It might be famous for its annual comedy festival but that’s not the only reason to choose Edinburgh for your hen do. Combining incredible nightlife, endless hen party activities, world-famous clubs and a fantastic foodie scene, you really will be spoilt for choice.
Looking for some unique places to drink while enjoying some local live music? It’s got to be the Old Town. For contemporary cocktail clubs and gourmet bistros, New Town will impress all ages. For something a little more relaxing, head South Side – which is ideal for those sunny day sessions or chilled evenings.
If you’re into history, Edinburgh’s got a few tourist attractions you won’t want to miss either including Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Mile and of course the Castle. If shopping’s more your sport, you’ll be coming back for more too. Think independent stores, high street favourites and luxury designer brands. Foodies have got to taste the delicacies at Stockbridge Market and, for a shopping trip like no other, head to Waverley Mall which has got its own Irish roof bar. We’re being serious.
To get there, you’ve got a choice between flying, travelling by train or driving. Once in the city, it’s really easy to walk everywhere (apart from the cobbles after one too many) and if you do want a taxi, they’re easy to get hold of too. There’s also a great bus and tram network with the option to get a multi ticket for all of them.
Yoga and brunch
Revitalise and nourish your body and soul with a yoga hen party session tailored to your hens, then enjoy your state of bliss with a delicious brunch. This isn’t just any old brunch though. Adorned with grazing platters, hot breads, fruits, meats and pastries – as well as a few bottles of the good old stuff – you have all the time in the world to catch up, discuss the wedding and feast on the best brunch platters in the city – which can be catered for vegetarian and vegan hens too.
Nude Life Drawing
Looking for a classy Edinburgh hen party activity? A life drawing class is just the thing. Your private session will begin with a few drinking games to get the party started, before your personal model gets into position. There’s even an option to get your bride-to-be involved and you might just walk away with a few new drawing skills. See, a hen do in Edinburgh is practically educational.
Hen party DJ
Take your pre-drinks or evening in to the next level. Internationally, Liv has been a regular fixture across the whole of the Middle East – from Jordan to Oman, Dubai to Qatar, Abu Dhabi to Bahrain – playing to packed audiences on Barasti Beach and Iris on the F1 track, as well as co-headlining the likes of Jasna Winter Music Festival Slovakia, Pikes Ibiza, Miami Beach, Insomnia Berlin, and Venice Carnival! That’s not all as she’s also supported the likes of Crazy P, D Ramirez, Jody Wisternoff and Nick Grimshaw from Radio 1. She certainly knows how to throw a party or two and is a great addition to hen parties of all sizes.
Dip into the world of exquisite cocktail making, shaking and stirring over the course of two hours. Led by an expert mixologist – the dream job – this hen party cocktail making class will give you everything you need to make great cocktails. Not just that but you’ll also learn some tricks of the trade, discover the history of cocktails and have a great time too.
Flower crown making
Want something to take home from your hen weekend in Edinburgh? Sure, you’ve already got that guy’s number from last night – but this memory should last a little longer. With a flower crown workshop, you get to make your very own floral headpiece from gorgeous foliage, ribbons, accessories and more. This is definitely worth an Instagram pic.
Facial and massage
Picture the scene. Your hen. Your ladies. Your very own beauty therapist. Taking place at one of the local luxury hotels, you’ll be treated to deep cleaning and uplifting facials. Think double cleanser, exfoliation, extraction, detoxing, face massage, neck and shoulders massage. Does it get any better than this?! Well, it could, if you organise a champagne afternoon tea for afterwards…
You might have tried traditional yoga… but wait until you’ve tried a yoga class alongside your favourite disco tunes. You see, in this yoga hen party, our glamorous and fun yoga expert Helen will lead a truly fabulous experience where you get to flow, dance and have fun with your besties while listening to the greatest party tunes. All you need to do is pile on the glitter until you sparkle like a mirrored ball, don your sequins and spandex if you fancy it and bring all your friends together to bend and stretch in time with a glorious mix of disco music.
If we asked you to name two of your bride’s favourite things, we’re pretty sure that chocolate would be up there. And, even if it’s not, after this award-winning hen party chocolate making masterclass with chef Ben it definitely will be. Under his careful eye, you’ll learn how to create the very finest artisan truffles for a life of dinner party favours, fabulous gifts and just some general pure self-indulgence. It’s the ultimate activity for a memorable hen party weekend.
Okay so you might not have the Single Ladies dance routine nailed but God loves a tryer, right?! A themed dance class in Edinburgh is not only a fun way to let your hair down but also great at unleashing a little healthy competition. Get all the girls in the middle, have a dance off and the loser buys the next round of shots.
BBC Masterchef finalist, Ben crafts blow-your-mind fine-dining menus. Tailored to your hen party, his modern British and European dishes have nods to Japanese and Indian cuisine and the stamp of approval from Times food critic Kate Spicer and Evening Standard’s Charles Campion. He’s even cooked for Lily Allen. Yes. Lily Allen. And now, he could be cooking for you for one night only…