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We’ve heard there ain’t no party like a Cambridge hen party so Emily Martin takes a look at what Cambridge has to offer a bridal brood

Love them or hate them, if you have at least one female friend then it’s highly likely you’ll be going on a hen party at some stage.

And if your friend has recently said "Yaaas!", then chances are you’re now in a WhatsApp group with several girls you don’t know and are being besieged with requests to transfer £35 for a limo to the airport.

But hit reply and type this: “Listen up ladies, what have Barcelona, Dublin and Amsterdam got that Cambridge hasn’t? Hmm??”

We think the city can hold its own when it comes to playing host to a fabulous hen party. Here are just a few reasons why.

Kiss and make up

If you’ve been wearing your makeup the same way since you were 14, then book a visit to Bridgette Ellwood for some tips and tricks.

Bridgette has more than 25 years of experience as a professional makeup artist – among others, she’s worked with the casts of EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing - and can create looks for your whole h-ensemble.

Plus, you can dress up in real Strictly headdresses and take gorgeous photos to keep.

Prices start at £50 per person for one hour.

Visit Bridgette Ellwood Hair and Beauty Lounge, Duxford or head to bridgetteellwood.co.uk for a completely personalised experience.

Bridgette Ellwood Hair and Beauty Lounge
Bridgette Ellwood Hair and Beauty Lounge

Getting stitched?

If you’re after something a bit different, then MAKE Cambridge offers fun sewing workshops to groups of hens.

Those who are dexterous enough will be able to make bunting for the big day, wearable accessories, team 'hen' aprons and even try their hand at making some baby clothes (steady on!).

Prices start at £90 per person including fabric, sewing patterns, your own sewing machine to commandeer, a glass of Champagne, lashings of tea and a selection of handmade cakes to go with a perfect afternoon.

Visit MAKE Cambridge, Peas Hill, Cambridge, email info@makecambridge.co.uk or call Kath on 07770 427793.

MAKE Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
MAKE Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Pamper party

For that classic spa experience, you’ll be hard pushed to top Dragonfly Spa at Burwash Manor.

Book your bride an extra-special four-hour Optimise spa ritual, including Aroma body shaping and a Decleor facial to relax her to the max.

Or have a pamper party for the whole group and choose individual treatments from a list that sounds as though it’s fallen straight from Heaven.

Whether you’re getting tinted, waxed, massaged or manicured, the whole brood will emerge feeling preened and ready for the big day.

Head to Dragonfly Spa, Burwash Manor, New Road, Cambridge or visit burwashdragonfly.com for a full list of treatments.

Pamper Party
Pamper Party

Naked attraction

If you’ve got a more raucous clutch of birds to amuse, then life drawing can be a bit of fun. Oh stop giggling and blushing please, you’re an adult for crying out loud!

Life drawing is an extremely serious activity for people who are serious about art and appreciate the male form.

Your model will introduce himself and serve you drinks before, umm, well you know... He might even stick around for a bit afterwards, if you behave.

Get in touch with Nude Life to let them know your party details. They will come to you and make sure everything is perfect, keeping it classy of course.

Visit nudelife.co.uk for info.

Happy Hens
Happy Hens

Get punted

No trip to Cambridge is complete without hopping aboard a punt and Scudamores has henned things up a bit by joining forces with cocktail bar and party venue Revolution.

Take a chauffeur-driven, balloon-decorated punt down the river and see if you can concentrate on the historic colleges whilst your own personal mixologist plies you with cocktails.

Other hen-tertaining experiences are available including wine punting, gin punting and a treasure hunt punt. Crikey, don’t try saying that after a few cocktails.

Afterwards, why not head to Revolution on Downing Street, Cambridge to boogie the night away?

Visit scudamores.co.uk to book.

Get Punted
Get Punted

Let’s dance

All the single ladies, all the single ladies, up in the club, doing your own little thing, if you like it then you should… well, you know the words. But do you know the dance?

The Cheerleading Company have experts (not Beyonce, but someone else) ready to teach you a choice of 30 different dance styles and ensure that you all look perfectly choreographed if you’re hitting the dancefloor later on.

Get in touch with cheerleadingcompany.co.uk to discuss themes, venues and to book.

Dancing Queens
Dancing Queens

Bling before the ring

This is a sparkling idea. Learn how to cut metal by hand, file, sand and professionally polish a hand-made piece, sizing and shaping some silver for yourself or as a gift.

Workshop options also include working with wire and beads as well as silversmithing and all techniques are demonstrated by the tutor and guided throughout.

Visit Della Kaur, Magdalene Street, Cambridge or head to dellakaur.co.uk for more information.

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