Hen Party Activities in Manchester

You’re spoilt for choice when you’re on a hen weekend in Manchester! The North's party capital is full to the brim with culture, activities, shops and restaurants, not forgetting that famously wild nightlife.
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Manchester Hen Parties

There’s so much more to Manchester football and Oasis! This city boasts a contemporary and cool vibe paired with that famous Northern charm that makes all visitors feel welcome. Shopaholic hens will love Manchester’s high street shops, quirky boutiques and, of course, legendary shopping Mecca, the Trafford Centre.

Manchester’s vibrant party scene is comparable to London’s, except you get way more bang for your buck, as well as a friendly welcome from the fun-loving locals. From the bohemian Northern Quarter to trendy Deansgate Lock, from the action-packed Printworks to friendly gay village, Canal Street, Manchester will make that last night of freedom totally memorable.

The second cultural hub of England is a fantastic place to try something new and our fun-filled activities always go down a treat. It’s the bride-to-be last weekend away as a single lady and we know exactly how to help you give her the best send off ever! Whether you’re the future bride or one of her hens, if you’re looking for hen party ideas in Manchester, you’ve come to the right place!

Hen Parties Activities in Manchester

Relax to the max on your Manchester hen do with an indulgent Spa Day at Pace Health Club and nu Spa. You’ll get access to their top facilities, including the swimming pool, steam room and sauna, plus a 25-minute treatment each. Choose from a massage, facial, back purification and more. Sounds heavenly to us.

Why not shake off your inhibitions with Burlesque or Pole Dancing? You can even have your own Lip Sync Battle. Seen the hit TV show? Now it’s your turn to perform like your favourite popstars, miming and performing a choreographed dance routine to a song of your choice!

If you’re looking for a cheeky ice breaker, hen party Life Drawing in Manchester always goes down a treat! A professional art tutor will teach you how to draw all the curves of human body with a totally nude male model right before your very eyes! Expect giggles and lots of blushing!

This city is sports mad! If you ladies are too, get stuck into retro School Sports Day events or play hilarious games in a giant zorb during Bubble Mayhen. You can even make your Harry Potter dreams come true with a lively game of Quidditch where you’ll ride broomsticks and try to catch the golden snitch!

Shake off your hangover and get out into the Northern countryside with Quad Biking or Clay Pigeon Shooting, both pitting hen against hen as you unleash your competitive sides. If you’d prefer your activities to be a bit more glam, you’ll love our Makeover and Photoshoot. The pro make-up artist will give you all makeovers before the photographer takes a range of individual and groups shots you can take home and cherish forever. Now you’re all dolled up, why not hit the town?

Reviews for Manchester hen activities

Nude Life Drawing with a Male Model

Horrible Hotel - but fab experience!

Louise Warrillow
Quad Bike Trekking

Absolutely amazing defo goin back

Kayleigh Barker
Two Course Meal with a Glass of Prosecco at Jamie’s Italian

The staff were very attentive and knowledgable. We had an issue with our pre-orders as these hadn't been sent to the restaurant in spite of being submitted in plenty of time but I had a list I gave to the staff and it wasn't a problem.

Emily eleanor Scott
Bubble Mayhen

Again really great day! I think this was helped out by the weather being very sunny. The venue is located 2 miles out of the city, so in a taxi it was only 10 pounds. The staff again were very friendly and the bubble mayhen was hilarious. Only tiny issue, I had completed the Mr and Mrs Quiz, however the venue didn't know anything about this. We still did it, but only because I pushed. It also states on the booking information that champagne is provided to the winning team, again I had to push for this but they did give us a bottle of prosecco. Both sporting activities were very well organised, we all had a great day!!

Lucy Causbrook

Did you know?

  • Who doesn’t love a bit of Corrie? The world’s longest running TV soap has been proud to call Manchester home since it started in 1960.
  • Manchester is the birthplace of vegetarianism. The movement began in the borough of Salford in 1809, inspired by Reverend William Cowherd’s sermons. His followers went on to form the Vegetarian Society.
  • In 1904, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met in Manchester’s Midland Hotel and two years later formed Rolls-Royce Ltd. There’s even a status dedicated to this meeting.
  • The very first splitting of the atom happened at the University of Manchester, accomplished by Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford.
  • Manchester is the only place in the world you can get a degree in Mummy Studies. Fancy it?
  • In 1761, the Bridgewater Canal became the world’s first artificial waterway that’s totally independent of natural rivers.
  • Chetham Library, opened in 1653, is the English-speaking world’s oldest public library. It was the first in the UK that allowed the public to visit for free.
  • The first Marks and Spencer warehouse and the company’s first registered headquarters opened on Derby Street in 1901.
  • Chill Factore in Trafford Quays is the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope at 180m. It even has real snow!
  • The Kellogg’s factory has been making cereal in the city since 1938. Bowl of Corn Flakes anyone?
  • Manchester is famous for producing top bands, including Oasis, Joy Division, The Smiths and The 1975, and maintains a thriving live music scene to this day that you can explore during your hen do in Manchester.
  • In Roman times, the city’s name Mamucium meant breast-shaped hill.
  • Wigan in Greater Manchester is home to the World Pie Eating Championships. The competition has been running for more than 20 years and at the moment the record time for eating a meat and potato pie is only 38 seconds!
  • The first ever programmable computer was designed here in 1948. Known as Baby, it weighed half a ton. That must’ve been a tough labour!
  • Manchester was also the site of the world’s first purpose-built passenger railway which opened in 1830.

Manchester in numbers

  • Around 26 million passengers pass through Manchester Airport every year. It’s the third busiest airport in the UK.
  • The city is home to not one but two Premier League football teams, Manchester City and Manchester United. The city also founded the world’s first professional footie league.
  • Despite having a reputation for a lot of rain, its annual rainfall is actually around 80cm compared to the UK’s average of 112cm.
  • The Manchester Viaduct was built using 11 million bricks.
  • Greater Manchester has a whopping 98 train stations.
  • Greater Manchester boasts more than 24 Nobel Prize winners.
  • It’s the second biggest city in the UK after London and it has a population of 2.5 million people.
  • Manchester is more linguistically diverse than any other city in Western Europe with more than 200 different languages spoken by residents.
  • If you’re a fan of South Asian cuisines, you’ll love the famous Curry Mile as it’s packed with more than 70 restaurants. Fancy a visit during your Manchester hen party?
  • We all know that city’s with big student populations know how to throw a party and Manchester’s got the largest student population of any European city, being home to more than 100,000 students.

Local Celebs

Manchester has spawned some seriously cool celebrities in its time. You might even spot Liam and Noel Gallagher (though you probably won’t see them together!), film director Danny Boyle and comedian Jason Manford.

On a hen do in Manchester, you never know who you might spot! This city was also famously home to Emmeline Pankhurst who helped formed the Suffratgettes and played a huge part in women’s right to vote. Go girl!

For more quality time with your favourite bachelorettes, we highly recommend having a meal out and luckily for you, this city’s packed with fantastic restaurants. Manchester’s foodie scene is constantly growing.

Think Manchester’s idea of fine dining is a chip barmcake (or chip butty to our fellow Southerners)? Think again! There’s a huge range of quality restaurants here offering everything from sumptuous three-course meals to a quintessential British afternoon tea.

There’s also cheap eats and street food on offer and if you’re a curry fan, you can fill your bellies with delicious South Asian food in Curry Mile. Despite its name, it’s actually half a mile long but is still jam-packed with more than 70 restaurants and takeaways.

We only work with the best restaurants in town with warm and welcoming atmospheres. Jamie’s Italian is located in a gorgeous Grade II listed building, a former bank known as the King of King Street. Surrounded by stately pillars and beautiful windows, you can choose two tasty courses each, a side and a glass of Prosecco. Cheers, ladies!

It isn’t known as Madchester for nothing! The nightlife here is seriously wild and you’re going to soak up every drop of fun during your hen night in Manchester! Male strip shows are a hen party tradition and they don’t get much better than Adonis Cabaret, where you can enjoy comedy, sizzling hot guys and outrageous drag queens. You’ll also get a welcome drink, a buffet to tuck into and a meet and greet with those handsome boys and nightclub entry for a complete party package!

There’s a reason why hen party Cocktail Making in Manchester is one of our most popular activities; it’s a great for kicking off a night out, group bonding and learning a fun new skill as you get to make and drink mouth-watering cocktails.

If you’d prefer to sit back and someone else prepare your drinks, why not add a drop of sophistication to your engaged friend’s last weekend of freedom with a Wine Tasting?

Bierkeller in Manchester loves to show hen groups of a good time with some bonkers but brilliant Bavarian entertainment. You’ll enjoy two drinks, German food and a foot-stomping Oompah band followed by a DJ who’ll play until 2am. It’s simply wunderbar!

For a great ending to your Manchester hen weekend, you can’t go wrong with Tiger Tiger! This huge nightclub has eight rooms to explore, each featuring a different theme and music, from 80s cheese to Ibiza anthems.

This Northern party Mecca is fun to visit all year round but here’s some big annual events you can expect to see during your hen do in Manchester.

March sees the return of Manchester Irish Festival. The city’s venues and streets come alive with colour with parades, live music, dance, stand-up comedy and workshops, all celebrating Irish culture. Also in March is the fab Wonder Women Festival, highlighting the best of female music, film, art and politics. You can take party in lectures, meet activists and generally celebrate how wonderful it is to be a woman. Now that’s girl power!

If live music’s your thing. You’re going to have a great time! Castlefield Bowl is host to Sounds of the City, an epic, annual series of gigs in July with performances from some of the biggest names in music from Kylie Minogue to Nile Rodgers. Manchester International Festival also takes place in July and showcases cutting edge art from a range of top artists, displayed in theatres, galleries, train stations, churches and even car parks.

Manchester Soul Festival returns in August with a stellar line up of soul and Motown artists, bands and DJs playing across a range of venues in The Printworks. The annual Food and Drink Festival takes place in September and October. Wherever you are, you’ll catch a scent of something delicious! Expect awesome food and drink stalls, demonstrations and even talks from top chefs. We’re suddenly very hungry!

If you’re a Halloween fan, you’ll love the Zombie Walk where every year hundreds of people talk to the streets, dressed up as zombies, ghosts and ghouls. Get that fake blood ready, girls!

In November and December, things get really festive as one of the biggest Christmas markets in the country sets up with more than 300 traders selling things from mulled wine to handmade decorations.

When visiting this charming city for a hen do in Manchester, you’ve got to hop on a tram! They’ll take you around the city centre and the suburbs and are great for a photo op! You can also get the train here with ease with the city served by two major train stations, Victoria and Piccadilly.

The city’s also served very well by taxis and any Southerners will be pleased by those Northern taxi prices! You definitely get better value for money here. There are taxi ranks near the clubs that’ll get you back to your accommodation quickly and easily so you don’t need to worry about walking when you’ve been working those party feet on the dancefloor all night.

Fancy a Hen Party in Manchester?

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