Bournemouth Hen Do

With sun, sea and sand, a Bournemouth hen do has so much to offer from it's picturesque backdrop of stunning coastal views to our awesome range of hen party activities and an amazing contemporary nightlife.
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Bournemouth Hen Do

There are a lot of reasons why a Bournemouth hen do is a great idea! Located on the South coast in the county of Dorset, there’s plenty to see and do in this fabulously fun seaside resort. .

What to Expect During a Hen Party in Bournemouth

Whether your hen do plans involve relaxing, adventuring or partying the night away, it’s all within walking distance in Bournemouth which is a big bonus!

Soak up the sun and some epic views across seven miles of sandy shoreline. Simply put, it’s gorgeous! It even won the 2018 TripAdvisor travellers choice award for the Best Beach in the UK. Yep, it’s that good!

Bournemouth's bustling town centre is home to an abundance of high street shops but if you fancy fashion that’s a bit quirkier, there’s a fab vintage market next to the Royal Arcades where you can pick up some unique clothes and textiles. From munching fish and chips on the beach to partying until the sun comes up in a banging nightclub, a hen do in Bournemouth can be as relaxing or as wild as you like!

Bournemouth Bars

There are some amazing bars in Bournemouth including places like Be At One Cocktail bar but if you fancy some local craft beer, and let's face it beer isn't just for the boys, then try The Firkin Shed. Smokin' Aces is always a popular choice too, but if you want beachside hen do drinks then Urban Beach is always a good bet.

Bournemouth Culture

If you want a little culture during the day before the hen do fun becomes a party then the Russel-Cotes Gallery might be worth a look; this house is filled with amazing art. There are also some stunning parks and gardens that may not seem interesting now but do wonders for a bad head! The Upper, Lower and Central Gardens are amazing grade II-listed Victorian-style gardens that are well worth a visit.

Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Bournemouth

Sometimes you just can’t beat getting out in the fresh air for a fun activity, and we’ve got loads on offer for your hen do in Bournemouth. How about letting loose and feeling that wind whip past you as you tackle tricky terrain with a quad biking session? Get ready to laugh as you splash through muddy puddles and take on mounds, tight corners and straight sections where you can pick up speed.

Top 10 Hen Party Activities in Bournemouth

After visiting the beach and the Pier and gawping at the gorgeous Victorian architecture, you’re going to want to get stuck into some fun activities to make your Bournemouth hen do even more memorable, right? Let us help you give the bride-to-be a monumental send off!

1) Prosecco Bike

If you want to add an extra element of fun to your hen do in Bournemouth then this is definitely something that should be on your bucket list! We have the perfect way to get your crew together, a prosecco bike! This is the ultimate way to experience the town and have fun with your besties. You'll all be responsible for pedalling the bike, moving it around the most famous sights. Your group will have a friendly chauffeur with you who’ll do the steering, giving you more time to focus on drinking lots of delicious prosecco. Yum!

2) Cocktail Making

A cocktail masterclass is the ultimate party night out! If you’ve always wanted to know what goes into your favourite drink, now’s your chance to learn as a professional mixologist takes you under their wing to show you the tricks of the trade. You’ll learn how to make all kinds of different drinks from classics like Mojito and Sex on the Beach through to modern creations like Espresso Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri. You’ll make between two and five cocktails each and will sip on everything you create. Fun games make this masterclass even more memorable as does the addition of bar snacks or a sit-down meal.

3) Party Boat

Ahoy me hearties! Make your hen celebrations even more special with a boat party. Expect a non-stop party atmosphere on the boat as you dance to tunes banging out of the mega sound system and enjoy two free cocktails each. There’s also a bar on the boat so you can buy drinks if you’re thirsty for more. The onboard party reps will host games and entertainment that’ll have everyone in hysterics. You’ll even get return transport to and from the boat so all you need to worry about is having an amazing time, and we know you will.

4) Nude Life Drawing

As you can imagine, this quintessentially British seaside town has got plenty of cheeky charm. Why not embrace that spirit fully with a bit of Bournemouth hen party life drawing? An art instructor will teach you how to draw the fully nude male model in front of you, capturing him in all his glory on the paper in front of you. Your male model will de-robe and pose for you as you draw him. Don’t worry if you let out a laugh, the model is a total professional and will make you all feel comfy. This is bound to be an activity you laugh about for ages after!

5) Male Strippers

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of watching male strippers live! These fun-loving guys are totally gorgeous and work hard at what they do so that everyone has an amazing time when they come together as one big group of friends. These gorgeous guys will perform on stage for you, slowly removing their clothes to reveal their toned and tanned bodies that’ll get everyone hot under the collar. The focus is always on fun so expect plenty of comedy and audience participation. Male strippers can also be hired for private shows so you can surprise the bride-to-be at her home or your hired venue.

6) Bubble Mayhen

If you like your activities bonkers but brilliantly fun, you could give bubble mayhen a go where you’ll play some wacky but wonderful games in one-woman zorbs. The giant, inflatable zorbs encase your whole upper body, arms and torso, making you look like giant lollipops on legs as you split into teams and go head to head. You’ll play hilarious games such as Bulldog, Bump the Bride and Queen of the Ring. An event coordinator will explain the rules, keep score and provide all the equipment you need, also ensuring that your whole group has fun.

7) Buff Butler

If you like the sound of a Bournemouth hen do at home, why not make it a night to remember by hiring a butler in the buff? They’ll greet your guests, help to serve drinks and canapes and suggest and join in with fun party games that’ll have everyone in hysterics. And he won’t just be hot, he’ll also have a great personality. Did we mention what they’ll be wearing? A cheeky bottom-baring apron, collar, cuffs and a bowtie. Get ready to watch all the hens blush when he answers the door! Keep your butler a secret for an even better reaction. Your guests won’t believe their eyes.

8) Bottomless Brunch

Show all of the hens that you mean business by kick starting your bachelorette party in the most fun way possible, with bottomless brunch! Bust out of your weekday routine and into a boozy adventure with your favourite people. You’ll enjoy completely unlimited drinks throughout your sitting with a choice of wine, beer, cocktails, fizz and soft drinks. You’ll also get your hands on a delicious brunch dish from the set menu. You can also choose a brunch with a theme such as 90s, ABBA, Disney, drag and more that feature DJs, drag acts and live themed entertainment.

9) Burlesque Dancing

Dancefloor divas can kick off their Bournemouth hen do with a brilliantly fun dance class. Break the ice and pick up some sassy new dance moves in a burlesque dancing workshop, led by a professional burlesque instructor. They’ll teach you a dazzling choreographed routine that’ll tease and please any audience. You’ll perform to classic and modern burlesque music and tunes that’ll make you feel like a sex kitten. You’ll even get to use feather fans and other props for your final group performance for that extra va va voom. You’re bound to leave this workshop feeling like total goddesses!

10) Virtual Experiences

If you’re planning a bachelorette bash but want to invite friends from all around the country or even the world, why not try a virtual experience? You won’t have to worry about travel time or cost when you gather everyone together online. And there’s a massive range of remote hen activities to choose from such as virtual cocktail making, candle making, yoga, scavenger hunts, escape rooms, stage fighting, magic shows and more. The power of the internet will connect all your favourite people so no one has to miss out on the fun. What’s more, you’ll save costs on travel. Bonus!

Reviews for Bournemouth hen activities

Gin Tasting

Really good and interesting although only 3 drinks were given not 4 as stated in details. But was a lovely bar and very informative host.

Charmain Warnock
Unlimited Weekend Bar Pass

Would defo use this bar pass again for the price of £4.50 it's well worth it even just for the free shots in places 🤯

Stephen Donnelly
Bournemouth Prosecco Bike

Great fun perfect for a hen party activity in the sunshine 🥂

Vicky Hambrook
Bubble Football

Such a great experience, would highly recommend!

Alex Turner

Fun facts

Did You Know?

  • Bournemouth’s beaches are Blue Flag winners and are super clean, raked by tractors every morning and litter picked by hand twice a day.
  • Britain’s Got Talent presenter and actress Amanda Holden was once dared by friends to ride around the town naked on a scooter. She did it! We definitely don’t recommend doing this during your Bournemouth hen weekend!
  • Bournemouth Pier is home to PierZip, the world’s first and only zipwire to launch from a pier to the shore.
  • After Liverpool and London, The Beatles played more gigs in Bournemouth than any other UK town. The album cover for their second album was taken at the Palace Court Hotel in 1963.
  • There’s two piers around two miles apart. Boscombe Pier is more chilled out but is still a great place to soak up some coastal views and play on the chimes that play I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside.
  • Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, is buried in St Peter’s Church Bournemouth as is her husband’s heart. Yep, you read that right!
  • Nearby Sandbanks is the UK’s most expensive coastline to live on where it’s said that 15 houses have a combined value of around £80 million. It actually has the fourth highest land value in the world. When are we moving in?
  • Just west of the town, you’ll find the Jurassic Coast where you can explore 185 million years of history. It’s England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • In 2011, a Bournemouth beach hut became the first to be allowed to hold wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.
  • People who live in the county of Dorset tend to live up to two years longer than the average English person.
  • Poole Harbour, around five miles away, is the biggest natural harbour in the world.
  • The Bournemouth Aquarium is home to the world’s first interactive diving cage which sees you submerged in a virtual ocean with games and CGI sea creatures. You even get swallowed by a blue whale!
  • In 2011, 152 lads and ladies, wearing bikinis and swimming trunks, set the world record for the most people to shower at the same time at a single venue.
  • The town is home to Premier League footie team AFC Bournemouth, known as the Cherries.
  • If you want to explore spooky goings on during your Bournemouth hen do, the Langtry Manor Hotel is reportedly the most haunted building. Built for Edward VII mistress, Lillie Langtry, she’s said to haunt the hallways, scaring guests and staff!

Bournemouth in Numbers

  • Around 750,000 ice creams are sold on Bournemouth’s beaches every year. That’s around 2,000 a day. Where’s ours?
  • Almost seven million tourists visit Bournemouth every year.
  • This seaside gem experiences around 7.7 hours of sunshine a day. Soak in up during your hen do in Bournemouth.
  • The UK’s first purpose-built beach huts arrived here in 1909.
  • Boscombe Pier was built in 1889 and since being renovated in 2009, it’s been named Britain’s Coolest Pier and Pier of the Year.
  • Bournemouth Pier cost £2,600 to build and opened in 1880.
  • In the 1960s, you could rent a beach hut in town for £5 a week. Now you could pay anything up to £90,000!
  • Around 3,000 deckchairs are hired out on the beach on a busy weekend.
  • There’s over 2,080 acres of parks and gardens and 14 of these have been given the Green Flag award.
  • Bournemouth’s architecture is gorgeous. The town has more than 200 listed buildings including three Grade I listed churches.

Local Celebs

This seaside resort has always attracted fabulous people. Who will you spot on your hen do in Bournemouth? Legendary writers JRR Tolkein and Enid Blyton lived here. Alex James from Blur was born here, as was Eastenders and X-Men star Ben Hardy. Are we the only ones who loved him in that wig in Bohemian Rhapsody?

Food and Drink

Eat, drink and be merry with a meal out at one of the many great restaurants in Bournemouth that’ll line your stomachs during your hen celebrations and give you all time to relax and chat before your big night out to celebrate your pre-wedding party. You don’t have to restrict the indulgence to the evening though; it’s never too early to treat those taste buds!

This seaside town has a ton of eateries to suit every palate. From local fish and chips to exotic cuisines and good old-fashioned pub grub, there really is something for everyone.

Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Bournemouth

Afternoon Tea - Afternoon tea is the ideal daytime treat for a hen do in Bournemouth. You’ll tuck into a range of goodies, depending on the venue, from finger sandwiches to clones with clotted cream and jam. Some places, like Revolution, even offer a cocktail each to toast that last weekend of freedom with. Cheers, ladies!

Gin Tasting - If you fancy some delicious food and drink in your belly and are fans of Mother’s Ruin, you’ll love an interactive gin tasting. You’ll sample a range of different types of gin and even learn how to make mouth-watering gin-based cocktails before sitting down to a slap-up two-course meal. Will you go for a starter and a main course or a main and a dessert?

West Beach - Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

Situated just metres from Bournemouth Pier and the beach, West Beach gives you gorgeous views while you dine on fresh, local seafood on their decked terrace. If you’re a fish fan, it’s a must visit during your hen do in Bournemouth. The Times named this top restaurant the 4th Best Place to Eat Seafood by the Sea in the UK. They’ve also featured in Waitrose’s 10 Best Seaside Restaurants and The Good Food Guide.

The Bournemouth Stable - 7-10 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

If you’re looking for a post-beach hangout and like pizza and cider, The Bournemouth Stable is the perfect choice. Situated in the town centre, they’ve got inside and outside seating with garden views and offer a menu packed with classic and quirky pizza and more than 50 varieties of cider. You can even enjoy bottomless pizza brunch here if you fancy an indulgent treat.

Revolution - 163-167 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1JU

Revolution is a great place to visit whether you fancy daytime dining or late night partying. Their menu is full of British and American classics at value for money prices. To make your meal out even more fun, you could even have a cocktail making class with a professional mixologist before you all sit down to a two-course meal.

Bournemouth Nightlife

Bournemouth has held a Purple Flag for its evening entertainment since 2011, making it one of the top UK destination for party goers. The town centre really comes to life when the sun goes down, boasting lively and eclectic nightlife from big name watering holes to cosmopolitan cocktail bars, from traditional pubs to buzzing nightclubs.

Whether you want to sit back and enjoy relaxed drinks with your besties or hit the dancefloor hard in one of the best nightclubs, get ready to make memories you’ll cherish forever during your Bournemouth hen do!

Bar Crawls - It's time to paint the town red, girls! Why not get started with a bit of a Bar Crawl? We know what you’re thinking, where do we go? Don’t worry, we got you! The Unlimited Weekend Bar Pass gives you free entry to some of the best bars in Bournemouth plus queue jump and exclusive drinks deals.

Cocktail Making - If you’d rather learn a new skill whilst you drink, you’ve got to try Bournemouth hen party cocktail making. A professional mixologist will show you how to whip up the best tasting drinks in town and share some delicious samples with you too. Bar snacks are available to help line those tummies or you can even add a taste bud tingling two-course meal after your class.

Male Strip Show - It’s easy to see why Adonis Cabaret has been voted the best hen night in Bournemouth. Comedy and sensational male strip routines combine to create pure hen heaven! You’re welcomed with a drink and a tasty buffet before you take your seats and feast your eyes on the toned and tanned guys who’ll make you laugh one minute and blush the next! You’ll get a meet and greet with the boys so make sure you dress to impress for those photos. Your friends back home will be green with envy!

Cameo - Fir Vale Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2JA

End your hen do in Bournemouth on a high at one of the town’s fab nightclubs. Cameo is the biggest and one of the best with the capacity to hold more than 2,000 party people and four fun-packed rooms that all play different genres of music. One minute you’ll be dancing to urban grooves in The Basement and the next, busting out moves to retro party anthems in Vinyl.

Smokin’ Aces - 103 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5RT

Head to the top of The Triangle to discover this seriously cool bar with wall to wall rock ‘n’ roll décor and a mouth-watering whisky and cocktail menu. If you fancy a few laid-back drinks before you hit the dancefloor, this is an excellent spot. They also host live music and open mic nights that are sure to entertain you.

Halo - Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5AQ

This banging, award-winning nightclub with quirky décor and VIP areas is set in a former church. There are balconies around the dance floor that are ideal for people watching and grabbing those all-important selfies. Expect a soundtrack of R&B, hip hop and dance with DJs spinning tunes that are guaranteed to get you on that dancefloor and throwing some serious shapes. Are you ready to party hard on your Bournemouth hen do?

The Best Time to Visit Bournemouth

Summers in this seaside town are busy and buzzing but visiting in the colder months is a good option if you’re looking to avoid a little hustle and bustle yet still have lots of fun. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your hen do in Bournemouth or something to get everyone together during the day, there’s always something going on here!

Bournemouth 7s Festival

Bournemouth 7s Festival, known as the ‘sporting Glastonbury,’ sees more than 40 live acts and DJs take to the stage with 400 sports team competing in rugby, netball, dodgeball and more, attracting more than 30,000 party people and 400 sports teams to the town in May.

Jazz by the Sea Festival

June and July host the annual Jazz by the Sea Festival with two weeks of live music, showcasing local and international artists with pubs, bars, shops and hotels hosting top acts.

Bournemouth Air Festival

August gives a warm welcome to Bournemouth Air Festival, the UK’s biggest air festival. As well as impressive demonstrations from famous and iconic aircraft, there’s also live music and fireworks.

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival hits the town in September and offers loads of free events celebrating the arts, culture and people.

Bournemouth Christmas Market

Get all the festive feels in November and December with a visit to Bournemouth Christmas Market, jam packed with food and drink traders, live entertainment, carol concerts, an ice rink and Santa’s grotto. This is a really magical time to have a hen do in Bournemouth.

Getting around

Getting to Your Bournemouth Hen Do

Bournemouth is located on the South Coast of England in the county of Dorset. It’s well connected by trains, coaches and motorways so is nice and easy to get to. You can drive here from London in around one hour and 40 minutes.

Getting Around During Your Bournemouth Hen Do

This sun-kissed destination is nice and compact so walking around is a breeze, especially with such pretty sights to soak up on the way. We highly recommend exploring by foot to discover all this coastal town has to offer but if you’re keen to rest those party feet, taxis are pretty reasonably priced here.

Fancy a Hen Party in Bournemouth?

One thing’s for sure, you’re going to have so much fun in the sun! We’ve got activities to suit all groups and budgets. All you need to do now is sort out your dates and decide what you want to do. You can even book multiple activities and make your own package. Scroll through our listings now for hen party ideas in Bournemouth that are sure to give the bride-to-be an amazing last night of freedom!

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