If you’re planning a hen do, but want something a little off the beaten track, we’ve got the best alternative hen party destinations for you.


Best Alternative Hen Party Destinations

Every bride looks forward to her big day, however, there is one other highly anticipated event during wedding preparations – the hen party. It’s a great opportunity for the bride to spend time with close friends and family, and let her hair down before the big day.

However, some bridal groups prefer to avoid the hen party clichés and opt for something a bit more unique.

The Most Haunted Hen Party Destination in Britain: York

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Big Cottages, the UK’s holiday cottage provider for groups, has provided us with its top locations across the country for those seeking a hen do to remember.

For hens looking for a thrilling time, a ghost tour of the historic city of York is the perfect activity. Believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the world, it explores the world of folklore and history of a famous medieval city. Once the group has been suitably spooked, York is also home to a fantastic range of bars, restaurants, ancient attractions and lots of shops to keep the entertainment going.

Best Hen Party Destination for Rest and Relaxation: Bath


Although rarely taken advantage of, a hen do is a great opportunity to relax and ensure the bride comes home feeling refreshed and ready for her big day. Home to Britain’s original thermal spa, what better place to take some time out than Bath. The Thermae Spa has a range of different packages available, a rooftop pool, wellness suite and a delicious restaurant to help even the most stressed bride-to-be relax.

For the Free-spirited Bride: A Festival Hen Party in Cambridge

Strawberries and Creem Festival, Haggis Farm Cambridge

For many brides and grooms-to-be, the hen or stag is the last taste of freedom. A chance to let loose with their nearest and dearest and indulge in some free-spirited fun. What better place to do that than at a festival, eh? Whether it’s a week of glamping at Glastonbury, or venturing off for a long weekend at a festival abroad there’s something to be said for having a good ol’ dance in a field with your Bride Tribe.

Our pick for a festival-themed hen party this summer would be Strawberries & Creem on Saturday 20th June. Situated in the picturesque and historic city of Cambridge, the festival is on a mission to celebrate heritage and champion future. Boasting an exciting lineup of some of the biggest names in UK Rap, Hip Hop, R&B, Garage, Grime and Dancehall across three stages, you’ll be dancing all day. Make a weekend of it and stick around for their sister event with a more family-friendly feel, The Cambridge Club Festival.

Tickets for Strawberries & Creem festival start at £40. Book your tickets here

An Indulgent Hen Party Destination: Brighton


A hen do is the perfect time to be extravagant and what better way to show the bride how special she is than with afternoon tea at Choccywoccydoodah’s Decadent Cake Garden in Brighton. Not your usual afternoon tea, hens can relax on a swinging bench and feast on ice cream milkshakes, huge sharing platters and a delightful dessert menu. For anyone looking to take a memento home, the shop downstairs also has a huge range of home-made chocolate treats.

Top Hen Party Destination for an Active Bride: Go Ape


A hen do doesn’t have to be spent inside. Take on an outdoor activity like a tree top adventure at Go Ape and work together as a team to tackle the ropes, zip wires and swings. There’s even adventure playgrounds suspended 30 feet up with nets, inflatable balls and slides for a whole host of thrills.

Most Memorable Hen Party Destination: Suffolk


For many hens, what could be more appealing than a weekend away somewhere truly memorable. A fortress in Ipswich complete with games room, a cinema, a hot tub and even a roof garden is sure to make for a magical weekend away. With Suffolk Food Hall and a beautiful reservoir nearby there really is something for every hen to enjoy. You can book the fortress here.

Fashion Focussed Hen Party Destination: Christian Dior Designer of Dreams Culinary Experience


For the fashion conscious brides-to-be, book into this sartorially savvy afternoon tea and experience a hen party or bridal shower with the chic-factor. Bespoke wedding and event planning company, La Fete, created this culinary fashion experience inspired by the V&A Dior Designer of Dreams exhibit. Found at the opulent Knightsbridge Franklin Hotel, the Christian Dior Designer of Dreams Culinary Experience is just as luxurious as it sounds. From the delicate details on the sandwiches and cakes, to the chocolate cream served with vaporized Calvados housed in a Dior-inspired perfume bottle, the experience is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Pair it with the delicious cocktail menu or some pre-wedding bubbles.

Book the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Culinary experience. 



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