So, you’ve been tasked with the challenge of sending your best pal into a blissful life of marriage, with the ultimate weekend shindig. Whether you are a Maid of Honour with a brief to ‘dazzle and delight’ or a Best Man who is looking to create the lads weekend to end all lads weekends, fear not! Dorset Waterpark are here to help you create the ultimate Dorset based send-off, gaining you lots of best pal brownie points in the process!
We have recently started offering our own stag and hen party packages, perfect for girls that aren’t afraid of getting their hair wet and laughing until they can’t stand up, and guys that want to find out once and for all who the alpha male of the group really is! After an hour long launch on to the lakes, we’ll have a feast waiting for you once you’ve finished as well as a tipple to ‘rehydrate’ you! Check out our party package page for more information.
Our top 3 picks for the Hens:
If your bride is more champagne and sparkle, than L-plates and feather boas, then this is the location for you. Set in the beautiful village of Worth Matravers, with only French mobile phone signal for company, Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Room is the most idyllic spot for a champagne cream tea in the sun. The mismatched crockery and floral filled gardens are the place of sophisticated hen party dreams. You don’t just have to take our word for it, it has recently been named as one of the best cream teas in the entire country by The Telegraph. Prior booking is essential, but the lovely owner Diana will make sure that your bride feels like the most special individual in the tearooms. We recommend the Glorious Afternoon Tea complete with smoked salmon and cream cheese muffins with a vodka dressing, homemade scones, biscotti biscuit and a kir royale to wash it all down!
Continuing with the elegant yet alcoholic theme for a hen party, how about a trip around the delightful Poole Harbour on a vintage boat with a gin cocktail in hand?! Dorset Cruises are repurposing their gorgeous vintage motor yachts to bring you a riviera style tour of the Purbeck Isles in the form of an Artisan Gin Cruise. For the incredibly reasonable price of £35, you can give your bride-to-be and her besties a night of low cost luxury as you set sail around the award winning Poole Harbour with 3 handcrafted gin cocktails to work you way through, and sumptuous canapes to soak up the generous helpings of gin. Places are running out quickly, so make sure to book soon.
If you want a totally unique accommodation experience for your weekend away with the hens, our neighbours at Burnbake Campsite and Lodges are the ultimate destination. Their beautiful woodland lodges offer secluded decadence and come complete with wood burning stoves to share stories around and private jacuzzis to truly unwind in after one too many on the gin cruise! Why not create a few games for the blushing bride and spend the opening evening reliving the best and the worst of the betrothed couple’s story so far! We love this version of the classic Mr and Mrs game for a start. Ask each question to the groom before you head off and your bride gets a point for every matched answer!
Our top 3 picks for the stags:
Wildway Bushcraft believe that there is no finer place than the great outdoors, an ethos very much shared by ourselves. What could be more stag-like than packing up and heading for the forest to firelight, forage, build a shelter and cook over a campfire? Wildway offer a whole range of activities to keep your stags captivated and competitive all at the same time. Why not take the primitive ‘man make fire’ initiative a step further by making your own charcoal to fuel the night-before-the-big-day BBQ with the boys? Or how about unleashing your inner Robin Hood with on a deer and archery day (a literal ‘stag’ do some might say…)? Spend the day perfecting your shot and eating amazingly fresh venison steaks whilst you do so. Check out all the course on offer here.
Beer; the universal drink of the male. Is it really a boys weekend if you haven’t consumed at least a litre of the lustrous golden liquor? The Brewhouse and Kitchen in Poole don’t just offer you the opportunity to drink the stuff, they get you brewing your own! For £85 you and the boys can head down to the microbrewery to spend the day learning the masterful art behind beer brewing, leaving at the end with a whistle-wetting 5 litres of hop fuelled happiness. If you would rather spend your day sipping on a pint than you would serving one then why not consider a beer masterclass instead? For as little as £20 you can try 8 variety of beer and sample a selection of snacks to go alongside them.
No matter how old your mate is, there seems to be a timeless fascination shared by all testosterone dwellers. A childhood throwback perhaps? A joy rarely understood by your female counterparts maybe? This is of course the simple satisfaction of the steam train. Swanage Railway have a number of options to make sure your stag weekend goes full steam ahead. Whether it is something as simple as a quirky transport option for drinks at The Greyhound in Corfe on the Sunday afternoon, or something a bit more special like the opportunity for the boys to drive their very own full-sized model railway there is surely something that can make your best mates send-off one to seriously remember!