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This buzzing East Midlands city has a lot to shout about! With rich history, diverse culture, natural beauty and buzzing night time hotspots, Leicester is a real hen party haven!
What To Expect During a Hen Party in Leicester
If you’re into your history, you’ll find loads of fascinating sights and museums here. King Richard III was even dug up from one of the council car parks! If that’s not your bag, don’t worry. Did we mention this student city has some of the best nightlife in the Midlands? A hen do in Leicester has something for everyone! From underground dive bars to chic nightclubs that’ll make you feel like VIPs, you’ll find a truly eclectic scene come nightfall that offers something for everyone’s tastes and budgets.
Leicester’s made up of a number of neighbourhoods, each with its own character that adds to the diverse charm of the city. Stroll down the medieval streets of the Old Town, enjoy a riverside stroll in Aylestone, explore the melting pot of cultures in the Golden Mile with its Indian bazaar or immerse yourselves in theatre at St George’s Cultural Quarter. There’s so much to see and do here.
If you love shopping (who doesn’t?), Leicester charmingly pairs small, quirky boutiques with big shopping centres with flagship high street stores. The historic Lanes and St Martin’s Square are great to explore by foot if you like hunting for hidden gems. The city centre’s also full of cafes and restaurants so you can refuel with a bite to eat. Read on to find out how a hen weekend in Leicester can give the beautiful bride-to-be the fun-packed send-off of her dreams!
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Leicester
If you fancy exploring the great outdoors during your hen do in Leicester, you’re spoilt for choice with activities that’ll get your blood pumping, put your fears to the test or just help you enjoy the wind in your hair. Some even see you don giant zorbs for hilarious games!
Burlesque Dancing - There's just so much to do on a hen do in Leicester! Let your wild side loose with a burlesque dancing workshop! You’ll laugh your heads off as a professional burlesque tutor teaches you a cheeky choreographed routine where you’ll shimmy and shake what your mama gave ya! No experience is needed, and the choreography will be taught step by step so everyone can let their down and have fun.
Nude Life Drawing - After even more girly giggles? Then you’ve got to try hen party life drawing in Leicester! A professional art tutor will guide your relaxed yet hilarious session, giving you top drawing tips to help you create your very own work of art. And what will we be drawing, we hear you ask? A completely naked man! Yep, that’s right, he’ll be naked! Don’t worry, we only work with the most professional male models who know exactly how to make you feel as comfortable as possible as they strike a pose. The art teacher will be on hand to help you draw every detail on to your paper. Prepare to laugh hard as you compare drawings at the end!
Bubble Mayhen - If you’d rather get up and active during your celebrations, why not climb into an inflatable one-woman zorb and play some bonkers but brilliant zorb games during Bubble Mayhen? These big zorbs cover your whole upper body including your arms and torso so will not only make you look hilarious but also make balancing very difficult. Be prepared to flail on your back like tortoises, ladies!
Buff Butler - If you believe that staying in is the new going out, then why not book yourselves a butler in the buff to host your big night in? They’ll don a cheeky uniform including a bottom-baring apron, cuffs, collar and bowtie to greet your guests at the door, take their coats, serve your drinks and canapes and even host a range of hysterical party games. This is going to be a night to remember!
Leicester is packed with fabulously famous faces that were either born or grew up in the city including film director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen), former footballer Gary Lineker, Rock band Kasabian, rapper Mark Morrison, author Sue Townends and the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick.
Will you spot a celeb during your hen do in Leicester? Fabulous former residents and national treasures Richard and David Attenborough were awarded the university’s highest honour of Honorary Distinguished Fellows. Well deserved!
From award-winning restaurants to cheap and cheerful takeaways, there’s something to make everyone’s mouth water. If you like curry, you’re in for a real treat; Leicester’s won loads of awards for theirs including the Curry Capital of the UK title. The city even has its very own restaurant quarter that’s packed with the big chains we all know and love from Coast to Coast to Wagamama. Not your thing? Don’t worry, you’ll also find lots of local gems from artisan bakers to independent hipster hangouts.
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Leicester
Afternoon Tea - Sit back, relax and enjoy good food on your Leicester hen do with a spot of afternoon tea. This sophisticated daytime treat is available at a range of venues from swanky hotels to chain bars, quirky independent cafes to big name restaurants. The menu will vary from place to place but we all know the tastiest dish usually includes those irresistible scones, loaded with clotted cream and jam.
Bottomless Brunch - If you fancy kickstarting your Leicester hen party celebrations early, bottomless brunch is the activity for you! You’ll tuck into a mouth-watering brunch dish, accompanied by totally unlimited glasses of alcohol from fizz to cocktails. Menus vary massively so you could munch on any meal from traditional breakfast dishes to burgers or pizza.
Las Iguanas - 13-15 Belvoir Street, Leicester, LE1 6SL
Tuck into some tasty tapas or a filling two or three course meal at Las Iguanas. This Latin American bar and restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for enjoying some quality time with your favourite friends and chowing down on some delicious grub on your hen do in Leicester. Each dish is packed with Latin flavour and spice. If this wasn’t enough, their happy hour cocktails are two for one, all day, every day!
Healthy Louisa - 13-15 Belvoir Street, Leicester, LE1 6SL
If you’re watching your waistline before the wedding, are vegan or just fancy a healthy meal out, Healthy Louisa is one of the most popular spots in town. Their menu features a whole host of plant-based goodies such as rainbow vegan duck, vegan soya chicken shawarma, buddha bowls, pancakes, porridge and more.
Revolution - 6B New Walk, Leicester, LE1 6TF
Revolution might not be somewhere you immediately think of when choosing where to chow down, but if you’re on a budget and fancy a bar that serves reasonably priced food and offers the chance to party afterwards, it’s a great shout. Revolution is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, a few minutes’ walk from Leicester station. Chic décor, high ceiling and an impressive mezzanine floor give you the perfect place to party after you’ve eaten. Their menu includes a range of British and international dishes from nachos to burgers, salads to cheesecakes.
From cheap as chips student pubs to swanky cocktail bars, traditional boozers to hedonistic nightclubs, a hen night in Leicester is what you make it! The most buzzing area of the city come night fall has to be the roads near the Clock Tower including the High Street, Church Gate and Silver Street.
Cocktail Making - Get the drinks flowing and your group bonding with a spot of Leicester hen party cocktail making, a super popular activity that’ll get everyone warmed up for a big night out as you learn how to make the most delicious drinks. Whether you already know your Sex on the Beach from your Cosmopolitan or just want to get a bit merry, you’ll have a right laugh as a professional mixologist welcomes you with a drink before teaching you all the tricks of the trade.
Our cocktail masterclasses are perfect for a Leicester hen night, breaking the ice and getting everyone involved in something fun. Plus, we all know alcohol has that special way of getting everyone relaxed and chatting, making this activity ideal for hen groups who perhaps don’t know each other that well yet. You’ll all be besties by the end of it!
Gin Tasting -We offer some fabulous gin tasting masterclasses that are sure to get you in the party spirit as sip on your favourite tipple, trying and learning about a range of different gins. You'll learn how to mix, muddle and shake up you very own gin-based cocktails under the guidance of an experienced mixologist. You can even amp it up a level and pair with a two-course meal that's sure to soak up all that alcohol. Ideal if you're planning a big night on the town!
Manhattan 34 - 37 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD
This place claims to serve up the best cocktails in the city, but we’ll let you be the judge of that! With cool art deco and prohibition-era décor, live music and comedy, a friendly atmosphere and delicious cocktails and American craft beers, this is a great place to celebrate in style. Make sure to dress to impress and take loads of photos!
Mosh - 37 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD
Ready for a boogie? There are loads of nightclubs here that’ll help you and the girls end your last night of freedom on a high! Whatever music you’re into, you’ll find it here! If you fancy experiencing something alternative on your hen do in Leicester, head to Mosh, a three floor alternative nightclub. Here, you can party the night away to rock, indie and pop hits and enjoy some purse-friendly drink prices.
Club Republic - Gravel Street, Leicester, LE1 3AG
Club Republic is one of the biggest nightclubs in the city with rooms playing 10 different music styles so there’s something to get everyone dancing and letting their hair down on Leicester hen party. The boudoir décor is a great backdrop to your last night of freedom. You may even be treated to a banging set from a famous DJ!
Leicester Comedy Festival
There’s always something going on in this awesome destination so you can celebrate your hen do in Leicester at any time of year. Leicester Comedy Festival is the biggest of its kind in Europe. The Guardian even described it as ‘one of the best comedy festivals in the world.’ Praise indeed! Visit in February to see hilarious local and international comedians take to the stage to make you laugh out loud.
Glastonbudget takes place each May and is said to be the world’s biggest best tribute festival! If you fancy hearing your fave songs but can’t quite afford the real thing, this is a great alternative with a brilliant atmosphere.
Download Festival is world famous, hosting some of the biggest names in rock and heavy metal music. Every June, the festival comes to Donington Park, situated just a short drive away from Leicester city centre. Previous performers include Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Aerosmith, Metallica and Guns ‘n’ Roses. If you like your rock and you’ve never been, it’s time you changed that!
The Riverside Festival
June is also the month of a slightly quieter event but no less fun. The Riverside Festival offers boat trips, live music, activities and food stalls from all around the world for a fun-packed weekend.
Transport your Leicester hen party to warmer climates during the Caribbean Carnival in August! This beautifully vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture includes a colourful street parade, music, entertainment and food and drink stalls.
A Christmas Hen Do in Leicester
If you’re planning a festive last weekend of freedom, Leicester is magical at Christmas. Unleash your inner Jayne Torvill on the ice rink, hop on the giant ferris wheel and explore the Christmas markets for gifts and a tasty snack.
Getting To Your Leicester Hen Do
If you’re traveling in a car or coach, the M1 and M69 motorways link Leicester with the north plus London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield. The city’s also easily reachable by train.
Getting Around During Your Leicester Hen Do
Getting around during your Leicester hen do is easy and breezy! There’s tons to do in the city centre that’s within walking distance. You’re never far from a shop, bar, restaurant or attraction. The city has excellent transport links including buses and trains.
If you fancy unleashing a bit of pedal power, bicycles are available to rent throughout the city centre. If that sounds like too much exercise during a weekend away, we totally get it! Save those legs for dancing and hop in a taxi, available at ranks outside the main night time hotspots.
Exploring the city by foot is a must during your hen do in York and luckily most places of interest are close together. However, if you’re girls who love their heels, you might find the winding, cobbled streets get a bit much. No worries though because you can jump on a bus or hop in a taxi in a flash. You can even hop on a boat to explore the River Ouse and soak up the stunning sights in style from a unique viewpoint.
Want more hen party ideas in Leicester? You’ve got it! Scroll through our activity listings now for a big range of popular activities from cocktail making to zorb games. Booking through Fizzbox is all done online so there’s no pesky phoning around. You can even make your own package! Go girls!