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  • Oxford & Beyond

    Team Orchid headed to Oxford to find you the best ideas for a great time! From the rustic punt boats bobbing on the Thames to the towering spires of the historical establishments, Oxford is truly a treat for any visitor. Team Orchid had to pay a visit to get an education in how much excitement

  • How to Get a Job with us…

    A few years ago I wrote a blog about how to get an interview with us. This was written as a result of several terrible applications and telephone interviews. I’d started to think there are no good candidates out there. There are good ones but there are a lot of bad one too. I saw

  • November Hen Do Ideas

    We’re created loads of November Hen Do Ideas for your group.  It’s a tricky time of year to plan a weekend as people’s attention is starting to be on Christmas and money is sometimes tight.  The good news is hotels normally offer great rates in November so you can pick up some fantastic offers. It’s

  • October Hen Do Ideas

    Finding October Hen do Ideas can be difficult.  The weather has just started to turn and it’s now about finding activities that will work well indoors.  That’s where we come in.  We have loads of fantastic October ideas that will make the Perfect Hen weekend. Our Ideas for the Perfect October Hen Do Yoga and

  • September Hen Do Ideas

    So, the summer is coming to an end but we’ve got some great September Hen Do Ideas.  For the last few years we’ve still had some great weather in September so it’s been great for al fresco dining and outdoor activities.  If you’re group like the great outdoors we have have some lovely late summer

  • August Hen Do Ideas

    August Hen Do Ideas sometimes need to be creative.  Childcare is always a consideration given it’s the school holidays.  Some groups like to do one night stays or have a mix of one and two night stays.  Either way the weather should be great and there are loads of fantastic activities to choose from.  Hotels

  • July Hen Do Ideas

    Are you looking for some July Hen Do Ideas?  Well, we’ve got loads.  July is height of the summer and popular as it’s before the school holidays when lots of people are away.  July is a great time to go to one of our coastal locations. Or, if you’re looking for a city location then

  • June Hen Do Ideas

    Summer is in full swing, and June Hen Do Ideas are easy to come by.   There are so many fantastic Hen activities available in June, like Champagne Punting to al fresco Bottomless Brunch.  June is a really busy time of year for groups so it’s a really good idea to plan early.  If you’re looking

  • May Hen Do Ideas

    We have loads of May Hen Do Ideas.  It’s the start of the Wedding Season so there are loads of options for you and your friends. May is a great month for mixing up the indoor and outdoor options.  A bit of spa on the first day to start the relaxing and then some outdoor

  • April Hen Do Ideas

    Spring has sprung and finding April Hen Do Ideas is a little easier.  Outdoor options are starting to become available and it’s great to plan a mixture of elements.  If you’re willing to risk the April Showers then things like punting and treasure hunts are a great idea.  April also often has Easter included so

  • March Hen Do Ideas

    It’s the start of the Hen Party Season so lots of people are looking for March Hen Do Ideas.  If you’re in the early stages of planning a March party then it’s a hard month to plan for.  The weather isn’t likely to be good but we’re all itching to get outside.  Our team have

  • February Hen Do Ideas

    Are you looking for February Hen Do Ideas? It’s party time.  The January Detox and diet has finished and we’re all ready for a drink and a party.  So, there’s no pressure!!  We’ll, we’ve done all the hard work by coming up with lots of package ideas that are perfect for February Hen Weekends.  It

  • December Hen Do Ideas

    Finding December Hen Do Ideas is hard with all the Christmas parties going on.  Everyone’s focus has turned to the festive period so getting the right ideas and venues is important.  Almost all restaurants are only running Christmas menus for groups and hotel availability is hard because of corporate groups.  Well, panic not, as our

  • January Hen Do Ideas

    It’s a big challenge to find good January Hen Do Ideas.  It’s a tricky time to have a hen party as everyone is still recovering from Christmas and New Year. It’s also a time of year when people’s budgets are stretched after Christmas.  So, where do you start?  Well the good news is January has several

  • Great British Stag Planning

    We’ve moved!! Our new home is with our parent company Orchid City & Spa Limited. If you’re planning a ‘Great British Stag Weekend‘ the team at Orchid will be able to help! We plan good old traditional stag weekends as well as stag parties for the more discerning group. What we believe: We should make

  • Hen Night Ideas

    Trying to find fun, creative and different Hen Night Ideas can be really hard.  The events team at Orchid City & Spa have created lots of ideas and inspiration for you and your friends to have the perfect Hen night.  You might be thinking that you have a basic idea of what you want to do

  • Hen Do

    You’ve been given the responsibility of planning a Hen do and you’re now wondering where to start?  The process of planning a hen party can seem like a scary thing to start with but we’re here to help.  There are several places your can start, you might have a date and destination in mind.  Alternatively

  • Hen Party

    So, you’re planning a Hen Party and you don’t know where you start?  Getting started with the process can be the hardest part of the planning.  We have put together lots of inspiration and hen party activities for you as a stating point.  You might have a specific activity in mind or a Hen Party destination. 

  • Hen Do Ideas

    We’re a great starting point when looking for Hen Do Ideas.  Our team of hen experts have put together loads of packages and ideas to make the perfect weekend.  If you’re looking for a stylish hen weekend with with a spa or boutique hotel then we have lots of ideas for you.  You might be looking

  • Hen Weekend Ideas

    If you’re in the early stages of planning then getting good Hen Weekend Ideas is vital.  Planning a Hen Weekend is hard so we’ve created lots of great ideas for stylish hen weekends. You might be looking for a spa hotel with lots of treatments or a boutique hotel with lots of nightlife.  Either way we have hundred

  • Hen Spa Scotland

    We get contacted all the time by groups looking for a great Hen Spa Scotland package.  Scotland is famous for it’s spas and with cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow it’s a brilliant place for a hen weekend.  When planning a hen weekend in Scotland finding the right hotel is a great starting point.  Prices for

  • Pregnant Hen Do

    Finding Pregnant Hen Do Ideas can be hard.  It might the be the hen who is pregnant or it might be that are are several group members.  Whatever the situation our team have lots of ideas on how to make the ‘Pregnant Hen Do’ fun but take into consideration the pregnant ladies.  We often get

  • Hen Party Game Ideas

    We regularly get contacted by groups who have already booked with us looking for Hen party game ideas.  Working out the hen party games is a hard but it’s important when planning the best hen party possible.  Some groups will think about what to play in advance and work out the structure of the weekend

  • Hen parties for over 40’s

    We arrange a huge number of hen parties for over 40’s.  Our team have created lots of great packages for hen weekends for the older brides.  You might be looking for something a little more sophisticated.  Alternatively you might just want to make sure you’re not in a club full of teenagers.  Whatever you’re looking

  • Low key and chilled hen party ideas

    The traditional hen weekend is a changing concept and we often get asked for Low key and chilled hen party ideas.  Over the years people have decided that hen parties are always about the drinking.  Doing something special for your hen weekend and it’s chilled and relaxed is a really nice concept and spa weekends

  • Unusual and quirky hen party ideas

    Trying to find Unusual and quirky hen party ideas is really hard.  Finding something different and quirky is a really good starting point when it comes to planning a hen do.  It might be that you want an unusual location or it could be that you want a quirky ideas for an activity during the

  • No drinking alcohol free hen ideas

    There are lots of reasons people don’t want to drink on hen weekends and a ‘No Drinking Alcohol free hen’ is becoming very popular.  It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it because you’re pregnant, for religious reasons, for health reasons  or just because you’re not a big drinking groups, we’ve got loads of ideas.  Our

  • Private Spa for Hen Parties

    The team at Orchid City & Spa have worked hard to find Private Spa for Hen Parties .  We’re experts at planning luxury spa weekends for groups in the UK in some of the top hotels and spas.  Whether you’re looking for Private Spa for Hen Parties because you want an exclusive weekend or you want the

  • Cheap hen spa packages

    We’ve been working on putting together the best cheap hen spa packages possible.  We think that just because the weekend is cheap it doesn’t mean the quality is low too.  We’re really fussy about the hotels and spas we work with so your weekend is really special.  Not everyone in the group is always working

  • Spring 2018 wedding trends: What to wear…

    Separates and jumpsuits for bridesmaids are an easy way to modernise the bridal party and inject a bit of texture and character. If you can pick a palette then let your bridesmaids show their personalities through their outfits. Velvet is very much looking like the fabric of choice for 2018 weddings. Its not surprising as

  • Spring 2018 wedding trends: Where to tie the knot…

    Glass marquees have been popping up in our Pinterest and Instagram feeds ever since Pippa Middleton had a crystal palace erected on her parents’ estate. It’s an effortless way to bring the outdoors inside so it’s perfect for those spring weddings where a little bit of protection from the weather is always appreciated! Industrial spaces

  • New Year, New You – 10 Healthy Activities To Try!

    If it’s all about the ‘New Year New You’ mantra for 2018 and you can’t wait for the next girls getaway why don’t you combine the two. Healthy and holistic weekends are on the up, better still they don’t have to be all about exercise and detox; rejuvenating can come in the form of a

  • Activities for the gin obsessed!

    Like the rest of the UK we are an office obsessed with all things gin! Tomorrow Orchid HQ are heading to a festival dedicated to this tipple and in the spirit of this (excuse the pun) we thought we would compile our favourite gin activities if you have a hen or birthday girl who has

  • Creative Cupcake Parties

    It’s National Cupcake Week so we thought we would let you in on our top 5 cupcakey workshops and where to do them! Cupcake Decorating Masterclass Good for: What a great idea for a hen or birthday party! Suitable for all ages and abilities and the best part is you get to take home your

  • Wedding Inspiration Is Here

    As well as the all-important hen weekend which we can help you plan you will need some inspiration for the wedding too! 💖💍 The National Wedding show have a total of 4 shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester over September and October. There are catwalk shows to check out the latest bridal trends, the UK’s

  • The Secret to Group Bonding on Your Weekend Away

    It’s a matter of fact that a large majority of the weekends we plan and organise are for big groups with individuals that are often from different circles of friends. The idea of spending a whole weekend with people you don’t know can be daunting, so we thought a blog post on the secrets of

  • Packing Essentials for a Hen

    If you are like me or any of the girls at Orchid HQ, packing for just a couple nights away is a difficult task! You needed about 3 outfits, but packed 20 to be safe! Here’s a little help with what’s worth packing amongst all the clothes: Playlist – okay you don’t need to actually

  • Cocktails in the Clouds

    Fancy having cocktails in the clouds without the panic that the ever-unpredictable English summer will dampen your rooftop plans? Orchid HQ have a solution; Cloud 23 recently released an Aperitivo menu to satisfy all our pre-party needs. What: Cocktails accompanied with sky bites designed to tantalise your pallet and open your appetite. Where: Got a

  • Games to play on your weekend that everyone will love

    When it comes to helping you organise your weekend away, we want your group to enjoy every single moment. Playing a game is not only a fantastic way to pass the time in between activities, they can also be an ice breaker and help the group get to know one another. If you are feeling

  • Five top picks for outdoor summer cinema

    With love island come to an end we are at a loss of what to do with our evenings! Sticking to the screen and making the most of the summer here at Orchid we are thinking about the ever popular outdoor cinemas! Most come in around £15 per person so are positively worth the experience

  • Moving Day – New Orchid HQ

    It’s moving day for Team Orchid as we’ve outgrown our previous office in Clifton Village in Bristol.  While it’s been a great few years we’re expanding our team and products and have big plans for the future. Last night was our ‘Goodbye to Clifton Village’ drinks evening and tonight we will be having our ‘Hello

  • Our Favourite Hen Accessories

    It’s a fully established tradition for hens and their bridesmaids to dress up when they are celebrating. As we sit in at the top end of the market, most of our venues don’t accept any hen accessories. So, if you are booking a weekend with us; it’s always worth checking that the venue permits any

  • Get the party started – Orchid’s Hen Party Playlist

    You can’t have a fabulous party without a soundtrack to match, right? If you are looking for inspiration, then you have come to the right place. At the Orchid office, we have fine-tuned a hen party playlist of the top 30 classic hen anthems. 1. Girls just want to have fun – Cyndi Lauper 2.

  • Practice What You Preach – The Orchid Christmas Party

    So, what does a company who organises luxury corporate and group weekends away do for their Christmas party?  Well, we organise a luxury weekend away.  This year’s Orchid Christmas party was ‘upgraded’ from a night out, to a weekend in Chamonix for the whole team.  This blog isn’t about showing off (our social media channels

  • Birmingham has it covered

    Girly weekend away to plan? Think no further, Birmingham has it covered.  On the rather rainy Friday just gone, I left the office desk behind for the afternoon and headed up the M5 to meet some of our newest suppliers. Birmingham isn’t somewhere that immediately sprung to mind for a hen party or girly weekend

  • Top 2016 Wedding Trends to Combine with Your Hen Weekend

    We have been checking out the latest top 2016 wedding trends and it got us thinking about keeping these themes consistent from hen weekend to wedding day. Here are some top 2016 Wedding Trends inspired by Debra Witt, Bridal Guide’s article on the Huffington Post that you will want to combine with your hen weekend. Read the original article

  • Why Friday Night Hen Dos are a good idea…

    Friday is the new Saturday and a great alternative for a one night hen – It’s not called Fri-yay for nothing. I recently went on a Friday night hen and was amazed at how much I enjoyed the Friday factor. Here are 7 reasons why: Why wouldn’t you want to start the party as soon

  • Inspiring Celebrity Soirees

    We all enjoy hearing what the rich and famous get up to. They too like a hen party to remember. Here are some of our five favourite inspiring celebrity soirees to take inspiration from without the extravagant price tag!   Lilly Allen enjoyed a sophisticated celebration with a gourmet cooking lesson from Gordon Ramsey at

  • Vintage Style in 2016

    Vintage is still going strong as a theme and works so well for groups wanting to ditch the infamous L Plates yet still have a sense of unity in outfits when on the big night out, but what vintage style in 2016 should we be working? 1920’s has definitely been the chosen era for our

  • Henspiration

    If you’re struggling for some ideas, let us inspire you with a few of our favourites … “I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass” David Lee Roth No need for ice cubes at the Ice Bar! Sip your cocktails from your ice glass in -5 degree temperatures. Check