Looking for the ultimate hen do in the UK? A trip to Manchester certainly won’t disappoint. With plenty of things to see and do, and one of the best nightlife’s around, this northern city is ideal for all ages and budgets.
Bursting with character, Manchester’s popularity is growing and the city centre is fast becoming one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK. As the place that birthed the industrial revolution, today it’s known for its music, sports, arts and entertainment.
Start your morning with a bottomless brunch in Spinningfields before heading into the centre for a few hours of shopping. From independent vintage stores and little pop-ups to high street chains and designer boutiques, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Don’t worry about going hungry at lunch time as Exchange Square (on the other side of the Arndale) is packed with vibrant bars and restaurants. In the evening, choose from hundreds of places to go and don’t forget to book tickets for the theatre, comedy club or male strip show. It’s a hen party at the end of the day, and you’re not here for a long time but a good time! Our favourite bars in the local area include: The Fitzgerald, Alchemist and Dusk Til Prawn.
When it comes to hen party activities, choose from cocktail classes, life drawing sessions, booze cruises and more. Plus, if you simply want to relax with a fizzy picnic, there’s plenty of green spaces too. Located just two hours away from London and easily accessible from all over, Manchester is a fantastic choice for your hen group.
Looking for a classy hen party activity? A Nude Life drawing class in Manchester’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 Manchester is practically educational.
Afternoon tea with champagne
Ladies, if you think planning a hen party in Manchester 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.
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.
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 Manchester? 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.