I have been on lots of weekends away with family and friends over the years. Usually at least once a year there is the opportunity to get away for two or three nights with our nearest and dearest to a beautiful country house or a group of lodges. I haven’t written much about those weekends but having just looked through some photos for the purpose of writing this post I think I’ll work through them because they were too good not to share!
My youngest sister gets married next year too so I think we’ll be looking at a similar type of break. For tips on how to organise a large group country break of your own, take a look at my hints and tips.
Whilst the practicalities of a country break are covered in my previous post, you also need to put a lot of thought into what you’ll all do whilst you’re there.
Some of the things we’ve done over previous breaks have been very well received, so I’m sharing some ideas to help you with your planning.
We’ve had a few quiz nights and they’re always pretty funny. Rather than a general knowledge quiz though, we have done various topics. For a hen party we asked questions about the bride and groom (where was their first date, what did he buy for their first Christmas…). For another, the quiz master gave attendees questions to answer privately and then asked the crowd to match the fact to the guest (who has a phobia of old fashioned toilet cisterns? Who hand fed a panda?). These are great for the first night of a getaway – those who might not know one another can be introduced through a fun and relaxed get-to-know-you style quiz.
Activity outside the property
Last year we stayed near Welshpool for my sister’s hen do. During the day on the Saturday we went rally karting and had an absolute blast! The one we used was Mid Wales Off Road Experience but a quick google of the area you’re visiting should throw up some results for you. We’ve also done clay pigeon shooting, spa days, country walks and probably more that I can’t think of just now!
Saturday is party day! After a day of thrilling experiences, there is no better way to wind down than with a party! We have done wine tasting a couple of times and that always goes down well, but the real party begins when the cocktail masterclass starts! Cocktail making can run to be quite expensive if you’re buying full sized bottles, but we buy miniatures of gin, vodka, rum and any other particular branded spirit we’d like to try. This allows us to try an assortment without wasting ones we aren’t huge fans of. Actually, we also use miniatures to add to attendee gift bags. They make a lovely little thank you when presented with some chocolate and a personalised glass for each person who had made the extra effort to attend. There ain’t no party like a cocktail party!
What kind of activities would you plan for a group weekend break? I’m always interested in other people’s ideas to make our next break even better than the last!