Hen Party Activities in Manchester

You’re spoilt for choice when you’re on a hen do in Manchester! The North's party capital is full to the brim with culture, activities, shops and restaurants, not forgetting that famously naughty 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, especially those fun girls on a hen do in Manchester! Shopaholic hens will love all the high street shops, quirky boutiques and, of course, legendary shopping Mecca, the Trafford Centre.

What to Expect During a Manchester Hen Do

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!

Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Manchester

Breathe in some fresh air and explore the great outdoors on your Manchester hen do with a rip-roaring outdoor activity. 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. How about pushing yourself to the limit with a zip wire experience that sees you explore the treetops? You’ll reach heights of up to 30m at Go Ape as you take on Tarzan swings, rope bridges and a zip wire over water.

Top 10 Hen Party Activities in Manchester

You really are totally spoilt for choice with hen party activities in Manchester. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find something here that you’ll love. Here’s a few of our favourites:

1) Cocktail Making

Cocktail making is the perfect activity for a hen party, getting everyone to let their hair down while they learn something new and enjoy delicious drinks. You don't have to be a professional bartender to learn how to make cocktails. These interactive classes are for everyone who wants to try their hand at the art of mixology. There's something about being behind a bar that makes you feel like you're something special and you’ll love shaking up a storm. Full tuition is included and you’ll drink absolutely everything you make. You can even add food if you’re feeling peckish. Yum!

2) Nude Life Drawing

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 the male human body as a totally nude male model de-robes and poses right before your very eyes! Don’t worry if you laugh, this hunky model is a total professional and will make you all feel comfortable. The art teacher will help you create a sketch you can be proud of. You can even take it home as a souvenir! Expect giggles and lots of blushing throughout this tongue-in-cheek art class.

3) Male Strippers

Watching a male strip show gives the bride-to-be a cheeky treat to make her last night of freedom totally unforgettable! Whether she’d like to sit back and watch the show from afar or be right in the centre of the action with a hunky guy coming to her home or hired venue, we’ve got the perfect male stripper for her. These men are trained experts in both entertainment excellence and the art of seduction, so they know exactly what it takes to make your night extra special with striptease, comedy, dance and music your whole group will enjoy.

4) Bottomless Brunch

Bottomless brunch is the best way to start your celebrations. This is the most fun meal of the week, gaining massive popularity in recent years and still going strong. With unlimited drinks, a tasty brunch dish and a non-stop feel-good atmosphere, it's the perfect way to kick off your weekend in style. Some bottomless brunches even include entertainment such as drag shows, live music, DJs, bingo, tribute acts and dancers. A range of fun themes are also available including Beyonce, Britney, Lady Gaga, ABBA, drag and more where you’ll listen to their hits and enjoy themed entertainment. What better way to start your day?

5) Bubble Mayhen

This city is sports mad! If you ladies are too, get stuck into a competitive, sporting activity with more than a dash of silliness. Bubble Mayhen brings the laughs to your Manchester hen do right away as you don giant, inflatable, one-woman zorbs to play a range of hilarious games from Queen of the Ring to Bump the Bride, British Bulldog to Capture the Flag. An event coordinator will make sure everything runs smoothly, explain the rules and keep score. This activity is energetic and hilarious so be prepared to make memories as you let loose with your best girls.

6) Buff Butler

Relax to the max on your special weekend by hiring a cheeky butler who'll give your guests a surprise as he opens the door, wearing nothing but a bowtie, collar, cuffs and a bottom baring apron! Just imagine the looks on their faces when they lay their eyes on him. Your friendly butler will take their coats, help to serve your drinks and canapes and host and join in with fun party games. They’ll do everything to make your big night in a success. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy that gorgeous view!

7) Cabaret & Drag Shows

It’s time to get thoroughly entertained as you sit back and watch a cabaret or drag show, starring talented performers, singers, dancers and comedians. Manchester is a vibrant city that’s famous for putting on a good show so you’re spoilt for choice with live music venues and theatres here. Why not treat yourselves to a fun-filled drag show? You’ll watch awesome performers strut their stuff in gorgeous costumes as they lip sync, sing and dazzle you with dance routines. Laugh with your friends and sing along to the party anthems. There might even be a few prize giveaways.

8) Themed Dance Class

We’ve got a massive range of themed dance classes to choose from with something for every type of hen group. 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 a fan of pop music, how about a dance class in theme of Britney, Beyonce, Lady Gaga or ABBA? You’ll learn a choreographed routine, taught by a professional dance teacher and perform as a group at the end.

9) Immersive Experiences

Immersive experiences are so hot right now, transporting you and the hens to an alternate world with professional actors, mystery, magic and movie-style sets. You can dive into a murdery mystery, a horror scenario, your favourite TV show or movie or even into a US prison. Don your orange jumpsuit to enter Alcotraz, a prison cocktail bar where you’ll spend time behind bars, sneak in your own booze and try to avoid getting caught by the warden. The crooked guards will interact with you and pour you four bespoke cocktails each. Just don’t get caught!

10 Professional Makeover

If you’d prefer your activities to be a bit more glam, you’ll love a professional makeover. The pro make-up artist will give you all makeovers with a range of gorgeous looks available from the natural look to all-out Hollywood glamour. Whatever you choose, they’ll enhance your natural beauty and make you look absolutely stunning. Once your makeover is complete, make sure to strike a pose and take loads of selfies and group photos you can share on social media and cherish forever. Now you’re all dolled up, why not hit the town and show off how fabulous you all are?

Reviews for Manchester hen activities

Cocktail Masterclass At The Royal Exchange

We all had such an amazing time at TGIs, Josh was brilliant and looked after us all so well. Thankyou.

Katherine Booth
Footgolf

it was good, I think it was the guides first time there but it ran smoothly.

Gerard Flannagan
Mobile Spa Party - 30 Minutes of Bliss

Meeting Joanne was just amazing what a professional lady right from the beginning to her leaving, all the treatments were excellent we all felt lovely and relaxed she is an absolute asset to your company thanks again 😃

Julie Massey
Escape Room

Was so fun we had such a good time. Was such a laugh

Amanda Carter

Fun facts

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!

Food and Drink

For more quality time with your favourite bachelorettes during your hen weekend in Manchester, we highly recommend having a meal out and luckily for you, this city’s packed with fantastic restaurants. This Northern city'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. We only work with the best restaurants in town with warm and welcoming atmospheres. Here are some of our favourite places to chow down:

Curry Mile - Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, South Manchester

Curry Mile is a must visit if you’re a curry fan! Despite its name, it’s actually half a mile long but is still jam-packed with more than 70 restaurants and takeaways offering delicious South Asian food. There’s also street food on offer as well as those hangover-preventing (well, maybe!) late night takeaways.

Las Iguanas - 84 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2ER

Las Iguanas is located in lively Deansgate and offers a filling two-course meal that's packed with Latin American sizzle and spice. Choose either a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert from a massive set menu. You’ll wash everything down with your choice of beer, wine, a cocktail or soft drink, and did we mention that Las Iguanas offers two for one cocktails all day, every day? What better way to toast your Manchester hen do? Cheers, ladies!

Mana - 42 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF

Mana is Manchester’s first Michelin starred restaurant (since 1977) so is the ideal place to head if you fancy a truly indulgent menu paired with a lovely dining experience. You’ll tuck into multiple courses in quick succession that’ll your taste buds will go crazy for. It’s a great option for anyone looking to celebrate that last night of freedom with class.

Manchester Nightlife

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! Here are some of our favourite watering holes:

Revolution Deansgate Locks - Arch 7 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH

Head to buzzing revolution for a fun atmosphere and to learn a new skill. 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 one of Revolution’s bartenders teaches you get to make and drink mouth-watering cocktails. If gin’s more your thing, you could even try one of their Gin Masterclasses.

Bar Pop - The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS

Male strip shows are a hen party tradition and they don’t get much better than Adonis Cabaret at Bar Pop 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!

Popworld - 5 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH

If you fancy dancing to some seriously cheesy pop during your hen party in Manchester, you’ve got to head to Popworld! With retro décor, a mouth-watering cocktail menu, feel-good atmosphere and loads of space to dance, Popworld gives hens an irresistibly fun last night of freedom.

Bierkeller - The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS

The Printworks is home to several top venues. Bierkeller loves to show hen parties in Manchester of a good time with some bonkers but brilliant Bavarian entertainment. With their gold package, 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!

Panacea - 14 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6JR

For a great ending to your Manchester hen weekend, you can’t go wrong with Panacea! This glamourous nightclub has different rooms to explore, transporting you all over the world to exotic locations like Havana, Rio and Tokyo. Dress to impress and dance ‘til you drop to the best of funky house and R&B.

The Best Time to Visit Manchester

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.

Manchester Irish Festival

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.

Wonder Women Festival

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!

Sounds of the City

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

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

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.

Food and Drink Festival

The annual Food and Drink Festival takes place in September and October. Wherever you are, you’ll catch a scent of something delicious during your hen do in Manchester! Expect awesome food and drink stalls, demonstrations and even talks from top chefs. We’re suddenly very hungry!

Halloween Zombie Walk

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!

Christmas in Manchester

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. This is a great place to buy some goodies on your Manchester hen party.

Getting around

Getting to Your Manchester Hen Do

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.

Getting Around Manchester During Your Hen Do

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?

If all that tickles your fancy, browse through our activity listings now. Whether you want a classy affair or full on, party-all-night mischief, we’ve got everything you need to make your hen do in Manchester as fabulous as you are!

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