Hen Party Activities in Leicester

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Leicester Hen Parties

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!

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!

Hen Parties Activities in Leicester

There's just so much to do on a hen do in Leicester! Our interactive Treasure Hunt works from a mobile app downloaded to your phone or tablet and gets you to split into groups to take part in fun challenges across the city. With GPS as your guide, you’ll make the city streets your playground as you discover local legends, see iconic landmarks and tackle tricky trivia. You’ll even have a chance to channel your creative side with hilarious photo and video challenges!

Let your wild side loose with Burlesque Dancing! You’ll laugh your heads off as a professional tutor teaches you a cheeky choreographed routine where you’ll shimmy and shake what your mama gave ya! After even more girly giggles? 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!

If you’d rather get up and active during your celebrations, why not have a game of Quidditch? You can even climb into an inflatable one-woman zorb and play some bonkers but brilliant zorb games during Bubble Mayhen? Paintball might be seen as a stag do activity but don’t let the men have all the fun! Come and show everyone some serious girl power as you split into teams and pelt each other with paint!

Did you know?

  • Thomas Cook created his 1st package trip in 1841, a train journey from Leicester to Loughborough.
  • Leicester host the world’s biggest Diwali celebration outside of India.
  • In 2012, King Richard III’s remains were found buried beneath a local carpark. He was reburied in Leicester Cathedral.
  • Modern standard English was born in Leicester, originally developed to help the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons communicate.
  • Leicester Market is the biggest covered outdoor market in Europe. It’s a must visit during your hen do in Leicester.
  • Walkers crisps were created by Leicester-born butcher Henry Walker in 1948. Thanks Henry!
  • This is a city steeped in history. From Roman bath house ruins to an Iron Age hillfort, there’s loads for history lovers to explore during your Leicester hen weekend.
  • There are more traffic lights here than in any other UK city.
  • The River Soar was once pink due to textile waste from local factories running into it.
  • DNA fingerprinting was discovered by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester in 1984.
  • Leicester Comedy Festival is the biggest and longest running comedy event in the UK. Sorry Edinburgh!
  • The city’s home to the longest established women’s footie club in England, Leicester City Ladies FC.
  • In 1961, the city held the Guinness World Record for the biggest Tesco in Europe.
  • Queen’s Building at De Montford University is the biggest naturally ventilated building in Europe.
  • The Space Centre is the UK’s biggest visitor attraction dedicated to space and its exploration. It also houses the UK’s largest domed planetarium.

Leicester in numbers

  • Leicester is the 10th biggest city in the UK.
  • This fascinating city’s history stretches back over 2,000 years.
  • More than 35,000 people descend open Belgrave Road every year for the annual Diwali celebrations.
  • The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city was 35.1°C in 2003.
  • The UK’s first ever local radio station first broadcast in Leicester in 1967.
  • Legendary band, The Beatles performed in Leicester three times.
  • Leicester Market, the largest outdoor covered market in Europe, features more than 300 stalls.
  • Leicester’s home to the biggest Jain temple in the UK. The Jain Centre opened in 1988, making it the first ever Jain temple to be established in the West.
  • Leicester Tigers hold the record for winning the league the most times, making them the most successful rugby club in England.
  • Burrough on the Hill spans seven mills and dates back to 100 BC. Head here for some gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside during your hen do in Leicester.

Local Celebs

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.

Hen party Cocktail Making in Leicester is one of our most popular activities, available at a range of bars including Revolution which 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.

Add a two-course meal to make this a complete party package and tuck into a range of British and international dishes from nachos to burgers, salads to cheesecakes.

Tuck into some tasty tapas or two filling courses at Las Iguanas in Leicester. 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, packed with Latin flavour and spice. If this wasn’t enough, their happy hour cocktails are two for one, all day, every day!

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.

Get the drinks flowing and your group bonding with a spot of 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!

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! Head to quirky Mosh for three floors of indie, rock pop mash-ups. The Shed is an underground music club with a variety live bands playing. Finally, Club Republic is one of the biggest nightclubs with rooms playing 10 different music styles so there’s something to get everyone dancing and letting their hair down.

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!

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.

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’re traveling in a car, the M1 and M69 motorways link Leicester with the north plus London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield.
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.

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