10 non-traditional hen party ideas

You’re brainstorming for that iconic hen party that will be one to go down in history.

Yet bored of regular hen night ideas which become slightly stale? Maybe you want a hen party idea that’s outside of the box and have a unique twist on conventional hen party activity. Don’t worry – at Hen Party Houses, our ideas to make a life-lasting memory for you to use as a favourite Instagram throwback Thursday post. Check out below some tremendous non-traditional hen party ideas that will make your hen party have a certain je ne sais quoi.

1. Nature Cottage Getaway

Stressed out bride syndrome starting to appear from being overworked with marriage preparations? So why not take your bride to the great outdoors and escape away from all the wedding planning humdrum. Enjoy a hen weekend getaway in a cottage or villa in nature, in a location like the Cotswolds. Go for a hike in the hills with the girls and take in the natural breath-taking scenery. Are you feeling peckish? Try having a hearty meal in a local restaurant by the pristine lake. Then in the evening, everyone jumps in the hot tub with a lovely glass of wine, which will relax and revitalise yourself ready for the big day.

2. Have a salsa night

With a fantastic choice of places to stay and things to do, Bristol is often dubbed the unofficial capital of the South West. While it may not have occurred to you to head there for a hen party, it should definitely be one one of your choices and we have a variety of activities to make this one hen weekend that won’t be forgotten.

Famous for its vibrant music scene and cultural street art, trendy Bristol has a lot to offer including some of the best bars and clubs around, a classy harbour side to enjoy a glass of vino and loads of haunts to sip a local cider!

3. A Yogaful retreat

Are you not feeling up for a boozy hen party weekend? For the wellbeing bride and babes, rejuvenate with a hen yoga retreat to alleviate stress and realign your chakras. Your hen crew can have your pick to either go locations abroad like beautiful Bali or escape in the country to the woodlands of Devon. Clear your minds with a digital detox to recharge your batteries. Meditate with mindful practises to plug out from the noise of the outside world, so you can tune into truly connect with your inner and high self right before you say I do.

4. Great British Hen Bake Off 

For you, adrenaline junkies ladies, how about dive into an extreme hen party experience. Dare you and your squad to take a plunge in an exhilarating bungee jump for a unique hen-do. Organise it as a secret surprise hen activity for a thrill-seeking bride for an unforgettable experience. Test your wedding nerves and come alive by jumping off the deep end…literally!

5. Fine Wine and dine tasting vineyard

What’s a hen party without a glass or two? Well, how about an entire vineyard? Plan the perfect hen party for the Pinot Grigio drinking bride. Travel down to the South East of the UK to take a luxury tour and discover the English wine breweries. Enjoy a picture-perfect picnic with a bottle (or two! ) of the finest local wine, and toast to many years ahead with your loved ones in the background of a beautiful sunset in an outdoor vineyard.

6. Hen-fest weekender

Make your hen party a festival fiesta. Remix your hen night to make it one to remember.

Plan a hen do around your favourite festivals and have loved ones around in perfect harmony. Hire out an Airbnb for the whole crew and have an all-access pass to make your hen party the ultimate weekender by fusing it with festival spirit. Grab your wellies and rock on at Glastonbury. Or dance it up at Wireless. Either way, let your hair down and free your soul to the music.

7. become a moviestar

For the film-loving girlies, take your hen party to the big screen with Secret Cinema and watch it come to life! Immerse your hen party in a unique world of Mamma Mia belting out classic Abba songs, or dress up like Jack Sparrow, and seek the lost treasure along with some rum and cocktails in Pirates of the Caribbean voyage. Make your hen party like none other by living out your favourite magnificent movie memories.

8. Participate in the Highland games

Calling all active brides! Think tough mudder but tougher! Gather the girls and head off to Scotland to challenge yourself to the limit in the Highland games. Or create your own experience at home, be the very definition of beauty and brawn and test your strength by competing against your hen team members for a unique and extreme hen party! Remember, the winner takes it all.

9. Sensual Pottery making

Get your artistic juices flowing by creating a masterpiece with your hands. Get the bride and gals to get messy making pottery with a real-life Patrick Swayze to provide a helping hand. Commemorate your single life with a bespoke art piece of mug or vase that you’ll be able to keep as a memento start off your new life.

10. Cosplayers to the rescue!


Self-confessed nerds and fictional fiends, how about a unique cosplay themed hen do? Transform and dance the night away like Cinderella or you simply party with Harry Potter, and geek out with a multiverse bar crawl to celebrate as your favourite character. Make your magical fantasies come to life for an unusual, one of a kind and fun-filled hen party.

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