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Things to do on a Hen Party

Our Treasure Trails partners create Treasure Trail challenges for hens and stags and work closely with the organisers of the hen parties to make sure that what they create fits with the weekend’s activities and the hens ages and abilities.

With a huge range of things to do to choose from it can be difficult for hen party organisers to please everyone and with the costs of activities potentially spiralling once the venue has been booked, the food decided on and the booze bought there may not be much left over for the entertainment.

Different organisers and brides to be may have different priorities and ideas on what will work for their weekend and with mothers, grandmothers and godmothers often invited the activities need to be suitable too! Nothing rude please is a request our Trail writers often get when they are asked to produce something just right for a hen weekend.

Tips for the organiser

Our tips for creating a fab weekend for the girls starts with how to communicate with them and engage them in getting excited. Often this is a chance for a bride’s friends (and family) to get to know each other as girls from school, uni and work may be meeting for the first time. Chances are they will all be on Facebook and/or WhatsApp and both of those software platforms will enable the organiser to tell everyone everything so no one feels left out.

Setting an expectation on what the budget will need to be is the next step and we’d recommend choosing the venue first. Self catering with shared rooms works out as the most economical, add a hot tub and some glorious views and your active bride will love it. Try www.brinsopcourt.com in Herefordshire for really large gatherings or perhaps this place in Somerset http://lowerwithialfarmcottages.co.uk/ for smaller ones.

Things to do on a Hen PartyGo for a crowd pleasing menu that is easy to cook, serve and wash up afterwards otherwise the mums will end up in the kitchen for most of the weekend!  A lovely big cooked breakfast always goes down well to mop up the excesses of the night before and to set everyone up for the day ahead. Ask everyone to bring something for a classic afternoon tea and hey presto there’s another meal sorted! 

Things to do during the day

Things to do on a Hen Party - Personalised Stag PartyNext thing to think about is what is everyone going to do during the day and a personalised Treasure Trail ticks lots of boxes. Its inclusive, its not too physically demanding or mentally challenging, it lasts around 3 to 4 hours, it suits all ages (perfect if there are kids involved in the hen party), its fun, its probably new to many of the hens, it creates some great photo opportunities,  and its good value for money.

Things to do on a Hen Party - Personalised Hen PartyFor full personalisation and in some parts of the UK a facilitator too, hens can think in terms of £20 a head. It does depend on how many hens are taking part and the more there are, generally the cheaper it is. This compares very favourably with other things to do. Other ideas we’ve been told are popular are clay pigeon shooting, pottery, cocktail making, canoeing, cycling, archery, bushcraft, caving, abseiling, surfing… the list goes on. But the big difference between all these things to do and tackling a Treasure Trail is there are around 1,200 Trails across the UK so you can be reasonably confident that any town you stay in will have a Treasure Trail nearby that can be personalised for you and your hens.

Things to do when the sun goes down

Things to do on a Hen Party - Things to do when the sun goes downAfter an active day and a shower, some hen parties dress up and head out for a night on the town, but most of the ones we know get comfy for some fun party games in the sitting room of their rented cottage or farmhouse. With dinner enjoyed and glasses topped up, the focus is on having a giggle! A favourite game is competing to dress a volunteer in a wedding dress made of loo paper – split into teams, set the timer and prepare to be amazed at the stunning creations that a roll of toilet tissue can be transformed into! Everyone has their favourite party games like passing the orange under your chin or moving a balloon from one person to another without using your hands and so on. Put the spotlight on the bride by playing a version of Mr and Mrs either by contacting the bridegroom before hand or ringing him up there and then!! All of these games cost very little but make lasting memories and hilarious photos!

Have you been to a hen party recently? We’d love to hear about the best bits and the disasters!

13th April 2016

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A Day in the Life of a Treasure Trails Partner

Treasure Trails has a group of authorised Trail writers that between them cover virtually all of the UK ensuring that current Trails are up to date and new Trails are written in places that are crying out for them!

We follow one authorised Trail writer over a typical day!  Amanda and her husband David have been associated with Treasure Trails since 2007 and are Treasure Trail Gold Partners.

First Thing and Most Days

Amanda checks her own and the Treasure Trails Twitter feeds and where appropriate communicates with customers and retailers and other interesting people that are chatting about Treasure Trails or other relevant topics.  She reads Facebook at this time too.  Emails are next on the list and she is particularly interested in any answers that have been submitted because with those comes feedback from customers.

The feedback that we get generally falls into two different types

  1. The people loved the time they spent out with their friends and family exploring a new area
  2. Regular Trailers and new Trailers let us know if they couldn’t find a clue

It is incredibly heart warming to read that folk have enjoyed something that she has created, Amanda told us.

On the other hand if a Trailer reports that a clue has gone missing, then solving that issue goes to the top of the “to do” list. There are several checks that Amanda does to identify if the clue really has disappeared; including having a look at the “Stuck on a Clue” data to see if anyone has phoned through to get answers to that particular clue.  Sometimes a clue is elusive to some but obvious to others and in her early days, Amanda told us that she often used to rush out to check only to find the clue was in situ!

A day in the office

On office days Amanda and David get involved in quoting for bespoke projects which could be anything from a request to create a hen party challenge, or to run a team building event for a local company or deliver some training in how to create a treasure hunt, the Treasure Trails way, for a local school.

As well as quoting for new business, Amanda and David spend their time creating the products that they are delivering and Amanda told us that currently they have a 80 head team building event they are working on for delivery at the end of June. They also have a couple of hen party challenges they are personalising.  They have been working with a school in Shropshire and are awaiting the school’s data so they can input it into Treasure Trails’ bespoke software.

Amanda spends much of her office time on marketing the business through social media channels which she has found is a useful way to develop the brand, build her knowledge of the local community and get sales leads!

The best bits

A Day in the Life of a Treasure Trails PartnerWriting new Trails is one of the best bits of being a Treasure Trails Partner – researching a new area, town or village to identify the best bits of the place and then heading out there to walk the researched route, photograph possible clues and sort out an accurate set of directions fulfils the creative urge!  Both Amanda and David write new Trails and once they are back in the office they build the Trail in Treasure Trails’ bespoke software, print a draft copy and then head out again to test it. They test each other’s and then put the Trail out to an independent tester to ensure it ‘works’.  They also complete a risk assessment, write the back stories and fact files and make sure the whole thing hangs together so that they can look forward to 10/10 ratings from Trailers and great feedback!

The latest feedback that was received for their Hereford Murder Mystery was “I thoroughly enjoyed this trail, a great way to keep fit and have fun along the way”.  And for their Malvern Hills Driving Trail “We had a great day on the trail with our two children 6 and 2 and an elderly relative who can only walk short distances. It worked really well to entertain the children while not having to go too far if we didn’t want to.”

Our Treasure Trails Partners really appreciate any feedback you want to give after doing a Treasure Trail either when you submit an answer, or through Facebook or on Twitter. And if it is great feedback we are thrilled and if something has gone wrong then we really want to know that too.  We look forward to hearing from you!

7th May 2014

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