15 Jan How to plan a weekend away that everyone will enjoy

Stay calm, you’ve got a getaway to organise. What makes it even more challenging is you’ve decided to bring all your friends. Planning an event can be stressful if you’re not organised. There are several things you can do to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here’s what you’ll need to think about to make sure your weekend getaway is a memorable one.

Deciding on a date

After gathering a group of your best friends, the first thing you need to do is decide on a date. As you may have found out already, leaving the date entirely open for suggestions can lead to confusion and ultimately a dead end. When organising a mini break with friends you need to be the leader, so give a few suggested dates to see what the majority can do. Make sure these dates are quite far in advance so your guests can book time of work and sort childcare if needed.

Choose a theme

Once you have a date nailed down, the next thing you should think about is a theme. This doesn’t mean it has to have a fancy dress element, just a theme to assess the vibe of the event. You could relax with a pamper session before a wedding or indulge in the party of all parties. You could learn something new, explore the outdoors or be adventurous.


Choosing a destination is as important as deciding a date. This is because you’ll need to factor in how you’ll all get there. You may be inviting friends from across the country, so do make it in a place that everyone can get to. Whether you want a vibrant town, picturesque countryside, quaint seaside setting or cosmopolitan city; it’s good to factor the destination with what activities you plan to do.


Once you have chosen your destination, the accommodation should be next on your list. These days there are lots of different accommodation styles to pick from. You could hire a huge self-catering luxury home for the weekend, or choose a five-star hotel. Budgets must be considered but, there are plenty of options to suit all like, B&B, hostels, glamping or city apartments.

Create an itinerary for everyone

The UK is full of exciting things to do and you won’t have to look far to find them. If you’re in a city, check out cocktail making, dance shows, wine tasting and cooking classes before heading out to a night on the town. If you’re opting for the countryside, find a spa to relax in or be adventurous with outdoor activities like watersports, group games and treetop high wires. There’s plenty to enjoy just remember your whole group’s interests need to be considered when planning.

Food options

If you’re opting for a self catering home or apartment, you’ll have to think about dining options. Create a food budget, buy in bulk and cook meals together. It’s a great alternative if you’re on a budget. If you’re in a city you may want to sample independent restaurants; perfect for special occasions.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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