Described as a small city that packs a punch, Exeter is a popular hen do destination for parties of all ages and sizes. As one of England’s most vibrant and historically rich cities, whatever your budget or taste, you’re sure to find plenty of hen party activities to enjoy too.
Boasting a huge sense of uniqueness and individuality, Exeter’s day and nightlife scene is eclectic and diverse. You only have to wander up the high street to see the great selection of bars and restaurants on offer as well as cultural hotspots. You won’t go hungry either as the City of Exeter has fast become one of the best-loved foodie scenes in the South West. Some of our favourite bars include The Bootlegger, Tabac and The Monkey Suit.
The area is also famous for its arts, music and sporting scenes. Large venues like the Exeter Phoenix and Powderham Castle mean there’s always something going on – and when there isn’t, there’s plenty of outdoors for you to explore. Being located in the heart of Devon means there’s miles of fields and countryside to adventure through – whether you want to enjoy a fast-paced activity or simply take a picnic, pop the fizz and indulge in a relaxing weekend.
From London, it takes just two hours to get to Exeter on the train and can be reached from all over the UK by train, plane or car – meaning it’s the perfect place for all your hens to meet up.
Looking for a classy hen party activity? A Nude Life drawing class in Exeter’s city centre 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 Exeter is practically educational.
Afternoon tea with champagne
Ladies, if you think planning a hen party in Exeter was hard, just imagine how your bride feels about planning the big day. A luxury pamper session always goes down a treat and when there’s fizz involved, it’s always a win. Book a few add-on treatments, put the world to right in the sauna and for a moment, just close your eyes and relax.
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.
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.
Headwear, underwear and accessories – the HenQueens creative experiences put an epic twist on the hen party theme. You’ll be sketching, painting, crafting, printing and wrapping with your ladies over cocktails or mocktails – whichever sparks your joy. Led by an expert, you’ll discover how to get your creative juices flowing before turning your hand to a number of crafty projects. Make something for the big day, design a gift for the bride or simply have some fun and see what comes out of it.
We challenge you to find us anything better than grabbing all your besties together and drinking gin. So why not book a gin masterclass for your Exeter hen do? Led by a professional, you’ll get to sip on spirits, get creative with flavours and, of course, pretend you can really tell the difference between pink peppercorns and juniper berries. We know the truth…
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.
Flower crown making
Want something to take home from your hen weekend in Exeter? 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.
A 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…
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.