11 Top Ideas for a Stag or Hen Do in the Cotswolds  

Celebration dinner and drinks al fresco (Last Updated On: 19th August 2019)

If the mighty responsibility of organising a stag or hen party has fallen upon you – panic not! A long weekend away is always a good idea, and a weekend away in the Cotswolds? Even better!

With such a vast range of things to see and do, it’s no wonder that the Cotswolds’ reputation as England’s ultimate weekend-break destination is soaring. Located just under two hours from Birmingham and London by car or train, it’s easily accessible, well connected and absolutely beautiful. Renowned for its local delicacies, fantastic and abundant pubs and bars, not to mention the huge scope for activities in the great outdoors (and indoors!), the Cotswolds has it all!

At Bolthole Retreats, we’ve got a fantastic bespoke portfolio of larger properties that are ideal for large groups. Whether you choose spectacular Brock Cottage with its inspired décor and huge communal living area, sumptuous Hawthorn with its state of the art feel, or The Limes and Foxes Manor, both gorgeous period properties complete with hot tubs – we’ve got you covered.

So, without further ado, read on to find some inspiration in our top pick of the best hen and stag activities in this outstanding area –make it one to remember before they say ‘I do!’


  1. Clay Pigeon Shooting

One to get the competitive juices flowing! A fantastic, fun and full-on day out that everyone can get involved in at the Cotswold Clay Club in Northleach. After all, it doesn’t get much more Cotswolds than clay shooting! Prices and packages vary depending on the number of targets you select.Clay Pigeon Shooting

  1. Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre

Horse trekking around the beautiful Cotswold countryside, what could be more idyllic? Bourton Vale is a friendly equestrian centre located in Bourton-on-the-Water that offers tuition, scenic rides and specialised stag and hen party packages including games on horseback and a pub lunch!Horse riding

  1. The Cotswold Perfumery – Tours and Workshops  

Located in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswold Perfumery is a charming family-run perfumery that creates and sells all their perfumes on-site. They offer fascinating tours as well as fun two-day perfume making workshops for hen parties!

  1. UK Sky Diving

There’s nothing that says you’re about to get married quite like jumping out of a plane! Taking off from the Duke of Gloucester Barracks, UK Sky Diving offers instruction and jumps for all abilities, the perfect activity for an adrenaline-fuelled celebration!

  1. Waterland – Outdoor Activities

Waterland, situated in the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, offers a huge variety of outdoor activities suitable for hen and stag parties of at least six people, including raft building and archery! You can even ad extras such as champagne and catering to ensure no one goes hungry or thirsty!

  1. Sashay Dance – Hen Party Dance Lessons Cheltenham

Want to have a routine prepped for the big day, or perhaps just the chance to learn a new skill and have a great time in the process? Sashay Dance is the right place for you! With 15 different themes to choose between, from Chicago and Salsa to Mamma Mia, and the option to attend a venue or have the tutor come to you – it promises to be a wild 90 minutes!

  1. Cotswolds Distillery

For those who are looking for a refined afternoon, the Cotswolds Distillery tour is perfect! Let an expert guide escort you on a gin and whiskey journey around the Cotswolds’ first full-scale distillery – ending with a very enjoyable tasting session!Cotswold Distillery produced Gin

  1. Louise Pocock Millinery – Fascinator Making

Perfect for the crafting types, Chipping Campden-based milliner Louise Pocock runs fantastic classes in her studio, allowing you to create totally bespoke piece than can be worn on the big day! Refreshments, bubbles and cream teas can also be arranged.

Hat craft shop

  1. Daylesford Cookery Courses

Super-luxe Daylesford estate is home to perhaps one of the finest farm shops and selection of eateries around. Daylesford Cookery School runs courses designed to make the most out of organic and seasonal food, spanning roast dinners, butchery, seafood, bread making, desserts and more, with a maximum number of 12 students per class – perfect for those who love to cook!

  1. Head4Heights

Head4Heights in Cirencester offers an exhilarating range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities all year round for stag and hen parties between eight and 36 people. Again, one for the adrenaline junkies!

  1. Far Peak Climbing Centre

If you fancy getting active when the weather isn’t so great, Northleach is home to the fantastic Far Peak indoor climbing centre with facilities for all ages and abilities – there’s also outdoor climbing walls too! Far Peak hosts specific packages for stag and hen parties.

Wall climbing

We hope you’re feeling refreshed and inspired by our top picks! There’s so much to see and do in the Cotswolds – and if you’re in the mood to relax and be pampered check out our blog on the best spas in the Cotswolds (always a hit for hen parties!) for further inspiration!


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