Have you got a bride who doesn’t like to stick to the norm? It can be tough trying to think of alternative hen party activities and getaways. Lucky for you, we did the hard work for you with our list of alternative hen party ideas.

21 Alternative hen party ideas
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20 Unique hen Party Ideas

You asked for unique, so we’re going to give you everything from the hugely active, gruelling, challenging and downright slothing.

Zen Party

If dancing on tables fuelled by tequila isn’t your idea of a good night, then a zen party may be just the thing. There’s been a definite rise in healthy hen parties in recent years and we love the idea of a yoga retreat.

Secret Urban Escape offers bespoke packages for healthy brides. These include yoga classes, brunch, afternoon tea or dinner supplied by top chefs and nutritional experts.

Countryside Escape

Head to the country for a back-to-nature hen weekend! From rustic treehouse hideaways in Cornwall to riverboats in France, you’ll definitely find a unique place to stay. We’d recommend you try Sawday’s Canopy & Stars’ quirky and inspired accommodation.

With a huge amount of options all over Europe, all you need to do is decide where you want to go. Finally, all that’s left is to get exploring in the great outdoors with your favourite girls.


Bake-off Bash

Are you a big fan of the Great British Bake Off? Then you’ll love Delightful Tea – a baking school in Essex, which offers parties for up to ten hens.

Take a leaf out of Mary Berry’s book and bake up a treat. You can learn to make bread, cakes or cupcakes and also enjoy afternoon tea with complimentary Prosecco.

Boot Camp Session

Up for a challenge? Get into shape before the big day and have fun with your girls at the same time with a boot camp session with British Military Fitness. You can really earn the bubbles and treats you’ll be indulging in from one session.

Alternatively, if you want to get really messy you could always try the Major Series mud run. These award-winning 5k and 10K courses are filled with obstacles and plenty of mud! You may want to run these by your bride tribe first though.

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Beach Retreat

Escape to the beach for a relaxing weekend away with The Little Beach Hut Company. These cute beach huts on Mersea Island are kitted out with everything you need for a day at the beach.

Sit back, drink tea and enjoy amazing sea views – the perfect way to relax ahead of a night of fun with your hens!

Outdoor Adventure

As well as the usual spa session, dance lessons and strip shows, you’ll also find plenty of alternative and adventurous ideas for your hen party at Chillisauce.

Choose anything from llama trekking and treasure hunts to action-packed spy days, stunt driving and gorge scrambling. We particularly like the idea of their It’s a Knockout inspired party!

Zombie Experience

If you’re an adrenaline junkie then you’ll love this zombie experience. It calls for great teamwork, courage and determination to survive.

The package includes a zombie boot camp experience and a real action event with a truly convincing and terrifying storyline. Horror fans will be in their element, just be warned – this isn’t for the faint-hearted.


Mad Hatter Party

Voted as one of the 25 coolest hotels in the world by TheRichest.com, this luxury holiday accommodation is perfect for vintage-themed hen parties. Based in Brighton, Wonderland House has stunning sea views and is arranged over five floors with six themed bedrooms.

The dining room is the ultimate social space and you’ll find an enchanted table, which seats up to 24 people, and all the crockery you need for Alice In Wonderland inspired high tea.

Bedtime Story Nights

The decadent Bedtime Story Nights have been running at 40 Winks hotel since June 2009. The events take the idea of a pyjama party and add amazing stories, music and cocktails. It is the perfect recipe for a totally unique, elegant and seductive experience.

These evenings burst with genuine charm and humour and have even been voted as one of the best things to do in Britain. Don your most glamorous PJ’s and have a night you’ll never forget!

Want something a little different for your hen do but running out of ideas?

Tea at The Ritz

Lovable for all ages, indulge in a slice of one of the finest British traditions and take Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. You can pop champagne in the hotel’s elegant surroundings. It’s a good excuse for you and your girls to dress up.

Surf Snowdonia

Looking for an active and adventurous hen party idea? What about surfing in Snowdonia? The Welsh mountains may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of surfing, but Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc begs to differ.

They’ve created a 300-metre lagoon and installed a wave machine capable of producing head-high waves. Don’t worry if you’re a complete beginner, as lessons and equipment hire are available.

You can even sleep over in the onsite ‘glamping’ area. It’s perfect for a few sun-downers after a day spent catching the waves.

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Adventure Seeking

For the ultimate summer event, hen party or stag do it is a battle of the sexes every Saturday when ‘It’s a Knockout’ takes place. Think water, foam and side-splitting inflatable’s.  Find your nearest location here.


The Uk’s most famous girl’s night out presents ‘Dreamboys‘ – the UK’s most successful and famous Male Strippers. If you’re celebrating a hen night, hen weekend or looking for the best girls night out in town, Dreamboys’ high energy show is a grat choice. It’s also fantastically fun and thoroughly entertaining with plenty of bare bottoms.

Disco Cruise on the Thames

Dance the night away to music provided by the onboard DJ and have a drink whilst watching the River Thames panoramas pass you by. The Thames Cruises are the ideal location for hen parties in London.

City Treasure Hunts

Browse the biggest range of treasure hunt events based on every theme you could think of. Most treasure hunts can be run in any location across the UK and Europe and many can be tailored to use different modes of transport.

From iSpy to C.S.I to The Great British Pub Hunt, The Treasure Hunt Company will create the most exciting scenarios. There will be challenges and tasks to do within your hen groups that are totally dependent on your own interests and hobbies.

Cocktail-making Classes

Love a Saturday night tipple? Why not try your hand at making some cocktails by organising a cocktail making masterclass before a good old-fashioned night of dancing?

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City Break in Barcelona

Pack your passport, a bikini, suncream and your best going out dress and fly out for the ultimate hen weekend to Barcelona with your best girls. It’s an avid party centre, with plenty of cosmopolitan style. No doubt you’ll find fun from dusk till dawn. However, if you still have time before you fly home, jump on one of their famous open tour buses and see the sites of the city too.

Hip-hop Dance

Inspire your group of all ages to get in touch with their rhythm and take hip hop lessons. As well as providing the best kind of entertainment between you, you’ll find out who is a secret dancer and who has two left feet. Why not take to learning a personalised dance routine and re-create it on your wedding day?

Life Drawing

Looking for an alternative hen party idea? Hens with Pens are on a mission to bring fun and fabulous themed life drawing to hen dos, birthdays and even office parties. Wearing your beret and moustache, and drawing your muse to retro swing music, you’ll get a taste of the life of an artist. It’s a slightly more up-market version of a stripper, if your bride’s a little shy.

Ghosts and ghouls

Finally, last but not least, a little scaremongering. However, it’s not for the feint-hearted. If you think you have a particularly brave girl group, take your place as a member of the ‘Edinburgh mob’, which once surged in riot past the Mercat Cross. Hear grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits as you venture down medieval closes and descend into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults. In addition, your cloaked guide will lead you through the dimly lit caverns, filling the night with stories – all of them true.


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