7 action & adventure hen party ideas for tomboy brides

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For the bride who'd rather run screaming than spend a day in a spa...

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Not every woman dreams of having a fairytale wedding - and that goes for her hen party too. There's no point dragging your friend off for a manicure and mojitos if she's usually a pint and trainers sort of girl. So make yourself the best best-woman there ever was and arrange something she's really going to enjoy.

1. Cliff jumping in Cornwall
Adrenaline junkies will whoop with pleasure. Everyone else will be clinging on for dear life... Fly down the UK's biggest zip wire at 40mph, or try the cliff swing - it sits at the top of a 120ft cliff and hangs a further 50ft off the ground . Gulp. Get strapped in and experience a moment of zero gravity. Maybe save lunch for afterwards.
Visit: adrenalinquarry.co.uk

2. Off-road driving in the Lake District
Get behind the wheel of a 4x4 ex-army Land Rover and tackle the hidden tracks and hilly countryside of the Lake District National Park. There's a navigation system derived from the World Rally Championships, plus a GPS, so there's no chance of getting lost. Instead, concentrate on charging through muddy puddles and roaring up little-known trails - then stop off for a well-deserved pub lunch and scenic stroll.
Visit: kankku.co.uk

3. Llama trekking in Leeds
Spend a day trekking over beautiful countryside with a llama sidekick carrying all your gear. Pack up your trusty steeds with provisions (we're thinking Pringles and fizz) and hike across the hillsides to a rustic picnic spot or a country pub. Have you seen a llama recently? They're cuter than any guys you'd otherwise be meeting in a bar in the town centre.
Visit: chillisauce.co.uk

4. Laser quest in London
Channel your inner Lara Croft and prepare to kick ass. An industrial-looking underground bunker in Greenwich is the atmospheric setting for a team game of laser tag. You'll be transported to the future where you'll join an elite special force team, receive your mission, gear up, and then battle it out to save the world from imminent nuclear disaster. It's like a video game brought to life. Now kill, kill, kill!
Visit: ultimaterecreation.co.uk

5. Clay pigeon shooting in Bucks
For a different sort of pulling, head to the E. J. Churchill Shooting Ground. Each person is given 80 clays and cartridges so you can enjoy two hours of shooting, including practice, tuition and a competition - plus a prize for the first person to make a joke about shotgun weddings (not really). There's also complimentary beer and bacon sandwiches for when you're done.
Visit: ejchurchill.com

6. Airboarding in Manchester
Try the latest snow craze and zoom down a real snow slope on an air inflated sledge. It's similar to body boarding, but you'll be kitted out in cosy protective gear and will look twice as cool (no bikini belly flops here). The venue also offers the slightly more sedate snow tubing, a luge slide, and 'snow play'. There's also a climbing wall for those who prefer to go up rather than down.
Visit: chillfactore.com

7. Festival hen parties, Nationwide
Want to combine a hen-do with great music, camping and going to the loo in a communal block? (Who doesn't?!) Whether you want to chill out at Latitude, or go a little crazy at Burning Man, RedSeven organises bespoke festival hen parties during the Summer and Autumn. All you have to do is buy your tickets and turn up - everything else is taken care of.
Visit: redsevenleisure.co.uk




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