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If you want to give the bride-to-be an amazing send off in beautiful surroundings, a hen do in Chester is a fabulous choice!
What to Expect During a Hen Party in Chester
This northwest gem has got to be one of the most stunning cities in the UK and boasts a rich cultural heritage from its social media-worthy Medieval walls and the Roman Amphitheatre to Chester Racecourse, the oldest sports venue still in use with its first race taking place in 1539.
Chester is also a shop ‘til you drop haven! Visit the historic Chester Rows for two floors of shopping, established in the 13th century and head to Grosvenor Shopping Centre for high street faves and upmarket goodies. Around a 15 minutes’ drive away, you’ll find the Cheshire Oaks Shopping Outlet.
Chester’s glitzy nightlife has something to suit all tastes and budgets, from chilled pubs on the River Dee to swanky cocktail bars. Did we mention our favourite Bond, Daniel Craig was born here? Martini time, ladies!
Get ready to have a hen do in Chester you’ll never forget in this fabulous WAG wonderland!
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Chester
If you fancy something a bit rough and ready the great outdoors, the Cheshire countryside is nearby and bound to get your hearts racing with a thrilling quad biking experience. You'll love getting all muddy as you plough your way through ditches, puddles and dirt tracks. All equipment will be provided for you, so all you'll need to do is turn up and have fun!
If you're feeling extra adventurous during your Chester hen do, you can pair a quad biking session with clay pigeon shooting that'll see you pulling the trigger and learning to steady your aim under the guidance of an experienced instructor. It's an adrenaline-junkies dream come true!
Burlesque Dancing - Kick your pre-nuptial party off with a bang and get your group dancefloor ready with burlesque dancing, sure to break the ice as you learn some fantastic dance moves. The dance teach will break down the sassy choreography step by step until you’re ready to put on a showstopping performance at the end, complete with feather fans!
Nude Life Drawing - Do you want an activity that’ll instantly have the girls giggling? Chester hen party life drawing gets you all sketching a totally naked, professional, male model! That’s right, he’s going to be stood starkers right in front of you! Just imagine everyone’s blushing faces as the art instructor shows you how to create a masterpiece. This quirky activity is a great way to add a bit of cheekiness to your celebrations without it being too (ahem!) in your face!
Bubble Mayhen - If quirky activities are your bag, you’ll love bubble mayhen where you’ll each climb into big, inflatable, one-woman zorbs to play some brilliantly bonkers games including Queen of the Ring, Bump the Bride and Bulldog. You’ll be in hysterics as you bounce, bump and barge into each other, unleashing your competitive sides as you send the opposition flying down the pitch like big, inflatable beach balls!
School Sport Day - Relive the good old days with school sport day during your Chester hen do as you don coloured bibs and headbands and split into teams or “houses” to compete against each other in egg and spoon, wheelbarrow, sack and space hopper races. Will you be able to keep your cool as you race against your opponents with a bean bag on your head?
Virtual Experiences - Arranging a hen do in Chester can be hard work, especially when you’re trying to get all your nearest and dearest girls in the same room when they potentially live in different cities or even different countries. Make things easier but doing a virtual experience via video chat. They range from cocktail making to yoga, scavengers hunt to candle making to meet a range of diverse tastes. What takes your fancy?
Great afternoon, great service from staff
Great activity, more importantly the instructors were superb. Really added to the occasion. Certainly recommend
This was a fun experience. The lady helping made everyone feel at ease and made the drawing a fun and relaxed place. The venue was central again and staff were very helpful also. This was an experience that everyone must try at one point in their life.
Great time had. Lots of fun and choreographer so friendly and turned a bunch of clod hoppers into something resembling dancers by the end of the two hour session. Brill
This super glam city often attracts the rich, famous and fabulous. See who you can spot during your Chester hen party!
Celebrities born in this city include James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, Lee from cheesy pop group Steps, Poldark star and model Josh Whitehouse, footballer Danny Murphy and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. Money saving expert Martin Lewis went to school in Chester, and the city continues to be mega popular with footballers and their WAGs.
With restaurants on almost every street, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Chester. Whether you want a real taste of Cheshire at a restaurant serving tasty local produce or a meal at your favourite chain restaurant, this city is here to please your palate!
Because it’s a super sophisticated destination, we fully expect you ladies to treat yourselves. After all, we all know calories don’t count on a hen weekend in Chester! Guilt free indulgence, here we come! That said, if you’re on a budget or just fancy something quick and easy, there are plenty of options to tickle your taste buds from local cafes to chain fast food places that we all know and love.
A meal out with the girls is a great way to slow down the pace and enjoy some quality time together over good food and drink. Whether you’re a picky eater (we all know one or we are one!), a veggie, vegan, a takeaway queen or someone who like their food exotic and interesting, you’ll find something here to satisfy your cravings during your hen do in Chester.
Miller & Carter - Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJThis steakhouse restaurant is always a popular choice for hen parties in Chester, serving up hand-cut, 30-day aged British and Irish steaks that’ll really make your mouth water.
Hickory’s Smokehouse - The Groves, Souters Lane, Chester, CH1 1SDWelcome to BBQ heaven on the bank of the River Dee. Hickory’s boasts a menu that’s jam-packed with American goodies and a big range of slow-cooked meats from Memphis-style baby back ribs to burgers, chicken wings to brisket.
Hypha - 5 City Walls, Chester, CH1 2JGMichelin-recommended and hailed as one of the best vegan restaurants in the country, Hypha is well worth a visit if you want to satisfy your plant-based cravings. Their menu is packed with inventive dishes as well as their locally famous vegan roast dinners that claim to include the best gravy in the world.
Las Iguanas - Coliseum Leisure Park, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Chester, CH65 9HDDiscover a carnival of flavours at this Latin American restaurant and bar. With cosy corners and big tables, Las Iguanas is always happy to host a hen do in Chester of any size. Tuck into spicy or mild dishes with influences from America, India, Africa and Spain.
Get glammed up Real Housewives or WAG style to experience some truly decadent nightlife a big number of pubs, bars and clubs.
Cocktail Making - Chester hen party cocktail making is a brilliantly fun way to kick off the bride-to-be’s last night of freedom, getting you all good and merry as you create your own delicious drinks and enjoy lots of samples along the way.
Games up the fun factor and get everyone to unleash their competitive side as you race against each other to make the tastiest drink in the shortest amount of time.
Gin Tasting - Would you rather sit back like VIPs whilst someone makes the drinks? No problem! Add a drop of sophistication to you hen night in Chester with a gin tasting. A friendly bartender will share all the secrets of how wine is made.
You’ll get to try lots of samples and even try your hand at gin-based cocktail making. Bar snacks are also included so don’t worry if you’re a bit of a lightweight!
Rosies - 12-16 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2SA
Dress to impress when it comes to hitting the nightclubs. Rosies is a Chester institution and firm fave with students as well as stag and hen parties. It boasts three floors, each playing a different genre of music, and an open-top roof terrace.
Cruise - 4 St John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA
Cruise claims to be the city’s most sophisticated nightclub, boasting six distinctly themed rooms with luxurious décor where you can celebrate your Chester hen night in style. Expect sets from top DJs and to dance the night away to a mix of old and new music.
Revolution - 106-110 Foregate Street, Chester, CH1 1HB
For a good atmosphere, lots of seating and a place to throw some shapes, Revolution is hard to beat. This buzzing bar is always popular with stag and hen parties in Chester, offering a jam-packed cocktail menu and a DJ pumping out chart hits. You can also try out a gin or cocktail masterclass here.
If you fancy the idea of a hen do in Chester, here’s a quick guide to what you can expect throughout the year.
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
April hosts Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, one the biggest annual events of its type in the UK. More than 150 exhibitors showcase the best of Cheshire’s food and drink for you to sample and buy. There’s also talks, chef demonstrations, workshops and entertainment. In short, it’s a foodie’s heaven!
Chester’s fascinating history comes to life with talks, walks, films, workshops and exhibitions during June with the Heritage Festival. The city will be buzzing with loads of visitors and more than 60 events taking place in various venues.
CH1 Chester Comedy Festival
June also sees the return of the CH1 Chester Comedy Festival where local and international comedians take to the stage across eight laughter-filled days.
Around a 30-minute drive from the city centre, you’ll find the small village of Daresbury. You may not have heard of it, but you probably know about its annual event, Creamfields, the UK’s biggest dance music festival with super famous acts playing the best of drum and bass, EDM, techno and house. Fancy a visit during your hen do in Chester?
Chester Pride arrives every August, celebrating the LGBTQ community with a feel-good atmosphere and colourful parade plus entertainment and activities at Castle Square. There’s a main stage for famous acts to perform on plus a busking stage for acoustic singers and cabaret tent showcasing some hilarious and dazzling drag acts.
Chester Christmas Market
Visiting in November or December? You’re in for a magical time as Chester Christmas Market opens, boating more than 70 traditional wooden chalets selling festive treats, gifts, food and drink. You can get your hands on local products including crafts, jewellery, clothing, quirky gifts and nice stocking fillers. Don’t forget to grab some mulled wine, the perfect way to keep warm!
Getting to Your Chester Hen Do
Chester is located in northwest England, around 200 miles and a four-hour drive from London by car or just over two hours by train. It’s around 27 miles from Liverpool and a 40-minute drive, and 40 miles and a 55-minute drive from Manchester. It’s well connected by motorways and reachable by trains and coaches from most major cities. Once you’re there, Chester is a pretty compact city so is easily walkable.
Getting Around During Your Chester Hen Do
Going for a stroll is a great way to take in the stunning sights, awesome architecture and discover some hidden gems. But beware, many of the historic streets are cobbled so you may struggle a little in heels. You’ll also find a regular bus service that covers the city and its suburbs well so you can get around easily during your hen do in Chester. If you’d rather hop in a taxi after a night on your party feet, these can be easily pre-booked or found at a big selection of taxi ranks.
Chester is a gorgeous place to celebrate with its medieval streets, magnificent cathedral and Roman wall paired with a massive range of restaurants and pulsing nightlife. What more could you want? If you’d like more inspo for hen party ideas in Chester, check out our full activity listings right this second. You’ll find something to give the bride-to-be a fun-packed send off she’ll never forget!
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