Leave the L plates at home: bridal shower inspiration

 

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Planning a pre-wedding celebration for a bride-to-be? Lay down those bridal shower blueprints in confidence with our round-up of unique destinations, venues and themes.

Luxe camping bridal shower: Jollydays Glamping, North Yorkshire

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For the nature-loving bride (who doesn’t want to rough it), Jollydays Glamping makes for an idyllic escape.

The candelabras, the Cath-Kidston-esque decor, the freestanding bath in private bathroom (aka The Shed); this retreat is a far cry from your preconceived idea of camping.

Wake up to birdsong before relaxing in the unspoilt Yorkshire woodland, head to the communal tent for tea and cake (served in quaint vintage china) and finish off the evening with a bottle of bubbly by the roaring open fire. A true Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Spring/summer prices for woodland tents start from £180 (2 people, 2 nights).

Star-spangled bridal shower: Kielder Observatory, Northumberland

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It doesn’t get any more epic than the universe itself. Located in Kielder Forest, Kielder Observatory sits in some of the darkest skies in Europe; so dark that the Milky Way and even Jupiter can cast shadows – a phenomena many have never seen.

Events range from aurora-gazing to full moon parties but be sure to book well in advance as spaces sell out quickly.

Present each guest with a special memento of the day, such as Lost at Sea’s sterling silver crescent moon pendants (£18), available with a choice of rainbow moonstone, amethyst, labradorite or mystic topaz stones.

Just 15 minutes drive from the observatory is the well-appointed Falstone Barn. Reserve all four apartments for up to 14 people and decide who is sleeping in which of the four themed spaces: Classic Opulence, French Bourgeois, Versace Glamour or Medieval Romance.

Prices for Kielder Observatory start from around £18 per person. Falstone Barns starts at £150 per person/ one night.

A new kind of pamper party: Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire

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If there’s one enduring favourite for brides to be it’s a spa break and Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa remains one of the best in the business.

Stand-out features include the candle pool (an enchanting mosaic cavern with lapping water heated to 34 degrees, surrounded by candles and a star-lit ceiling), volcanic salt bath, the thought zone and a cave shower – recreating the sensation of being caught in a thunder storm in paradise.

Prices start from £79 per person.

Wine-lover’s bridal shower: Denbies, Surrey

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They may not know it yet but surely every bride-to-be wants her very own wine train. Denbies – the biggest and most renowned of British vineyards – offers just that.

Tour guides hands guests a glass of the company’s award-winning sparkling cuvée before the train trundles them around the grapevines. As well as the train, the estate offers classic wine tasting experiences and cheese and wine pairing sessions.

Fortunately, nobody has to drive home afterwards: Denbies Farmhouse bed and breakfast sits among the vines and has seven double, en suite rooms.

Prices start from £9 per person.

 

Lead image source: Jollydays Glamping

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