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A hen do in Nottingham has everything a bride-to-be and her hens could want; rich history, culture, fab places to eat, effervescent nightlife and Robin Hood (who doesn’t love a man in tights?).
What to Expect During a Hen Party in Nottingham
Affectionately known as the Queen of the Midlands, this eclectic city is a super-modern and superb party host, giving an enormous amount of choice and value for money, whilst being easy to get around on foot.
The city is historic but also manages to be effortlessly cool and bang on trend. Explore the pedestrianised streets and find loads of shops, cafés and bars plus some hidden gems, not forgetting to explore the famous Sherwood Forest.
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Nottingham
Let loose in more than 450 acres of countryside with Adrenalin Jungle who offer quad biking, archery, assault courses and much more. One of our most popular outdoor activities for hens is the Treetop Challenge where you’ll scale heights of up to 30m, taking on Tarzan swings and rope bridges. Don’t worry if that’s not your kind of thing; this lively city offers tonnes of activities whether you’re thrill-seekers, wanting to sit back and relax or dance your socks off! Read on to find out why you’ve just got to try a hen do in Nottingham.
Burlesque Dancing - Make the most of the buzzing atmosphere during your Nottingham hen weekend and get stuck into a cheeky burlesque dance class. A professional dance instructor will teach you an awesome, choreographed routine with easy to pick up yet dazzling dance moves that you’ll perform at the end as a group and possibly again on a dancefloor later!
Nude Life Drawing - How about perfecting your art skills and ogling a little naked man flesh with Nottingham hen party life drawing? This massively popular activity gets you drawing a fully nude male model as he poses for you (are you blushing yet?). The art tutor will share their top tips to get you creating a masterpiece…or at least some very funny squiggles!
Flirt and Seduction Class - Fancy upping the ante with something even naughtier? Our Flirt and Seduce workshop will teach you how to flirt and unleash the sexy seductress within. Learn all about flirting, body language and arousal and, best of all, have a right laugh with the girls!
Bubble Mayhen - Nottingham also caters for sporty and adventurous hens. Bubble Mayhen has you each bumping, rolling and laughing in giant zorb games from Bump the Bride to Queen of the Ring. You’ll be wearing giant, inflatable, zorb balls that encase your whole upper body and take some of the impact so you can really give it some welly!
Really good fun, laughed loads. The only slight criticism was that it was in a completely derelict industrial estate! However the sports centre was fine, just a bit worrying on the way in!
We had so much fun and were so grateful we were still able to do this activity! The staff were great and made it really really fun!
We went in and the directions were pretty clear. Our instruction Michelle was super... She gave us lots of techniques and practices. There was intermittent snow fall but they didn't stop which we quite enjoyed. The man who taught us archery was also really good. We had a wonderful afternoon.
This was great. The teacher was so lovely. Very easy to get in with and had a great laugh with her
Nottingham has been home to a range of top celebrities from all walks of life. You might be lucky enough to bump into ice skating superstars Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, musician Jake Bugg, Game of Thrones actor Joe Dempsie. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, former The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness, lead singer of Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, radio and TV presenter Alice Levine, designer Sir Paul Smith or Gavin and Stacey star Mathew Horne.
Is there a better combination than food and friends? We don’t think so! This city has an eclectic range of restaurants and cafés that serve up international cuisines and classically British dishes. From world-class dining to street food, a hen do in Nottingham can please even the fussiest eaters!
Head to the fashionable Lace Market area to line your stomachs for the night’s drinking session and enjoy each other’s company as you tuck into a two or three-course meal, available at a range of excellent restaurants.
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Nottingham
Afternoon Tea - If you’re the kind of group that’d like to sit back and relax on a hen do in Nottingham, we’ve got something for you. A spot of hen party afternoon tea in Nottingham is always a group pleaser, getting everyone to unwind as you enjoy each minute of quality time together. Plus, we’re sure we don’t have to tell you that you’ll also get some delicious sweet and savoury goodies to tuck into too, from feather-light finger sandwiches to scones with clotted cream and jam, all washed down with tea and coffee. Too good to resist, right?
Bottomless Brunch - If you fancy a boozier affair, you’ve got to try bottomless brunch. You’ll get to pick one brunch dish each, accompanied by totally unlimited glasses of alcohol. Different venues offer different options. You could be dining on anything from full English breakfasts to fried chicken and enjoying a range of mouth-watering drinks from Prosecco to cocktails.
Penny Lane - 9 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1QQLocated in the heart of the Lace Market, Penny Lane gives you a quirky dining environment where you’ll munch on burgers, fish and chips, hot dogs and Mr Whippy-style ice cream, sounded by a neon-lit, seaside-style amusement arcade. Once you’ve filled your bellies, you can play on the slots and retro pinball machines. They also have a range of hilarious named cocktails.
Las Iguanas - 4 Chapel Quarter, Nottingham, NG1 6JSA meal out at Las Iguanas is always a great choice, offering its guest lots of Latin flavour with an mahoosive set menu, packed with spicy and mild flavours influenced by South America, Spain, India and Africa. Choose two courses, either a starter and a main or a main course and a dessert, plus a drink to toast the bride-to-be’s last night of freedom with.
No. Twelve - Eldon Chambers, Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2NSIf you’re a fan of plant-based dining, head to No. Twelve in the heart of the city centre for award-winning, handcrafted vegan and vegetarian goodies. The restaurant is houses in a converted 18th century mill and gives a rustic backdrop to your hen do in Nottingham. Tuck into something tasty as you listen to live music from the in-house piano player.
Nottingham’s huge array of stylish bars and exciting nightclubs guarantee a big night out before the bride ties the knot. The friendly locals know how to party hard and will show you a great time during your Nottingham hen night whether you want to dance the night away or sip tasty cocktails in a swanky bar.
Cocktail Making - Nottingham hen party cocktail making is a firm favourite and is available at a range of great locations throughout the city. Mix, muddle or shake decadent drinks from Caipirinhas to Cosmopolitans under the expert instruction of a pro mixologist and drink everything you make!
Gin Tasting - If you’d rather chill out whilst someone else makes the drinks and are fans of Mother’s Ruin, why not try a gin tasting? You’ll get to grips with juniper berries as you learn all about how everyone’s fave tipple is made and get your hands on lots of tasty samples You could even learn how to make your own gin-based cocktails with a gin masterclass.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem - Brewhouse Yard, 1, Nottingham, NG1 6AD
If you fancy a more traditional tipple, the city’s home to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, said to be the oldest inn in England, dating back to 1189AD. It might not be the most glamourous place to spend your hen do in Nottingham but it’s a great slice of history and ideal for a chilled-out glass of vino before you hit the town hard.
Bierkeller - 15-17 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA
Trying to find a night out to please all the hens can be tricky, especially when you want a combination of food, drinks, entertainment and dancing. Luckily, Bierkeller is here to save you with their Gold Package! This bloody brilliant Bavarian venue gives you a warm welcome as you head to your reserved seats for a night of German-themed fun. You’ll get a haus stein (two pint-glass filled with beer!) and a shot plus some yummy food including a pretzel, fries and a bratwurst. Choose between chilli, cheese or vegan bratwurst, served in a brioche roll. That’s not all though, you’ll also be entertained by a live Oompah band and a DJ until 2am!
PRYZM - Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BB
Head to Upper Parliament Street to find the best nightclubs in Nottingham. Bust a move with guest list entry to ultra-modern PRYZM, the city’s biggest club with five different party rooms. Bust some serious moves to a range of top tunes from old school classics to house, R&B to chilled Ibiza. All the ingredients for a fabulous hen night in Nottingham are available through Fizzbox!
Robin Hood Pageant
Head to Nottingham Castle in March for the annual Robin Hood Pageant. Be transported to the 12th century with combat demonstrations, jousting, sword fighting, interactive workshops such as archery and market stalls with medieval delicacies.
In July, Woolaton Park hosts Splendour, an awesome music festival with new and iconic acts. Past performers including Jess Glyne, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs and Bananarama.
Dragon Boat and Riverside Festival
August sees the return of the annual Dragon Boat and Riverside Festival where more than 40 teams compete in a boat race across 200m, cheered on by thousands of spectators. You can also expect a food and craft stalls, a buzzing fair and performances from musicians and dancers.
The Goose Fair
The Goose Fair takes place in October and has been visiting the city for more than 700 years. One of Europe’s biggest travelling fairs, it boasts more than 500 attractions and rides, boasting white-knuckle thrills and fun.
Nottingham Comedy Festival
If you like lots of LOLs, you’ll love the Nottingham Comedy Festival with a top line up of upcoming and famous and stand-up comics.
A Christmas Hen Do in Nottingham
As you can imagine, Nottingham comes to life from November-January with Christmas and New Year celebrations and events from pantomimes to street performers, all bound to get you feeling fabulously festive. It’s also a great place to do a little last-minute Christmas shopping. Sold on a hen do in Nottingham yet?
Getting Around During Your Nottingham Hen Do
The city centre is small enough to find your way around on foot during your Nottingham hen do. The city streets are a gorgeous blend of the historic and modern and many are pedestrianised so get walking and exploring, girls. They’ve also got one of the best bus services in the country and a decent taxi service so you can get back to where you’re staying with ease.
Nottingham isn’t just the Queen of the Midlands, it’s also the Queen of hen parties! Check out our full activity listings for more hen party ideas in Nottingham that are sure to put smiles on all the girls’ faces!
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