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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!
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.
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.
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!
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. This is bound to be an activity you laugh about for ages after!
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 even get to use feather fans for your final group performance for that extra va va voom. You’re bound to leave this workshop feeling like total goddesses!
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 zorbs encase your whole upper body, making you look like giant lollipops on legs as you split into teams and play hilarious games such as Bulldog, Bump the Bride and Queen of the Ring.
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. 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!
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 young guy who led us hens in school sports day is a credit to the team he made it fun, enjoyable, informative and all round great activity can’t thank him enough!!
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This was an excellent experience all round. Couldn't be faulted. Even the food was great. We would do this again in an instant.
Absolutely beautiful venue - the poor hen thought we were staying there haha! Amazing teacher, hilarious routines, amazing fun, brilliant photos and videos; would do it all over again - Excellent Ice Breaker. She was great.
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?
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 5AASituated 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 2BUIf 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 1JURevolution 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 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?
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 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.
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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