Turning 21 is an important life event and you need a spectacular party to celebrate it properly complete with all your favourite people. Whether you know someone about to have their birthday or it’s your birthday on the horizon, take a look through our 21st birthday party ideas to treat yourself and your friends to a weekend of fun, games and luxury in one of our five-star big party houses across the UK.
From magnificent manors to stylish townhouses, we have an impressive range of cool party houses for you to explore. Begin browsing and find a property perfect for your big 21st birthday bash.
When planning, it’s great to start by deciding the location of the 21st birthday party: you could get everyone together and whisk them away to the Cotswolds for water sports and lakeside drinks on the terrace, or hire out your own private club room and bar beneath a manor in the heart of Northamptonshire for a night of music and dancing.
These 21st birthday celebration ideas have an option for every kind of birthday party in a variety of fantastic UK destinations, with ideas great for him or for her, and cake ideas to impress your guests. Cast your eyes over this list of 21st birthday celebration ideas and let us help you put together the perfect plan for your big event.
1. A games weekend at Roman Farm | Buxton, Peak District
Sleeps 18 guests
Get competitive with a big games event at Roman Farm to celebrate your 21st with all your mates. You could head to the games barn for pool, have a go at the on-site archery or enjoy a few rounds of cards in this stylish property. The highlight of the weekend will be the fantastic footgolf course!
Special extras at this exciting party house: 3-acre footgolf course, pool table, archery, hot tub for lazy evenings, 18-acre estate with space for any number of sports, games or trivia trails.
Cake idea: The golf ball cake – it’s a classic. A beautiful football cake would be just as perfect for this occasion.
‘Fantastic home. The host was very helpful and accommodating. Wonderful location. We were here on a stag holiday and I think it would be suitable for any large group of friends/family. Lots of good walking in the area. Would highly recommend.’ – Daniel
2. A water sports party at The Summer Lake Retreat | South Cerney, Cotswolds
Sleeps 8 guests
Take a few of your closest friends to this beautiful lakeside holiday retreat for a party out on the water. With its wonderful location in the Cotswold Water Park, a rather exclusive part of the UK, there’s ample opportunity for water sports with the group. Experience kayaking on the Cotswolds lakes, enjoy swimming or go sailing. Wakeboarding, water-skiing and windsurfing are all perfect activities for an active party weekend.
Special extras at this exciting party house: Scenic waterside views as it sits in the centre of Cotswold Water Park, sumptuous lounge, decked terrace with BBQ overlooking Summer Lake, private mooring, and shared tennis court.
Cake ideas: Why not try a pinata cake? After active days out on the lakes, a bit of sugary goodness may be just what your party needs.
‘Fantastic house in a lovely setting - very quiet and relaxing. Perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas and venture deeper into the Cotswolds. Lots of activities nearby to keep the kids off their gadgets and we loved being able to take to the lake on the two kayaks. Good routes from the doorstep for family cycling and walks, and there are a couple of good restaurants within walking distance. The property is very well equipped with high spec interiors. A very enjoyable holiday!’ – Mat
The Summer Lake Retreat
3. A beach party at The Pink House | Bude, Cornwall
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the South West, well-known for its excellent surf, Bude has everything for a group looking to party it up down by the beach or head out for a few cocktails. Swim, surf and soak up the sun, then sit back and relax for an evening BBQ by the beach watching the sunset over a few beers. There’s nothing quite like it.
Special extras at this exciting party house: With views out to sea, you can stroll at your leisure to a choice of fabulous beaches before returning to the fresh, beach-styled house for a BBQ on the balcony.
Cake ideas: Get yourself a gin and tonic drizzle cake; this one’s easy and delicious.
'Great property, we had 14 in the house and we didn't feel on top of each other. Everything is within walking distance so once youve parked up you dont need to use the car again until its time to go home. Would definitely recommend for large parties looking for a great location and property.' - Karen
The Pink House
4. A dance party at Rock-rose House | Eggleston, County Durham
An elegant country house that you may recognise as the finishing school in the hit show Ladette to Lady. Behind the ancient walls of this magnificent stately home, you’ll find a grand hallway perfect for a party. Pick your favourite music or hire a DJ and let partygoers dance the night away in the hall. You could even hire a bartender to pour drinks and create a unique cocktail for the occasion or a caterer to whip up some tasty canapes.
Special extras at this exciting party house: Tennis court, garden games, billiard room, table football, table tennis and surround sound music system.
Cake ideas: Cake pops may be small, but you could make a dramatic impact with an awesome arrangement and the party guests can snack on them throughout the night – flavour them with everything and anything, from chocolate to gin.
'We had a great time - all of us, ages 6 - 75 and everything in between. The house is a delight with so much room everywhere. The bedrooms and bathrooms were wonderful and the furnishings all through the house were impressive. The kitchen was amazing. The wi-fi was a bit intermittent but with so much to do it didn't matter greatly, although the youngsters would have appreciated it. Tennis, snooker and table tennis were much enjoyed. Thank you - we had a ball!' – Kate
The Hall Teesdale
You only turn 21 once so it’s time to pamper yourself. Indulge in a spa party at the delightful Chy Lowen – Tresavaen in Cornwall. Light the BBQ, soak in the bubbling hot tub and cocoon yourself in warmth when you step inside your own private Scandinavian sauna. When everyone’s feeling refreshed and relaxed, your group can sit together and chat in the spacious lounge or dine alfresco beneath the stars.
Special extras at this exciting party house: Boasting a sauna and hot tub, this property is truly luxurious. A large garden with outdoor furniture make is it great for summer entertaining, but a spacious dining room is a great spot to gather in the winter too!
Cake ideas: It’s only right you pick an indulgent cake; a rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake would be ideal.
Chy Lowen - Tresavean
21st birthday party ideas
After reading through these 21st birthday celebration ideas, we hope you feel inspired to start planning your own spectacular event and have decided where to have your 21st birthday party – whether that’s a beach weekend with friends down on the Cornish coast, an epic party with live music or a luxurious spa weekend. Browse our collection of party houses now.
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