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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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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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 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 ManchesterCurry 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 6BFMana 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.
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.
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 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.
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!