When my best friend got married earlier this year I took charge of planning her hen party, which meant organising a group of 16 of her closest friends and family. After speaking to the bride-to-be's sister we decided to choose something a little bit different for her hen party.
The bride is a bit of a country girl at heart and loves anything outdoors, so we decided to book a clay pigeon shooting experience. None of us had ever been clay pigeon shooting before, and even though the group included a couple of mums and aunties everybody seemed to love the idea of a clay pigeon shooting experience.
The day of the hen party soon arrived, and after meeting the rest of the girls at the shooting ground we signed in and got ready for a morning of clay pigeon shooting. Before we were let loose with the guns though we were given a full safety briefing, as well as protective glasses and ear defenders to wear whilst we were shooting.
Once the safety briefing was over the excitement really started to build and we couldn't wait to smash our first clays! The instructor taught us all the basics and made sure we were all comfortable using the guns provided. A couple of us swapped for lighter guns which made holding them a lot easier, but meant we had no excuses for missing!
Because there were so many of us we took it in turns to shoot, which was nice because it meant we could cheer the other girls on when we weren't shooting. Even though we were all new to clay pigeon shooting experiences we all managed to hit a couple of clays, and you can't beat the feeling of smashing your first clay.
The 25 clay package we'd chosen was perfect and gave us a real taste of how much fun clay pigeon shooting experiences can be. We seemed to face clays from all directions, and even though we missed a few clays it made hitting them even more enjoyable. The bride-to-be was a natural too and ended the day with the best score by a mile.