West Sussex is a truly amazing county in which to host a Hen Party – with so many glamorous events and venues to choose from, you can be sure of a truly special night (or weekend even!) before the big day itself arrives. While the boys are busy at play on the stag-do, why not give the girls in your life an evening to remember!
Here at SJI Food & Service, we’ve been delighted to provide catering for hen parties in Sussex for some time now, so if you’re starting to plan yours, why not speak to us?
If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do for your hen night or weekend, we’ve put together a few suggestions featuring some of our favourite places and events…
The Chichester Catering guide to hen party venues and events
Racing at Goodwood
Soak up the atmosphere at one of the most beautiful race courses in the world, with incredible panoramic views from the crest of the South Downs; the Glorious Goodwood meeting held every summer is a firm favourite in social and equestrian diaries everywhere, and widely regarded as one of finest flat racing events there is. Elegance is high on the agenda too over the three days of the festival, so why not enjoy the spectacle, and perhaps the odd glass of champagne! June also sees Friday evening races throughout the month.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
A three day paean to all things automotive, where visitors get the chance to see some of the fastest (and quite possibly most expensive) cars on the planet do battle to take the glory of the quickest time on “the hill”; while it might be said that the event is chock full of boys’ toys, where else could you get to rub shoulders with world-class drivers of past and present such as Jensen Button, Lewis Hamilton or Damon Hill?
Goodwood Revival Meeting
The Goodwood Revival Meeting was instigated by the Earl of March (owner of the Goodwood Estate) to renew interest in the racing of classic cars and bikes on the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit. Visitors to this unique and much-loved event get the opportunity to travel back in time to the golden era of British car racing between 1948 and 1966.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear period costume over the weekend, and it’s not unusual to see a huge range of characters from Marilyn Monroe to RAF Spitfire pilots enjoying themselves in the late summer sunshine. We think this is a brilliant way to spend a hen weekend – after all, what girl could resist all that old world charm and glamour coupled with the chance to dress up in something out of the ordinary?
For those hen parties looking to get away from the crowds, thankfully the local area has plenty to offer – why not indulge in a bit of sunbathing and a picnic on West Wittering beach? This is one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the whole of the UK, and has won numerous awards for its outstanding cleanliness (including a European “Blue Flag”), and the wonderful dunes of the East Head are a haven of tranquility and beauty, and a magical place to watch the sun go down.
As an alternative, what about a shopping trip to Chichester, the county town of West Sussex? Brimming with history, this cathedral city is home to some excellent fashion boutiques and high street names alike. Brighton is an hour away from Chichester, and provides an eclectic mix of shops, bars and nightlife as well as some remarkable sites to visit such as the world-famous Brighton Pavillion; a delicious architectural confection that takes the mysterious lands of the East as its source of inspiration.
The South Downs that traverse most of East and West Sussex are soon to become part of a National Park, and as such are widely known for their beauty; why not let us help you find the ideal spot for a picnic, and we’ll do the honours with putting together the hamper of your dreams!
Home from Home
If you’re looking for a base in the local area from which to explore, we’d seriously recommend the following properties to rent; 5 East Pallant in Chichester, and Poplars Farm House in Almodington – both these fabulous country houses offer unparalleled levels of luxury, privacy and sophistication, while remaining close to all the events and things to do mentioned above.
Don’t forget that we can provide all the fabulous food, wine, champagne, celebration cakes and barbecues that you could ever wish for on your hen night or weekend, so why not let us help you see off your single life in style?