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Hen Party Activities - The Lowdown!

6 May 2021
Hen Party Activities the low down

Hen Party Activities - The Lowdown!

Almost all Hens in Ireland have Hen Party activities. So we decided to ask the question, why have an activity at a hen party?

Because having an activity at a hen party can be great fun to get your group mixing and getting to know each other before the big wedding day arrives. It can be a way to break up the day and have something to do for a few hours before the meal. Plus they are a lot of fun!

How to plan hen party activities?

Things to consider when picking and planning your activities;

  • Who is coming
  • What time of the day
  • Location in the country
  • Indoor or outdoor
  • Cost
  • Drop outs
  • Paying

Types of activities

There are two main types of hen party activities we get asked for. Indoor and outdoor.

  • Indoor activities

Indoor activities for a hen are so varied and can be anything from a cocktail class, a dance class to roller disco, the cube or afternoon tea.

The beauty of an indoor activity is it isn’t weather dependant plus if you have a mix of ages or activity levels in the group. Like if your older Aunt is on the hen, she probably won’t want to do a farm yard hen, but she might do afternoon tea. Indoor activities we get asked for a lot would be paint a nude, chocolate tasting, dicktionary and escape rooms.

These are just a few and we hold them all around Ireland. But there are a million more. By choosing an activity that is held indoors at least you are not depending on the weather for your activity to go ahead smoothly. And let’s not forget our hair!

  • Outdoor activities

Popular outdoor activities for a Hen include, a booze cruise, a day on the farm, old school sports day – those sorts of activities. One of the most popular activities booked in the office is ‘I’m a hen get me out of here’ which is after getting really popular since I’m a celeb. Again these are the most popular outdoor activities that we get asked for most. They are held in most locations around Ireland. Choosing an outdoor activity for a hen party is fun and energetic and gets the hen party group out in the fresh air having great craic.

  • Sporty Activities

Sporty activities for a hen party can include, old school sports day, bubble football, yoga, surfing, water sports, paint ball and laser games. Some hens are more sporty then others and love to build up a sweat taking part in some sports game. So if your bride to be is like that then these activities would be ideal for her.

  • Team Activities

So many people organizing a hen party fret about what activity to choose when booking a hen party. It can be a hard task as you are trying to keep everyone happy that is attending the hen which can be very hard. Not everyone would be into the same thing and everyone have different interests and likes. So for instance choosing a water sport could be a nightmare for many on a hen and others would love it or afternoon tea could be to quite for many and then not for others. In my opinion you need to think firstly what kind of person your bride is and what are her interests, likes and dislikes.

Going from there you may need to find out the difference age ranges attending and be able to choose your activity from there. Here in the office what we always advise is you are never going to please everyone anyway so once you choose an activity that you know the bride will love then the other members can op in or out if they really wouldn’t like to take part.

I'm sure all attending the hen party would want to make sure the Bride is having the best time ever and be happy with that.

So there you have it, girls. Planning a Hen party activity isn't as daunting as it might seem. And no matter what, at the end of the day once your Bride is happy, that is all that counts!

Kate Hyde
Kate Hyde
Kate, originally from Cork, founded in 2008 in her spare bedroom in Waterford. Since then, the company has grown to 6 websites in our group across 4 countries. Kate is an expert on hen party and stag party planning and organisation and is even the author of a book on the topic - “How to Hen Party - the Essential Guide” (Currach Press).
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Geraldine McGrath
Geraldine is our hen party guru! Calmly ruling the roost and knowing every hen hotspot across Ireland. In her spare time, Geraldine likes to read, walk and spend time with family and friends. She’s also recently been rediscovering her love for cross stitch!
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