Glamping Hen Do's in Yurts
Over the years, we have hosted many Glamping Hen Do’s at our Yurt Village and what is such fun is each one is totally different, although essentially the same...
The last one – depends on you. Many hen parties bring mum along, the occasional male and many in the group bring unborn babies but rarely do we see partners or children, who are normally looking after each other back home.
This guide is about providing you information to make your Glamping Hen Weekend in Yurts the best possible experience ever for all involved
Yurts and Hen do's at a glance
Our Glamping Site
We have six yurts at the village and The Yurtery, a communal area for cooking, dining and chilling out.
The first question is – have you (or are you planning) to hire out the whole Yurt Village?
The advantage of hiring the whole glamping site is that you can take over all the facilities and make the place your own for the weekend.
You can take over the whole Yurtery for your Hen Do party.
You can either BBQ on site in the evening or use The Yurtery’s fully equipped kitchen.
There are a number of Hen Do themes that we’ve had including
“Glamping it Up” was the one where the groom arrived, with no clothes on - as a cardboard cut-out...
Another group had an “International Glamping Theme” by allocating a different country to each yurt. All the occupants attending the party dressed as their respective new nationality. Imagine dressing up as Nicole from France, or Lian from China.
And – if you’re having problems flirting with nomads or don’t know how to tell your Kazakh beau you’re ready to get serious – get yourself a T shirt with the following quotes:
“My Yurt or Yours”
“Love Me Love My Yurt”
If before the Hen Do party, the girls would like to treat themselves to some simple beauty treatments, you can bring your own pamper package or ask us to recommend a bespoke Hen Do pampering service, just for your group.
You can make up your own pamper package from a selection of holistic and beauty treatments. A typical treatment package consists of three treatments but this varies on the type of treatments you have, and length (express or full-length). You can of course tailor the hen do packages for your wants and needs.
One morning or afternoon, you can book a yoga class for everybody. Stacey, is our resident Yoga Teacher. She does really cool Yoga for Hen Parties that is relaxing and inclusive for everyone.
If you prefer something more “spiritual”, you can organise a Wine Tasting evening for your Hen Do, with David Howarth of Hampshire Wine Shippers. - http://www.hampshirewineshippers.co.uk
David will spend a couple of hours educating you and your palette with the finest wines that Hampshire can supply.
Things you can organise yourselves
This is something you can organise yourself. Go to the website www.potterypainting.co.uk and take a look at the kits they have available and can send you.
Corporate activities (adapted for Hen Dos)
We can also offer your Hen Do any activities that are on our Corporate Website.
Art Workshops offered for Hen Do's by Blooming Designs. These are run at Meon Springs, in The Long Barn or at the Yurts. They are great fun and can involve a number of techniques including printing, drawing and caricatures.
Butler in the Buff
Some Hen Do's like to be served by a Butler in the Buff (our surname is Butler, regretfully, we are too expensive for this service).
The main firms that offer this in this region are:
Butlers in the Buff - http://butlersinthebuff.co.uk/
Cheeky Butler - http://www.cheekybutlers.com/
Hunks in Trunks - http://www.hunksintrunks.co.uk/naked-butlers-portsmouth/
At Meon Springs, there are a number of fun and active activities that you can do, for Hen Do's of six or over.
So if your first crime, of not telling the bride she was coming to a Yurt in the middle of the countryside, was not bad enough, your second crime could be to get her to milk a cow. At 4.30pm on any afternoon, you can come down to the parlour, see the cows being milked and have a go yourself. It is quite smelly, somewhat dirty and a lot of fun.
We run Fly Fishing Experience Days every Tuesday and Saturday. These are fully instructed in the morning (one instructor to four people) and supported throughout the day. You each get to take a couple of fish home for supper.
If she needs a shot of adrenaline, you might consider booking a clay pigeon session for your Hen Party. You can join us for our Shoot a Box Sessions, where you get a box of 25 cartridges to attempt to shoot 25 clays.
And if shooting is too aggressive, you might consider something more Zen like, such as Archery.
It can be quite a lot of fun to have one or two bikes about, for those who want to be a bit more active. Bring your own, or hire ours for the weekend. We can supply routes, both chilled and active.
On the farm, we have a number of hidden geocache (take a look at www.geocaching.com). This can be a good, inexpensive daytime activity for Hen Groups.
In the local area
There are a number of things for Hen Parties to do in the local area. If you like rope swinging, there is a Go Ape at Alice Holt Country Park http://goape.co.uk/days-out/alice-holt
Or you may like to fight it out with some paintball at http://www.ambushpaintball.co.uk/lasers_costs.shtml
Other options include a browse around Winchester or Petersfield, walks/picnics in the local area and general chilling out.
Off-Site for Hen Parties in the evening
In the evening, a number of Hen Parties like to get off-site and visit a local country pub:
The Thomas Lord in West Meon 01730 829244 http://www.thethomaslord.co.uk/
The George in East Meon 01730 823481 http://www.yeoldegeorgeinn.net/
The Shoe at Exton 01489877526 http://www.theshoeinn.moonfruit.com/
Or do some damage in the local towns:
We recommend Winchester for numerous bars and restaurants. Petersfield for a good curry at The Paradise 01730 265748 http://www.paradise-restaurant.com/
Or Portsmouth – Gunwharf Quays for night clubs (Tiger Tiger) and night life. (Also an outlet shopping centre, cinema and bowling alley. You can get to these places by taxi as over:
Because we are a few miles from the nearest taxi rank, it is best to use different firms for different areas. Our recommendations are as below: The prices are a guide only.
If you are travelling in the Winchester direction, we recommend Wessex Cars, who have a 24/7 service and with the below rates as a guide.
5-6 seater £40 each way
7-8 seater £45 each way
After 11pm = 1½ *price.
Phone: 01962 877749
Text-a-Taxi 07990 51 41 31...
For Petersfield direction, we recommend Arrow Taxis (Mark Hider)
5 seater £20 each way
7-8 seater £30 each way
After 11pm = More.
Phone: 01730 823603.
Mobile: 07889 946252
If you are travelling in the Portsmouth direction, we recommend Portsmouth Taxis, who have a 24/7 service and with the below rates as a guide.
4 seater £30 each way
8 seater £60 each way
After 11pm = “A bit more but not much more”
Phone: 02392 9299 0038
Text-a-Taxi 07990 51 41 31...
Hen Do Catering
If you are self catering at the Yurt Village, we highly recommend that you do an online order from any of the main supermarkets.
If you are shopping locally,
We recommend that you buy meat from our local butchers in West Meon – Harriots – 01730 829246.
If you would rather not cook for your hen party, we can offer catering services or, if there are enough hens, you might like to hire in a Hog Roast. 07768 903464 - http://www.matt-hogroasts.co.uk/index.html
All of our catering is fresh, locally sourced, home-prepared and wholesome.
What other Hen Parties have done and suggested
Things that you did that were fun.
Ate and drank (a lot), had a murder mystery dinner, played lots of games and quizzes and went for a walk to collect wild flowers which we then painted in a water colour challenge.
Services (eg taxis etc.) that were good and efficient (or if not we would still like to know).
Not much really. One hen arrived in a taxi from the station and the driver didn't know where he was going. She read the instructions allowed as they went though and he got her there!
There was a good local shop (West Meon Village Stores) which a hen was dispatched to on Sunday morning for cake. They also run a cafe, where you can get tea/coffee and a full English if you wish.
Themes that you used.
Our theme was 'Glamping it Up' i.e. glamorous camping chic so we had lots of feather boas, tiaras and beauty queen sashes and well as night with some of the tackiest charity shop evening dresses we could find.
Things that you didn’t do that could have been good.
"I think I heard something about a vineyard nearby, which would have been cool but once we were there we found that didn't really need to leave. We're really too old (and lazy) for clubbing at that kind of things so we just wanted a nice chilled out weekend where everyone coud relax in their pyjamas and that's exactly what we got. It was fab. We also had some facepacks and nail varnishes and meant to do a pampering session but in the end, we just played trivial pursuit instead.
(The vineyard is Wickham Vineyard - http://www.wickhamvineyard.com/ )"
Any other comments or tips.
"Bring lots of food and drink so you don't run out, if you're all in a big Hen group you can use all the fridges and even have a special fridge for fizzy wine which was quite satisfying. The kitchen in the Yurtery was great for cooking for people in big numbers and we found everything we needed. Oh, and make sure you light your log burner in the Yurt (if its a bit chilly) before you drink too much!"
Terms & Conditions
We don’t have many terms and conditions for glamping, however, our valley is very peaceful and out of the way and noise travels easily for miles. So, one thing that is really important is that you must keep the noise down, when outside at night.
Booking the Yurt Village
If you haven’t done so already, you can book the Yurt Village online from our website: www.meonsprings.com/booking
We will do anything we possibly can to make your Hen Do go really well. All you need to do is talk to us. Give us a call on 01730 823794.