Got your bestie’s hen do to plan but struggling to pick out the perfect activity? We completely get it – figuring out the best way to say goodbye to her single lady days can be a big task. Luckily, we’re here to take some of the weight off with an awesome list of memorable, hilarious and insanely photo-worthy hen do ideas.
Before any of you CHPOs (Chief Hen Party Organisers) read on, though, remember to double-check with the bride-to-be about what she’s expecting for her big weekend. Maybe she’s already got some ideas up her sleeve – or at least a list of things she definitely DOESN’T want to do (especially if Granny’s on the guest list).
Those all-important activities
From rowdy to relaxed, there are endless brilliant hen weekend activities out there that both the bride and your fellow hens will love. Here’s some major inspiration for your BFF’s final days as a single gal, regardless of her choice of destination.
The lush ones
If the bride just wants a chilled-out hen weekend where she can relax with her besties, consider treating the gang to one or two of the following lush activities:
Spa day with a difference – When the bride’s starting to get pre-wedding day nerves, what better way to help her relax than with a spa retreat? You’ll find spas across the UK that’ll scrub, massage and steam you all into a state of bliss – but how about taking your pampering sesh abroad? Check out the beautiful city of Budapest for a weekend spent in its thermal baths or jet off to sun-soaked Santorini for a unique spa break in its magical caves.
Afternoon tea – If you’ve got the bride’s extended family in tow, a sophisticated day time activity is ideal. Finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream (you decide which goes on first…) and bottles of bubbly will get you all in a celebratory mood without the risk of any embarrassing shenanigans. Keep it classy with a fancy tea party in London or head to historic York for a classic spread at legendary afternoon tea spot Betty’s.
Extravagant makeovers – Make the hens feel like a million bucks with a trip to a beauty salon for hair and makeup treats accompanied by champagne and decadent chocolate covered strawberries. The best bit? You’ll be all ready to head straight out for a fancy dinner or drinks after.
The insta-worthy ones
If you’re after hen do ideas that the bride will not only give the thumbs up to but definitely want to document on her Instagram, look no further than:
Rooftop bar crawls – Give your standard bar crawl a luxury edge by taking it to the skies. Stay in the UK and check out London’s most scenic bars, from cool Frank’s in Peckham to glam GONG at the top of the Shard, or let cocktails with a view be a great excuse to take the hens to Rome or Paris. After the ultimate cityscape bar crawl? You can’t beat New York.
Luxury yacht trips – Channel your favourite celebs and top up those tans by booking a luxury sailing trip off the gorgeous Croatian coast. We’ve heard lounging around on a yacht all day is also the perfect way to nurse a hangover…
The unusual ones
Want to plan a hen weekend that your friends will talk about for years? Picking an activity that’s a little less predictable and a little more unique is the way to go. Try:
Life drawing classes – The more grown-up version of shots and strippers, you can’t go wrong spending an afternoon sketching a nude male model. Find hen do life drawing classes at venues across the UK and get ready for lots of giggles.
Themed dance classes – Ladies love getting their groove on? Let the pros teach you some new moves (which you’ll definitely want to test out in the club later) during a group dance class. Choose from themed options based around the bride’s favourite movie – think Dirty Dancing or Moulin Rouge – or let your hair down with a pole dancing or twerking workshop.
The adventurous ones
What better way to celebrate your best friend’s hen do than with a bucket list adventure! Get the group’s hearts pumping with:
A ski trip – Whether the bride loves getting out on the slopes or she’s a fan of hot tubs and champagne, a ski trip to the Alps will definitely be a hen weekend to remember.
An assault course – This idea might sound crazy, but how else can you test your friendship and your own endurance?! Challenge yourselves on a giant inflatable Total Wipeout course or see how badass the bride can be during a zombie apocalypse boot camp.
Water sports – Fly the hens to hotter climes for a jet ski safari - the Canary Islands or the crystal-clear Adriatic waters around Dubrovnik are ideal. Thinking more of a staycation? Head to Brighton for classic British seaside activities and lots of laughs trying to stay up on paddleboards.
The boozy ones
From living it up in Marbs to tucking into a bottomless brunch in your closest UK city, boozy hen dos never disappoint. If being served cocktails by a sexy male butler isn’t quite what the bride has in mind, though, check out:
Cocktail masterclasses – Learn how to create all your favourite cocktails with help from pro mixologists at some of the best bars from Manchester to Magaluf.
Gin distillery tours – Who doesn’t love a good G&T? See how the iconic tipple is created (and taste plenty of it, too!) with a tour of one of Scotland’s amazing distilleries or by getting tickets for the Bombay Sapphire experience near Winchester.
Beer bikes – These aren’t just for the boys! Essentially your own mobile pub, cycle around cities like Budapest or Prague as you sip on refreshing pints and soak up the sights.
What about hen do games?
No matter what you decide on doing for your best girl’s hen, having a list of games is a great way to get the party started. Gather the gals together over cocktails and start brainstorming. Need some ideas to start you off? We’ve got your back with:
Ice breakers – Not all the hens know each other? Break the ice with games like never have I ever, truth or lie, or a wedding-themed version of Pictionary. Depending on who’s invited, you can make these as nice or as naughty as you like!
Drinking games – Get those pre-drinks flowing with games like prosecco pong (like beer pong but more sophisticated) or a hilarious quiz. Mr and Mrs is a good pick - it sees the bride answer questions about her future hubby and drinking every time she gets one wrong.
Dares – Make every hen write down dares (the crazier, the better) and put them in a hat. Everyone picks one out and has to complete it by the end of the night/weekend or face a forfeit (usually drinking related).
Treasure hunts – Unleash the group’s competitive side by putting them in pairs for a treasure hunt that’s specific to the hen weekend destination. They’re great for getting to know a new place if you’ve decided to go abroad, plus they fill in time between other activities.
Hen do? Handled.
We’re not going to lie – planning a hen do can be hard work. Even after you’ve chosen the perfect destination and picked out some amazing activities, you’ll still need to book everything – all without going over budget.
Thankfully, our team of experts at packed can take all the hassle out of hen weekends by taking care of the boring admin. As well as giving you tips and creating bespoke hen packages just for your group, we’ll set up payment plans so you don’t have to chase everyone for cash.