Ingenious Ideas for Planning the Ultimate Hen Party

May 31, 2016

From glam country escapes and spas to girls on tour city breaks, we round up the best hen ideas that'll keep even the pickiest of parties happy.

The perfect hen can sometimes seem like a Utopian dream. Organizing a group of people who don't all know each other, picking the perfect location and keeping everyone (and their budgets) happy is no easy task. Luckily, there are plenty of different options out there. From adventure sports and team building, to pamper packages and chic weekends away, the UK has plenty on offer for even the most discerning of hen parties. We've rounded up the best hen ideas by theme and - more importantly - how to make them happen. 

The Ultimate London Hen

A group of friends in the back of a limo on a hen-do enjoying some champagne.

Let's face it; the UK's capital is a pretty tried and tested hen party option. Whether you're looking for over-the-top tacky galore or civilized cocktails and dinner, this metropolis can deliver. If you want some full-on West End 'fun' then why not try the Adonis Cabaret Show? We'll leave you to guess the main theme (clue: it's in the name). If you're planning something a bit more traditional (or you've got your granny with you) then there are plenty of mainstream options too - a wholesome trip to see Les Mis perhaps? After, jump in a limo and head to the View from the Shard, before sampling a cocktail (or four) at the building's swanky Aqua Shard bar. 

Make it happen: Ticketmaster has a great selection of theatre deals; limos.com has a huge range of plush rides and The View from the Shard can help you plan your visit and suggest recommendations. 

The Ultimate Grown Up Hen

Three girl friends taking a selfie with a selfie stick on a hen-do.

Too grown up for inflatable willies and learner badges? If you're looking for something slightly more refined, a weekend away with your favourite women is a classy (but fun!) alternative. One of the nicest ways to do this is to rent a country cottage; cosy up by the fire with ample champers and your favourite films or spend the afternoons wandering between country pubs. Tacky games optional. 

Make it happen: English Country Cottages has a lovely range of traditional boltholes, from Cornwall to Cumbria and everywhere in between. Some have extras like seaside views and hot tubs. If you're north of the border try Scottish Cottages for group-friendly highland hideaways.

The Ultimate Adventure Hen

Group of people skydiving together and forming a ring.

If your hen is craving an adrenaline rush before the big day, there are plenty of ways to fulfil her thrill-seeking wishes. Theme parks are an obvious but popular choice - just save the tequila shots until after the roller-coaster. For something a bit more oudoorsey, opt for a team building adventure park like Go Ape, which lets you release your inner monkey in a treetop circuit (some centres also offer Segway tours). Alternatively if she (or all of you) are feeling really brave then why not try a once-in-a-lifetime experience like skydiving. Just make sure the bride-to-be doesn't have a phobia of heights before you get on the plane. #fail

Make it happen: Go Ape has several locations around the country and hen packages are available to book directly. Thrill-seekers should try Experience Mad which specializes in a range of extreme sports, including skydiving. 

The Ultimate Spa Hen

Four girl friends on a hen-do sipping champagne whilst wrapped in red towels in a spa.

After weeks spent trying on bridesmaids dresses that make you look like a meringue, dealing with ample cake related emergencies and organising a seating plan with military efficiency, the bride-to-be and her hens will all need some chill out time. Step forward the hen spa weekend. An oldie but a goodie, nothing says girls' mini break like a spot of pampering. From plush country house hotels to glam inner city spas, grab your favourite gang and get ready for some serious down time. Many places offer group packages or fun extras like overnight stays, champagne breakfasts and spa product party bags.

Make it happen: Spafinder Wellness 365 not only has a great selection of hen spa breaks (many of which offer discounted rates) but they've also put together a handy do's and dont's checklist for the perfect hen pamper weekend. 

The Ultimate Creative Hen

A creative hen-do idea, a bowl of chocolate hearts made by the bride-to-be and her hens.

For the Blue Peter types among us, a creative, hands-on hen can be a great way to spend some time with your mates as well as learn something along the way. Although major cities like London and Manchester offer the pick of the bunch - from cocktail mixology to dance classes and flower arranging to perfume making - there are also plenty of other places around the country where you can try something new. Our favourites? Designing your own take-home silver rings or the equally lovely artisan chocolate making course (N.B. we can't guarantee those will make it home). 

Make it happen: Red Letter Days is an award-winning site that offers a huge range of UK wide experiences for every budget and interest. It also has a dedicated hen party page to help you plan.

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Siobhan Brewood-Wyatt
After a Masters in Comparative Literature, Siobhan worked for several big-name travel companies before joining travioor. She has been hooked on travel since her teens and her biggest adventure is booking flights from Rome to Rio after a few too many beers. Follow her on Twitter @SiobhanBW