Whether she’s Geordie Shore mad or just loves a good weekend of shopping, wining and dining, Newcastle is the perfect place to take the bride for a fun-packed hen party. If you’re thinking of planning a hen do in the UK’s top party destination, then take a look at our 21 Newcastle hen party ideas for inspiration – we guarantee there’s something that every bride will love.
For the Bride Who Want a Night On the ‘Toon’
We couldn’t possibly write about Newcastle hen parties without mentioning Geordie Shore, so if the bride has a serious addiction to watching the hit reality TV show then she would love you forever if you booked her a hen night out with Geordie Tours. Their hotel and clubbing packages will make you feel like a VIP and you can even arrange a meet and greet with the Geordie Shore cast – why aye man!
For a night out with a difference, Gohen’s party cruise experience is one that the bride will never forget. Once the boat sets sail down the River Tyne, you and the hens can truly kick the night off in style. You’ll enjoy music from the boat’s resident DJ whilst soaking up the sights of Newcastle – plus you’ll get free entry to a nightclub if you want to continue the party after.
If the bride is partial to a daiquiri or two then a masterclass in cocktail making is sure to go down a treat. You’ll all have a giggle at StrawberryHen.co.uk cocktail class which takes place in the centre of Newcastle. As well as the chance to sample a range of cocktails, hen party games will also be played to break the ice and get the party atmosphere going.
Geordie Bar Crawls
Newcastle is full of great bars, pubs and clubs, but if you’re feeling super organised then it’s best to plan your bar crawl route before the big weekend. One place where you’ll find loads of great bars in close proximity is The Diamond Strip, where you’ll find popular drinking haunts such as Revolution, House of Smith and Bijoux – which is a fave among the Geordie Shore crew.
If you want fantastic views of the Tyne and the Millenium Bridge to go with your drinks, head to the Quayside where you’ll find more laidback bars such as Pitcher and Piano and the New York inspired Popolo, along with celebrity favourite Livello.
If the bride is your BFF and you've enjoyed many sleepovers singing into your hairbrushes doing your best Adele impression, then take this to the next level by booking her a karaoke hen party with StrawberryHen.co.uk. You'll get an hour and a half to belt out some of the classics whilst enjoying drinks brought to you in your very own private booth.
For the Bride Who Wants to Relax
Gohen’s Geordie spa package is the perfect treat if you’re looking for spa hen parties in Newcastle. Not only will you and the hens get two nights at a four star hotel included in the package, you’ll also receive a spa pass, a treatment and access to an indoor swimming pool and gym. Bliss.
Vintage Pamper Parties
For Newcastle hen parties with a retro twist, why not consider StrawberryHen.co.uk vintage pamper party? After a relaxing facial, you and the girls will be transformed into vintage vixens and will get the chance to channel your favourite pin up girl from stylish eras gone by.
If you love this idea, have a browse through our vintage hen party guide for more inspiration.
The fact that Newcastle is home to two of the UK’s largest shopping centres will be enough to excite any shopaholic bride. Intu Eldon Square is the city’s top destination for high street shopping, whilst the huge intu Metrocentre (the largest shopping centre in Europe) has every store you can think of. Don’t forget to take regular coffee or cocktail breaks to get your energy back!
For the Bride Who Loves Adventure
A Race to Escape
Feeling brave? A live escape game at EXIT Newcastle would be a thrilling way to pull off a unique hen party. With a choice of three exciting stories to choose from, each of them have one main goal – you have just one hour to escape. This is an experience that the bride will never forget.
If the hens have a good head for heights, then an active hen party at Beamish Wild would be a fantastic way to get everyone involved and having fun. Set in the treetops amongst ancient woodland just outside the city centre, the two hour high ropes course will definitely get the adrenaline pumping.
Make the most of Newcastle’s location near the sea and hit the beach for a lesson in surfing with Gohen. This exciting activity will not only teach you and the hens a new skill, you’ll also get to soak up some beautiful beach views. Just make sure that the weather forecast is good and that everyone is happy going in the sea – the last thing you want is cold, miserable hens.
Competitive brides will be in their element if you book them a paintball hen party with StrawberryHen.co.uk. Shy hens may be a little apprehensive about this one, but trust us when we say that everyone will be unleashing their inner Rambo by the end of it. This is also a fantastic hag do idea if the stags are coming along as well.
For the Sophisticated Bride
A Day at the Races
Nothing says sophistication quite like a girl’s day out at the races. Newcastle Racecourse is a hub of excitement, featuring first class facilities and regular racing events. Check out the Newcastle Racecourse website to find out what’s on.
Become experts in the art of drinking bubbly with Gohen’s champagne tasting hen party – expertise that will certainly come in hand at the wedding itself! As well as expert advice, you’ll also get to giggle your way through a blind tasting challenge and then make your own champagne cocktail.
If a bottle of pinot grigio is her preferred beverage, then Newcastle hen parties like StrawberryHen.co.uk's wine appreciation hen party package will be right up the bride's street. You’ll get to sample a range of the finest wines and your very own expert will teach you to recognise the different ingredients and flavours. Cheers!
For the Foodie Bride
Sample Newcastle’s Best Food
You’ll be bowled over by the fantastic range of ‘scran’ (see our Geordie dictionary below) on offer in Newcastle – there’s literally something to suit every taste. If you’re looking for a light lunch to break up a day of sightseeing and shopping, head to one of the many bars and cafes situated along the River Tyne and watch the world go by.
To line your stomachs before a big night out, try the Moulin Rouge Café & Grill for authentic Persian food, Fat Buddha for a stylish Asian Fusion experience or Five Guys for some mouth-watering burgers.
If you’ve got a varied mix of hens in your group, you can’t go wrong with StrawberryHen.co.uk’s afternoon tea package which everyone is sure to love. This classy idea is ideal if you’re looking for hen party day activities in Newcastle, plus the bride will feel super special.
Chocolate and Wine Tasting
Chocolate and wine – two of the best things in life wouldn't you agree? Gohen’s chocolate and wine tasting experience is a great party idea for all hens, as it’s a great way to get everyone feeling relaxed and getting to know one another. A tastebud extravaganza.
For the Culture Obsessed Bride
The Angel of the North
Everyone is sure to recognise Newcastle’s iconic Angel of the North statue which is situated high above the city. Made in 1998 by Antony Gormley, the statue is visited by over 150,000 visitors a year and is a must see if you’re squeezing some sightseeing into the hen party.
This quirky and modern curved building is an iconic sight in Newcastle and is renowned for its huge range of musical events. Not only that, but it boasts beautiful views of the Quayside as well as several bars and restaurants. Check out the Sage Gateshead website to see what’s on.
The Biscuit Factory
You may recognise The Biscuit Factory as one of the unique wedding venues that we feature on hitched. Not only is it a beautiful wedding venue, The Biscuit Factory is one of Newcastle’s most renowned art galleries and is located in a former Victorian warehouse in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. There is even a private dining room which is perfect for refined hen and stag parties.
The Essential Geordie Dictionary:
- 'Doon the toon’ – going out on the town
- ‘Howay man’ – can be used as a greeting or as a proclamation of encouragement
- ‘Radgie’ – someone who is a bit crazy or throwing a temper tantrum, eg ‘she’s having a radgie’
- ‘Mortal’ – Geordie Shore fans will be familiar with this one! Someone who is very drunk is ‘mortal’
- ‘Why aye’ – the Geordie way of saying ‘yes’
- ‘Canny’ – a compliment that means ‘nice’ or ‘good’
- ‘Haddaway man’ – an expression of disbelief or another way of saying ‘no way!’
- ‘Scran’ or ‘bait’ - the Geordie word for 'food'
If you’ve got a Newcastle hen party lined up, don’t forget to put together some amazing party bags to make all the hens smile – check out our edit of hen party bag fillers for ideas.