Sometimes you don’t want to spend the day drinking for your hen do, and that’s all right!

More and more brides are opting to have different hen dos rather than the typical drinking binge or Magic Mike XXL experience.

Instead, do something a little different and throw a hen do that feels more like it is about the bride.

There are so many fun activities and we’ve searched far and wide to find you the best ones to make that special day that bit more special.

Afternoon tea

Sure, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, this can be one of the most popular activities for hen dos, as it’s all about the food! There’s nothing like a cuppa tea to start the day as it’s a fantastic icebreaker for everyone to get to know each other. And honestly, it’s not just for grannies.

Start the day in style, and enjoy a tiered selection of cakes, scones, sandwiches, teas, coffees, and cava whilst having a catch up with everyone before the day truly begins.

Yoga & Exercise

Why not turn your hen do into your zen do instead? Kick back and relax away from all the wedding stress.

Yoga can leave you feeling invigorated and will prepare you for the night ahead. In fact, recent years have seen an increase in the number of healthy parties.

Like afternoon tea, this can be a brilliant way to start your day gently without it turning to the drink instead.

Life Drawings  

You don’t have to be Da Vinci to enjoy life drawing. In fact, whether you are good or bad, there’s a little something for everyone here. It’s not necessarily about the quality of the drawing, but instead think of the laughs you will have with your friends.

You usually get to meet your model before the unveiling, which will make it less awkward when they are stripped to their – ahem – birthday suit.

This is a fantastic alternative for hens who don’t want the awkwardness of having an actual stripper for their party, and instead just wants fun. Not only will you have a laugh, but you learn a lot too.

And after you finish your masterpieces, you even get the drawings to keep as the perfect souvenir, but let’s face it, you’re gonna remember this one with or without it.  

Go to a Concert or West End Show

Who says that a hen party can’t include a cheeky theatre or concert trip?

If the time is right, take the bride to their favourite musical artist or theatre show that is playing before the wedding. This might be the perfect way to bring together all the hens with something they love.

For musicals, why not dress up in the style of the chosen musical? Fancy dress is the perfect way to make you all stand out on the day.

For concerts or festivals, make sure everyone knows the lyrics to each of the songs, and wait for the silly mass sing-along.


This one is an old one, but a good’un. If you want to unwind with your friends whilst you receive the high life treatment, look no further than going to a spa.

Whilst this might not be the one for those on a budget, a spa day can really bring a relaxing break from all that wedding planning for the bride.

Many spaces have rooms for couples and so the bridesmaid and bride-to-be can get treatments together.

Like with any of these events, remember to book early to avoid any expensive last-minute treatments.

City Treasure Hunts

Why not get hooked in with a city treasure hunt? Will it be all hands on deck or will you buckle under pressure?

Many treasure hunt activities have been adapted using GPS smart-phone technology. Through downloading the app, you can split into teams and explore areas of the city you’ve never seen before in a race against the clock to find the treasure first.

This can act as a good way to kill two birds with one stone and to find out more about the location, as it unlocks interesting facts and details about each road. And you can even add some hilarious winners and losers prizes to raise the stakes.

Most cities across the UK have treasure hunt trails and so this is a fun activity that none of your friends are likely to forget.

Slumber Parties and Movie Nights

Sometimes the most simple suggestions are in fact the best ones, right? And for this one, you might not even have to leave the house.

Inviting a group of your friends, and pulling your PJs can turn back the years with a classic slumber party. Pull out the classic board games such as Twister and Pictionary for ridiculous and awkward moments.

Then when it’s time to relax, put on some classic musicals such as Grease and Mamma Mia and have a sing-along to some guilty pleasures.

Don’t just play on nostalgia, mix together what you all enjoy now. Maybe make some mixers with the alcohol you have and mix together a delicious cocktail. Have the fancy snacks and drinks, with the fun of being a kid, what’s more to love?

Relive Your Sports Day Memories

And if the slumber party isn’t old-school enough for you, there is no better way to relive your best memories by having your very own sports day with your friends?

Remember the classic games, like egg ’n’ spoon race, sack race, bean bag racing? You can recapture those memories for a hilarious day.

Sure it’s not your typical sporty competitive activity, but let’s face it, one of the best things about sports day is that guaranteed big laughs no matter who wins.  

If you are looking for some fun, alternative hen do plans, why not try Bristol Bubble Ball?

We are experts in providing excellent events which cater to any experience, and can help you deliver a great hen party.

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