If you’ve been tasked with the impossible challenge of planning a hen party for a bride who hates all the typical hen stuff, you’re probably feeling pretty overwhelmed.
You’re going to be avoiding spa days and butlers in the buff at all costs, but what options does that leave you with?
That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up some of the best unusual hen weekend ideas to make sure your bride’s day is completely unforgettable. All you’ve got to do is keep reading!
Unusual London Hen Weekend Ideas
Looking to plan a hen weekend in the captial? There’s so much on offer, but here are just five of our favourite unusual ideas.
1. Hot Tug Hot Tub Party
Fancy celebrating your upcoming wedding by bobbing along the River Thames in the world’s first hot tub boat? With Hot Tug, you can!
You and your hens will get over an hour blissfully sailing around the capital in a hot tub which is filled with fresh, hot water.
You can either take in the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf by booking your experience from West India Quay, or you can head to the original Hot Tug site at the Islington Boat Club and sail along the quaint Regents Canal.
You’ll be able to BYOB, hire an ice bucket to keep drinks cool, rent towels and robes and get your hands on a sailor’s hat for the bride (which she’ll be able to keep after). So. Much. Fun.
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2. Jamie Oliver Cookery Class
Whether your bride is a kitchen pro or a total cookery novice, heading to a Jamie Oliver cookery class is a fun and unique hen weekend idea.
Jamie’s classes are brilliant because there are so many cuisines to choose from. Seriously, you can learn everything from how to rustle up the ultimate Vietnamese street food feast to how to create unbeatable filled pasta. Delicious.
The classes are great value for money, and take place at the Jamie Oliver restaurant in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. What a perfect location if you fancy some post-feast shopping!
3. Duck & Dry Blow Dry Party
For those of you wanting to do something girly but not ordinary, celebrating your hen at Duck & Dry could be just the ticket.
Duck & Dry are a blow dry bar with stores in some of London’s most sought-after locations. Whether you choose Oxford Circus, Spitalfields, Chelsea or Carnaby Street, you’ll be pampered to the nines and each enjoy a blow dry of your choice.
Hang out with your bridal squad in the most Instagrammable of surroundings, sip on Prosecco and leave with the most glamorous hair you ever did have.
You never know, you might even be tempted to book in for your wedding day ‘do!
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4. Afternoon Tea at 100 Queens Gate Hotel
We’ve enjoyed lots of afternoon teas in our time, but this one at the newly renovated 100 Queens Gate Hotel in South Kensington was up there with the best. Any bride with a sweet tooth (and a penchant for Instagram-worthy settings) is sure to love it.
You and your girls can hire out the luxurious atrium space, Botanica, and feast on everything from chocolate roulade to summer fruit macaroons, lemon and lavender gateau and blackberry rhapsody scones.
Oh, and if you don’t want to venture far for Champagne and cakes, you could choose to stay here overnight. It’s in a great location for exploring London (close to the museums, Notting Hill and Harrods) and has its own on-site cocktail bar. The staff will have you and your girls feeling like royalty.
5. Get Cultured with Takayo
Fancy injecting a little culture into your upcoming hen-do? Takayo offers something completely different with their Japanese Kimono-inspired hen parties.
You’ll be immersed in the delights of Japanese culture as you learn your name and its meaning in Kanji, the rituals of dressing and practise the traditional art of calligraphy on the paper fan (which every hen will get to take home at the end of the day!).
These workshops can be done from a venue of your choice or from home, and you can even add in additional extras like a sushi-making class or a private photographer.
Your hens will never have experienced a party like this before.
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Unusual Manchester Hen Weekend Ideas
Hen parties in Manchester are arguably up there with the best, so choose from this selection of unique ideas in our favourite Northern city and give your bride a weekend to remember.
6. Luxury Chocolate Making
Calling all chocolate fans! My Chocolate are now offering the sweetest of hen party packages from their Manchester location and also from their luxury mobile chocolate van!
This unique hen party idea is perfect for groups of all sizes, with loads of chocolate making and tasting and copious amounts of chocolate to take home.
You’ll be whipping up truffles and creamy ganache in no time!
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7. Karaoke Queens
If you grew up singing Spice Girls hits into a hairbrush with the bride, why not take a trip down memory lane and recreate your antics with a private karaoke experience?
There are Lucky Voice venues all across the UK, where you can hire your own private booth and sing to your hearts’ content.
You’ll have drinks brought to you at the touch of a button, and there are extras on offer such as cocktail masterclasses and props to pose with. What a great hen weekend idea!
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8. Bake With a Legend
This is the perfect hen party idea for any lover of the Great British Bake Off (which is most brides, right?!).
Get your bridal party together at one of Bake With a Legend’s high quality kitchens and have a baking lesson with one of your favourite chosen Bake Off stars!
You’ll bake something challenging yet beautiful (and different depending on the star you choose) in three hours of baking time.
All Prosecco, soft drinks and snacks to keep you going will be included, and if you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your own home, one of the baking stars can come to you!
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9. Latino Cocktail Making Class
Who wouldn’t enjoy getting a little tipsy on their hen do? Learn an important life skill (kind of) whilst enjoying a tipple by surprising your bride with a cocktail-making master class.
There are so many out there all with lots of different things on offer, but here at Hitched we love the one offered by Las Iguanas at their two Manchester restaurants.
Not only will you learn how to make up to four cocktails, you’ll play cocktail making games and can enjoy a 2 course meal or selection of tapas dishes at the end! It sounds like a dream come true.
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Unusual Edinburgh Hen Weekend Ideas
Frequenter of the Scottish captial? These unusual hen weekend ideas in and around Edinburgh are sure to get you excited.
10. Make Your Own Perfume
You will have a 90 minute to two hour consultation with a perfumer where you’ll learn about 21 different blends. You’ll then combine your favourites to make your own unique scent which you can take away.
Oh, and you’ll get a Fragrance Registration Certificate so you can order more. Why not invent your own unique wedding perfume?
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11. Play in the Highland Games
Is there anything more Scottish than playing in the Highland Games? Your Scottish bride will love trying her hand at the most northern of sporting events, as she competes for points in a variety of unique games.
Have a go at tossing the caber, throwing a sheaf over a pitchfork, rolling haggis, welly hurling and the classic tug o’ war.
This day takes place at Whitemoss Farm which is situated just 30 minutes from Edinburgh city centre and a 10 minute drive from the airport – perfect if your hens are coming from afar! It’ll be so much fun.
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12. Get Your Groove On
Ensure you’ll dazzle on the dance floor on your hen night out and your wedding day by taking part in a dance lesson at one of two amazing Edinburgh locations.
Your professional choreographer will tailor the lesson to the group’s ability, and you’ll be able to learn the basics before mastering a short routine.
Now all that’s left is to do is choose a theme… we can’t decide between Spice Girls, Beyonce Single Ladies, ABBA and Grease…
13. Whisky Tasting in Scotland’s Smallest Pub
Fancy getting to grips with some of Scotland’s finest whiskys? Now you can, from inside Scotland’s smallest and most charming pub, with your own personal whisky expert!
Taste the tipples of the nation and learn about how they’ve been made, before enjoying a buffet of breads, dips and mini desserts.
Your party can continue long after the tasting is over, as you take to Biddy Mulligans – next door’s authentic Irish pub which boasts live music and sits in the heart of the renowned Grassmarket. You and your hens will have a right old Scottish knees up!
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Unusual Brighton Hen Weekend Ideas
Here at Hitched we are huge fans of Brighton. It has a bit of everything, from sand and sea-air to brilliant shopping and a multitude of hen weekend options. Here are our top picks…
14. Make Your Own Flower Crowns
Give your queens the crowns they deserve with this super-cute arts and crafts experience.
Booked through Chilli Sauce, a professionally trained florist will come to your hen accommodation and you’ll use fresh flowers to create magical crowns.
What a great way to add a bit of flower power to your celebrations!
15. BA i360 Yoga in the Sky
Experience Brighton like you’ve never experienced it before with a day at the BA i360 centre.
Glide up 450ft above the coast and take in stunning views of the sea and city, before beginning a yoga class in the clouds. We can’t think of much else more relaxing!
Once you’re feeling suitably zen, head back down to the West Beach Bar & Kitchen for brunch and breakfast cocktails. The ‘Old Spot’ Full English takes our fancy…
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16. A Home Away From Home
Who says you even have to do anything on your hen do? Why not splash the cash on a seriously swish hotel room for the night and quite simply relax?
We love the Artist Residence Hotel in Brighton. Back in 2006, Justin Salisbury left university to take over the family B&B. He had no budget to revamp the place, so he invited hundreds of local artists to decorate the 23-bedroom town house in return for board.
The result? The most contemporary and sumptuous family-run seafront hotel with on-site cocktail bar and restaurant you could dream up. Seriously, you’ll never want to leave.
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17. Unleash Your Inner Artist with The Paint Club
Run by husband and wife duo John and Alice, The Paint Club teaches hen parties to paint whilst they enjoy cocktails and afternoon tea.
The Paint Club can host your party in one of the venues they regularly work with, or travel to a location of your choice within 80 miles of Sussex, and you’ll paint something that fits in with your chosen theme. Such a great idea!
Unusual Hen Weekend Ideas in the Midlands
Birmingham and its surrounding areas have some seriously cool hen weekend ideas on offer. Take your pick from these amazing options…
18. Gin Tasting with Chase Distillery
Take to the Herefordshire countryside (an hour’s direct train from Birmingham) and embark on a day of gin tasting at the wonderful Chase Distillery.
At the home of the well-loved Pink Grapefruit Gin and Marmalade Vodka, an expert guide will talk you and your hens through the spirit making process, from traditional mashing and fermenting to distilling and bottling.
After the tour, you’ll head to the Chase Bar to enjoy a tutored tasting of all Chase products, and if there’s something which takes your fancy, you can pick it up from the Boutique Distillery Shop.
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19. Host a Hen-Fest Weekender
Ensure your hen-do is the best weekend of your bride’s life by planning your own private music festival!
Courtesy of Go Hen, you can now organise a weekend of festival-inspired fun in the Cotswold countryside.
You’ll enjoy two nights of starlight glamping, a butler in the buff, hot tub hire, a private performance from an acoustic band, a private BBQ chef and more! Could your hen weekend get more extra?!
20. Horror Escape Rooms
Planning a hen weekend the bride will never forget? If she’s a fan of horror films you’ll need to check out the Escape Live’s Room 13 in Birmingham.
Work together under the pressures of time and fear to piece together clues, solve puzzles and find objects to get the four digit code you need to make an escape.
Think Saw, Hostel and Texas Chainsaw Massacre combined. This is a seriously spooky hen weekend idea.
21. A Vintage Day Out
Is your bride a lover of all things vintage? Is she planning a retro-inspired wedding day?
Give her theme a bit of a kick start by planning a vintage day out in Birmingham. At the charming 1950s Vintage Salon, you’ll pop on your cutest vintage outfit and be transported back to the bygone era.
Your day will begin with a vintage hair-styling or make-up application taster, and then you can move on to a vintage manicure, a 40s/50s dance class, afternoon tea or a lesson in the art of being a pin-up.
There’s also an on-site American style milkshake diner and retro clothing shop, so you can finish your day in the sweetest of ways.
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Unusual Liverpool Hen Weekend Ideas
Take to the city which is famed for wild nights out for your bride’s upcoming hen do, and kick start the weekend with one of these unusual ideas…
22. Pizza Making with Pizza Express
Join the team at one of Liverpool’s Pizza Express restaurants for a lively night of Prosecco and games whilst learning how to make your own pizza.
Kick off the night with a glass of fizz and some of the Italian’s famous dough balls before getting stuck into dough tossing and pizza making, taking your pick from a mouth-watering selection of fresh ingredients.
These parties can be booked for a minimum of 8 hens and last for 2.5 hours.
23. Life Drawing Class
Never done a life drawing class? They’re quite the experience, and perhaps your hen do could be the perfect time to do it for the first time!
Try your hand at the art as you sketch a handsome male model who will strip off and strike a pose for your group. Relax with a few drinks throughout your class while you brush up on your artist’s skills with an art tutor who 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! Choose from Soho Bar in Liverpool’s city centre, or the Jury’s Inn hotel.
24. Paintballing Adventure
If the hen isn’t a girly girl and likes to be in the great outdoors, what about opting for a paintballing experience?
We love Paintballing Liverpool, because they offer a range of packages to suit your needs and have so many options to customise your experience.
The best part? This course is indoors which makes it perfect for all weather!
25. Bubble Football
Another unusual hen weekend idea for a sporty bride is Zorb Football – a fun and hilarious twist on the much-loved game.
You and your hens will strap yourselves into your giant inflatable bubbles, step onto the pitch then bounce, barge and bump your way through a five-a-side match.
A referee will be on hand to keep everything in order, and you’ll enjoy a bottle of bubbly when the whistle is blown for the final time.
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Unusual UK-Wide Hen Weekend Ideas
Some hen weekend ideas are just so good they can be done the whole country over.
Take a look at these options which will work wherever you are…
26. At Home Gin Tasting Experience
The geniuses at Waitrose realised there’s something even better than someone turning up at your house with wine to taste: someone turning up with bottles and bottles of gin!
You can now book a gin tasting experience for 6-10 people where an expert will come to your home (or a hotel if you’re on a hen weekend away) for two hours. They’ll take you through five different gins, including a pink pepper and sloe gin, paired with a variety of Fever-Tree tonics, and teach you how to make the perfect G&T.
After the tasting, any remaining gin will be left for you to enjoy and each guest will receive their own Fever-Tree glass to take home to recreate your dream drink. What a cute touch! If gin isn’t your thing, there’s still the Waitrose ‘Fizz Fancy’ Tasting Experience where it’s only bubbly on the menu. Naturally nibbles are included.
27. Secret Yoga Club Retreat
In the market for an injection of instant calm? Take your hens on a yoga retreat for a hen weekend that is sure to restore your inner zen.
The Secret Yoga Club run a range of retreats up and down the country throughout the year, where some of the world’s best experts will teach you all there is to know. What’s more, you’ll be doing so from some of the most tranquil locations the British countryside has to offer.
If a whole weekend of yoga sounds a little too much for you, the Secret Yoga Club also offers shorter classes at a variety of locations, so you can tie one in with a fun packed weekend of other activities. Soho Farmhouse would be our first choice.
28. Go Kart Racing
Is your bride a bit of a dare devil? Get fast and furious with a white water rafting hen party.
Into The Blue are a great adventure activities company who offer a wide range of white water rafting packages up and down the country.
They’re great value for money and all include a substantial amount of time on the water, making your way around a fun and exciting course!
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29. Hiking Hen Party
Become at one with nature by hosting a hiking hen party. Get away to a gorgeous hotel in the English countryside and use it as a base for your day of walking. It’ll be a refreshing and unique change from the usual hen weekend.
Once you return, all fresh faced and rosy, arrange for a cosy dinner and cocktails as the perfect end to your day.
Our pick of mini-moon hotels in the UK would make great bases for your weekend of walking!
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30. Swing From the Tree Tops with Go Ape
Go Ape is always a firm favourite in the adventure activities arena, so it is only a bonus that they offer amazing hen party packages for that bride who wants something a little different.
Go Ape has courses in 33 unique locations up and down the UK, each offering a wide range of activities. You’ll spend 2-3 hours in the trees, tackling wobbly obstacles, zip wires and giant Tarzan swings up to 40 feet above the ground.
Oh, and the organising couldn’t be easier. Everything will be handled by your personal event coordinator. Where do we sign?!
If you’re still 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 always a great stress reliever!