This is Cambridge, so punting should most certainly be up for consideration. Scudamores can take groups for chauffeured punts along the Backs, while you sit back with your strawberries and fizz. Fabulous!
A classic option for a sportier, more competitive bunch, go-karting is offered nearby at Cambridge Kartsport, Caxton – which has both an indoor and outdoor track – and Red Lodge Karting towards Newmarket.
You’re sure to score full marks from any stressed-out bride for suggesting a spa day of pre-wedding pampering and relaxation. Bedford Lodge run a Bridal Shower day package for £98 per person (groups of 4-10), including a facial or massage, use of the hydrotherapy and heat experiences, and a two-course lunch per person.
Cambridge Cookery School
Sophisticated tastes may run more to a day spent cooking and feasting (and drinking wine) at Cambridge Cookery School. At their huge, modern and super trendy kitchen off Hills Road you’ll get to find out who’s a secret Nigella and who’s a stranger to the stove…
Situated out towards Ely, Hannam’s Wake Hub offers wakeboarding classes for complete beginners to pros and could be ideal if you’re looking for something a little different. Spend an action-filled afternoon watching your mates attempt to skim across the lake’s surface, strapped to a board, in a wetsuit – laughter guaranteed.
Go on a treetop adventure at Thetford Forest and master wobbly bridges, zipwires and cargo nets. Unleash your inner Tarzan or Jane and get to know your fellow stags/hens while swinging through the trees. Or if you’d prefer to stay on the ground, try a Segway forest trek.
Love wine? Then find out more about it with Cambridge Wine School who host stag and hen parties by request. Owner Mark will talk you through at least six quality wines, and host a ‘who’s wine is it anyway?’ quiz.
He can either come to you or arrange a private room at a range of locations including the Royal Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge Brew House, 12A Club and Hotel Felix.
Shake things up and spend an evening making cocktails at one of Cambridge’s buzzing nightspots. Book out the upstairs cocktail lounge at De Lucas, or take a class from the bartender at The Snug or La Raza. You might discover a wholly new concoction and, best of all, you get to drink what you’ve made!
Looking for a night out with great food and drink, an enchanting setting and entertainment to boot? Keep an eye on the Willow Tree, Bourn, which hosts regular burlesque supperclubs at their dreamy, vintage-inspired gastro pub venue. In summer, they also take group bookings for their tipi dining experience in the garden.
Never mind expensive trips abroad, get together for a girly/lads weekend closer to home. Crash out at a cabin at Centre Parks, Elveden, and spend the day cycling, fencing, swimming or chilling, then bring out the booze, dares and party games at night…