Are you tasked with the difficult job of organising a hen or stag party that keeps everyone happy?

We have some tips to help keep costs down, so that you can plan a party to suit all budgets:

1) Self-catering accommodation

Firstly, you’re in the right place if you are planning a hen weekend or stag do on a budget. Self-catering accommodation gives you the flexibility to eat in or out, thereby cutting down costs. Pre-plan by ordering a supermarket delivery for the evening of your arrival. If you don’t fancy doing the cooking yourselves, you can save money on traditional caterers by hiring a street food van. This can lower the traditional cost of hiring caterers to under £15pp, for pizza, fish and chips or even a toastie van.

2) Midweek stays

The easiest way to save money is by having a mid-week hen party or stag do, provided it is outside of school holiday dates. If your guests are able to make it Monday-Friday, you can save up to 50% on the accommodation. Another benefit is that there will be more availability, which helps if you are planning a hen or stag party at late notice.

3) Location, location, location!

Check the location of your accommodation in relation to the activities you’re looking at, to cut down on travel costs during your hen or stag weekend. Our holiday cottage offer spacious dining room and living room so the entertainment can come to you. This means that the group doesn’t have to travel anywhere, saving time and money. For outdoor activities, look at Wild Park Derbyshire, which is 5 miles from our site where you can do Paintballing, Laser Tag , Quad Biking, Quad Bike Trekking and Archery. For bars and restaurants that are just a short distance away, check out our local pubs and restaurants blog here.

4) Look at the extras

Most of our properties include extra facilities within the price of the accommodation, which reduces the amount you have to spend on activities. One of our cottages has a private hot tub, Sunshine Cottage, which give you a relaxing place to spend the afternoon.  3 out of 5 of our cottages offer a games room with snooker tables, table football and ping pong, perfect for a stag party so we provide the entertainment without the additional costs, these cottages are Meadow View, Willow Barn and The Farmhouse.  Hot tubs are available to be added to some of our other properties for an extra fee.

5) Fun that doesn’t break the bank

Coming up with fun activities doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, all of our accommodation is within easy reach of the Peak District, so outdoor activities are a must. If the weather doesn’t hold up, try a cookery class or gin/wine/whisky tasting, which cut out the additional cost of a caterer or alcohol for that meal. You have both an activity and food or drink within the price of just one! You can find local events for under £10 per person, such as firework displays or ghost tours. Check out Visit Derby to see what is on during your holiday.