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This North Yorkshire city has won a bucket load of accolades including European Tourism City of the Year, the Most Festive City, the Safest Place to Visit and the Best Place to Live in the UK. Fancy having a hen weekend in York to find out what all the fuss is about? You’ll be so glad you did!
York has a unique feel and everything’s in easy reach. Explore the quirky shops, River Ouse and iconic landmarks such as The Shambles, a medieval street that inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, and York Minster, one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals.
You might assume that the nightlife in this historic city is a little stale, but you’d be so wrong! There are two universities in York, so you just know you’re in for a wild night with a range of traditional boozers, buzzing bars and banging nightclubs!
Head here with your best girls and prepare to party against a stunning backdrop of cathedrals and castles. Looking for hen party ideas in York? You’ve come to the right place, girls! From fun Dance Classes to Quad Biking, Cocktail Making to Nude Life Drawing, we’ve got everything you need to make your special weekend even more special.
Try hen party Life Drawing in York for something cheeky you won’t forget in a hurry! An expert art tutor will teach your group top tips on how to draw all the lines and curves of the nude male body. Your inspiration won’t come from a photo though, you’re going to have the real thing right in front of you! After lots of blushing and giggles, settle into this laid-back session and compare your masterpieces at the end. Will you create a lifelike sketch or a hilarious scribble?
Who can resist the tempting combo of quality time with the girls and tasty food? Hen party Afternoon Tea in York pairs the two, giving you a delicious range of sweet and savoury treats from sandwiches to scones, washed down with tea or even a glass of prosecco to make things feel extra special.
Bit laid back for you? Why not try something new and unleash your inner dancefloor diva! With fun dance classes ranging from Lip Sync Battle to Pole Dancing, Grease to Dirty Dancing, there’s a theme to suit every group. Dress up and head on down to a private, city centre venue to learn a dazzling choreographed routine. Why not bust it out again at the upcoming wedding?
If you’re a group of sporty hens, why not inject some friendly competition into your York hen weekend with Bubble Mayhen! This brilliantly bonkers activity gets you each climbing inside your own big, inflatable zorb. It’ll encase the whole top half of your body, leaving just your legs sticking out at the end like a big lollipop! The aim of the game is to split into teams to play hysterical games that see you bump and barge into each other with hilarious results! If you’d like something even more action-packed, how about a game of Paintball or a spot of Quad Biking, sure to get you all embracing your inner thrill seeker!
Are you Harry Potter fans? Your dreams are about to come true! Did you know you can play a real-life version of Quidditch? Run around on broomsticks (unfortunately not the flying sort!) to shoot quaffles, dodge bludgers and try to catch that illusive golden snitch!
Brilliant! Nanette was a wonderful teacher, very supportive and fun.
Absolutely superb, nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
Lots of fun
Dance lesson was ok, the Hen enjoyed it very much, the venue was lovely but rather small as we were put in the platinum suite, which was more like a loft room
Legendary actress Dame Judi Dench and Full Monty actor Mark Addy were born in York. Explore the country of Yorkshire further and you might find even more famous faces including Game of Thrones actors Sean Bean and Sir Patrick Stewart, comedian Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon), presenter Jeremy Clarkson, Spice Girl Mel B, singer Zayn Malik and our fave Dr Who Jodie Whittaker. It’s safe to say that this country creates some truly awesome people! Who will you spot on your hen do in York?
Sitting down to some delicious food is a great way to celebrate your York hen night. There’s more to this city’s culinary scene than chocolate and Yorkshire puds (though obviously they’re both pretty great!). Choose from an enormous range of restaurants to really tantalise your taste buds and get your mouth drooling! York’s annual Festival of Food and Drink attracts more than 150,000 people who descend upon the city to taste local produce and take part in workshops.
From filling plates of pasta to a big American burger, there’s something for all tastes here whether you’re looking for super sophisticated fine dining or cheap and easy chain restaurant eats.
Las Iguanas bar and restaurant injects a bit of Latin American spirit into your York hen party with sizzling dishes and award-winning drinks. Choose two-courses from their extensive set menu and toast your betrothed bestie with a complimentary drink each with a choice of wine, beer or a cocktail.
Being an old city, you’ll find loads of traditional pubs here but that’s not all; there’s also a thriving live music scene, swanky cocktails and dance ‘til you drop nightclubs. There’s two universities in the city and we all know that students love to party, meaning you can expect to experience some wild nightlife at affordable prices on your hen night in York. We all love that combo, don’t we?
There’s no better way to start your celebrations than with a spot of fun hen party Cocktail Making in York! Alcohol has a wonderful way of breaking the ice and getting everyone chatting, especially handy if some of the hens don’t know each other.
Bond and have a laugh as a professional mixologist teaches you how to create the tastiest cocktails, from Caipirinhas to Cosmopolitans! You’ll whip up loads of delicious drinks, sipping on everything you make and playing some hilarious games from blindfold buddies to tandem cocktail making!
You can even add a sit-down meal after to make things feel even more special. This group pleasing activity is available at a range of top venues including Las Iguanas and Revolution in York city centre. If you thought York was too pretty to party, think again!
You can celebrate a hen do in York at any time of year. February is host to JORVIK Viking Festival, two weeks of fun that pays homage to the city’s rich Norse heritage. During the largest festival of its kind in Europe, you can expect loads of Viking-themed events including live history encampments, tours, talks and combat performances.
York Fashion Week takes place in March each year with seven days of runway shows, exhibits, workshops and lectures all aiming to support local and international talent such as retailers and designers. If you’re a budding fashionista, this will give you tons of inspo.
If you’re visiting in April, you’re in for a real treat! The York Chocolate Festival celebrates everyone’s favourite sweet treat with workshops, markets, demonstrations and a fairground. If that’s not enough, you can even get your hands on free samples!
Foodies will love York Food and Drink Festival in September where you can sink your teeth into a range of events including wine tastings, food tastings, talks, cookery demonstrations and workshops in some of the city’s most fabulous venues.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas once you enter a hen do in York in November and December. To immerse yourselves in the Christmassy magic, visit the Christmas Festival with live entertainment, fairs and stalls selling food, drink and gifts. York’s been voted the Most Festive City in the UK, so you know you’re in for a special weekend if you visit during the season to be jolly!
Exploring the city by foot is a must during your hen do in York and luckily most places of interest are close together. However, if you’re girls who love their heels, you might find the winding, cobbled streets get a bit much. No worries though because you can jump on a bus or hop in a taxi in a flash. You can even hop on a boat to explore the River Ouse and soak up the stunning sights in style from a unique viewpoint.
As you can see, this gorgeous city has so much to offer! If you’re tempted by a York hen do, read through our awesome activity listings now and see what takes your fancy. Arranging a hen party is no easy task but we’re here to take all the hassle away with a selection of top things to do that’ll have everyone in your group bonding, laughing and making memories. Go on, give that bride-to-be the epic send-off she deserves!
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