If you’re looking for hen party destinations in the southwest of England, then why not consider the beautiful city of Bath? Renowned for its natural hot springs, historic architecture and exciting nightlife, Bath is the place to be matter whether you want a relaxing getaway or an action packed party for the hen do.
“This fantastic party city is definitely the South West’s best kept secret,” says Andy from GoHen. “Bath has a fantastic mix of trendy shops and cocktail bars that combine with the charm of its famous spa, wonderful history and easy going Somerset pace of life.”
If you need any more convincing, read on for our essential guide to hen parties in Bath. For a fun game to play while you hit the town, download our Mr & Mrs quiz questions to put the bride to the test.
Relax at Thermae Bath Spa
If you think the bride would love a relaxing spa weekend away, then the luxurious Thermae Bath Spa is an absolute must. It’s the only spa in Britain where you can bathe in naturally warm, mineral-rich waters and there’s even an open-air rooftop pool that’s open day and night.
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For extra privacy, hen parties of up to 12 can exclusively hire The Cross Bath at the spa. Available through Hen Heaven, this tranquil building is separate to the main spa and is the perfect place to soothe any wedding planning stress.
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Tuck in at Burger & Lobster
If the bride is a foodie, then a hearty meal is in order. Grab the girls and head to Burger and Lobster, one of Bath’s newest and coolest restaurants, to line your stomachs before a night out on the town. Book a night at Burger and Lobster with GoHen and you’ll get to tuck into their mouth-watering menu and sip on yummy cocktails.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
Looking for vintage hen party ideas for a bride who loves all things retro? Then call off the search and book Hen Heaven’s afternoon tea package for a hen party in Bath. You’ll all head to a luxurious Georgian hotel where you’ll enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury delights.
Channel Your Inner Mary Berry
Fans of The Great British Bake Off will love a cupcake decorating hen party. Available through GoHen, you’ll get to don your aprons and then get stuck into this professional cupcake class. You can even eat your finished creations so what’s not to love!
Go Ten Pin Bowling
A game of ten pin bowling is a fantastic idea for hen parties of all ages, plus it will get you all laughing and joking as you battle it out. If this sounds like the bride’s kind of thing, then you can book a ten pin bowling hen party with Chilli Sauce.
A Picnic in the Royal Victoria Park
Grab some pretty hen party bags for the girls, fill them with lots of treats and then head to the Royal Victoria Park for a grown up picnic. Cider is the drink of choice in the West Country, so grab a few bottles of fruity flavoured ones if the sun is shining.
Dine at The Bath Brew House
If you’ve got a big hen party of up to 24 then consider hiring out The Tank Room at The Bath Brew House for a private dinner. This rustic venue in the heart of Bath offers a fantastic atmosphere, great food and an extensive range of drinks to help you get the party started. This location would also be perfect if the bride is looking for pub wedding venues for an intimate celebration.
A Pub Crawl with a Treasure Hunt Twist
If a tour of Bath’s best watering holes is on your agenda, then consider turning it into a competitive team challenge and book the treasure hunt pub crawl with Hen Heaven. Not only will you get to explore Bath whilst taking on challenges via a clever mobile app, you’ll also get to enjoy some much needed liquid refreshment in the pub stops.
Get involved in the pulse pounding excitement of horse racing by taking the hens to a race day at Bath Racecourse. Whether you’re feeling lucky with your chosen bet or just want to sit back and soak up the atmosphere, this is a great hen party idea that is also an excuse to get glammed up.
The Roman Baths
Seeing as Bath is known for its rich history, brides with a thirst for knowledge will enjoy seeing The Roman Baths, one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions. The hens are sure to be impressed by the stunning architecture of this well-preserved Roman bathing site.
The Victoria Art Gallery
Soak up some more culture at the Victoria Art Gallery in the town centre of Bath. If you book an adult saver ticket you can also get access to the Roman Baths and the Fashion museum as well.
The Bath Gin Company
If the bride is partial to a glass of gin then a trip to The Bath Gin Company is a must! Sip on gin cocktails at The Canary Gin Bar and hire out their function room for your own private party.
The Bath Escape Room
For a hen party in Bath that’s a bit quirky and different, grab the girls to play an interactive escape game with Bath Escape – if you’re brave enough! Race against the clock to figure out the clues and escape before time runs out.
Go on a Llama Trek
Llama trekking isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a hen party in Bath, but it’s the perfect activity for a bride who loves the great outdoors. The llama picnic trek with Chilli Sauce involves a tour with some cuddly llamas through Bath’s pretty countryside – you can even request to have Jasmine, the champagne drinking camel, join you.
Take on the Somerset Challenge
If you think the bride would love an action packed hen party, then GoHen’s Somerset challenge hen party would be perfect. You and the hens will compete in challenges such as the cider run, a pitch fork duel and tractor tyre rolling, in order to take the title of Somerset Queen.
Chicago Dance Experience
If you’re a group of musical loving girls, then this one is for you. Hen Heaven’s Chicago dance experience is a popular activity for hen parties and is a great ice breaker to get the weekend started. Unleash your inner 1920s flapper girl and learn how to bust jazz moves that Roxie Hart would be proud of.
Find Bath’s Cocktail Hotspots
You won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to cocktail bars in Bath as this city has plenty of them. Try the award winning Sub 13 bar which offers cocktail masterclasses or hit the elegant Circo Bar, which has a huge list of cocktails to suit every taste. Don’t forget to take our list of hen party cocktail games with you to take things up a notch.
Stay in Self Catering Accommodation
Renting an apartment for the hen weekend not only gives you a base to get ready, it’s also a great way to get everyone bonding as you’ll have group areas like a kitchen and dining space to chill out in. Hen Heaven’s new self-catering accommodation is perfect for hen parties as it is spacious and located just minutes from the city centre.
If you want a hen party with a mix of activities then GoHen’s smelling like roses package has all the ingredients for the ultimate girly weekend. Not only will you get to stay in a Grade II listed hotel, you’ll also get to enjoy a perfume making class where you can create your own signature fragrance. The package also includes afternoon tea and entry to a top nightclub in Bath.
Unwind at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
If relaxation is at the top of your party priority list and nothing else, then book yourselves in to the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel for the hen weekend. Indulge yourselves in five star luxury and make use of the hotel’s amazing spa and fitness facilities.
Refined hens will love Chilli Sauce’s wine tasting hen party. Not only will you get to sample a selection of the finest wines, the tasting is also followed by a delicious two course pizza meal. What’s not to love!
To spice things up a bit when you hit the town for your Bath hen party, make sure you take our ultimate list of hen party dares with you.