Hen Party Activities in Oxford

A hen do in Oxford promises a stunning backdrop and fascinating history, and those fun-loving students make sure you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to partying.
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Oxford Hen Parties

There’s so much to see and do on an Oxford hen party, whether you’re a culture vulture or a party lover. This quintessentially English city, affectionately known as the City of Dreaming Spires, boasts 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history. The town’s appearance wouldn’t be out of place in a Disney or Harry Potter film as the old town centre is like an enchanted fairy-tale city.

What to Expect During a Hen Party in Oxford

As the city is heavily influenced by historic culture, it seems fitting that there are various tours you can take part in during your hen do in Oxford. These will take you round all of the oldest and most pertinent landmarks. You’re allowed to wander round the university buildings without guidance. Though it’s fair to say, if you’re interested and wish to learn all the gruesome details of England’s bloody history then it is best to get a tour guide.

However, Oxford is so much more than the university, stifling lecture rooms and snap-happy tourists. There’s still a rich nightlife scene to explore and we have some unique day time activities to help you and the girls really let your hair down. So even if university and school are a distant memory to you, you can still come to Oxford for its eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants.

Being a student town, it’s no surprise that Oxford has its fair share of hen night friendly pubs, bars and clubs. Trust us, behind that posh and appropriate exterior is a fun town that really loves to party! Filled with sophisticated bars and restaurants and some of the best cocktail bars in the country, you really will be spoilt for choice in this glamorous city.

Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Oxford

Shake off the cobwebs with a fun outdoor activity during your Oxford hen do. There’s loads of choice if you want to breathe in that fresh air while letting your hair down, from the zorb-based Bubble Mayhen to the retro School Sports Day. Take a look at our full activity listings to see what takes your fancy.

Hen Party Activities in Oxford

You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do on your hen do in Oxford. And it’s not just sightseeing. Theatres also play a massive role in what the city’s entertainment offerings. There are a few dotted over the town, so if you are wanting to get cultural, then make sure you do your research and book your tickets. Punting along the river is another great way to see the landmarks of the town and it is also great fun! It’s much harder than it looks, so if you don’t want to brave it alone, there are men who can do all the hard work for you – so you can sit back, relax and soak in the sights.

Nude Life Drawing

If you ladies fancy a quirky activity that’s more than a little bit cheeky, you’ve got to try hen party life drawing in Oxford. It takes place in a private room in a city centre venue where you’ll be greeted by your dedicated art tutor. They’ll be your guide through the world of nude life drawing, giving you handy hints and tips to help you create a masterpiece. They’ll also introduce the fully naked, professional, male model. He’ll de-robe and pose for you to draw every detail, little and large (ahem!).

Bubble Mayhen

Looking for some competitive action? Look no further than the hilarious bubble football experience! This activity will see you and your hens each climbing into giant inflatable zorbs which will send you bumping, rolling and flying around a football pitch. The zorbs will cover your entire body, leaving just your legs dangling out at the bottom as you attempt to keep your balance and kick a real football. A referee will be on site to instruct you through challenges, games and forfeits. Trust us, you’ll be in fits of giggles by the end!

Burlesque Dancing

During your Oxford hen weekend, you've got to let you hair down, so a burlesque dance class is a must! Learn to swing, swirl and twirl you hips to the music as you hold feather fans and move your feet. A professional instructor will be there to teach you the classic steps and make sure you truly get into the swing of things. There'll be a warm up and a warm down along with plenty of time to practise. You don't need any previous experience, just a willingness to have fun and enjoy the hen's last weekend of freedom!

Fun facts

Did you know?

  • The University of Oxford is the second oldest university is the world.
  • Oxford has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else on Earth.
  • Harry Potter actress Emma Watson studied at Oxford’s Dragon and Headington School.
  • Another wizarding world fact, rooms in the Divinity School and the Great Staircase at Christ Church College featured in the Harry Potter films.
  • The name ‘Oxford’ comes from ‘Oxanforda’ which is a type of cattle crossing.
  • Every summer, rivals Trinity College and Balliol College come together to have a tortoise race. Whoever’s tortoise reaches the lettuce first wins.
  • The charity Oxfam was founded in Oxford in 1942.
  • The word ‘snob’ originated here, originally meaning ‘without nobility.’
  • The Museum of History of Science is the world’s oldest public museum, opening in 1683.
  • Up until 200 years ago, the only subject you could study at the University of Oxford was religion.
  • You can find the wooden ‘Narnia Door’ near the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
  • No female students were allowed at the University of Oxford until 1878.
  • Oxford’s Botanical Garden is the oldest in the world, founded in 1621.
  • Alice in Wonderland was actually based on a real girl called Alice Liddell, the daughter of one of CS Lewis’ friends.
  • The Holywell Music Room is the oldest music performance hall in Europe, founded in 1748.

Oxford in numbers

  • The University of Oxford is widely known as one of the best universities in the world. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it was ranked number one in 2017 and 2018.
  • 27 British prime ministers studied in Oxford.
  • The basement of Blackwells Bookshop boasts the world’s biggest bookshop with three miles of shelves and more than 150,000 books.
  • Another fact for book lovers, Bodleian library stores more than seven million books.
  • Oxford University students have won over 150 Olympic gold medals.
  • Roger Bannister, an Oxford University student, was the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.
  • There are more than 1,500 listed buildings in the city. See how many you can spot on your hen weekend in Oxford.
  • The first ever cups of coffee in England were served at The Grand Café.
  • Carfax Tower is the tallest building here at 74ft.
  • In Clarendon Laboratory, there’s a battery that’s lasts for more than 175 years.

Local Celebs

Celebrities who were born or studied here include theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, tennis player Tim Henman, Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, reality star Jamie Laing and authors JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carrol and CS Lewis. The bands Radiohead and Supergrass were also formed in the city.

Food and Drink

A meal out is a great way to slow down the pace of your Oxford hen weekend, helping you to spend quality time together over good food while the conversation and drinks flow. From Michelin starred restaurants to cheap, quick takeaways, there’s something to tempt everyone’s taste buds in this city.

Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Oxford

Chocolate Making

Why not combine your love of food with a fun activity? If you and your best gals want to indulge your sweet tooth, then a chocolate making class during your hen weekend in Oxford is the activity for you. You’ll each learn to mold, cut and decorate your own delectable chocolate truffles. A professional chocolatier will teach you some tasty tips and tricks and you’ll take your homemade creations home at the end. You could save them and give them away as a gift to your loved ones or, more likely, scoff them all back at the hotel!

The Coconut Tree

76 Saint Clement's Street, Oxford, Ox4 1a

Get ready for a fabulous explosion of flavours and spicey cocktails at The Coconut Tree in Oxford. This popular eatery boasts an eclectic menu of Sri Lankan street food. You can try an assortment of dishes including spicy cheese cubes, pineapple curry, slow-cooked pork belly and coconut milk pancakes. Wash it all down with some mouth-watering cocktails and get in the mood to party with the lively atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed!

Two One Five

215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ.

If you want to enjoy a classy evening out on the town, then Two One Five in Summertown is the place to go. Born from the success of the Michelin Star restaurant, The Oxford Kitchen, Two One Five offers the same quality of food, just a little less expensive! You’ll enjoy a twist on some classic pub food, reinvented by commended chef Paul Welburn. Accompanied with an impressive wine list and first-class service, this is the way to dine in style — without breaking the bank!

Colombia Coffee Roasters

Colombia Coffee Roasters, 106-107, The Covered Market, OX1 3DY

Coffee lovers rejoice! Colombia Coffee Roasters in Oxford is here for all your caffeine needs and is a popular choice with locals and travellers alike. Whether you want a pick-me-up during a day of shopping or need a little help the morning after the night before, this independent café is the ideal place for you and your hens to put your feet up and people watch from the window.

Oxford Nightlife

As Oxford is home to many of the world's smartest students, it seems fitting that the city has great pubs, bars and clubs for them all to hang out in and discuss the latest political forecast. So, Oxford isn’t all brains, it still seriously delivers with its nightlife. There are many, quaint little pubs and bars with higgledy-piggledy seating arrangements and wonky beams so you can get a real feel of the city’s history during your Oxford hen night.


Cantay House, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JD

Oxford is not short of nightclubs and after Atik’s refurbishment, you can now enjoy five glorious rooms that’ll see you dancing the night away. From the 80s to the 90s, to R7B and hip hop, there’s no shortage of music. You can expect DJs, sweaty dance floors, cocktail areas and VIP lounges.

The Oxford Wine Cafe

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur, you’ll want to check out The Oxford Wine Café. This late-night bar hosts a vast array of tasty tipples along with regular event nights including wine and cheese Wednesdays, The Big Quiz and wine tastings. You can try a wine cocktail, tasty bar snacks or a simple cup of tea. There’s something here for everyone!

The Bridge

6-9 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW

Another one of Oxford’s popular nightclubs is The Bridge. Aside from the main dance floor, you’ll find the urban room, VIP lounge and garden area for when you want to break away from the crowds. You can book a VIP booth and package or simply rock up and get the party started!

The Jericho

56 Walton Street, Jericho, OX2 6AE

If you enjoy your rock n’ roll, you’ll want to head to The Jericho where you’ll find a lively bar with regular band nights hosted throughout the week. A little bit vintage, and a little rough around the edges, this bar is the perfect place to let your hair down and enjoy some live music during your hen do in Oxford.

The Best Time to Visit Oxford

There’s always something going on in this city. Rich in history and culture, you’ll never be far from an exhibition or quirky food stall. To get you started, here are a few events you might enjoy and may help you decide when to book your hen party in Oxford.

Oxford Fashion Week

Fashionistas will be pleased to hear that March and October are host to Oxford Fashion Week where you’ll see the work of a big range of designers who flock to the city to show off amongst the trend-setters. It’s a generally fun time to visit the city with a general buzz everywhere you go.

Oxford International Women's Festival

Oxford’s International Women’s Festival also takes place in March with a diverse programme of walks, talks, debate, screenings and workshops in a range of venues, most of which are free to attend.

Alice's Day

Each year, the first Saturday of July celebrates the CS Lewis classic book with Alice’s Day. Expect loads of Alice-themed events and activities for all ages throughout the cities that bring the book to life including parades, tea parties, theatre performances, croquet, workshops and more.

Foodies Festival

The Foodies Festival takes place every August and is a must visit for any food lovers on a hen do in Oxford. There’ll be live cooking demonstrations from Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off plus free food and drink samples, competitions, challenges and musical performances from bands and soloists.

Getting around

Getting to Your Oxford Hen Do

Being such an exclusive university, it’s hardly a surprise that the area has direct connections to London Paddington Birmingham New Street and other popular destination. So, wherever you’re coming from, a hen do in Oxford is a pretty painless commute.

Getting Around During Your Oxford Hen Do

The Visitor Information Centre sells maps and guidebooks, so you can go and explore the city on foot or by bike if you want to! The students love their bikes and it’s one of the few cities in the UK with a unique bike sharing programming.

These Mobikes could be a great way to get around or simply a fun activity to burn a few hours and calories from all that prosecco! The city is also served well by buses and taxis will always be readily available after a night out, though if your accommodation is near the centre of town, it’s unlikely that you will need to book one, as everything is an easy walk away on an Oxford hen do, making it ideal for a bar crawl.

However, after partying hard and dancing ‘til the early hours on that infamous last night of freedom, you might want to give your tootsies a rest and hop in a cab, especially if you’re wearing high heels. No judgement from us whatsoever.

Fancy a Hen Party in Oxford?

This historic British city pairs beauty, brains, culture, nightlife and loads of fun things to do for a last day of freedom that the bride-to-be will cherish forever. For more hen party ideas in Oxford, check out our full activity listings now.

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