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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?).
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.
Let loose in more than 450 acres of countryside with Adrenalin Jungle who offer Quad Biking, Assault Courses and much more. Don’t worry if that’s not your kind of thing; Nottingham 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
Make the most of the buzzing atmosphere during your Nottingham hen weekend and get stuck into a cheeky Burlesque or Pole Dancing class. A professional dance teacher 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!
How about perfecting your art skills and ogling a little naked man flesh with hen party Life Drawing in Nottingham? 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 swiggles! 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!
Nottingham also caters for sporty and adventurous hens. Bubble Mayhen has you each bumping, rolling and laughing in giant zorb games and School Sports Day is a hysterically retro hen versus hen competition, complete with egg and spoon and space hopper races. Knockout Games in Nottingham is so much fun for hens combining water, foam and inflatables for an obstacles course that’ll have you in hysterics!
If you’re the kind of group that’d rather sit back and relax on a hen do in Nottingham, we’ve got something for you too. 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. Some of our Afternoon Teas even throw in a cocktail each. Too good to resist, right?
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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, 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.
Las Iguanas is also 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 and a drink to toast the bride-to-be’s last night of freedom with.
If you go for some Cocktail Making at Revolution, you can even add a two-course meal to chow down on after and soak up some of that alcohol! We love spoiling you!
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. However, 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.
Hen party Cocktail Making in Nottingham 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! If you’d rather chill out whilst someone else makes the drinks and are fans of vino, why not try a Wine Tasting? You’ll get to grips with grapes as you learn all about how everyone’s fave tipple is made and get your hands on six different types.
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 in Nottingham 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!
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!
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. 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 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. 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.
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?
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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