Last updated: 23 March 2021
Whether it’s you or a bride you know whose wedding (and UK hen do) 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 help brides-to-be to find ways to celebrate their original hen do date (even if it’s just marking the occasion) and to help as many hen parties go ahead as we can in 2021/22.
Current COVID-19 timelines
Note: The timelines outlined below may differ slightly in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
- Up to 6 people or 2 households can gather in parks and public spaces
12th April (at the earliest)
- Up to 15 guests will be allowed at weddings (up from 6)
- Non-essential retail, personal care facilities, hairdressers, nail salons and gyms reopen
- Restaurants and pubs can serve groups of up to 6 people (or 2 households) outside only
- Holiday rental houses and camping sites will reopen for 1 night stays for groups from the same household
17th May (at the earliest)
- Up to 30 guests will be allowed at weddings
- Up to 30 people can gather in parks and gardens (even if from different households)
- Up to 6 people or 2 households may gather indoors
- Restaurants and pubs can serve groups of up to 6 people (or 2 households) inside
- The possibility of international travel for holidays will also be reviewed at this point
21st June (at the earliest)
- All rules around social contact and gatherings will be lifted
- Nightclubs could be allowed to reopen
What this means for your Hen Party
How the UK’s COVID-19 recovery timeline will affect your hen party plans obviously depends on what you were thinking of doing with your group.
For example, if the May 17th date actually happens then you could:
- plan a hen party picnic in the park with up to 30 girls
- book a small 6 lady hen party weekend in a holiday rental
- or host a small 6 person hen do afternoon tea in someone’s home
And from June 21st, your options obviously open up a whole lot more. So, whether you’re celebrating an original hen party date to still help the bride to feel special or you’re looking to go ahead with a real hen do for a bride having a small COVID wedding, there are options there to help make it happen.
To help you assess how possible your hen party plans might be, we’ve put together a guide with the questions you should ask and precautions you should take in your planning and travel.
1. Decide whether you want a virtual Hen Party or in-person event
Some very creative Maids Of Honour and Bridesmaids have already been spoiling their brides-to-be with virtual hen parties since this pandemic broke. And we are completely on board with this idea!
An online hen do can be a really creative way to still mark your group’s original date and to make the bride feel special during an incredibly stressful time. If you’re thinking of going down this route, then check out our Virtual Hen Party Planning Guide for ideas and logistics.
However, if you’re still keen to plan and host an in-person hen party, then read on.
2. Choose your Hen Do dates
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 still!
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 into 2021/22, it’s going to be a bumper season and we’re already hearing that availability is filling up fast.
If you do book your hen party with us, we’ll do everything we can to give you the flexibility to push your hen weekend dates back if needed. We know things change quickly at the moment…
Read through our common COVID-19 FAQs to see how booking a hen do during the pandemic works.
3. Choose your Hen Party destination
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, this might be a bit more difficult.
However, staying within the UK for your hen weekend has definitely become a much more attractive and practical option. You can see all of our UK hen party destinations to find your best local 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:
4. Check the most Recent Government Guidance
We’ve tried to include the most up-to-date timelines and information in this guide. However, no matter where your hen party are travelling to or gathering, please do make sure you check the most recent information on the UK government’s Recovery Strategy.
5. Choose your Hen Party activities
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 (with timelines changing and responding to the situation). 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:
- lip sync battle
- draw a nude class
- or a dance class.
Or you could take on an outdoor hen activity so you’re safer in the open air – something like:
- farm experience
- cycling tour
- bubble football
- or an old fashioned sports day.
We are in rolling discussions with our activity suppliers so we can provide you with up-to-date advice about which options might be open to you. If you’re hoping for a particular item or package, you can submit your booking request for free through our website and we’ll check availability for you with no commitment. Submit a quick enquiry or get in touch if you have any questions!
6. What to take with you
Your hen party packing list won’t have to change too much with COVID-19 in mind. However, we do recommend you add these essentials to the list:
- Hand sanitiser
- Moisturiser (to survive all the hand sanitiser)
- Disinfectant wipes
- Face masks
For some extra special touches, check out our hen party survival kit list.
If you’d like to chat with 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! We’re here to help with any questions, concerns or plans you have to help you get through this difficult time.