The date’s been set, the venue is booked and the seating arrangement is finally sorted, now all that’s left to do is plan the ultimate hen party. But how to do things differently? Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town with the girls, a daytime romp or a unique brunch, it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily for you, we’ve been talking to DesignMyNight for some quirky hen party ideas.
Fun and Quirky Hen Party Ideas
From the best cocktail bars, to immersive events and bottomless experiences around the country, here’s a comprehensive list of fun, quirky and unique hen party ideas to to ensure you bag a hen night to remember.
Brigit’s Afternoon Tea – London
A London bus tour… for your hen party? Take in London’s iconic sights with Brigit’s Afternoon Tea as you board a vintage double-decker bus for a unique experience like no other. Tuck into cucumber and cream cheese beetroot sandwiches, salmon and cream cheese pretzels and vanilla and apricot compote choux, all whilst sipping on a selection of teas and bubbles. For an even bigger bash? Hire out the entire 34-capacity venue on wheels, so you can squeeze on all your friends and family (if you’re inviting them).
Drink Shop & Do – London
Come the weekend, Drink Shop & Do is the perfect one-stop shop for all your bachelorette needs. By day, the quirky cafe makes a great spot for a boozy afternoon tea, and by night it transforms into a den of dancing and drinking, with a DJ pumping out plenty of party classics every Saturday night. But if you’re looking for something a little more unusual – they’ve got that too. They host a regular line-up of quirky events, including neon naked life drawing classes and vagina cupcake decorating.
Café De Paris – London
If you’re looking to celebrate with the ultimate girls’ night out then look no further than Café de Paris. The lavish West End spot is known for hosting the best cabaret and club experiences so you’re guaranteed a great time, and party packages are available to make sure the night runs as smoothly as possible. Dress to impress and head over to the weekend hotspot for an evening of incredible performances from some of the world’s best burlesque dancers, followed by live DJ sets playing RnB, hip-hop and house tunes galore.
Beyoncé Brunch – London
Calling all the about-to-get-married ladies. Get your vocal chords ready because London’s home to a Beyoncé Brunch, and it comes complete with two courses and five-hours of non-stop Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child hits. Spend an hour sipping unlimited cocktails and bottomless bubbles, all while being treated to special performances from the world’s no.1 Bey tribute act and resident BeyHive dance troupe. It’s sure to have you drunk in love.
Disco Yoga – London
Trade in heels for trainers on your hen do and head over to Disco Yoga for a more unconventional evening of zen-party hybrid celebrations. Use their biodegradable glitter stations to ‘glitz up’ before sun-saluting and vinyasa-flowing to party classics from a live DJ set. The party doesn’t stop when the gong sounds at this quirky class; you get to share a toast with your fellow queens afterwards with Blame it on the Blueberry superfood cocktail.
Used to drinking cocktails rather than making them? Gather your hen for a night of alcoholic arts and crafts at London Cocktail Club. Over the evening you’ll be given your own personalised lightbox to decorate, with various garnishes and backgrounds, along with a DIY cocktail glass that you’ll revamp using Bombay Sapphire edible paint and props. But don’t worry, it’s not all paint and no play. You’ll be treated to a G&T on arrival, two cocktails throughout the session and 2-4-£12 drinks. All. Night. Long.
Big London Bake – London
One for the baking pros and Great British Bake Off fans, this pop-up event is sure to rise to the occasion. Complete with its own marquee, Big London Bake offers you the chance to put your baking skills to the test and knead, sprinkle and pipe it out against your fellow hens over 90 minutes. A popular event for both your friends and family alike, you’ll be split up into teams of two to create your showstopper, before finding out who the real star baker is amongst you.
London Cocktail Club – Bristol
With interiors that’ll leave you speechless and a cocktail menu that’ll keep you coming back for more, Bristol’s London Cocktail Club is a great spot to raise a glass with your fellow hens. Inspired by Peter Pan’s Neverland, the bar is filled with obstentations decorations and the cocktail menu is just as wacky, with sharing drinks served in gigantic boats. They even have a bespoke package for brides-to-be, featuring drinks deals and table decorations, so all you have to do is rock up.
Alcotraz – Brighton
Joked endlessly about being locked behind bars with your bestie? Head down to Alcotraz’s BYOB immersive experience in Brighton and your joke will become a reality. The prison-themed experience, inspired by infamous prison stories, will see you escaping to the venue’s secret basement bar that’s complete with metallic cells and a number of seedy characters. You’ll be tasked with sneaking in liquor past crooked guards to create bespoke cocktails – just make sure your hen party contraband isn’t confiscated by The Warden…
Flight Club – Manchester
If the bride to be is the competitive type, Manchester’s Flight Club brunch social should be right up her street. Adding a little bit of friendly competition to the mix, the popular social darts spot will see you spending two hours testing out your skills around a private oche, all whilst enjoying unlimited paddle pizzas and one bottle of bubbly each. Just don’t blame us if things get a little heated.
More Alternative Hen Party Ideas…
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.
The Elbow Room Escapes offers bespoke packages for healthy brides. These include yoga classes, dinners, hikes and hot tubs supplied by top chefs and professional instructors.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Halloween Hen Party Ideas: 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!
Located in Fitzrovia, Frame Studios offer tailor made Hen Party events for every bridal party. Upon arrival you’ll loosen up over some bubbly before being taught by a professional instructor your dream dance routine inspired by the bride’s favourite performer. If you want some time to unwind after, they can also arrange a private yoga session and relaxation retreat just for your party.
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.
Adventure Seeking Hen Party Ideas
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.
Now performing in London until April 2020, Magic Mike Live is directed by Channing Tatum himself and provides all you need for the perfect hen night. Renowned for being the sexiest acrobatic performance around, this show can be paired with a visit to their boozy tea room and a hotel stay to make the evening even more special. Tickets sell out fast, so book here now.
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.
Bottomless Brunch Hen Parties
From drinking sparkling champagne cocktails in a gorgeous greenhouse to clinking endless negronis in a flower-filled restaurant, bottomless brunches are a new hen party trend we’re very much on board with. Check out our pick of the best bottomless brunches.
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?
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. Check out Skyscanner for unbeatable prices on flights.
Hen Party Ideas for a Child at Heart
Marriage might be for adults, but some brides never want to grow up! KB02 venue hire offer private access to a play centre of your childhood dreams, located in central London. With ball pits, slides and trampolines and (here’s the best bit) a selection of alcoholic drinks available at the bar, this is bound to be a fun-filled hen do for any bride.
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.
Halloween Hen Party Ideas: 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.
Whether your organising your own or planning the biggest and best hen party for your bestie, the night should be tailored with only one person in mind: the bride. But in this big, wide world, our ideas of a great night out can vary drastically. One bride-to-be’s hen party heaven could just easily be a hen do horror show for someone else. If you’re throwing a party for a sporty hen, or a wild weekend for your party-loving pal, we’ve got all the different hen party ideas for every type of bride.
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