Unique Hen Do Ideas
“Whatever you do, I don’t want a hen party like all the rest. I want something totally unique that doesn’t involve doing vodka shots until 3am.”
Tasked with the impossible? Believe it or not, she’s not the only one who doesn’t like all the traditional hen paraphernalia. In fact, there are plenty of brides-to-be out there who simply want to celebrate their big day a little differently. So if you’ve been put in charge of planning a fun-filled hen weekend, here are some alternative hen do ideas that are guaranteed to impress. And the only penis straws in sight will be the ones you pack…
A cookery class
Pros: You get to eat all of the goodies afterwards…
Cons: Tough luck if you can’t cook
Whether she fancies herself as a bit of a Nigella or insists on putting baked beans in her chilli (yes, people actually do that) a cookery class is a perfect hen party activity for all ages. With so many cuisines to choose from – as well as vegan options – everyone is guaranteed to have a laugh. A few drinking forfeits can always be added to give it a little hen party makeover too…
A themed afternoon tea
Pros: It’s your one chance to act like a lady
Cons: Let’s be real – you’re not fooling anyone
Hen groups of all ages and sizes love a bit of afternoon tea. Why? Because it’s a whole hour of eating cake, shoving dainty little sandwiches into your mouth and washing it down with some fizz. But remember, this is a unique hen party so why not take a look at some of the themed teas around. Our favourites include Alice in Wonderland and Vintage. Plus, there’s even one for those Harry Potter hen weekends.
Cheese tasting (and wine obvs)
Pros: Oh come on, it’s all pros
Cons: You actually have to leave
Honestly, what did we do before cheese was a thing?! Whether you’re passionate about Brie, can’t get enough of a good old Extra Mature Cheddar or a simple Boursin is your BAE (we’re not judging anyone – cheese is life), a cheese tasting event makes for the perfect hen party activity. Just go easy on the garlic ones, yeah?
A walking food tour
Pros: You get to walk all the calories off
Cons: You have to walk…
Nearly all of the major cities in the UK offer unique walking tours that include food and drink. During the unusual hen party activity, you’ll be led by an expert as you explore the area’s best-loved bars and restaurants – tasting and trying new things as you go. Plus, if you tell them it’s for a hen party, we’re sure a few hen party games will be added into the mix.
Nude Life Drawing
Pros: It guarantees a laugh
Cons: Stick men won’t suffice
For a classy yet unusual hen party, it’s got to be a nude life drawing session. Led by an expert, you’ll learn how to draw, enjoy a few cheeky drinking games and there’s even the opportunity to get your bride-to-be involved in the final shot. Ideal for all art abilities and ages, this will certainly bring the group together.
Pros: It’s chocolate
Cons: There is such a thing as too much chocolate
Take your hen party planning to the next level with a luxury chocolate making course. Ideal for groups of all sizes and ages, you’ll learn the art of chocolate making and most importantly get to try a few flavours out. You’ll even create your own box to take home but we bet they’re all gone by the time you get back to your accommodation.
A comedy club
Pros: It’ll get you in a good mood for the night
Cons: There’s always one with an annoying laugh
What better way to liven up the atmosphere of your hen group than with a comedy club performance. Book your tables in advance, get your dinner ordered and don’t scrimp on the wine. Telling the organisers that it’s a hen party is also a must!
A dance class
Pros: You might come away with some new moves
Cons: You probably won’t though…
Dance classes are a great way to get acquainted with each other. After all, there’s nothing like making friends over the fact that neither of you can twerk. Choose from hip hop, salsa or even a Beyonce-themed session and afterwards show off your new skills on the hen night.
An underground fright night
Pros: Tell them it’s a hen party and they’ll focus on the bride
Cons: Even though they’re actors, it’s the scariest thing ever
One of the most unusual hen party ideas has to be an underground ghost tour. Yes, that’s right – people actually pay to be frightened. Head into the city centre, and discover the tales of years gone by. Expect a haunted history lesson, a lot of spooky storytelling and one hell of a fright.
A night in
Pros: It’s perfect dress code for pyjamas
Cons: Some of the girls may still want to get dressed up
Hear us out here. If your bride-to-be really wants some alternative hen activities, why not create a home from home? Instead of spending all your money on a night out, splash the cash on the accommodation and give her a personalised night she won’t forget. From DIY spa treatments to at-home booze tasting, there’s plenty of ideas if you want to plan a hen party inside.
Pros: Think of all the pictures
Cons: Glitter really does get everywhere
Book a hen party house with ample outside space and plan the ultimate hen-fest weekender. Connect your music to the speakers, get the BBQ going and you could even set up some glamping tents for a night under the stars. Now this is how to hen party in style…
So there you have it, a few of our favourite unusual hen do ideas that are sure to impress. If you need any help finding the perfect accommodation, don’t hesitate to get in touch either. We have everything from countryside manors and traditional townhouses to luxury apartments and huge party pads, dotted all over the country.
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Luxury Hen Party Houses
Celebrate in style in an ultra-luxurious hen party house. From swimming pools and tennis courts to private butlers and elegant roll-top baths, these incredible properties come with everything you need to make your hen do extra special.
Hen Party Houses With Hot Tubs
Nothing says ‘hen party’ quite like having your very own hot tub. Whether you’re enjoying glasses of fizz whilst watching the sunset or soaking away the night before, the hot tub is the perfect place to start and end the hen party fun.
Hen Party Country Houses
Party like royalty at your very own manor house, set in the heart of the countryside. Spend evenings laughing and drinking wine around the long oak table and, come morning, blow the cobwebs away with an invigorating countryside walk.
Hen Party Houses In The City
Bag yourself a chic and sleek hen party pad, set in the centre of a city. Culture vultures and party animals alike will love having the bustle of the town on their very doorstep. What’s more, with no need to organise taxis or minibuses to drive you around, planning a night out for all the girls has never been easier.
Hen Party Houses By The Beach
Calling all beach babes and mermaids, it’s time to celebrate in a sensational seaside setting. Book yourself a bohemian beach hut, put a few bottles of bubbles on ice and sit back and enjoy the view. During the day, you can take the group out sailing or for walks along the beach. Come evening, a fresh fish dinner and drinks at a pretty seaside spot should definitely be on the agenda.