Friday 18 October 2019

From vintage tea tours to finding Father Ted: 10 hen party activity ideas everyone will love

Great hen party activity ideas for all ages

Rachel Farrell & Karen Birney

Choosing a hen party that both the bride and guests will enjoy can be difficult, especially if everyone has different interests. Not everyone likes a typical night out until all hours, and hen parties abroad can be expensive.

We've compiled a list of some of the most unusual hen party ideas for a unique day or night out across Ireland. 

1. Flower crown workshop

Not only is this a great activity for green thumbs, but if your hen party is near your wedding date, the completed crowns could make for perfect bridesmaids' accessories too.

The Crate (, an online flower delivery company, offer for workshops for 90 minutes in the comfort of your home, a hotel room or the reserved area of a bar. The Crate ladies will teach you how to make your very own flower crown using fresh and seasonably available flowers and all materials are supplied.

Kay's Flower School in Dublin also offer flower crown making workshops for groups of at least 10 people. Flower Crowns for up to 20 people costs €45 per person, over 20 costs €40 per person. Kay's also does a brooch bouquet making hen party, where each guest brings along a piece of jewellery to add to the bride's bouquet which is made with the aid of extra accessories provided.

2. Escape room

Escape rooms are perfect for a quick-thinking group that want something intricate to keep them occupied. They're also great for bonding, so this would also suit a group that don't all know each other.

The goal of escape rooms is to escape the room, using the available clues, as quickly as possible. Some rooms have different themes and challenges. Escape rooms are suitable for people of all ages, however before you book you should confirm whether there is any physical element to the room which may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.

In Dublin, Escape Boats ( provides a bit of a twist on the theme in a wonderfully unique setting. Escape Boats have two rooms (with the 'Convicts' room just freshly launched) escape rooms last 60 minutes. Larger groups can be catered for, and for the 'Convicts' game are split to add a competitive edge as groups attempt to outdo each other on time. Adventure Rooms Dublin ( offer both hen and stag parties for a 90-minute escape adventure. Further south, Escape Limerick ( cater for groups between 5 and 18 people, with three different rooms to choose from. Again Costs vary but generally start from €20 pp for escape room events in Ireland.

3. Private cinema

Fancy a movie screen all to yourself and your besties? Why not hire out a private cinema?!

The Stella Theatre in Rathmines, Dublin, ( offer a vintage style theatre with the ability to hire for private events. With the line up of fun vintage movies playing in the Stella there may be no need at all to hire out the venue privately however. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9pm til late, hens can grab a cocktail at the bar before heading inside to the plush theatre (there are footstools) for a chilled night at the flicks. Seats are priced at €19 each, or you can take a couch or bed for two at €38. Senior tickets are €15 per person.

Denzille Cinema (, off Merrion Square, is another popular choice for hen and stag parties looking to start the day off with something relaxing and indulgent. Catering for up to 30 people, the private cinema provides a dedicated host to look after your every snacking need!

Brooks Hotel on Drury St in Dublin have a private cinema to rent for up to 26 guests, with the choice of bringing your own movie, home movies or DIY photo slideshows (they also host a weekly club every Thursday evening which is open to hotel guests and members of the public).

4. Afternoon tea with a twist

Why have afternoon tea in a hotel when you can have it on a bus touring Dublin city?

Vintage Tea Tours ( brings guests around the town on a double decker bus, accompanied with a traditional afternoon tea. They also offer gluten free and vegetarian options.

The bottom deck can hold up to 12 people or up to 26 guests on the top deck and is available on request for exclusive hire for groups. And if the hen party goes down a treat, they can also host weddings!

5. Draw a nude

'Draw a Nude' is an activity that's become more popular in the last few years, replacing the usual male stripper. In a typical class, guests are able to draw a naked man under the guidance of a teacher. As the class goes on, the man changes poses, each with less clothes on. 

The 'Draw a Nude' classes provide an interactive and fun approach to a hen party, and it's an activity that's bound to have everyone in stitches.

Draw a Nude classes can be booked on, where class events are available all over Ireland. Classes are 15 people minimum. Draw a Nude (Activity Only) is €30 per person and packages, available from Belles & Blazers start from €135.

Related: Is the male stripper a thing of the past for Irish hen parties?

6. Vintage tea party

If you're looking for a classy and vintage themed hen party, Donegal Manor might be the place for you.

The luxury guesthouse offers a hands-on afternoon tea baking class, where attendees will learn how to bake cakes and desserts - and then gobble them all up while feeling super proud of themselves. 

Prices start at €60 without accommodation, or €99 with B&B midweek.

Related: Four places to have a fabulous farmhouse style hen in Ireland (just like Meghan Markle!)

7. Cocktail making class

With classes all over the country from Dublin to Cork, offer guests the chance to make popular drinks with the help of a professional. Classes like this are perfect for hens that want a boozy night out but with a fun element added in. 

The Temple Bar Hotel in Dublin also offers mixology classes for hen and stag parties, with prices starting from €28.

8. Cookery class

If the bride-to-be is a food lover, a cookery class at the Dublin Cookery School ( could go down a treat.

Guests will join the staff in the kitchen for a demo before trying their hand at recreating a menu under the guidance of expert chefs. And the best part- you get to enjoy your hand cooked meal in the dining room after to continue the party.

9. Finding Ted - The Father Ted experience

A bit of a niche one it must be said, but this hilarious Father Ted experience from planning company Belles and Blazers ( is perfect for fans of the Craggy Island quartet.

Complete tasks such as “Sing my lovely horse in unison for 60 seconds” and “perform the dancing priest” as you make your way across town collecting points and trying to locate Ted while dressed as your favourite character. A minimum of 15 people is required for this activity, and it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete on a good day.

10. Luxury Irish weekend away

There are so many stunning places across Ireland to stay for an overnight self-catering hen that suits all ages. Tranquility Lodge ( offers some of the most beautiful accommodation in Carlingford, where activities can include evening yoga sessions, afternoon tea, days on a farm, morning watersports or a good night's karaoke.

Elsewhere, beautiful lodges such as Dunowen House in Cork (, Blanchville House in Kilkenny (, Inch House in Tipperary ( and the Old Deanery in Wexford ( can all be rented out for a weekend and activities arranged to suit the personality of each hen party.

More: Four places to have a fabulous farmhouse style hen in Ireland (just like Meghan Markle!)

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