Are you planning a hen party for a bride that hates the typical hen stuff? No afternoon tea, no spa day and definitely no butlers in the buff… Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up some of the best unusual hen party ideas to make sure it’s totally unforgettable.
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Make Your Own Gin
If the bride is a huge fan of gin, why not book a bespoke gin making class at The Ginstitute?
During the immersive session, you will get the chance to learn all about the different types of gin on offer, and will finish by creating your very own, personalised blend of gin! Once the 180-minute master class is over, you can continue the night in one of The Ginstitute’s two bars, and even stay overnight in their B&B accommodation.
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As well as being a fabulous choice for a hen party, it’s also a really cute activity for engaged couples to try out, and even create their own bespoke wedding gin to serve on the special day.
Make Your Own Perfume
Taking place at the Sleeping Beauty Salons in Scotland, the Perfume Studio Experience is the perfect choice if you’ve got a small hen party looking for something different. You will have a 90 minute to two hour consultation with a perfumer where you’ll learn about 21 different blends. Combine your favourites to make your own unique scent and take it away in a 20ml purse-spray atomiser. You’ll also get a Fragrance Registration Certificate (which comes in e-certificate form) so you can order more – why not invent your own wedding perfume?
Paintballing and Pizza
If the hen isn’t a girly girl and likes to be in the great outdoors, what about a paintballing experience? GO Paintball London offers a range of packages to suit your needs and offer one of the most customisable paintball experiences possible, so you can really tailor it to your requirements. Also, every player is provided with a free Domino’s pizza – the perfect way to re-energise after scrambling around outside!
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Festival Hen Party
Had some of your best weekends at festivals? Why not stage your own festival hen party for the important bride-to-be in your life? GoHen will help you put together your own mini-music festival, complete with glamping accommodation, a hog roast and live music. You can book in a tribute to the bride’s favourite band and in the day do a range of activities.
Make it extra special by booking a Pop Up Pamper Boutique – you can choose from a range of tents, including a bohemian bell tent or a luxury canopy, and they come complete with DIY hair and makeup stations, relaxation areas, nail technicians and more, so you can make sure you’re suitably glammed up for your weekend.
Horror Escape Room
Planning a hen weekend the bride will never forget? If she’s a fan of horror films you need to check out the Horror Escape Room in Bristol, which takes place in Bristol’s historic underground cells. Work together under the pressure of time and fear to free yourselves and make an escape – think Saw, Hostel and Texas Chainsaw Massacre combined.
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Go Kart Racing
Want to get fast and furious? What about a go karting hen party? TeamSport are an indoor go karting company that offer a range of packages to suit hens looking for something a bit different. If you were to book a package with them your day would start with a blast around the track to get everyone’s heart racing, before moving on to the next activity – choose from a range of things including comedy clubs, white water rafting, Segway experiences or even nightclub passes.
This unusual hen party idea is ideal for the bride-to-be who is totally obsessed with cinema. It includes accommodation for 10 at the Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane on the night of the Oscars, as well as dinner with dishes from the actual Oscars menu devised by Wolfgang Puck, a private screening of the ceremony and the Director’s CUT cocktail which was especially created for this year’s Oscars – it also includes an American breakfast the next day.
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Hiking Hen Party
Get back to nature with a hiking hen party. You can enjoy the great outdoors with a hint of luxury at one of three special hotels in the Ribble Valley and the Yorkshire Dales. The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green, Falcon Manor at Settle and Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale are all perfectly places to offer groups of hens a beautiful walk through the countryside, before enjoying a delicious meal in one of the cosy restaurants. You can also liaise with the hotels about the possibility of a bespoke afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner packages to suit your needs.
Foraging for Food
Why not channel your inner Bear Grylls and go foraging? Wedgwood the Restaurant, run by one of Scotland’s leading chefs, Paul Wedgwood, is offering a new bespoke ‘Wild Foraging Experience’ around Edinburgh. After a morning in the wilds of Midlothian you’ll return to the kitchen for a cooking master class, followed by the lunch you will have just prepared and wines to accompany it.
If you’re a bit more competitive, you can opt for the ‘MasterChef’ style element, where everyone gets a hamper of mystery ingredients and goes head to head to prepare the finest lunch.
If your bride has a sweet tooth, this candy making class will be right up her street. Lasting for two hours, the activity includes unlimited prosecco and canapés and teaches you about the history of candy-making before you get the chance to make your own delicious candy flowers or traditional lollipops. The bride will receive a personalised lollipop as well as a tiara and a special apron to wear, and the maker of the best sweets receives the title ‘Candy Queen’ a prize of a 100kg bag of sweets. Find out more on ChilliSauce’s website.
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If you grew up singing Spice Girl hits into a hairbrush with the bride, why not recreate that in a grown up way with a private karaoke experience? There are Lucky Voice venues across the UK where you can have your own private booth to sing your hearts out in, have drinks brought to you at the touch of a button and even add on extras such as a cocktail master class and props to pose with.
Got a thrill seeker in your midst? What about the PierZip in Bournemouth – a unique 250 metre dual zip wire which is 80 feet above the sea. It launches from the Zip Tower on the end of the pier, and you can ‘zip-surf’ over the waves to land on the beach.
There’s also RockReef indoor climbing activity centre, which includes ‘Clip’n’Climb’, with 25 fun themed indoor climbing walls and a vertical drop slide, as well as an aerial obstacle course and the Pier Cave Adventure which is a 65-linear metre indoor cave designed for both experienced cavers and learners alike.
Bobbi Brown and Balthazar Afternoon Tea
To celebrate 25 years of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics they have collaborated with Balthazar restaurant to offer a sparkling afternoon tea with a twist. It’s the perfect idea for a hen who loves afternoon tea so you’re looking for ways to make an afternoon tea hen party even more special.
You’ll get to tuck into an array of decadent sweet treats with a makeup theme, including ‘Hollywood Red Lip Gloss’ in the form of an irresistible vanilla yogurt mousse filled with rosewater jelly on a sponge base, and the Blueberry and Lemon 'Smokey Eye Mascara' disguised in the form of a chocolate covered almond financier with blueberry consommé and whipped lemon posset. After sipping a gin and champagne cocktail, everyone gets a complimentary makeup lesson at the Covent Garden Studio – amazing!
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Fried Chicken Afternoon Tea
Yes, it’s another afternoon tea, but this one is perfect for the bride who loves a bit of fried chicken! ChilliSauce’s Afternoon Tea with a Fried Chicken Twist allows you to enjoy prosecco or a boozy iced tea on arrival, before tucking into pulled chicken brioche buns, fried chicken waffles, mini doughnuts with salted caramel sauce and chocolate and cornflake scotch eggs – it’s the perfect way to line your stomach before a big night out.
A Sushi Party
If the idea of fried chicken sounds a bit heavy for you, what about a sushi-making class? This will go down a treat with a party of foodie hens who are interested in learning something new. You’ll get to find out about the history of the cuisine at this ChilliSauce event before making four different types of sushi and eating it at the end, with sake of course.
Have you been searching for a fun hen party activity in Manchester? What about a roller disco? Hen Heaven have organised this super fun experience with a real 70s feel – embrace the vibe and dress up accordingly. If the 70s thing doesn’t appeal, you can always bring your own playlist too.
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Give go karting a sub-zero twist by taking the bride-to-be ice karting. Drift around icy ovals and put your driving skills to the test in this thrilling and chilling activity by ChilliSauce. It’s definitely a sporty experience so leave the heels at home.
Hens who are obsessed with all things retro will love the idea of a vintage makeover. Dress up in costumes ranging from the roaring 20s to the fun 50s and have a professional hair and makeup artist transform you, before embarking on a photo shoot resulting in some memorable snaps.
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If you’re struggling with organising a hen do, we feel you – our 15 emotional stages of planning a hen party will speak to you. And laughter is a great stress reliever!