking your hen weekend away in the UK as soon as you can. With so many weddings pushed back, it’s going to be a bumper season and we’re already hearing that availability is filling up fast.
Choosing the perfect hen do activity that the bride will love can be a challenge under normal circumstances. With COVID-19 as an extra consideration, it’s important to also consider which activities are safe to go ahead with social distancing measures possibly still in place. Hopefully, you’ll be able to combine both the bride’s tastes and the safest choice.
To help get you inspired, we’d recommend considering hen party activities that can take place in your home or accommodation, like a lip sync battle or a draw a nude class. Or you could take on an outdoor hen activity so you’re safer in the open air – something like paintball, bubble football or an old fashioned sports day.
If you'd like to chat to a member of The Foxy Hen team about your options or if you want to discuss an existing hen party booking, please get in touch!
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