Maybe you’re a bride planning your own hen, or a maid of honour who doesn’t know where to start. Whatever the case, planning a hen do can be overwhelming, especially when working within a budget. Fear not, this list of cheap hen party ideas will be sure to help you out - they're all under £100pp!
Most nearly-weds want something a little more unique than a knees up down the local pub these days. But many hens don’t quite have the budget to allow for an all inclusive holiday to a Greek island for a week, especially when weddings themselves aren’t exactly cheap.
A recent study we conducted revealed that 89%* of people had felt worried about the cost of a hen do, and 47%** had declined to attend a hen do, due to the cost. With hen dos now costing between £150-£300 per person***, it's easy to see why people feel anxious about them and may want to opt out.
When asked if they would feel guilty for not being able to attend the event due to the cost,*** almost half (46%) of the poll respondents said that they would feel guilty, while another 38% said that they might feel guilty, depending on the circumstances.
You may think that trying to plan a budget friendly hen do leaves you with only the option of a spa day or stripper in a nearby bar, but there are plenty of great yet cheap party ideas out there that sit under £100pp, and cater to all tastes.
We’ve got your back. You can still make the day unforgettable without living off baked beans for the rest of the month. So, relax and keep reading - we’re sure you’ll be booking one of these cheap hen do ideas in the UK soon enough. And don't forget to check out our edit of the best hen party games for more affordable fun!
21 Unique Yet Cheap Hen Do Ideas Under £100pp
1. Pizza Making Class - from £39pp
For cheap hen do ideas in London, get your crew together for an evening of dough tossing, Italian pizza making and delicious drinks at Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden. At this pizza making party, you'll kick things off with a welcome glass of Aperol Spritz and fresh antipasto, before getting your hands into throwing that dough.
You can make things competitive by determining the ultimate tossing champion, but be warned, pizza making is thirsty work so you'll need to keep the drinks flowing.
You'll also be entertained by Mama Bunga herself, and get a pizza making kit to take home so you can re-create it all again the morning after. Okay, so maybe Domino's delivery will be on the cards the next day, but it's still a great addition.
It's been rated a 4.8/5 experience by over 150 reviewers, with one person saying, "Hilarious, interactive, and a really fun evening. Definitely recommend!" and another commenting, "Who doesn’t like the sound of pizza making and drinking but when I tell you it was more than just that I’m not lying. Had the BEST evening ever! The hosts were incredible, food was amazing too. Was expecting a good evening but this was beyond expectations."
2. Paddle Boarding and Prosecco - from £84.75pp
Looking for small hen do ideas? If you have a group of four people, consider paddle boarding down Richmond river - with Prosecco in hand of course! This private session includes some land-based training so you can get to grips with the technique, before taking to the water with your guide.
You'll experience one of the most beautiful stretches of river along your way with idyllic views, that's if you can stay on board.
If Prosecco doesn't tickle your fancy, you can switch it out for a pint - but that might be a little trickier to balance with!
3. Escape Room Game - from £29pp
Hen do ideas in the UK on a budget don't have to be boring, get ready for an action-packed day with this escape room for up to five people. You can choose your escape room theme from Escape the Seven Seas, Project A, or Taken II - the perfect opportunity to get everyone to dress up.
You'll have 60 minutes to work together, solve puzzles and crack clues in order to complete the room making it an excellent pick if there are some people in the group who don't know each other that well.
Once you've escaped, you'll be able to make the most of the hilarious photo opportunities available so you'll have snapshots that you can look back on for life.
4. Themed Brunch - from £49pp
Are you a fan of Mamma Mia? Maybe you like karaoke? Or can you see yourself singing along to Moulin Rouge? If your bride likes to get up on the stage and shimmy until the cows come home, then she will love a themed brunch, and Tonight Josephine hosts a whole series of incredible pop icon themed options.
Who run the world? Girls of course.
Let your hair down to the pop icons brunch of Britney, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, with some incredible drag impersonators to sing for the crown. Expect bottomless spritz cocktails, bubbles and beer, and a tasty brunch.
London tickets begin at £49.00 per person, and the chain has branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool too.
5. Hot Tug Hot Tub Party - from £92.50pp
Try saying that after a few margaritas. Celebrate your pal’s upcoming wedding by bobbing down Regent's Canal in a hot tub. You’ll be relieved to know that each tub is filled with fresh water and is heated to a lovely 38 degrees so you’ll be comfortable captaining your tub through the London Docklands.
BYOB and save on the price of extortionate London booze, hire an ice bucket to keep your drinks cool, rent towels and and get your hands on a sailor’s hat for the bride. She can keep it as a memento of all the fun you’ve had because it’s not every day you get to steer a jacuzzi through the capital’s business district.
Each tub is able to fit up to seven guests, and costs between £185-250 for 90 minutes on the water. So, if you’ve got a full boat, then you’re well under budget. There are also frequent voucher codes on the site, so you may get a cheeky saving too.
6. Brush and Bubbles - from £49pp
If you're looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate your hen party, then look no further! For those who would prefer to stay away from ‘tacky’, a painting session with added booze could be just the ticket.
Brush and Bubbles host private painting and prosecco events, just for your group, at one of many lovely venues. Their resident artist will take you all through a two hour, step by step painting class, whilst you sip on a delicious glass of bubbly to celebrate! You can also pick from our beautiful selection of paintings what you would like your group to paint.
If you're not after cheap hen do ideas in London, then you can buy an Art Kit Party to run your event from wherever you are from just £49 per person.
7. Terrarium Design School - from £74pp
If they're a plant parent, they'll love attending this terrarium class in Hackney for their hen do. Starting from £74pp, it includes everything you need to make a terrarium, plus drinks, so you can create your own beautiful garden-in-a-jar!
One person said, that it was a great evening, "Our host was warm, welcoming, and super knowledgeable. She took us through the theory and how to care for terrariums, then demonstrated by making one from scratch before letting us all have a go on our own. You'll get three plants, soil, decoration, a bowl and Prosecco."
With over 18 years' of experience and voted one of The Telegraph's 20 most creative florists, rest assured, you'll be in good hands.
8. Luxury Chocolate Making - from £50pp
Whether you're based in Manchester, London, or are looking for cheap hen do ideas in Brighton, this is the perfect hen do for any chocoholic. My Chocolate offers up the sweetest of hen party packages in those three popular locations, and also from a luxury mobile chocolate van for even more flexibility.
Ideal for groups of all sizes, you’ll get stuck into chocolate making and tasting in no time, perfecting your ganache and leaving with plenty of handmade chocolates. There’s really nothing not to love about this particular hen activity idea.
"We had a fun session. The chocolatier was really engaging. Loads of chocs to take home too! Would definitely recommend," commented one glowing review of many.
For just £50 per person, this chocoholics dream leaves over a bit of money to spend on bubbles afterwards.
9. Hun Brunch - from £22.66pp
Hun Brunch from Hunsnet provides the perfect setting for your hen, stag, sten or fox do! Who doesn't love nostalgic 90s and 00s classic, drag acts and interactive entertainment like Hun Bingo and quizzes? With the chance to win prizes like a handbag shaped sandwich toaster, and tickets starting from £22.66pp, this event - in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff - is not to be missed.
We've been a few times (it's just too good not to go again and again!), and have never been disappointed. We love how interactive it is, whether singing along, taking part in games or posing with the acts. If you're going on a hen night out, and need a brilliant brunch to attend first and get everyone in the mood to go out out, Hun Brunch is the place.
It's not bottomless, so you will have to buy your drinks, but they are a reasonable price, and it means you and your crew can choose exactly what you want to drink from the bar.
10. Magic Mike Live! - from £47pp
The idea of a stripper may not be for everybody, but Magic Mike Live! is far more tasteful than that.
Get dressed up to the nines, and feel like the sexiest person in the world whilst watching an unforgettable show of 360-degree entertainment based on the hit movies. Empowering, exhilarating and just the right amount of skin on show, this would be a hen party to remember for any bride.
With tickets priced from just £47 per person, and the option to book a VIP option with added bubbles or bellinis, you can have the best night without spending a fortune.
People Manager at Hitched, Alan Malin, experienced the show at the Hippodrome, London, for himself and said that, "From the opening scene, as the dancers begin their first number, with hip thrusts and pelvic gyrations, dressed as cops, cowboys and cavemen, the audience are in for a true boundary-pushing spectacle." If that doesn't convince you to book it for your hen do, we don't know what will!
11. The Parsons Wreath Co. Dried Flower Crown Kit - £25pp
"Our dried flower crown kits are fab for hen do's, everything you need is included in the kit," explains Katie Gavaghan, founder of The Parsons Wreath Co. With a crown frame, florist tape, dried flowers, ribbon ties and instructions, "everyone can get involved, regardless of age."
You can make them together at home which is budget-friendly. Plus, if your bridesmaids are planning on wearing flower crowns, they can wear them to the wedding- which is a major bonus!" says Katie.
12. Boob Pot Making Class - from £35pp
If you're looking for a unique but affordable hen party idea, this boob pot making class in Brighton is perfect! You'll get to learn how to make a cool pot that celebrates the female form - a key interior trend right now - as well as celebrating your bride to be.
"A fun and wholesome experience perfect for a hen weekend away in Brighton! Becca was self sufficient and gave us great guidance! We all had an amazing time," says one reviewer.
They can also bring the class to your Airbnb if it's easier and if you're yet to book one yet, check out our round-up of the best hen party houses in Brighton.
13. Bottomless Bubbles at Neverland - from £29pp
This unique hen hotspot in London has a range of packages available from £50pp to £80pp, meaning you can plan a party to suit all budgets! There's also bottomless brunch and drag bingo on offer too.
The bar changes theme from time to time so you're guaranteed a one-of-a-kind, totally Instagram-able experience. Danielle Lankston, Marketing Coordinator at Hitched, went to a Coronation themed brunch where they had bottomless Pimm's! "Neverland brunch feels like a girls holiday without having to take a flight - it has a beach, sunshine, great food and flowing drinks, with staff that keep your drinks topped up," she explained.
Fun and cheap hen night ideas don't have to be abroad, as this fun bar proves that you can have just as much fun in London and not have to spend a fortune.
14. Nipple Tassel Workshop - from £35pp
If you're looking for cheap hen do ideas in Brighton that are a little bit different, how about this nipple tassel workshop? Starting at £35pp, you get a glass of bubbly and everything you need to make your own nipple tassels, guided by an experienced teacher. It's perfect for the bride who likes a little bit of burlesque!
"We came here for a hen do with a party of 10 guests and had an absolutely amazing time! We laughed the whole way through and are now very proud owners of bespoke nipple tassels," explains one reviewer.
15. Taste The Film You Watch - from £75pp
Taste Film is a unique filmic foodie experience that will immerse you in the film you're watching, by bringing the food to your table. The perfect hen party for those who enjoy great movies and incredible food.
Choose your hen’s ultimate favourite film and get the gang together for a luxury evening of tasting and watching. From Mary Poppins and Love Actually, to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Bridesmaids, this ingenious team has thought of all our favourites.
16. Life Drawing Class - from £29.95pp
Life drawing classes are a unique experience that aren’t only for the artists amongst us, but anybody willing to pick up a pencil and give it a go.
Try your hand at portraiture as you sketch a handsome model who’ll be striking a pose for your private group. Relax with a few drinks throughout your class while you brush up on your artistry skills – you’ll be glad to hear that a tutor will be on hand to offer professional tips.
The class is sure to induce a few giggles, and will be a fantastic ice breaker if your hens don’t all know each other.
17. Make Your Own Perfume - from £39pp
Who doesn't want to sip on a glass of fizz while enjoying a perfume mixology class? We certainly do. All the hens will get a chance to design a unique perfume, that's completely individual to their taste, and take away their scent at the end of the day.
Something really special is that your individual formula and perfume name will be stored in the company's fragrance library so that you can reorder your customised bespoke fragrance. There are several packages available, with the cheapest starting from £39 per person.
Every time the hens and bride spray this fragrance, they'll be transported right back to the amazing day!
18. Get Spooky
Not all hens want something pretty, pink and complete with a penis straw. Maybe your bride-to-be wishes it was Halloween all year round, and their fun idea of something that goes bump in the night is some paranormal activity.
If that’s the case, then maybe you’ll enjoy a haunted hotel experience, or ghost hunt. Venues include manor houses to ex-prisons, and hospitals to castles. There are many spooky secrets out there, including the dreaded Ouija board.
The ideal activity if your bride is getting married at a haunted wedding venue...
19. Silent Disco Adventure - from £19.45pp
This walking silent disco could be just the right fit for a bride who loves to sing, dance and isn’t shy. Sing and dance your way through the streets wearing high tech headsets and take in local landmarks as you serenade onlookers – you won’t be able to hear yourself, but we can’t promise that those outside the hen party will be able to!
It may not be one for the faint hearted, but is definitely a unique and affordable option that will result in endless laughs. Starting from £19.45pp, you will be equipped with high-tech headsets and a punchy playlist to help you party on.
20. Fascinator-Making Class in a Vintage Tearoom - from £80pp
Vintage-loving hens will love the chance to make their own fascinator in a 1920s inspired tearoom in West London. Starting at £80pp, you'll get afternoon tea provided, as well as everything you need to make a fascinator - the bride may even want to wear it on her wedding day if she's going for a vintage wedding dress.
During the workshop, you'll be served afternoon tea, complete with a choice of sandwiches, mouth-watering scones, truffle brownie bites and macarons.
"The fascinator workshop was so much fun! It was truly a dream come true, learning to make the fascinator, drinking tea and all the delicious goodies that came with it," says one reviewer.
21. Thai Cookery Course - from £35
Who doesn't love Thai food?! This Bristol based hen party activity starts at just £35pp and will teach you how to make an express Thai lunch - something you'll all love on the day, and you'll leave with a skill for life.
You can also bring your own alcohol to enjoy as you cook!
How Do I Plan a Cheap Hen Do?
Planning a cheap hen do doesn't mean you have to compromise! These amazing hen do ideas under £100pp are guaranteed to result in a memorable outing for all the hens, without anyone feeling worried about their finances. It makes sense to sense-check what people's budgets are before you start to plan, and if you're making a weekend of it, making some of the activities optional so people don't feel pressured to fork out for lots of things if they can't afford to.
"There's so much pressure to have an 'insta-worthy' hen-do that involves flying somewhere exotic for the weekend," explains Katie Gavaghan, founder of The Parsons Wreath Co.
"It's easy to forget the best bit of any hen-do is gathering your loved ones together, no matter what you choose to do. Pick an activity for under £100 per person (and there's loads to choose from) and your friends will thank you for it," she says.
Remember there are plenty of fun, affordable and even free hen party games you can play too!
Should the Bride Pay for Her Hen Do?
It's traditional for the bridesmaids and the other attendees to chip in to cover the cost of the hen on her hen do, so the bride doesn't usually pay for her hen do. However, it's not always realistic to do this so you might want to make it optional for people to chip in, or check with the bride to see what she thinks!
Still looking for hen do ideas? Don't miss our round up of the best unusual hen party ideas.
*Based on an informal poll conducted on Instagram.com/hitcheduk of 605 people in June 2023
**Based on an informal poll conducted on Instagram.com/hitcheduk of 633 people in June 2023
***Based on an informal poll conducted on Instagram.com/hitcheduk of 749 people in June 2023