Latest blog posts

  • New Year, New You – 10 Healthy Activities To Try!

    If it’s all about the ‘New Year New You’ mantra for 2018 and you can’t wait for the next girls getaway why don’t you combine the two. Healthy and holistic weekends are on the up, better still they don’t have to be all about exercise and detox; rejuvenating can come in the form of a

  • Activities for the gin obsessed!

      Like the rest of the UK we are an office obsessed with all things gin! Tomorrow Orchid HQ are heading to a festival dedicated to this tipple and in the spirit of this (excuse the pun) we thought we would compile our favourite gin activities if you have a hen or birthday girl who

  • Creative Cupcake Parties

    It’s National Cupcake Week so we thought we would let you in on our top 5 cupcakey workshops and where to do them!   Cupcake Decorating Masterclass Good for: What a great idea for a hen or birthday party! Suitable for all ages and abilities and the best part is you get to take home

  • Wedding Inspiration Is Here

    As well as the all-important hen weekend which we can help you plan you will need some inspiration for the wedding too! 💖💍 The National Wedding show have a total of 4 shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester over September and October. There are catwalk shows to check out the latest bridal trends, the UK’s

  • The Secret to Group Bonding on Your Weekend Away

    It’s a matter of fact that a large majority of the weekends we plan and organise are for big groups with individuals that are often from different circles of friends. The idea of spending a whole weekend with people you don’t know can be daunting, so we thought a blog post on the secrets of

  • Packing Essentials for a Hen

    If you are like me or any of the girls at Orchid HQ, packing for just a couple nights away is a difficult task! You needed about 3 outfits, but packed 20 to be safe! Here’s a little help with what’s worth packing amongst all the clothes: Playlist – okay you don’t need to actually

  • Quirky Afternoon Tea Hen Ideas

    It’s Afternoon Tea Week and as promised we have compiled a few of our favourite venues and vehicles for a twist on the traditional afternoon tea:   Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Take in London at a more leisurely pace combining two quintessentially British elements; a Routemaster red bus and afternoon tea. Enjoy mini cupcakes and

  • Cocktails in the Clouds

    Fancy having cocktails in the clouds without the panic that the ever-unpredictable English summer will dampen your rooftop plans? Orchid HQ have a solution; Cloud 23 recently released an Aperitivo menu to satisfy all our pre-party needs. What: Cocktails accompanied with sky bites designed to tantalise your pallet and open your appetite. Where: Got a

  • Games to play on your weekend that everyone will love

    When it comes to helping you organise your weekend away, we want your group to enjoy every single moment. Playing a game is not only a fantastic way to pass the time in between activities, they can also be an ice breaker and help the group get to know one another. If you are feeling

  • Five top picks for outdoor summer cinema

    With love island come to an end we are at a loss of what to do with our evenings! Sticking to the screen and making the most of the summer here at Orchid we are thinking about the ever popular outdoor cinemas! Most come in around £15 per person so are positively worth the experience

  • Moving Day – New Orchid HQ

    It’s moving day for Team Orchid as we’ve outgrown our previous office in Clifton Village in Bristol.  While it’s been a great few years we’re expanding our team and products and have big plans for the future. Last night was our ‘Goodbye to Clifton Village’ drinks evening and tonight we will be having our ‘Hello

  • Our Favourite Hen Accessories

      It’s a fully established tradition for hens and their bridesmaids to dress up when they are celebrating. As we sit in at the top end of the market, most of our venues don’t accept any hen accessories. So, if you are booking a weekend with us; it’s always worth checking that the venue permits

  • Get the party started – Orchid’s Hen Party Playlist

    You can’t have a fabulous party without a soundtrack to match, right? If you are looking for inspiration, then you have come to the right place. At the Orchid office, we have fine-tuned a hen party playlist of the top 30 classic hen anthems. 1. Girls just want to have fun – Cyndi Lauper 2.

  • Practice What You Preach – The Orchid Christmas Party

    So, what does a company who organises luxury corporate and group weekends away do for their Christmas party?  Well, we organise a luxury weekend away.  This year’s Orchid Christmas party was ‘upgraded’ from a night out, to a weekend in Chamonix for the whole team.  This blog isn’t about showing off (our social media channels

  • Birmingham has it covered

    Girly weekend away to plan? Think no further, Birmingham has it covered.  On the rather rainy Friday just gone, I left the office desk behind for the afternoon and headed up the M5 to meet some of our newest suppliers. Birmingham isn’t somewhere that immediately sprung to mind for a hen party or girly weekend

  • Hen Ideas for Older Brides

    Whether you’re planning a hen weekend for someone who is getting married second time around, or simply have quite a few older ladies in your group – here’s some ideas to ensure that the ladies have a great time without worrying about having to do ‘traditional’ hen night activities such as karaoke bars and tacky

  • Top 2016 Wedding Trends to Combine with Your Hen Weekend

        We have been checking out the latest top 2016 wedding trends and it got us thinking about keeping these themes consistent from hen weekend to wedding day. Here are some top 2016 Wedding Trends inspired by Debra Witt, Bridal Guide’s article on the Huffington Post that you will want to combine with your hen weekend. Read the

  • 10 Golden Rules

    Rule #1: “If you do what you always did you will get what you always got” ! If you treat your special weekend like any other then it won’t be remarkable. Let us organise something exceptional for you.   Rule #2: Have a vision! You have a vision of your perfect weekend. Let us know

  • Why Friday Night Hen Dos are a good idea…

    Friday is the new Saturday and a great alternative for a one night hen – It’s not called Fri-yay for nothing. I recently went on a Friday night hen and was amazed at how much I enjoyed the Friday factor. Here are 7 reasons why: Why wouldn’t you want to start the party as soon

  • Inspiring Celebrity Soirees

    We all enjoy hearing what the rich and famous get up to. They too like a hen party to remember. Here are some of our five favourite inspiring celebrity soirees to take inspiration from without the extravagant price tag!   Lilly Allen enjoyed a sophisticated celebration with a gourmet cooking lesson from Gordon Ramsey at

  • Vintage Style in 2016

    Vintage is still going strong as a theme and works so well for groups wanting to ditch the infamous L Plates yet still have a sense of unity in outfits when on the big night out, but what vintage style in 2016 should we be working? 1920’s has definitely been the chosen era for our

  • Henspiration

    If you’re struggling for some ideas, let us inspire you with a few of our favourites … “I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass” David Lee Roth No need for ice cubes at the Ice Bar! Sip your cocktails from your ice glass in -5 degree temperatures. Check

  • Activity Inspiration for 2016

    With 2016 fast approaching we have put together some Activity Inspiration for 2016 based around events that are always big for the upcoming year and some dates here at Orchid HQ we love such as national Gin and Tonic day! The weather obviously plays a big factor when organising a UK break so we have

  • Top 10 Winter Warmers

      With the change of seasons fast approaching the nights are getting darker and the mornings colder, so here at Orchid City & Spa we have been busy creating the perfect South-West winter warmer activities for you. Here are our Top 10 Winter Warmers:   10. Delia in a day – Cookery Class We have

  • Five top reasons for booking early

      I know we don’t like to hear it but Christmas will be here before we know it and with that come’s 2016! I hold my hands up, I am guilty too of leaving the festive shopping to the eleventh hour but with that comes stress, unfortunately planning group weekends at the last minute are

  • Christmas Markets

      Get your fill of festive fun at some of the UK’s most popular Christmas markets – from magical sights at London’s Winter Wonderland to those chilly, cosy evenings with a cup of warm Glühwein. All across the UK, the season of Christmas markets is quickly approaching and it’s time to embrace those sparkling lights.

  • Icy Inspirations

      With more than 30% of couples opting to tie the knot between October and March Orchid City and Spa are at hand with some seasonal, icy inspirations for those planning the all-important winter hen party. For those brave enough we suggest embracing the elements; dig out the scarfs and hats and indulge in some

  • Your Money’s Safe

    It’s really important to make sure your money, and your friends money, is safe when you book a holiday. Orchid City and Spa is protected by the IPP scheme so if anything should happen to us you will get all your money back. Any of our team are happy to discuss this with you and

  • Ashley Vs. Emma – Hen Party Rivalry!

      Hot topics in the office are often wedding talk and of course hen parties, regardless of the fact no one has ‘put a ring on it’ for Emma and I it certainly hasn’t stopped us from planning our ultimate girly getaway over lunch! There is nothing like a little bit of hen party rivalry!

  • Summer Events 2015

      Despite the rain, summer is here which can only mean one thing; it’s the season of festivals and outdoor events! Hooray! Here is our guide to some exciting summer events for 2015 based in a few of our best-selling cities in the UK.   Bristol Shaun in the City, 6th July – End of August-

  • Bristol Food Festival 2015

      This weekend Bristol saw the return of the foodie’s festival for the sixth consecutive year so I decided to take a trip to the downs and check it out; I attended on the Saturday and for once the British weather didn’t disappoint, it was a perfect day to enjoy a traditional west country cider

  • Our trip to London

      Yesterday a couple of us from the Orchid team headed to London to meet suppliers and check out the latest exiting things they could offer for our group getaways. Prepare to be excited! Our first stop was Pineapple Dance Studios where we met the lovely Michelle and Penelope, the ladies behind www.dancepartyexperience.com.  We had a little

  • Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

    Last weekend, Bristol’s Jazz enthusiasts came together to put on the regular big time New Orleans-inspired jazz festival. Over the years, the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival  has marked the city’s status as being one of the most dynamic and creative destinations in the UK. So an excited Team Orchid decided to head down

  • Top 5 activities for large groups

      Having a large group can be great as you have all your friends and family with you for a weekend.  However there is one major drawback, what to do over the weekend.  Lots of spas and activities like cocktail classes work really well for group of 8 -10 but as groups get larger and

  • Ashley’s five favourites from 2014

      The festive season has been and gone now, and this means for me it’s been a year as part of the Orchid City & Spa family. What a fun-filled, exciting year to look back on; there has been an office move, new branding and a much loved nespresso machine! Nevertheless I did leave the

  • Orchid’s Vintage Christmas Party

      This year for our Christmas party we travelled back in time to the 1920’s – Great Gatsby style! With the help of our wonderful vintage stylist ‘Lady She’ and some classic 20’s fashion essentials, we were ready to hit Bath decked out in our flapper dresses and top hats. At Orchid, we always like to

  • Operation Christmas Child

      This year we have ditched the traditional office ‘Secret Santa’ in favour for being more charitable. Let’s be honest who really enjoys the reduced chocolates or a bath set in the run up to Christmas? So we have decided join in with Operation Christmas Child ! The concept is simple; you pack a shoe

  • 12 Months of Hen Ideas

    We’ve been talking about the best time of year to do different activities.  Some activities work really well all year round, like cocktail making master classes but others don’t.  Being in a muddy field in January isn’t always a good idea!!  So, we’ve put together 12 months of hen ideas for 2015. January – Thermae

  • We’ve had a makeover!!

      So around April this year we decided we wanted to re-energise, revitalise and refresh the Orchid City & Spa brand and website.  We spoke to several design agencies and it became quite clear that the team at Studio 88 in Bristol really understood what we wanted, what we stand for and had some fantastic

  • Top 10 Winter Warmers

      With the change of seasons fast approaching the nights are getting darker and the mornings colder, so here at Orchid City & Spa we have been busy creating the perfect South-West seasonal activities for you. Here are our Top 10 Winter Warmers :   10. Delia in a dCookery Class We have all been inspired

  • Our New Office

      We’ve moved!!  August has been a very busy month for us as we’ve moved from our office on the Harbourside in Bristol up to bigger offices in Clifton Village. Our new office can be found on Boyce’s Avenue, next to the Primrose Cafe for those of you who know Clifton Village.  Our new office address

  • Applying for a job with Orchid

      Over the past few years we’ve recruited for several roles and we always seem to find people doing the same things. Send bad applications. I have no doubt that there are loads of really talented people out there and I’m also sure we discard a lot of them because their application and CV’s are

  • Orchid City Spa in Vogue

      Orchid City & Spa are in this month’s Vogue magazine.  The feature is about the ‘Best of Bristol and Bath’ and Orchid City & Spa appear with several other companies based in the South West.  January’s edition is out now,  so look out for Orchid City Spa in Vogue ! For more details on

  • Social Media for Hen Weekends

      Technology is now involved in more and more of the elements  we offer, from Treasure hunts controlled by mobile phones to paying for food and drinks at the Thermae Bath spa on a wristband.  The best thing about technology is it generally makes our lives easier and embracing this is helpful when you are

  • How to organise a hen weekend – Part 2

      “How do I organise a hen weekend?”  It’s a question that doesn’t often get a lot of thought.  The structure of organising a weekend can be as important as the elements you organise.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently and in our previous blog we covered the beginning of the organising process

  • How to organise a hen weekend – Part 1

      I’m coming into my 9th year of organising hen weekends.  Between myself and the rest of the team we have so much experience we thought we would sit down and put together our own guide on how to organise a hen weekend. This blog is our ramblings and advice about how to best organise

  • My Stylish Hen Weekend

      Hen parties can strike the fear of God into people.  So often when I get invited on a Hen weekend I have visions of the hen being dressed up in L plates, funny coloured test tube shots and being in a tacky nightclub where you stick to the floor.   Not what most people want.

  • The Olympic Torch in Bristol and Bath

      It’s not often you get a truly unique community experience and this morning we had that in Bristol.  Over the past few days the Olympic torch has travelled up through the West country, through Bath and into Bristol and arrived last night in the heart of the city.  The city came out to party

  • Look Magazine – Orchid is ‘Best for Spas’

      We have made it into the Look Magazine ‘Ultimate Hen Party Guide’! Orchid City & Spa is listed as ‘Best for Spas’  for Hen weekends, and the article features one our one night packages in Bath. “For spa weekends, head to www.orchidcityandspa.co.uk  Their weekend in Bath (from £159 per person) includes one night’s accommodation,