The next best thing to organising a wedding is of course organising a hen-do!
Whether you’ve past the duties to your bestie or you need some hen party inspiration we have put together the ultimate guide to hen party activities and packages across both Northern Ireland and Ireland. Whether the bride would enjoy a relaxing spa weekend, an action-packed activity, taking an arts and crafts tutorial, something quirky or even a cookery class, we’ve got you covered. From budget friendly to splashing out there is a Hen Party out there for everyone.
For a little bit of R&R before the big day, a spa break is a great way to chill out with your nearest and dearest girls. Think champagne by the Jacuzzi, pampering treatments, invigorating scrubs, fine dining and relaxing reading your favourite magazine *ahem* in your fluffy spa robes. Lucky for us, Ireland and Northern Ireland have a wealth of first-class accommodation and spa resorts than make for a perfect hen weekend away.
Check out the Galgorm Resort & Spa for their ‘Group Spa Experience’ where you can spend a relaxing day and night with the girls in the award winning thermal village. An ideal place to celebrate a hen party, the group package allows exclusive use of the group treatment suite, luxurious room with plush decor. For a price of £75-85pp (max 16 people) you can avail of:
- Choice of 25 minute treatment per person
- Thermal Village experience
- £10 Spa Gift Voucher
- Refreshments to include Fruit Juice, Tea & Coffee & Macaroons
- Lunch in Gillies Restaurant
A Night On The Tiles- Cocktail Making Classes
Whether you want to hire a mixologist for a private cocktail making class at home or head off to a luxury hotel, hosting a cocktail making class is the perfect way to break the ice between hens that have never met and get the night started with a laugh. Discover what goes into your favourite cocktails and how they are made, learn all the tricks of the trade and ultimately learn how to whip yourself up a delicious cocktail!
For a luxury cocktail class in the heart of a buzzing cosmopolitan city, try The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast. Celebrate in style at this trendy venue for your hen party to hang out with dramatic interiors and sexy cocktails. Check out their ‘Luxury Belfast Hen Party Offer’ at £30pp for a exclusive cocktail making class or else avail of their full-package for £115pp for:
- Sparkling wine and canapés on arrival
- Overnight stay in an executive guest room
- Cocktail making class with 2 cocktails each
- 4 course meal in the restaurant
- Breakfast the next morning
Alternatively, check out cocktailclasses.ie, where they host a cocktail class in the comfort of your own home or round up the girls in some of the trendiest central city venues across Ireland or Northern Ireland for them to host a night of education and fun before hitting the nightclub! They even provide a charming tom-cruise like bartender to educate you on all things mixology- what more could you want for a hen?
Opt for a gorgeous girly treat and have a spot of Afternoon Tea for the ultimate sophisticated hen. Perfect for bringing together all the ladies in the family (mums, aunts, grans, etc.) Afternoon Tea is an all-round group crowd pleaser. Think delicate floral china cups, delicious delicatessens or cakes, copious amounts of champagne and endless tea refills- all in elegant surroundings. Whether you would prefer to host an Afternoon Tea in a vintage tea shop, a country cottage, a regal castle or a luxury hotel there is something for everyone!
For a little indulgence, head to Castle Leslie Estate in Co. Monaghan. This castle’s surroundings are pretty impressive, making for a grand backdrop to your elegant hen party. Enjoy a selection of elegant savouries and homemade sweet treats in the castle’s drawing room to be swept away by the old-world beautiful interiors and hospitality for €25pp.
Also check out: The Westbury in Dublin for a luxurious afternoon tea, Titanic Belfast for a unique dining experience, The Everglades hotel in Derry-Londonderry, Miel et Moi on the Lisburn Road, The Merchant hotel Belfast or even ‘Oh So Sweet Occasions’, a Waterford based company which specialises in vintage tea parties, that travel throughout Ireland to deck out your venues or home.
Arts, Crafts & Alternative Hen Parties
If the bride is the ultimate DIY-savvy queen, then book an artsy weekend where she can unleash her creativity! From pottery classes, to making your own wedding accessories, floral crowns and even taking a baking class, hosting a creative hen party will make for unforgettable memories with keepsakes you can treasure forever.
For something a little bit unique and different, head to Orchard Acre Farm, in Co. Fermanagh. Set just minutes from Enniskillen, this private boho-chic eco farm offers exclusive use of the farm, orchard and barn for hen parties. Hen parties here are tailored to suit each individual where teachers aim to give hens the right balance between fun, bonding and learning a new skill! At Orchard Farm you can undertake activities from £39 including:
- Dance Classes
- Craft workshops (e.g. Willow Weaving, crochet, clay, jewellery)
- Cookery classes
- Wine / Beer tastings
Your activities can then be built on to make a fun-filled day. Add an organic dinner or lunch, or let Orchard Acre Farm arrange your accommodation.
Alternatively check out the gorgeous ‘Oh Me, Oh My DIY’, a vintage workshop based in Cork and Kerry, perfect for creating pretty wedding decor items and favours through DIY, putting your hens hands to good use! Also consider: The Craft Lounge in Dublin, Eden Pottery in Newtonards or The Crafty Hen, where you choose a venue (NI OR ROI) and they supply the goods, whatever creative activity you fancy!
Would the bride love an adrenaline and fun-fuelled hen party where she can let go all the stress of wedding planning? Opt for an action packed hen with activities such as Zorbing, windsurfing, zip lining, paint balling, archery, outdoor pursuits or horse riding.
Check out Adventure Tours NI in Co. Tyrone for a wealth of adventure and outdoors experience for you and your hens such as:
- Laser Quest
- Water Trampoline
- Husky Trekking
- Treasure Hunts
- Wall climbing and much more!
The Jungle NI in Magherafelt is also a great day out for you and your hens with unique activities such as those mentioned, as well as Llama trekking, Segway, tree-top zip-lining and more! Top it off with a stay in one of their pretty glamping pods. Also consider: Coasteering NI, Kipure Estate in Co. Wicklow , Lilliput Adventure centre in Co. Westmeath or the Adventure Islands in Co. Mayo.
Embrace the outdoors without losing all of your home comforts and gather the girls together for a night of glamping. This has become an increasingly popular hen party activity, perfect for capturing that all-important insta snap of your rustic-chic tipi. Sleep under the stars in a luxury tent, tipi or yurt and sit up all night gossiping!
For vintage-chic feel check out the gorgeous Teapot Lane Luxury Camp in Co. Leitrim. Close to both Sligo and Donegal, Teapot Lane offers stylish glamping accommodation and themed hen parties. With an on-site spa and different activity options Teapot Lane makes for a girly fairy-tale break away like you’ve stepped off the pages of an Enid Blyton book! Do their glamping & surfing hen party package from €229pp for an unforgettable experience of:
- A 2-night stay in the magical yurts
- Surfing lessons in Bundoran
- A tasty BBQ
- Live DJ & Campfire!
For a pre-arranged package where all the stress of organising a hen party is taken out of your hands, turn to hen party packages. Check out Todd’s Leap in Ballygawley, which can cater for every type of hen out there! They offer combination packages for brides and hens who want a bit of pampering at a spa break, whilst also letting their hair loose and going on adventure activities.
Todd’s Leap ‘Adventure Spa’ features a muddy marvellous off-road adventure and luxurious mud spa treatments, having partnered with neighbouring Lavender Health Spa. The first of its kind in NI, the adventure spa is ideal for those who want to combine the great outdoors whilst still sampling the finer things in life. They also have a licensed restaurant, log accommodation and supply bubbly and chocolates! £145pp for:
- 3 adventure activities
- 1 night B&B
- Spa experience
Also, check out gohen.com for some amazing hen party packages based across Ireland and Northern Ireland (Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork) such as Game of thrones hen packages, Burlesque dancing packages, murder mystery packages, recording studio packages, life-drawing packages and of course cocktail packages! All with meals, 4* accommodation and nightclub entry.
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