Ideas for a hen weekend to remember

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Forget 'L-plates' and tacky fancy dress. The traditional hen party has enjoyed a makeover in recent years, with companies now offering a variety of ways for the bride-to-be to celebrate her last weekend of freedom.

Hen weekend ideas
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If you are responsible for organising your friend's hen do, here are a few of the hot spots, action-packed activities and nights to ensure her weekend goes with a bang.

Action packed
There are many companies offering activity-packed hen weekends but for something really special, why not go karting, paintballing or skydiving from your base in the very happening city of Barcelona. Ready made packages are available but, as chief bridesmaid, you may prefer to organise a tailor-made weekend. Based either at a plush apartment or posh hotel, you can choose from over 20 activities while the stunning architecture, impressive range of restaurants and fabulous nightlife will keep everyone entertained.

Go retro
A weekend at Butlins might not sound like your dream location but if you're looking to organise a UK-based hen do, the holiday company's Big Weekends might just fit the bill. These adults-only weekends will take the hen back to the good ol' days with a break featuring music (both from original artists and tribute acts) from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Get down with some Motown, go new romantic with some 1980's classics or turn disco diva for the weekend. It's guaranteed to get everybody up on the dancefloor - cheap(ish) and cheerful.

Dirty Dancing
No doubt the hen will already have her first wedding dance in mind but before the big day, why not treat her to a little dirty dancing. Thanks to www.poshfizz.com, your party can recreate the classic chick flick with some swinging, shaking, downright dirty dancing with instructors who are ready to put everyone at ease. After all... nobody puts the hen in the corner!

Pamper heaven
If your hen is more of a laid-back chick, then a weekend of spa treatments and pampering is the way to go. Many companies offer spa weekend breaks for hen parties and it'll help take the stress out of those wedding preparations. Relax with a massage, enjoy a full body wrap or a soak in the Jacuzzi while you sip on champagne.

Taste sensations
Whether you are a chocoholic or a lover of fine wines, there is a hen do tailor-made for you. Chocolate-lovers can forget the pre-wedding diet for a couple of days and head off for a chocolate-making weekend, designing, decorating and of course, eating their very own creations with the help of an experience chocolatier. For those without a sweet tooth, test your palate with a wine-tasting bash or learn the art of mixing cocktails for a weekend to remember... or not, as the case may be!