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York Hen Weekend on a budget

Top ways to keep your York hen weekedn costs down…

So you want the intimacy of having a York hen weekend in a holiday cottage. This is a graet way to keep the costs to a minimum without impacting the fun or uniqueness of the bride-to-be’s special time?


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1. York Hen Party in the Winter
Here are our  top tip s and hints for getting hen party costs down:

  • Out of season weekends are a great solution if you are on a tighter budget for your york hen party. Not only do you save on the low season costs but you can get some great holiday cottage discounts on top,
  • Don’t think a York hen party in winter won’t be as much fun – there are loads of truly unique which can be added to your york hen weekend itinerary. Think: Winter cocktail classes, winter dance lessons, Christmas markets & Ice Skating, delicious chef dinners and pamper sessions. Nights out in York can be unique & visually lovely with all the York Christmas lights and festive feel.
  • Lastly, one more reason why we love winter hen parties in York is because no matter what the weather is doing outside, you can max out on the girl-time fun, enjoying log fires, in cosy sitting rooms, in the splendour of a beautiful cottage!

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Least expensive hen party options:

We have lots of ideas for hens who are on a limited budget whilst away on your York hen party

    • Treasure Hunts – these self-administered activities are great fun and don’t add much to your weekend plans.
    • Canapes – great to enjoy just as you arrive at your cottage. See Karen at Tastes Divine
    • Punting – great for the warmer months, you can hire self-drive boats and have endless fun playing around on the water!
    • Butler in the Buff – a single Butler can add a lot of fun to an hour whilst not hurting the purse strings too much.
    • Food glorious food! Save on what you would have had to prepare by having dinner delivered to your hen party house. This will allow you to heat when needed. Add it with some DIY table settings to make the York hen weekend to feel really glam
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      Other Activites – Costs around £30 in the York area for a hen party
    • 30 minutes of beauty treatments – choose from a pedicure, manicure, facial or back massage.
    • Dance lessons – some can be really reasonably priced see Starbrite Studios in York
    • Life Drawing classes – which include all the materials and tuition
    • Wine or Gin tasting – learn all about the wine world, take a quiz and try and taste 6 different wines.
    • Three course dinner with a chef who comes and cooks you a meal in your accommodation.
    • Clay pigeon shooting, Horse-riding and cocktail lessons range from £25-£35pp.

      Be Creative

      york hen weekendCreate your own decorations – get the hen group to bring photos and stories which reflect their special moments with the bride-to-be. There are loads of things you can make with photos:


– Photo bunting: attach all your photos to pieces of string and decorate your cottage (be very careful how you fix them to walls etc as you do not want to lose your security deposit damaging walls).

– Groom face masks:
print out a face sized picture of the grooms face, attach it to cardboard, cut out the eyes and fix to a stick!

– Table settings:
laminated photo table mats, tea-candles, bowls of sweets for colour

– Photo balloons:
for great impact, attach your photos to helium balloons to act as table places.

    • DIY balloons – if you don’t want to stretch to helium balloons, get a permanent marker and draw hen party images and words of love and wisdom on the sides (be carefully to check the pen does not rub off as you don’t want to damage anything).
    • Plan the food provisions: think low cost meals like rice and pasta.
    • Activities: if you don’t want to fill the weekend with lots of paid activities, make your own.