We have selected the best of local independent restaurants, venues and things to do locally for time outside the house. However, you don’t need to leave the house as everything you need is right here!
Check out our list of brilliant local suppliers to add exciting activities & food options to tailor-make your stay with us at Norfolk House.
Life Drawing This 90 min session taught by Charlotte an art lecturer with 20 years experience. She will take you through the techniques of figure drawing, shading, and perspective. Forfeits using truth or dare cards add extra fun and engagement. Awards for the best artist. French berets, a glass of fizz to get you in the mood & all drawing materials are included. Our nude model the delectable Mr Chocolate Suprise never fails to delight our guests. This activity can be delivered NAUGHTY (hens & girls getaways) or NICE (a serious drawing class for budding artists, a great addition to a retreat weekend) Female models available on request.
Cocktail Master Class Unlimited cocktail for 2 hours; fill out a questionnaire before your party and our mixologists will create a perfect bespoke cocktail menu for your party. You can try your hand at making the cocktails and add shot forfeits and games to the evening. This brilliant Yorkshire team can theme your menu too fit your party if requested and name cocktails after your Bride to Be. They bring the glasses, the drinks and equipment… all you need to do is sup up.
Gin Discovery Experience Discover the origins and history of the nations’ favourite tipple, as the experts guide you through our Gin discovery masterclass in a venue of your choice. Gin lovers who participate in the Masterclass will enjoy an interactive session, tailored to the tastes of each group. The masterclass will include: A delicious complementary cocktail; A tasting session featuring 4 expertly selected gins, paired with the appropriate tonic and garnishes; Learn the history of gin from an expert mixologist.
Murder Mystery Dinner If you’re looking for a unique and fun activity that will bring your girls together for the perfect hen party, then this is it. Manchester Murder Mysteries uses exclusive themes, the dedicated party planning team, and enthusiastic hosts to make your special day one to remember. We don’t use actors, because we think the most enjoyable part of a murder mystery comes from everyone having a small role to play in the dastardly tale. Each of you will be given a character, either a suspect, a witness, or a detective. That way you can dress up and act out your part while trying to catch the killer. Enjoy your murder mystery over dinner or as an afternoon game with a treasure hunt! Each murder mystery boasts flamboyant characters, hilarious plot lines and fun games that build up to a thrilling revelation. Choose from ‘1920s Gin & Sin‘ or ‘Malice in Wonderland’ and we’ll do the rest.
Dance & Yoga Sessions Bollywood, disco, belly dancing, breakdancing, yoga, and Pilates the choice is yours. Prices for an hour session at a local studio.
Pole and Themed Dance Classes at Local Dance Studio Let the professionals take you through the steps to create a dance routine tailor-made for your group. Awake your inner diva with a raunchy pole dance class. The studio is situated less than a mile from the house in easy walking distance.
Boot Camp Lets go outside, your professional trainer will arrive and take you outside and put you through your paces. Split you into two teams to work against each other to become the winning Team Hen. Takes place at a local beauty spot near the house.
Photo Session with Elspeth Photographs of all hens individual and group pictures, natural as you are images, plus posed “glamorous” portraits as digital, and an A4 print of your favourite photograph, to be delivered to Norfolk House the next day. (or posted on to you if more convenient) Photo session to last approximately one and a half hours takes place in a local studio.
Norfolk House Spa Treatments A relaxing morning or afternoon of in-house pampering? Relax and unwind together while our experienced therapists deliver you a bespoke service at NH. Our experienced therapists work back to back to make sure we accommodate all your party without it taking up your whole day. Relax in the indoor hot tub den or chill in The White Room while you wait for your treatment. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes in the tranquil setting of one of our newly refurbished spa treatment room. All of our Decleor treatments are delivered and orchestrated by experienced, qualified massage therapists offering you the optimum zen time adding soulful relaxation in a tranquil environment.
Decleor Discovery Facial – 30 minutes Enjoy a Pressure Point and lymphatic facial to the face, decollete and shoulders. The ultimate treatment for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Decleor Diagnostic Massage – 30 minutes Unwind with our diagnostic massage which Includes back, neck and shoulders. This treatment is wonderful for releasing pressure and promoting wellbeing.
Decleor relaxing scalp massage Have 30 minutes of sheer bliss incorporating Indian head neck and decollete massage. A great stress buster.
Decleor lower leg and feet aromatic massage Unwind with a relaxing gentle lower leg and foot massage, concentrating on pressure points and effleurage movements around the feet and the lower leg area. Feel what it’s like to walk on air.
The Scented Hen Jo Ribeiro is Norfolk House’s aromatherapist with over 10 years experience working with Covent Gardens Neal’s Yard Remedies brand. Let her bring the seductive aromatic scent of natural oils to your senses. All perfume fragrances are natural pure aromatherapy oils. Choose from the following:
Design Your Own Perfume Blend your own bespoke choice of natural fragrance into perfume as a keepsake of the weekend. Let Jo guide you and learn about how to sample, blend and refine your very own signature scent. Why not let the bride choose her favourite to wear on her big day!
Bath Bomb Experience Get creative with the girls and make & decorate unique adorable bath bombs to take home or have the hens make mini ones as favours for the female wedding guests.
Can’t decide? Why not blend the two classes and offer your hens the ultimate extravagance of:
Perfume & Bath Bomb Luxury Master Class (as above this class includes)
Design your own perfume session 1h
Tea and Cake Break
The Bath Bomb experience 1h
Fantasy Face Painting or Professional Make-Up Inspired by the infamous Ibiza Zoo Project, our experienced team can come in and give your guests an amazing fantasy face paint makeover, choose from beautiful exotic creatures (tigers, butterfly’s, sea creatures) or maybe festival princess is more your style. Using the finest quality products, including gemstones, glitter, and metallic effects. Perfect if you’re theming your party. Our classic makeover is a best seller. Our team are trained with the top beauty houses and provide beautiful natural or dramatic evening make up experience. All products and makeup are provided and lashes can also be added (ask in advance). Takes place in a local salon.
Flower Crown Making Beautiful creative activity where you will spend time creating bespoke floral headpieces, festival style or wedding style the choice is yours. Where them at around town or save for the wedding
Gourmet Chocolate Making Guest’s whos weekend is not complete without a sweet treat this is the activity for you. Learn the art of making delicious handcrafted chocolates, My Chocolate approach is modern with a fun twist which will leave you wanting to taste and learn more.