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This seaside city is modern and lively, whilst maintaining bohemian charm, and is literally brimming with landmarks, activities, restaurants, pubs and clubs to help give your engaged friend the amazing send-off they deserve.
What to Expect During a Brighton Hen Do
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside and there's so much do here! Known as London by the sea, Brighton's got to be one of the best destinations in the UK for a bachelorette bash. Whether you want to celebrate in style, unwind or go absolutely wild, there's something for all tastes and budgets here. This big, bold and British seaside city is a charming host with friendly locals, a chilled-out vibe and a come as you are attitude that you'll love.
Get in the seaside spirit with a stroll along the cobbled beach before heading to Brighton's Palace Pier, a favourite with tourists, packed with rides, arcades and selfie opportunities! Don't forget to explore the shops too!
If you like to shop ‘til you drop, you'll never want to leave Brighton with its glorious fusion of independent boutiques and high street names we all know and love. The Laines is a firm fave of ours with some seriously cool and quirky shops you'll only find here. Like vintage clothing? Beyond Retro is a retro paradise, packed with one offs from yesteryear. Prefer high street brands? Churchill Square has more than 80 stores.
Bonkers, bohemian and bloody brilliant, that's a hen do in Brighton! Ready to make some memories?
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Brighton
If you want to experience something fun in the great outdoors during your hen do in Brighton, we’ve got more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at! How about seeing some of the city’s best sights in a really quirky way? Then ride the Brighton Zip! This 300m zipline is the longest one in the South Coast and is 35m above sea level. Alternatively, you can channel your inner child with the retro games of School Sports Day or the zorb-based silliness of Bubble Mayhen.
If you're looking for a fun alternative to a bus tour or drinking session in the pub, we have just the thing: a prosecco bike! The bike has room for 11 or 12 people and comes with pedals that let you power it around the city. You'll have a professional driver on board so you can sip your fizz and pedal like mad, all while taking in the sights of one of Europe’s most exciting cities. The bike will either be stocked with prosecco or you can bring your own. Not only is this bike a great way to see this south coast city, it's also a fun way to get some exercise.
Don't miss out on the chance to learn how to make cocktails at a local bar, pub or club. It’s one of the most popular hen party activities as it breaks the ice, treats you to loads of delicious drinks and teaches you a fun new skill in the process. What’s not to love? From mixing and stirring to shaking and tasting, you'll get the full experience with guidance from an expert mixologist. You’ll make between two and four drinks each, using a range of spirits and mixers. After learning how to make your own drinks, you can even enjoy a two-course meal or nibbles at your reserved table for a complete party package.
Brighton is a city that's bursting with culture and history but it also has a famously naughty side, making it a perfect place to feast your eyes on sexy male strippers! Give the bride-to-be a cheeky treat and see these handsome hunks perform some of their best moves on stage in front of you, entertaining you all with comedy, dancing and sexy striptease. Cheer if you want to see more and they’ll be more than happy to oblige. If you want to surprise the bride-to-be, you can hire the stripper to come to your home or hired accommodation or venue to give her a lapdance she’ll never forget!
Get ready to be seriously wowed by dazzling live entertainment! This city boasts some of the best drag acts in the country from RuPaul’s Drag Race stars to new performers and everything between. Expect amazing costumes, spot on lip syncing, energetic dance routines and hilarious comedy. Some shows even include a meet and greet so you can grab a selfie with the performers. You can also combine your show with a sit-down meal or bottomless brunch to make things even more fun. Alternatively, you could visit a comedy club where you’ll enjoy a varied line up of stand up comics who’ll make you LOL all night long.
This city’s anything goes attitude makes it the perfect place to indulge in a cheeky activity with the girls. How about a spot of Brighton hen party life drawing? This fun, laid-back session is led by a professional art tutor who'll teach you how to draw a totally naked man. And what's more, you'll have a live male model before your very eyes to draw. He’ll de-robe and pose for you as you sketch every single detail you see on to paper. And we do mean everything, ladies! You can imagine the look on the bride-to-be's red face already, can't you?
Fancy a relaxing and indulgent hen party idea? Eating out always provides a welcome change of pace, giving you ladies time to sit back, relax and chat as you tuck into some sweet and savoury goodies. And meals out don’t come much more fun than bottomless brunch, the ultimate daytime treat. You’ll have plenty of drinks to toast your betrothed buddy with as you’ll get totally unlimited booze for a set time. To accompany this, you’ll also get a brunch dish of your choice. Menus vary but it could be anything from a full English breakfast to burgers, pizza to a roast dinner.
If you’re hosting your hen celebrations indoors, it’s a great idea to hire a cheeky butler. They’ll help to serve your drinks and canapes as well as greeting guests at the door and taking their coats. Just imagine their faces when they see his uniform, just a collar, bowtie, cuff and bottom-baring apron! Your guests won’t be able to keep their off your gorgeous butler in the buff as he’s at your beck and call throughout the night. Your hunky butler can also suggest and join in with hilarious party games that’ll help any hen do in Brighton go with a bang!
Transport your Brighton hen do to a whole new world of fun with an immersive experience you can completely lose yourself in. The world you visit is totally up to you, it could be an American-style prison, the Wild West, your favourite TV show, a horror film, a murder mystery and more. You and the girls will love exploring this new world with actors bringing it to life before your very eyes. How about entering Alcotraz, the prison cocktail bar where you’ll smuggle in drinks, have cocktails made for you and spend time behind bars, dressed in an orange jumpsuit?
Why not embrace your inner detective with an interactive and entertaining escape room? There's just one hour on the clock and you're tasked with hunting for clues, cracking codes and solving riddles and puzzles as quickly as possible in order to get out! But you’ll only have one hour on the clock. Will you be able to keep you nerve as the clock tick tocks away?There’s a range of rooms with exciting and immersive themes to choose from, from bank heists to murder mysteries, from stopping a serial killer to saving the world. Do you fancy your chances of success?
Groups of disco divas have to got to try out one of our many themed dance classes to get dancefloor ready for the big night ahead! There are more themes than you shake a stick at including 80s, 90s, Beyonce, Britney, Spice Girls, ABBA, burlesque, pole dancing and more. Or why not have your own lip sync battle? You’ll split into teams to be taught how to move and shake like the stars by a professional dance teacher before going head to head. You can even unleash your routine again on the dancefloor later!
Great experience and staff were amazing and kept the entertainment going.
Joe was fantastic and made sure we had a good time! The only complaint was the venue, which was in the process of being torn down! Would rebook just not at that venue!
Absolutely brilliant! Amazing host (lovely amaerican lady I’m sorry I forgot your name)!! Really interactive and fun, lovely drinks and overall an absolutely fab experience! Would definitely do again and an absolute treat for all!
We booked a butler for our friends hen do & it was so much fun. Our butler Matt made everyone feel comfortable, led games & made sure our drinks were full & kept the energy high! Communication was great as well.
A Brighton hen weekend might see you rub shoulders with Norman Cook (DJ Fatboy Slim), presenter Zoe Ball, Beatles singer Paul McCartney, actress Cate Blanchett, former glamour girl Katie Price, comedian David Walliams, crime fiction writer Peter James, boxer Chris Eubank, Australian musician Nick Cave or YouTube star Zoella, all of whom live or have lived in the city. Winston Churchill even went to school in Hove.
Celebs born in the here include presenter Holly Willoughby, singer Conor Maynard and author Caitlin Moran and even megastar singer Adele lived here for a few years. Which celebrity would you most like to bump into during your hen do in Brighton?
With more than 400 places to eat, Brighton's a foodie's dream. In fact, there's more restaurants per person in Brighton and Hove than anywhere else in the UK with a ratio of one restaurant for every 250 people.
Starting with the obvious, you can't visit the seaside without having fish and chips and an ice cream on the beach but if cheap eats aren't your thing, you'll also find lots of fancy dining options plus the national chains that everyone likes.
Get stuck into our two or three-course meals at a range of top city centre restaurants during a hen do in Brighton. There’s a massive range of restaurants here.
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Brighton
Bottomless Brunch - Fancy a boozy activity for your hen do in Brighton? Treat yourselves to unlimited drinks with a mouth-watering bottomless brunch, available at a range of top venues in the city. You’ll chow down on a brunch dish and wash everything down with bottomless drinks from prosecco to cocktails. What better way to celebrate in style?
Afternoon Tea - Indulge in the relaxing British tradition of afternoon tea for a Brighton hen do to remember. You’ll tuck into delicate sandwiches, tasty cakes and everyone’s favourite, scones with clotted cream and jam. Yum!
Cooking Class - Whether you fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz in the kitchen or manage to burn beans on toast, you’ll have great fun at a cooking class. Feel like you’re starring in The Great British Bake Off as you learn how to whip up a range of dishes under the expert tutelage of a professional chef. Did we mention the best part? You’ll get to eat everything you make. Yum!
The Ivy in the Lanes - 51A Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AFIf you fancy treating yourself and your group to something truly indulgent, The Ivy in the Lanes is great place to dine. From smoked salmon to roast lamb, lobster linguine to crème brûlée, your taste buds are going to get seriously spoilt here. Their creative cocktails are also well worth a try. Dress to impress and enjoy a sophisticated evening here.
Metrodeco - 38 Upper St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1JNMetrodeco is a vintage, 1930s-style tea room in Kemptown that serves up a tasty selection of sweet and savoury treats and tea cocktails with a backdrop of quirky decor. They offer a range of meal options including afternoon tea, cocktail brunch, tipsy evening tea and more, all served on gorgeous, vintage crockery.
Las Iguanas - 7-8 Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GEInject some spice into your Brighton hen do with a trip to Latin American restaurant and bar, Las Iguanas. Their menu’s jam-packed with dishes inspired by Latin American, India, Africa, Spain and Portugal, offering plenty of flavour and value for money. They can cater for any group size with big tables and cosy corners. Did we mention their happy hour cocktails are buy one get one free 24/7?
Terre à Terre - 7-8 Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GEBrighton's a paradise for vegetarians with the highest concentration of veggie restaurants in the UK. One of the most famous of these is Terre à Terre. If the bride's watching her weight to make sure she gets into her dress, they've got lots of healthy but tasty meals including great vegetarian and vegan options.
A hen night in Brighton is one to remember because this fab city boasts some of the best nightlife in the UK. With a super eclectic scene, there's something to suit all groups whether you want to sip local beer in a quaint pub in The Laines, rock out to some live music, laugh at a comedian at a comedy club or dance the night away in one of party mecca West Street's nightclubs. The best of the nightlife is central so easily walkable, even in heels. Yay!
Cocktail Making - Cocktail making is the perfect way to kick off your last night of freedom. You’ll get the drinks and the great times flowing at various venues including Revolution and Las Iguanas. A professional mixologist will show you the ropes before it's your turn to mix, muddle and make your own delicious drinks, sinking everything you make. Now you can see why this is one of the most popular hen party ideas in Brighton, right?
Male Strip Show - This seaside city always gives hen groups a warm welcome and is the ideal place to get up to some mischief! Adonis Cabaret, the UK’s answer to Magic Mike, is an absolute riot. What better way to spend your last night of freedom than gazing upon half naked hunks as they strip and dance for your pleasure?
PRYZM - Kingswest, West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RE
This is the biggest nightclub in the city. Here, you can throw shapes to the best of house music, retro 80s and 90s club classics, R&B and hip hop across several fabulous rooms. This club's really popular with Brighton hen do and stag groups so you'll be in good company as you party the night away!
Concorde 2 - 286A Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1EN
If live music's more your thing, you'll love a Brighton hen night! Its buzzing music scene is famous and one of the best venues has to be Concorde 2 on the seafront. The 600-capacity venue hosts regular music events alongside gigs from artists ranging from the Foo Fighters to Calvin Harris.
Komedia - 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN
This comedy place is a Brighton institution. Head here for a night of LOLs with hilarious sets from famous comedians and new acts. They’ve been voted the South Coast’s Best Comedy venue more than 15 times, so you know you’re going to have fun here with the girls.
There's never a bad time for a hen do in Brighton! The sunny South Coast is known for its milder temperature than the North of the country so is a great place to visit all year round and, unlike other coastal resorts, it's not seasonal so there's always something going on.
Brighton Festival and Fringe
May is a fantastic time of year to visit as Brighton Festival takes place over three weeks with theatre, music, dance, art, literature, circus events and more taking place all over the city plus Brighton Fringe, the biggest open-access arts festival in the country.
If you're a food fan, you've got to visit the UK's biggest food festival. Foodies Festival comes to Hove Lawns every May with food stalls, top chefs, workshops and live music.
The Great Escape
Also taking place in May is The Great Escape. This three-day festival is made for music lovers and showcases around 400 up and coming artists from all over the world across over 30 venues in the city. Prepare your ears for a range of genres including rock, indie, punk, dance, acoustic, hip hop and more. What a great soundtrack to your hen do in Brighton!
Paddle Round the Pier
July sees the return of the biggest free charity beach festival in Europe. Paddle Round the Pier features a giant village with stalls, places to eat and drink plus entertainment and live music. You can also watch the competitions Maritime Marathon, Paddle Something Unusual and the Paddle Round the Pier.
Brighton and Hove Pride
August sees the streets come to life with colour as the city celebrates Brighton and Hove Pride, the UK's biggest Pride festival and host to superstars such as Britney Spears, Jess Glynne, Nile Rogers and Boy George. The main festival may take place in Preston Park but the whole city joins in the party!
Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
Celebrate in style with a gorgeous and historic backdrop between November and January with a skate around the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, bound to be one of your favourite winter selfie spots in the city.
Burning the Clocks
December is also host to Burning the Clocks, a lantern parade, bonfire and fireworks display to mark the year's shortest day. Whenever you visit, your Brighton hen party will be full of fun!
Getting to Your Brighton Hen Do
Brighton has excellent transport links and is served well by major roads, coaches and trains. Visitors from London can whizz down on a train and arrive at Brighton’s mainline train station is around an hour. Gatwick Airport is 28 miles away and around a 40-minute drive from the city centre. As you can tell, there’s so much to do in the city centre and lots of it’s walkable but if you want to rest those party feet, Brighton and its surrounding areas are served by a very regular bus service.
Getting Around During Your Brighton Hen Do
Getting a taxi is easy here too with loads of them waiting outside the train and coach stations as well as the nightlife hotspots for you to hop in after you've danced the night away on your Brighton hen do.
We reckon you’ll find yourself walking around a fair bit still in the day. It’s the best way to explore the sights include the beachfront and The Laines.
One thing’s for sure, you won’t be stuck for hen party ideas in Brighton! Fizzbox is proud to call this quirky city home so you can rest assured, we know what’s best to do.
Browse through our listings now and see what takes your fancy for that famous last weekend of freedom!