Hen Party Activities in York

A hen do in York perfectly blends picturesque sights, culture, fun activities and a lively student population for a last weekend of freedom that’ll go down in history!
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York Hen Parties

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!

What To Expect During a Hen Party in York

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 rifle shooting, cocktail making to nude life drawing, we’ve got everything you need to make your special weekend even more special.

Outdoor Hen Do Activities in York

Get outdoors to feel the wind in your hair and breathe in that fresh air during your hen do in York. If you like your activities rough and ready, how about trying a bit of quad biking? You’ll explore more than 70 acres of countryside on top of a beasty Kymco quad bike, taking on mounds, corners and muddy puddles during a 30-minute thrill ride.

Hen Party Activities in York

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!

Reviews for York hen activities

Locked in Games

Fun and good for team building spirit!

Laura Simenacz
Air Rifle Shooting

The location is spectacular but a little way out. I wasn't aware there were so many other activities available here, would have considered doing more. Staff were brilliant.

Anthony Smith
Cocktail Making

Steven was fabulous! Had a great time!!

Jemma Smith
Cocktail Making with Two Course Meal

The cocktail making master call and meal was great. It was enjoyed by all 25 people that attended and the food and drinks were to a great standard. Thanks for your help with organising this.

Lucy Maher

Did you know?

  • Medieval alleyway, The Shambles, is the oldest shopping street in Europe. It dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries and walking around it is like stepping into a scene from Harry Potter!
  • York obviously has great taste; Rowntrees and Terry’s both originated here. Who’s now craving Fruit Pastels and a Chocolate Orange?
  • Another sweet based fact; the first successful chocolate bar launched in York was the mighty Kit Kat in 1935. Apparently 47 Kit Kats are eaten somewhere in the world every second!
  • The world’s smallest street with the longest name is in York. It’s called Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate. Yep, really. It’s meaning is debated. It could be ‘what a street’ or ‘neither one thing nor the other.’
  • The National Railway Museum is the biggest train museum in the world and the only place outside of Asia to house a Japanese bullet train.
  • York’s been named the most haunted city in the UK and is home to the UK’s most haunted pub, the Golden Fleece. Are you brave enough to visit?
  • Guy Fawkes, who famously conspired to blow up the Houses of Parliament, was born here. He attended St Peter’s School. The school still refuses to burn an effigy of him on 5th November.
  • York Minster’s central tower is so big that the Leaning Tower of Pisa could fit inside it!
  • Who doesn’t love a roast dinner with all the trimmings? The awesome Yorkshire pudding is said to have originated in the city in the 1700s. There’s even a National Yorkshire Pudding Day in the UK on the 1st Sunday of February.
  • It was once legal to shoot a Scottish person with a bow and arrow within the York city walls but not on a Sunday.
  • The Bar Convent houses the oldest living nunnery Europe. It was established in 1686.
  • York was founded by the Romans in 71 AD.
  • Emperor Constantine was crowned in York in 306 AD, making him the only Roman emperor to be crowned outside of Rome ever.
  • The city has more miles of intact city walls than anywhere else in England. Explore them during your hen do in York.
  • Rumour has it that if you kiss your significant other below York Minster’s West Window, you’ll be together forever. Pucker up, ladies!

York in numbers

  • The city’s home to more than 365 pubs. How many will you visit during your hen do in York?
  • York has been voted one of the top 50 best places to get married in the world. Almost half of the weddings that take place in the city are for couples who don’t live here.
  • York Minster is the biggest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It took 250 years to complete, starting in 1220.
  • Clifford's Tower was constructed by William the Conqueror in 1068. It stands 50ft tall and 200ft wide.
  • The Shinkansen Japanese bullet train in the National Railway Museum can reach speeds of up to 200mph.
  • Take a trip up York Minster’s Central Tower, the highest point of the city, for breath-taking views from more than 230ft high.
  • It’s estimated that there are at least 500 ghosts in York’s city centre. Nope, we haven’t counted them.
  • The Castle Museum houses more than 1,000 Valentine’s Day cards, one of the biggest collections in the UK. The oldest printed Valentine’s card in the collection dates back to 1797.
  • Around 200,000 people live in this historic city.
  • York Minster’s Lantern Tower is 71m high and weighs the same as 40 jumbo jets (16,000 tons).

Local Celebs

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.

Fancy a Hen Party in York?

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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