Red7 , August 12, 2013
When deciding on a location for a hen party, many people are drawn to big ticket destinations filled with sun, sea, and super clubs. But why jet off abroad when the UK has some of the best hen party destinations, without having to set foot on a plane?
If you’re looking for a great night out, as well as a relaxing weekend of history and culture, there’s no better place in the North West than Chester.
Chester’s best feature is in its extensive range of shops. There have been shops for over 700 years in Chester, and so it has become one of the best places for retail therapy. Head to The Rows for shopping with a difference: the two-tiered medieval galleries are uniquely quaint, and make the whole experience seem a lot more cultured than your typical Saturday trawling the high streets. For a relaxing day out with your hens, Chester is great for seeking out unusual bargains, while all the while exploring a city filled with culture.
The historical walls surrounding the city make visiting Chester ideal for a relaxing and cultural hen do. They are great for exploring the city’s boundaries, from up high, and spotting the best pubs to stop off for a drink in. Folklore says to walk the walls in their entirety, and then finish by running up and down the Wishing Steps. Use your best wishes on the bride, or get the bridesmaids to step up: tradition says that if an unmarried girl runs the steps, the man of her dreams will propose to her!
One of Chester’s main draws is its racecourse, the Roodee. Horse racing is very popular among hens, as it provides a good excuse to dress up in your finest hats, dresses and heels, and enjoy a glass of champagne in the sun. And if you happen to pick the right horse, drinks are on you! As the oldest racecourse in the country, it has perfected the race day experience, and you’ll be sure to get sucked into the exciting atmosphere as your horse turns the last corner. If you’re feeling flush, book a private box for your hen party to enjoy the day in style.
Chester more than holds its own in terms of lively hen dos, so make the most of the tranquil surroundings and spend some time rejuvenating and recuperating from the hectic wedding plans. Book in to the spa at Brook Mollington Banastre, and treat yourself and your best girls to a pampered pedicure or a restful mud wrap. The spa is settled in the Chester countryside, so it acts as an idyllic setting for a day of rest.
No visit to Chester would be complete without a visit to The Boot Inn. Opening in 1643, it is one of the city’s oldest and most traditional pubs, and truly embodies the historical spirit of Chester. Knowing that the pub functioned as a Royalist meeting house, a Victorian brothel, and a 1920s gambling club, you can be sure that they’re used to rowdy behaviour! The low ceilings and exposed beams make for a beautiful and classical surrounding, so you can enjoy a drink whilst ticking this off as a cultural excursion!
Chester might not be the first place to spring to mind when planning a raucous night out, but what it lacks in notoriety it more than makes up for in stamina. After a day exploring the city’s vast history, come slamming back to the present day at Rosies. The three floored cult club is the number one venue with great cheap drink deals and open till 4.30am on Fridays, and Saturdays so there’s no option for an early night!