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101 Unique Hen Party Ideas For Every Budget

Been to lots of hen parties and want something different or unique for all the hens to enjoy? You’re in the right place! Gone are the boring, standard hen parties. In this article, you will...

Been to lots of hen parties and want something different or unique for all the hens to enjoy? You’re in the right place!

Gone are the boring, standard hen parties. In this article, you will find 101 unique hen party ideas to spark your imagination. From budget party options to luxe and sporty activities, I have you covered.

Unique Hen Party Ideas For Every Bride & Hen To Enjoy

When it comes to the hen party, not only do you want the bride (or yourself) to have fun, but you want all the hens to be excited and enthusiastic.

Let’s face facts, times are tough on the purse strings too. So, affordable hens are vital to ensure everyone can join in and not miss out on all the fun.

It may be that more than one hen party is suitable for you. To either separate your guest list or to have one budget-friendly bash and one more blowout extravaganza. Whatever your circumstances, when it comes down to it, a hen party needs to be fun, memorable, and relaxed.

Stress, money worries, and dramas are only going to ruin the memories. So keep things simple and be organized to ensure all goes without a hitch.

Hen Parties By Type

Hen Party Ideas Balloons Hannah Mckernan

At Home Hen Do

Having a hen do at home or at a loved one’s house is always a winner. There are no time constraints, it’s personal, and it can keep costs down.

1. Surprise Party

Surprise the bride! Host a surprise party that’s sure to give her joy. But, be careful if she isn’t into surprises.

2. Board Game

Are you a board game lover? Host a board game night with a selection of games and prizes for the winners.

Hen Party Ideas Board Games Oxi Photography

3. Make A Quilt

Pick a craft such as quilt-making and ask each guest to stitch a quilt square. After the hen, sew them together for a meaningful keepsake for the happy couple.

4. Hire A Chef

For a small group, hire a chef for a private dining experience at home.

5. Night In

Create a fun night in with party lights, good tunes, cocktails, and cute hen party games! Be sure to ensure the dress code is glam for extra vibes.

6. Silent Disco

If creating a disturbance to neighbors is a worry. Why not hire a silent disco to keep the dancing going until late?

Hen Do Ideas Silent Disco One Thousand Words

7. Crafting

If your bride is having a DIY wedding, why not set about crafting some wedding decor together?

8. Pamper

Hire some beauty therapists for a luxurious pampering session at home. Your hens will thank you for this one!

9. Movie Night

Plan a movie night. Set up a projector, choose a classic film, and provide suitable snacks.

Hen Party Ideas Movie Night Tyler Ranalla

10. Taskmaster Challenge

Create your own Taskmaster-style challenge day with fun tasks to make brilliant memories.

11. Bridal Shower

Host a bridal shower and gift the bride some gorgeous treats.

Hen Party Idea Table Home Decoration Laura Jane Photography

12. Butler In The Buff

For the cheeky hen, a butler in the buff may be a perfect choice.

Garden Hen Do Ideas

Al fresco fun is always a winner! Ask someone with ample garden space to host the hen do.

13. Hire A Hot Tub

If you have the budget, how about hiring a hot tub for the night?

14. BBQ/Pizza Party

Fire up the BBQ or make pizzas outdoors. Have a gazebo on hand for any weather eventualities.

Hen Do Idea Pizza Party Rebecca Kerr Photography

15. Hire Garden Pod

There are some really cool pods you can hire out for garden parties. These are great for sheltering from the elements and look amazing.

16. Treasure/Scavenger Hunt

Host a treasure or scavenger hunt outside. Create fun clues with nods to the couple throughout.

Hen Party Activity Idea Scavenger Tresure Hunt Laura Mazzello Photography

17. Stargazing

Look up at the stars or hire a pro to guide you through the evening's fun.

Cheap Hen Dos

Let’s be real. Weddings and hen parties can work out to be pricey, and we can’t all afford to have an extravagant hen celebration. Instead, keep things simple and remember that these free or very cost-effective hen ideas are about the simple pleasures in life and great company. Priceless!

18. Sleepover

What could be more fun than a sleepover? Have matching PJs, a midnight feast, and of course, truth or dare!

19. Hiking

Love a hike? Plan a hiking trip and enjoy the epic views.

20. Volunteer

If you want to give back, how about a small group of you volunteering your time to a local charity?

21. Museum Trip

There are so many great, free museums to explore up and down the UK.

22. Beach Day

Find a perfect beach spot, decamp for the day, and enjoy all the great British seaside has to offer. Ice cream, arcades, deck chairs, and fish and chips!

Hen Party Idea Beach Day Ellie Lou Photography

23. Sports Day

Host your own sports day! Head to a local park and plan some old-school games, such as the egg and spoon race, the sack race, and the three-legged race!

24. Pub

Head to a cozy pub, nestle by the fire, and enjoy a cozy drink together. Some pubs allow free room reservations if there are enough of you too.

25. Picnic

Plan a pretty picnic. Ask hens to contribute food and drink and settle down for an afternoon of fun.

Hen Do Idea Picnic Park Garden Love Luella Photography

26. Bake Off

Are you a fan of The Great British Bake Off? Create your own bake-off contest, either by baking together or asking hens to bring a bake for the hen to judge.

27. Wild Swimming

Love to take a dip and feel water-confident? How about a group wild swimming excursion? Exhilarating and free, you could have a total blast on your hen exploring waterways.

28. Geocaching

Geocaching is a great way to add a new dimension to a hike. Go hunting for hidden treasures in a group or split into hen groups to make a fun contest concept.

29. Takeaway

For a small, low-key hen idea, have a takeaway ordered and put your feet up for an evening of giggles.

Abroad & UK Hen Getaways

If more than one night is essential for your hen celebrations, check out these fun and unique getaways.

30. Disneyland Paris

For the cutest hen do weekend, how about a trip to Disneyland Paris? See the sights, enjoy rides, and meet Mickey and Minnie!

31. Center Parcs

Center Parcs is a firm favorite for a woodland, log cabin-style getaway. Plus, there are so many fun activities on-site, making the whole hen-planning process seamless.

32. Cruise

For a totally unique hen do, how about a cruise? Take a trip to Scotland, Cornwall, or even Amsterdam!

33. Spa Weekend

The spa weekend has to be a hen party staple. What’s not to love about pampering, bubbles, and good food?

34. Glamping

If your budget is on the lower end and you don’t fancy renting a country house or an AirBnB, how about a camping or glamping trip?

Hen Party Ideas Glamping Emberwood Creative

35. European City Break

There are so many fantastic cities within easy reach, such as Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Marbella, and Brussels to name a few. Or how about the popular hen destination of Ibiza for all the glamour?

36. Canal Boat Trip

Tour the UK waterways by barge on a canal boat trip. You can hire your own boat and go at your own pace too.

Hen Do Idea Barge Trip Thomas Thomas Photography

Classy Hen Party Inspiration

Don’t fancy willy straws, L-plates, or drinking games? These classy hen dos are sure to tickle your fancy!

37. Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is massively popular with hens. There are some really chic locations, gorgeous cuisine, and a perfect excuse to dress up.

38. Theatre Trip

Discover an amazing play, musical, or show you can go to and enjoy together. Follow with cocktails and dancing!

39. Brunch

Brunch is a great option, no early starts, and you have the rest of the afternoon/evening to continue the fun. Bottomless brunch could prove all the more enjoyable.

Hen Party Ideas Brunch Amy Jordison Photography

40. Wine Tasting

Discover your local vineyards! Take a tour of the vines and enjoy sipping the wine.

41. Flower Arranging

Have your very own flower-arranging workshop with a pro florist. It’ll be lovely to take home fresh blooms to remember your hen too.

42. Golf

Hit the green at a luxury golf course, with lunch and plenty of fresh air, it’s a sure-fire winner. Many clubs also offer tuition for newbies, so why not book a group lesson?

Hen Do Idea Golf Day Holly Rose Weddings

43. Jazz Club

Classy jazz clubs are a great way to spend an evening celebrating your bride’s last moments as a miss.

44. Restaurant

Keep things simple and book a meal at a favorite restaurant. If there are enough of you, you may be able to book out the whole place.

45. Art Gallery

Wander and admire art as a high-end activity for a city chic hen.

Large Group Hen Do

Lots of hens? No sweat, there are plenty of hen party ideas to entertain everyone.

46. Yoga

Hire a hall and a yoga instructor to create a zen atmosphere before the party later.

47. Cinema

Hire a cinema screen for a private showing of your bride’s favorite movie.

48. Festival

Snag tickets to a festival. Ensure everyone buys their own ticket, arranges to meet there, and brings a tent to keep organizing fuss-free.

49. Night Out

Plan a night out, from a pub, club, or restaurant. Or hire a dedicated party venue near you.

Hen Party Ideas Night Out Drinks Naomi Mills Photography

50. Races

Plan a day at the races! Head to Lady’s Day at Aintree or Royal Ascot. Don’t forget to pick a hat!

51. Theme Park

For a barrel of laughs, head to a theme park for an action-packed day en masse.

52. Clubbing

Clubbing is a hen classic, but with larger spaces and great tunes, a fab night is sure to be had. Think about hiring a VIP booth to make it extra special.

Non-Drinkers Hen Ideas

Not everyone wants to have a drinking hen, so how about these alternatives?

53. Murder Mystery

Head to an organized murder mystery night for a truly memorable experience.

54. Ballet or Opera

If a play or musical isn’t your thing, how about going to see an opera or a ballet?

55. Farm

Head on down to the farm! For a full-on farm experience, try Farm Adventure. Alternatively, book accommodation at a farm rural setting and enjoy the scenery.

Hen Party Idea Farm Alex Tenters Photography

56. Bowling

There are some really chic bowling alleys dotted around, and some may be available for private hire too.

57. Comedy Gig

To get the party started and ensure plenty of laughs, go see a comedy show.

58. Country Home & Gardens

Head to a local National Trust or English Heritage property for a beautiful walk and delicious lunch. Many places also have seasonal events that may be worth checking out.

59. Alpaca Walk

Many alpaca farms offer alpaca walks to get up close and personal with the animals. This sweet hen idea is perfect for animal lovers.

Hen Do Idea Alpaca Walk David Boynton

60. Zoo

What’s not to love about a day out at the zoo?

High-Adrenaline Hen Do Activities

61. Obstacle Course/High Ropes

There are lots of adventurous assault courses and high ropes centers across the UK. You could also turn the hen into a charity appeal and raise money for a good cause.

62. Helicopter Ride

For a total opulent treat, book a helicopter tour or ride for your VIPs. A total once-in-a-lifetime experience to share at your hen do.

Hen Do Idea Helicopter Ride Jessica Cruz Photography

63. Axe Throwing Bar

How about something outside the comfort zone, such as axe-throwing at Whistle Punks?

64. Water Sports

Take to the water and enjoy jet skiing, pedalos, paddleboarding, rowing, and more!

65. Zorbing

Zorbing is a fun-filled activity for hens that want to push the boundaries.

66. Ziplining

More and more ziplining destinations are popping up across the UK. Check out Zip World for some awesome locations.

67. Laser Tag/Paintballing

For competitive hens, a laser tag or paintballing afternoon could be just the ticket.

Hen Party Ideas Laser Tag Kirsty Rockett Photography

68. Wall Climbing

Wall climbing is a great bolt-on hen do activity in between other fun plans.

69. Indoor Skydiving

Or how about taking the plunge with indoor skydiving?

70. Trampoline Park

Trampoline parks are a great way to blow off steam, exercise, and bond!

71. Go Karting

For thrill-seekers and car fans, simply head to the go-kart track. Or you could also try a supercar experience or watch a race at Silverstone.

72. Horse Riding

For a relaxing, down-to-earth hen idea, how about horse riding?

Hen Party Idea Horse Riding Nesta Lloyd Photography

73. Cycling

You could head to a velodrome or find a route to cycle together in a large group.

Hen Party Activity Packages

There are lots of companies that offer ready-made hen party packages or workshops. This makes planning hassle-free but also provides plenty of entertainment.

74. Dance Class

Book a dancing lesson if you fancy yourself a spot of Strictly Come Dancing. Learn a routine you can perform on the wedding day itself too.

Hen Do Idea Ballet Dance Class Henry Lowther

75. Art Class/Live Drawing

Hire an artist to put on an art class for your hens.

76. Jewelry Making

Jewelry-making workshops may be a little pricey, but hens get a special keepsake to take home to remember the party too.

77. Perfume Making

For an unusual hen party, how about making your very own, unique perfume?

Hen Party Idea Perfume Making Charlotte Palazzo Photography

78. Pole Dancing Class

Looking for something a little more risque? How about a pole dancing or burlesque lesson to up the sexy?

79. Cookery Class

Cookery classes are a lovely way to bond hens. Make your own meal to sit down and enjoy with professional instruction.

Hen Party Idea Cookery Class HBA Photography

80. Cheese Tasting

Scrap wine tasting and head to a cheesemonger for cheese tasting. Yum!

81. Brewery Tour

Local breweries or distilleries often offer fun tours for groups. The perfect way to enjoy a tipple or two.

Unique Hen Party Ideas

Looking for something a little more, well, unique for your hen party? Check out these cool options.

82. Tattoos

For something totally memorable, head out for matching tattoos! An activity for perhaps the most daring of hens.

Hen Do Idea Tattoos Jenna Woodward Photography

83. Gig

Head to a gig, see what bands or artists are performing and be sure to book to delight the bride.

84. Sten/Hag

Hen parties don’t have to be female-only! Bridesmen are, of course, welcome, but what about a joint hen/stag party instead?

85. Pool House

Hire a private pool house for fun pool games, a BBQ, and perhaps even some drinks on the sun lounger.

86. Computer Game Tournament

Love nothing more than playing computer games? Arrange a tournament or book a VR experience at a local center.

Hen Do Ideas Computer Games Marianne Chua

87. Fishing

Go off-grid and go fishing for a peaceful and relaxing hen party vibe.

88. Christmas Market

Planning a hen near Christmas? How about a cozy and fun Christmas market or a trip to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland?

89. Party Planner

Did you know there are hen party planners? Allow them to take the reins as you simply turn up on the day.

90. Sealife Centre

If you love the sea and marine life, how about an excursion to the sealife center?

91. Circus/Funfair

Look out for circus or funfair event dates. This would be such a cute hen get-together.

Hen Party Idea Funfair Anna Pumer Photography

92. Ice Skating

Pop-up ice rinks are UK-wide come December. So why not hire a rink and practice your best Torvill and Dean moves?

Small Group Hen Parties

If there are fewer of you, or you want a separate mini hen, these options may be ideal for your party.

93. Escape Room

Escape rooms are a great way to break the ice between those who have never met. Ensure you head to your local cafe for a debrief afterward.

94. Cocktail Making

Cocktail making is an enjoyable activity where you can drink and learn new skills together.

Hen Party Ideas Cocktail Making Sherri OMalley Photography

95. Party Bus

Party buses can be so much fun, travel in style to your destination of choice.

96. Karaoke

Set up karaoke or head to a karaoke bar! You could even hire a private karaoke room for your smaller group.

97. Photoshoot

Mark the occasion with a hair and makeup artist, plus a pro photographer to do a photoshoot.

98. Hot Air Balloon

Get up early and enjoy the sunrise as you toast to the happy couple in a magical hot air balloon.

99. Steam Train

Vintage lovers, head on a steam train ride. Take in the sights and enjoy a top-notch lunch on board.

Hen Do Idea Steam Train EKR Pictures

100. Stadium Tour

For sports fans, head to the bride’s favorite stadium for a tour.

101. Pub Crawl

Plan an epic pub crawl. Make a list of the must-visit bars, plan an itinerary and let your hair down!

I think out of the hen party list I’ve shared, my favorite hen do ideas have to be:

  • Planning a crafting party to make something lovely to keep
  • Heading to a flower arranging workshop to learn a new skill
  • Having fun in a country house/lodge for the weekend
  • Enjoying a relaxing spa experience
  • Evening fun that involves live music or raucous karaoke
  • A yoga or pilates class to find zen
  • Sten/hag do that brings everyone together pre-wedding
  • Picnic in the park with delicious food
  • Enjoying rides at the funfair or theme park
  • A classic sleepover with a midnight feast and fun games

Who Pays For The Hen On Her Hen Do?

There are no rules when it comes to hen party planning! The bride usually pays for her way; however, some hens may prefer to split the cost to cover the bride’s.

If in doubt, ask the bride or the hen organiser for guidance.

How Do You Make A Bride Feel Special At A Hen Party?

The bride is likely to feel pretty special already, seeing as it’s her hen. But there are some ways to make her feel amazing. A special outfit or accessory for the bride is a nice touch. Plus, touches like choosing her favorite song to be played or favorite snacks are going to go down really well.

Do You Give Gifts At A Hen Party?

There is no requirement to give gifts at a hen party. However, bridal showers are typically for ‘showering’ the bride with gifts. If in doubt, ask the hen organiser for clarification.

Do You Have To Have A Hen Party?

You do not have to have a hen party. For my own wedding, I actually didn’t have a hen do. This was due to our wedding being a surprise and my issues with anxiety at the time. However, you can always have a belated hen do if you so wish. There are no rules!

Further Reading

  • Original Activities for Your Hen-Do
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  • Hen Party Houses UK
  • 95 Stag Do Ideas
  • Hen Party Bag Filler Ideas
  • 70+ Hen Party Theme Ideas
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