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Southampton is probably the most famous for waving goodbye to the Titanic in 1912, but it’s anything but old fashioned with two universities and a thriving student population who’ll show you how to party!
What To Expect During a Hen Party in Southampton
This vibrant port city is home to shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and, most importantly, a great night out making it a brilliant location for a celebration. Hampshire’s largest city is in between two gorgeous landmarks, the English Channel and the New Forest, guaranteeing beautiful views throughout your girls’ trip. You don’t have to party 24/7 though. With New Forest as a neighbour on your hen do in Southampton, you can enjoy beautiful countryside walks and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Southampton really does have it all to make your hen weekend the best it can be.
If you’re into your shopping, you’ve got to head to Westquay. This premium shopping centre not only has every shop to browse until you drop but with an array of cafes and finer dining as well as a bowling complex and cinema, you’re totally spoilt for choice! Why not explore in the day before your last night of freedom?
This city has some great places to head on a night out, so you won’t be short of bars or clubs to spend time in until the early hours. You can also make the most of the fab activities on offer here from cocktail making to paintballing and nude life drawing to burlesque dancing. Whatever your taste or budget, you can tailor your Southampton hen do to whatever you want it to be!
Burlesque Dancing - Why not try something new and bust some moves as you learn the art of burlesque dancing during your hen party in Southampton? This dance class is led by a professional burlesque expert who’ll teach you moves to tease and please. Suitable for all abilities, burlesque dancing is the perfect way to kickstart your celebrations as you release your wild side, let your hair down and get ready for the dance floor!
Bubble Mayhen - Unleash your competitive sides and get active with Bubble Mayhen. Climb into a giant inflatable zorb ball and take part in hilarious games that involve bouncing, rolling, tackling and falling into each other. This hen party game won’t have you looking your best (think massive lollipops!), but you’ll be in hysterics!
Nude Life Drawing - Another great activity to get everyone giggling and doing something creative is Southampton hen party life drawing. Put your art skills to the test as you draw a nude male model who’ll pose right in front of you! This activity is sure to get everyone laughing, blushing and having fun. You’ll even get to take your masterpiece home as a funny souvenir!
Buff Butler - If you’re hosting your Southampton hen party indoors, why not hire a butler in the buff to help things go smoothly? They’ll greet guests at the door, take their coats, serve your drinks and canapes and even host cheeky party games that’ll have everyone letting loose and making memories. What’s more, they’ll be wearing just a tiny, bottom-baring apron, collar, cuffs and a bowtie that’s bound to make one hell of a first impression!
An absolutely brilliant hour, the woman who run the hour put everyone at ease and made it a really fun experience. The model was professional and friendly! A great experience that I would definitely recommend!
Overall an excellent day had by all. A little confusing at the beginning as it was a first time for a lot of us, but once we worked out what was going on it was an extremely fun time had by all.
Dance instructor was brilliant, some of us will be joining one if her courses
This activity was probably the groups favourite out of the 3. It was really fun and the instructor was very good.
Some pretty cool celebs hail from this city with one prominent one being non other than… Craig David! With 20 UK Top 40 singles and seven UK Top 40 albums this is one music artist you’ve heard of before. Belting out bangers such as What’s your flava and Re-Rewind, we’ve been graced with some chart-topping hits since David first hit the scene. He’s been nominated for countless Brit Awards and a Grammy Award. Craig David grew up in Southampton on the Holyrood estate and is still a supporter of Southampton F.C.
Another amazing star who called Southampton their home was Benny Hill. This comedian and actor is best remembered for his TV show – The Benny Hill Show. It was so popular that it became one of the most-watched TV programmes in the UK! It hit a record breaking 21 million watchers in 1971. It comes as no surprise that his comedic value comes from within the family as his father and grandfather had both been circus clowns.
Celebs such as Peter Crouch, Rodney from Only Fools and Horses and Kevin from Liberty X have all been seen in the area. Who else do you think you’d be able to spot in Southampton?
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Southampton
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying delicious food and drink during your hen do in Southampton. Whether you fancy some cheap and cheerful pub grub, a luxurious afternoon tea, fine dining or a boozy bottomless brunch, you’ll find something to tick all your boxes here. Where to eat out is always a hot topic amongst the group but let us make life a little easier with our rundown of some of the most popular places in town.
Mettricks - 1 Guildhall Place, Southampton, SO14 7BJ
After you’re all browsed out from walking around the shops, you’ll be needing a coffee pick-me-up and there’s only one place to go in Southampton and that’s Mettricks. This coffee shop home-grows their own coffee to give you that perfect brew. It also serves up tasty food and even some impressive boozy cocktails if you fancy something a little stronger than coffee. With a simple sounding menu such as burgers and pies, this venue actually uses local suppliers, so you know your money’s going into the local economy.
Lakaz Maman - 22 Bedford Place, Southampton, SO15 2DB
If you’re feeling hungry, why not feast your eyes upon Lakaz Maman? If you’ve been watching MasterChef on TV, you’ll know that 2012 winner, Shelina Permalloo opened her own restaurant in Southampton to deliver delicious Mauritian food to the masses. This restaurant caters for the gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and everything is halal, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Even the fussy eaters will be enjoying the delicious food on offer here.
Revolution - 28A Bedford Place, Southampton, SO15 2DB
Revolution isn’t just a place for tasty cocktails and dancing, you can also get a mouth-watering meal here at a surprisingly purse-friendly price. From traditional British dishes to American favourites, there’s something to please most palates with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available so no one has to miss out. What’s more, once you’ve finished your meal, you’re in a great place to carry on the fun for your Southampton hen party!
Get ready to party hard on your hen night in Southampton! You’ll be treated to a whole range of watering holes, from traditional pubs to banging clubs, and a lively student population who’ll show you how it’s done. You can even indulge in an evening activity to kick start your big night out with a bang.
Cocktail Making - Why just drink cocktails when you could learn how to make them too? You’ll rock up to a top bar where you’ll be taught the art of mixology from a dedicated, professional bartender. You’ll master mixing, muddling, shaking and stirring before sipping on all your creations. This Southampton hen party activity is great for a big or small group. You’ll go head to head in cocktail making competitions and games with prizes and forfeits, sure to get you all in the party spirit!
Oceana - Leisure World, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RE
- After undergoing a £7m refurbishment, Oceana Southampton is a multi-room venue spread over three floors. This superclub is actually one of the country’s largest nightclub in terms of capacity which makes it the perfect way to end your big night out for your Southampton hen do. Oceana has hosted some top DJs and artists over the years including Calvin Harris, JLS and Tinie Tempah to name just a few!
Orange Rooms - 1-2 Vernon Walk, Southampton, SO15 2EJ
- If you’re looking for a sophisticated affair, why not head to the Orange Rooms, hailed as one of the best cocktail bar in the South? Expect over 200 premium spirits to choose from to toast the bride-to-be with. With a few different floors, retro inspired décor and even its very own tiki lounge, you won’t be disappointed as you dance the night away.
1932 - 194 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW
- If you like the idea of a luxurious and exclusive bar, you’ve got to head to 1932. Just imaging sipping on the finest cocktails, like a classic whisky sour or caramel espresso martini, with a view of the city’s gorgeous parks and surrounded by lavish white marble, antique bronze and black velvet furniture. There’s even a roof terrace! Cheers to that, ladies!
The Hobbit - 134 Bevois Valley Road, Southampton, SO14 0JZ
- Fancy something a bit different? This place is a must visit for any fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit! This Tolkein-inspired pub is jam-packed with themed décor and drinks, two bars, live music and the biggest beer garden in the city. What better place to enjoy a chilled-out drink in the sunshine?
Of course, with Southampton situated on the southern coast of the UK, this city serves up typical British weather. The summer months, June to September, are the best time to visit if you’re seeking sun. Otherwise just make sure to pack an umbrella and a jacket with you if you head to this city at any other time. If you’re a festival fan, why not combine your Southampton hen do with one? There’s so much going on throughout the year.
This two-day festival takes place in May on Southampton Common where well-known musicians, artist and band will take to the stage for your entertainment. You’ll find other attractions and street food nearby.
South Central Festival
Why not hit up the South Central Festival in nearby Portsmouth in July for all the newest music acts? Artists such as Boy George, Craig David and Sean Paul have previously performed so you know you’re in for a good line up.
Southampton Mela Festival
Also taking place in July is Southampton Mela Festival, the city’s biggest free family festival. It attracts around 25,000 people to the south coast every year and takes place in Hoglands Park which comes alive with a fusion of music, dance, food, drink, sports, arts and crafts and activities, all of an international flavour.
August sees Wickham Festival, a music and arts festival perfect for a more relaxed hen party in Southampton.
Littledown Centre Wedding Exhibition
September hosts The Littledown Centre Wedding Exhibition, with free entry, so you can even carry on your wedding planning whilst you’re on your hen party in Southampton!
Getting Around During Your Southampton Hen Do
You want to bring your dancing shoes to your hen do in Southampton for those banging clubs but also something comfy so you can walk and explore the streets, the marina and the shops. If you’re not up for the exercise why not hop on a bus. The buses run all over the city and ensure that every corner is covered.
There are ample cycle lanes throughout the city so if you’re a keen cyclist why not hop on a bike and get around Southampton with ease. Alternatively, you can jump in a taxi after a night out and get back to your accommodation without worrying about directions! A little-known fact is Southampton actually has its own airport! You can fly to Ibiza, Majorca or Edinburgh with ease. Will you be flying here by plane? How fancy!
Now you’re suitably caught up on all things Southampton, there’s only one thing for it and that’s to discover the city for yourself! Browse the range of activities, enquire for as many as you like and speak directly with each activity provider. You can ask them any questions you have about the event and get your group all booked in. Then you can sit back and rest in the knowledge that you’ve got some great activities lined up ready for your Southampton hen do.
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