If you’re not a fan of the standard hen party, why not consider rounding up your best girls and heading to a festival? A festival is an amazing hen party idea as there’s something for everyone. Enjoy glamping, a wide range of music and dressing up with face paints and flower crowns – we’ve even got a guide to making your own flower crown so you’re festival ready!
Isle of Wight Festival – Isle of Wight
Kate Moss celebrated her hen do at the Isle of Wight festival, so you know it’s a stylish destination! The festival hosts a range of different acts, so it’s a great choice if you have a mix of musical tastes in your group. You can camp at the festival but if you fancy something a bit more special, there’s boutique camping, luxury accommodation in a VIP area backstage, Winnebagos and lots of accommodation on the island itself. Have a look at our festival hen party accessories too.
You can ‘pimp your weekend’ with some amazing extras, such as wood fired hot tubs, ‘sherpas’ to transport your luggage for you and luxury toilets.
This year the headliners include The Who, Queen and Faithless. Tickets are £195 for the weekend and there are concessions too.
Glastonbury – Somerset
Could we do a list of festival hen party destinations and not mention Glastonbury? Of course not. This iconic festival sells out quickly, so you need to plan ahead and be organised if you want to have your hen party here, but for the festival fan it’s a place you must visit at least once.
There is a huge list of areas at the festival, including the main stages, Shangri-La, the Unfairground and more. This year’s headliners include Adele, Coldplay and Muse so it’s a great choice if you love what’s in the charts right now.
Tickets for 2016 started at £228.
We Are FSTVL – East London
Fans of dance music will love We Are FSTVL, which combines some of the world’s biggest names in electronic dance music with leading club brands. There are a mixture of intriguing sounding zones at the festival to explore, including the Ancient Realm, the Island Hideaway and the Disco Tropics VIP area.
The VIP area includes hot tubs, palm trees and the chance to mingle with the headliners as you dance the night away. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available at £155, or standard tickets for £112.50. You can also buy tickets for just a day too, if camping isn’t your thing.
Acts for the 2016 festival include Fatboy Slim, Steve Angello, Sigma and Craig David presents TS5.
V Festival – Chelmsford/Staffordshire
V Festival is a cross country music festival – it takes place in two parks which share the same line up across the weekend. This year’s headliners include Justin Bieber, Sia, Rihanna and David Guetta, so it’s ideal if you love pop music.
You can get a weekend camping ticket for £189 or opt to buy a day ticket if you have particular acts you want to see. There are VIP options too for those that want to really make the most of their weekend.
Suncebeat – Croatia
If you’re heading abroad for your hen do, consider Croatia and the Suncebeat festival. There are onsite apartments, camping, airstream trailers and even boats to stay in. The line up includes DJ Jazzy Jeff, Black Coffee and Louie Vega.
Tickets cost £150 for the weekend, but there are also travel packages available on their website.
Reading & Leeds Festival – Reading/Leeds
Those who like their music with a rockier edge will love Reading & Leeds festival. The festival shares headliners across the weekend so whether you’re up north or down south it’s easy to get to and you won’t miss out.
The 2016 line up includes veteran rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy and Foals, and a live set from Disclosure.
There’s a range of luxury camping available and passes for campervans and caravans. You can also book a ‘podpad’ which includes showers, hairdryers and hair straighteners, free tea and coffee and phone charging facilities.
You can buy tickets for just the day, or you can get a weekend ticket from £213.
Electric Daisy Carnival – Milton Keynes
This one day festival in Milton Keynes is the perfect destination for EDM lovers who don’t want to sleep in a tent or forgo their beloved showers. Duke Dumont, Avicii, Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens are all in the line up at the Electric Daisy Carnival. Tickets start from £61.
Bestival – Isle of Wight
Bestival is a boutique music festival that takes place towards the end of the season on the Isle of Wight. There are plenty of amazing things to explore and every year there’s a different theme – have fun dressing up to match it.
For 2016 the theme is ‘Future’ and the headliners include The Cure, Major Lazer and Hot Chip. There’s a range of locations to explore, including the Ambient Forest, the Bollywood Field, the Spaceport and more.
There are lots of camping options, including a boutique site with tipis, cloudhouses, safari tents and more. Consider this if you’re thinking about a yurt wedding venue – it’ll give you a taster of what it’s like!
General camping weekend tickets start from £200. There are concessions and VIP options too.
Masked Ball – Cornwall
This awesome festival takes place on a Cornish cliff top and is themed around a decadent stately home. You can party in covered areas such as the Grand Ballroom, the Drawing Room and the Study at the Masked Ball.
You can camp or choose the more luxurious glamping option. Festival goers are encouraged to dress up – think Studio 54 or club kids of the 80s and 90s if you need some inspiration.
2manydjs, Groove Armada and Basement Jaxx are the headliners and there is a huge line up of acts guaranteed to have you dancing the night away under the stars.
You can buy weekend tickets or just a day pass if you don’t fancy the full weekend. Weekend tickets start from £85 and there are extras and upgrades you can splash out on too if you fancy it.
Lovebox – London
Dance the weekend away at London festival Lovebox – the 2016 headliners include Major Lazer, LCD Sound System, Jungle and more. There’s also a roller disco on site, fashion and beauty boutiques to browse and cocktail bars and street food.
Tickets start from £85 for the weekend (plus booking fee) or from £138.50 for VIP. This year the VIP area has a Miami Beach theme and there’s an additional line up for VIP ticket holders.
Creamfields – Cheshire
Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii and Axwell & Ingrosso are just some of the amazing acts headlining this year’s Creamfields festival.
If you and your best friends love raving the night away, this is the ideal setting for your hen do.
There are a range of camping tickets available, depending on where you want to stay for 2,3 or 4 days – and there’s also the option for no camping if you’re not a fan of tents. Choose from standard, bronze, silver or gold options. Standard tickets for two days camping start from £175.
T in the Park – Perthshire
Consider T in the Park, a Scottish music festival, for your hen do. This year the line up includes a range of music to suit all tastes, such as The Stone Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Disclosure and Chase & Status.
You can buy camping tickets from around £194 or upgrade to VIP, which includes gourmet food areas, DJs playing into the night, flushing toilets (with mirrors!) and sheltered seating – VIP tickets with camping start from £325.
We have hen party ideas in Edinburgh too if you’re looking for more inspiration.
Pacha Festival – Amsterdam
Did the bride spend most of her late teens and early 20s living it up in Ibiza? If so, head to Pacha Festival in Amsterdam. The line up includes Martin Solveig and Hannah Wants and tickets start from €35 for Super Early Bird, or €79.50.
HenFest – Various Locations
What could be better than your own festival? Seriously. GoHen will put together your own mini music festival to ensure the festival-loving hen gets the party of her dreams. You can enjoy luxury glamping accommodation, a hog roast, a selection of activities and live music.
You can enjoy a tribute to your favourite band, a Mumford & Sons style folk rock act or an ensemble that will play a list of your favourite anthems. In the day you can do a range of activities from dance classes to laser clay shooting. Why not take some Mr and Mrs questions to challenge the bride-to-be?
This could also work if you’re thinking of hosting a hag do for the bride and groom.
If you love festivals and it’s not just enough to host your hen do at one, why not read our guide to having the perfect festival themed wedding?