AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
It’s funny – when you think about a hen's party, the most common images that come to mind are those that involve sipping on wine/champagne, playing games, getting pampered, perhaps some semi-naked (or completely naked!) men roaming around.
And for good reason! Such events are always fun and full of laughs.
BUT... what if your beautiful hen doesn’t actually enjoy this type of celebration? What do you do if her idea of a good time is more catching waves and less painting nails?
If this sounds like your BFF, read on for some great outdoor adventures and activities that will satisfy her thirst for adrenalin (without being so extreme that the rest of her guests' don't want to attend)!
PAINT THE TOWN!
Run, duck, sprint, hide, jump, weave and... pull that trigger!
Fun and extreme all in one, Paintball offers all the excitement you'll need to really get the party started!
If you haven't heard of this action-packed team sport before, it involves a competition in which players eliminate their opponents by 'shooting' and hitting them with 'paint' (i.e. dye-filled capsules that explode on impact).
As Prue of Paintball Skirmish says, you'll 'have an absolute ball running around shooting your friends, diving behind cars and trees; [all] in your best commando style!'.
Be warned though - those splattered colours may look pretty, but the pesky capsules also leave their mark! To avoid your bride-to-be arriving at the alter covered in bruises, consider hosting her Paintballing hens at least one month prior to the big day (or invest in some good makeup to cover the evidence!).
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN THE LASER SKIRMISH?
Keen on the idea of Paintball, but not so sure about the little mementos it may leave on your body?Then clip on a vest and grab a laser gun, my friend, because laser tag has the fun without the bruising (unless, of course, you’re a bit of a clutz like me...)!
Much like paintball, laser tag is a team sport with an overall goal. This goal will depend on the type of laser tag game you play (for instance, your objective may be to grab the flag from your opponent’s base). It’s a great way to begin your celebrations as it will loosen everyone up and get your guests working together!
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO GET OUT IN TIME?
Think you could handle being thrown into a real-life puzzle, whereby solving riddles and clues is your only bid for freedom?
A fun, physical adventure game that requires skill could be the very activity you’re looking for!
“It’s a unique and immersive experience, pushing the limits while safely ensuring you’re free to go... eventually!” says Aaron of Rush Escape Game. “We’ve had many hens and bucks nights – even a few proposals! [It’s] a fantastic auxiliary activity for the start of a hens night, or the middle of a full hens day, as we provide fuel for even more conversation and frivolity for the whole evening”.
LAUGH OUT LOUD FUN
If you're after an activity that will have guests rolling around with laughter... literally; this may be the perfect choice for you!
"[Bubble Soccer] involves being strapped into a zorb ball and running around playing a full contact game of soccer" says Elliot of Bubble Soccer 2 U. "[It's] a relatively new sport, physically demanding, however it provides exciting and laugh out loud fun for everyone".
In addition to bringing the laughs, Elliott also notes that Bubble Soccer can be conveniently played at your desired location. "Be it your own private property, a local park/reserve or an indoor sports venue; we take care of the whole booking process [including] the permit".
HORSEBACK WINE TOURS
A TRULY SPECIAL EXPERIENCE FOR ANY WINE & ANIMAL LOVER!
For a memorable and unique experience (even for the most novice of riders), consider treating your beautiful bride-to-be and her friends to a day full of wine, food, views and adventure!
This journey won't only be about the delicious produce and drinks (although, they are definitely a highlight!); but also the magnificent animals that help make your day special. As Alisha of Horseback Winery Tours puts it, your surrounds are 'slowly revealed in a way that can only be experienced by horseback... it's the perfect, intimate fun for the excited hen [and will be] an experience to remember'.
Combined with a picnic dinner (i.e. platters, cheese, dips, etc.), more wine, stories about your day, a couple of games and plenty of laughs; this could be the ultimate send-off for the wonderful hen in your life!
CATER TO EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP
If your hen absolutely LOVES the beach/water, you should definitely consider including the big blue (or some sort of blue, anyway!) in her celebrations. And what better way to do this than with an activity that caters to all levels of fitness and experience - kayaking!
Kayaking is a fantastic group activity that will have you cruising around, playing games and chatting. 'We [offer] double or single kayak tours', says Simon of Walking on Water & Ullandulla Surf Schools; '[they're] a great laugh, especially when we get the tug of war happening!'.
Slot this fun activity into a day spent hanging out on the sand, playing a few beach/river games and enjoying some sneaky bevs for a treat your hen won't forget!
STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD
PADDLE, CRUISE AND SWIM
And last but certainly not least, if you're after a water-based activity that, once again, provides fun and excitement without being too daring; this could be exactly what you've been searching for!
Like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding involves balancing on a board in an upright position; the major difference being that you then propel yourself through the water using a paddle.
As Joanna of WATSSUP Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling says, "[It's] an awesome way to celebrate the bride-to-be. Learning how to paddle, cruise and swim in amazing beaches and bays... [it's] a great way to kick off the day!".
Add in some snacks and friendly games on the beach, followed by dinner and cocktails at a nearby water-front restaurant and you have yourself a unique celebration that any beach babe would adore!
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HAVE THE BEST TIME!
There you have it - some great outdoor adventures & activities for your thrill seeking best friend!
If, after reading this, you believe your hen would prefer something a little more low key (such as a glamping getaway!), check out the other wonderful ideas in the Activities section (which can be found on the site menu).
As always, feel free to share your feedback via the comments section below or on our social media accounts! I'd love to hear your experience and/or thoughts on any of the above adventure sports.
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x