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Top Tips For Planning An Irish Hen Party During COVID19

A. Healy
Wed 27 May 20 15:07

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The Coronavirus has impacted on brides and bridal parties across Ireland and forced the postponement of many weddings. Here at The Foxy Hen, we’ve been working away (from home) to make sure as many hen parties as possible can go ahead in 2020 and beyond. To help you make your planning decisions a bit easier, we’ve put together our top tips for booking a hen party during the COVID-19 situation.

Where Should We Book Our Hen Party?

With the Coronavirus having swept across the globe, many of our hen do groups are looking a little closer to home when choosing a destination for their hen weekend. Luckily, Ireland does not disappoint!

Choosing an Irish hen destination comes down to who the bride is and the ‘vibe’ of the towns or cities you’re looking at. If she’s a party girl, then maybe Galway or Dublin? If she’s a beach baby, then take your hen do crew down to Dingle!

For somewhere with an abundance of hen party houses, book in Carrick-on-Shannon, for somewhere central to everyone, try Kilkenny, or for stunning scenery, explore our options in Athlone or Carlingford.

With COVID-19 now part of your planning criteria, it’s also super important to decide how you’re all going to get there.

Driving

With it looking likely that we’ll be able to travel beyond our local area from July 20th, driving to your chosen hen party destination might be a possibility. We do recommend checking the government guidelines on social distancing and being in close contact with people you don’t live with before you travel, just to make sure.

Trains

Any Irish location connected to a train line should be a good bet for your hen party and it means you don’t have to worry about a sober drive home. Just make sure you check what kind of social distancing and safety measures will be in place on board before you travel. It also can’t hurt to double and triple check the journey is going ahead on the day...

Will Hen Party Suppliers Be Open?

The Irish government’s roadmap for coming out of lockdown (announced on the 1st May) included two important dates for anyone planning a hen do:

  • The 20 July (Phase 4) is when hotels and hostels can reopen again
  • The 10th August (Phase 5) is when ’Some large social (non-family) gatherings can take place - these will also be restricted’. In addition… ‘Pubs, nightclubs and casinos can reopen, where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with’.

We know a lot of hen groups planning trips in mid to late August breathed a sigh of relief when the dates were announced but we also know there is likely to still be some uncertainty about travel as the dates near.

We’re working hard behind the scenes here to monitor the situation closely. We’re in close contact with our hen suppliers all over Ireland throughout this situation so we can reassure you about their efforts to reopen safely.

If you’re unsure about the accommodation, food or activities you’ve booked in for your hen do, get in touch with The Foxy Hen team. We’ll check with each venue to see what safety precautions they’re taking to make sure your hen weekend can still go ahead without a hitch.

When Should We Book The Hen Do?

With so many postponed weddings because of COVID-19, your new hen do date might be a bit up in the air right now. But we know, you’ve been stuck at home more and you’re probably itching to get out on this hen weekend away with the girls.

Once the bride and groom have decided on a new wedding date, find a new weekend that suits the whole bride squad for the new hen do. Whether that’s in the second half of 2020 or a fresh date in 2021, our advice is book it in now! All of those mid-2020 weddings are now squeezing in with existing weddings later this year or in 2021 and we know from speaking to our customers that wedding (and now hen party) space is filling up quickly.

So make sure you can secure availability for the hen party accommodation and activities that the bride would love most by booking your hen do in as soon as you know the lay of the land.

Which Hen Party Activities Should We Book?

Which hen party activities will be available to your group really does depend on the government guidelines and the ability of each supplier to work within them safely.

For a safe hen do activity bet, we’d recommend looking at outdoor activities first – options like paintball, coasteering, axe throwing or zip lining. Or, if you’ve decided to hold your hen do at home or in a hen party house, then why not book an activity to come to you? The girls will love a cheeky draw a nude class, a murder mystery dinner or even trying their hand at The Cube games.

Check out all of our Irish hen party destinations to see what activities are on offewr in each.

There are lots of ways to still make your hen party special and unique for the bride in 2020 and into next year. If you’re ready to book now, then choose your favourite hen do destination in Ireland or get in touch with The Foxy Hen team if you have any questions!

Author: A. Healy

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