Hen Party Ideas
Hen Party Ideas - The Ultimate List
So you are looking for ideas for a hen party!. Our team at Hen and Stag Sligo look after thousands of hen parties and stag parties from all over Ireland and the UK every year. We've organised so many hen parties in Sligo, that it's safe to say that we are quite the experts at planning them here. There are an endless amount of fantastic ideas in Sligo, which is widely known as the adventure capital of Ireland.
Here's a quick summary of our hen party ideas
We recently carried out a survey of the hen parties coming to Sligo to see what was their most popular activity. This survey has been featured on a number of sites including Evoke.ie®, Her.ie® and The Sun®.
This is a super fun activity that involves 15 Quests and 47 challenges. It is based indoors and involves loads of different types of challenges ranging from mental to more physical ones. The level of physicality is not too strenuous so don't worry!. It's a great team-based activity and one of the most popular with Hen and Stag Sligo. Find out more information by checking out the Crystal Maze Hen Party Package.
The Cube is super fun and located in the town centre. It involves a number of challenges that really get the competitive juices going and super fun. The group in normally split into a number of teams, depending on group size and it lasts about 1.5-2 hours. None of the challenges are too physical of it suits pretty much everybody and it takes place in Lola Montez Nightclub during the day so full bar facilities and a great party atmosphere. For more information check out the Cube Hen Party Package.
The cocktail masterclass never fails as a hen party idea and a great activity for either before or after a meal. The class we run includes 3 cocktails and 1 shot and last about 1.5-2 hours. All classes are held separately so you will have your own instructor. It's really just one of those simple but great fun hen party ideas. Find out more information on the Cocktail Masterclass Hen Package.
This true detective is a CSI type activity that involves capturing of the groom and all the hens trying to find the groom using various clues. There is a bit of personalisation involved with this activity (like a mock video from the groom) which can go down well with the bride to be as it shows a real effort by the bridesmaids. Normally the videos are really fun and a great way to start the activity. It normally lasts 2 hours in total and is based in the town centre. Find out more information on the True Detective Hen Package.
Yes, believe it or not, this is one of the most popular activities with hen parties. It is as the name suggests - trying to paint a naked man and having great fun while doing it. It lasts about 1.5 hours and the instructor is professionally trained and will give us all the necessary tips for painting. It really never fails to impress and has been one of the most popular activities for years now. Find out more information about the Life Nude Painting Hen Package.
These are only some of the hen party ideas available in Sligo. The Cube Challenge seems to be the package of choice in the 2017 season with a huge amount of hen parties booking the activity every week. The cocktail masterclass has now got another contender that seems to get quite alot of bookings - Gin Tasting with Infused Cupcakes. Given the explosion in popularity of Gin, it is no wonder why this class is proving a hit with hens.
There are always the other hen party ideas that have always been popular like Dance Class and Flower Crown Making, however, we like keeping it different at Hen and Stag Sligo. We a couple of super funky packages that are just that little bit different. For instance, Old School Sports Day is super fun and really get's some laughs. Lip Sync Battle is also popular. The good thing about this activity is that includes a professional video for the bride which can be a great memento of the hen and super to show at the wedding!.
Flower Crown making is a nice laid back package that has always been very popular with our hen parties. It's great to get the creative juices going and in the end have a fantastic piece of jewelry that makes all the ladies stand out from the crowd. Find out more about the Flower Crown Hen Party Package.
The Sports Day package is a great way to bring us back in time. All the old-school favorites that we all competed in 'back in the day'. It takes place indoors in a town centre location. It's amazing to see how competitive how some of the hen parties can get!. Find out more information on the Old School Sports Day Hen Package.
How about some of the unique ideas in the adventure capital of Ireland. We've lots of packages that most certainly fit into the 'unique' category of hen parties Surfing and Coasteering are really popular hen packages. How about even fire-walking!. This is really unique to Sligo - check out the article the Irish Independent about this activity. A couple of other ones that are fairly unique in Sligo and quite popular are Hen's on the Farm experience and Clay Pigeon Shooting. If we were to list our top five 'unique hen party ideas', these would be the five we would choose.
Clay Pigeon Shooting is probably more popular with our stag group rather than the hens, but it is nevertheless quite popular and something quite quirky. You would be amazed how good a shot the ladies have. The Hen and Stag Sligo went out to review the activity with a large mixed group and believe it or not the ladies came out top.
This is definitely one for the adrenaline seeking hen party and given it can only be done in a couple of locations in Ireland, it is super unique. Don't worry about the cliff jumping side of things - our Hen and Stag team reviewed this activity and there were a wide variety of cliff edges to jump off. You didn't even have to jump off them really - there is enough adrenaline in maneuvering your way around them. We gave it a 5-star review.
Sligo is famous as a surf destination, so it needs to be in the top five of our activities to do. It's located only 10 minutes out of town and a great way to refresh yourself for a big night on Sligo Town. Fergal and Nick from the Hen and Stag Team recently went out to review surfing as an activity. See more information on the surf hen party package.
Yes, believe it or not, Hens on the Farm is one of our most popular activities and safe to say it fit's into the 'different' category. We've sent alot of hens out for the farm experience and we've always got unreal feedback from them all. Find out more information about the Hen's on the Farm Hen Party Package.
It's not often that a major race meeting coincides with a big hen party weekend, but on this occasion it does!. The May Bank Holiday weekend has it's first race meeting of the year at Sligo and it is massive for hen and stag parties alike. It's a great excuse to get the glad rags on early in the day. It is a super popular package but we do advise early booking as this weekend is onre of the most popular each year. Find out more about the Sligo Races Hen Party Package.
A lot of hens ask us are the bars and restaurants hen friendly in Sligo and happy with hen party accessories. The vast majority of bars are 100 percent with this and certainly, all our partners are completely fine with it. Hen party games are also fine but we advise you let our team help you with organizing the right location/room for this. If you cannot find a suitable activity under our hen party list, why not check the stag party ideas - there are many more ideas that are not directly marketed to hens but sometimes work quite well!..
Hen party budgets vary quite a bit and some can be pricier than others. We have some fantastic hen party packages that will suit even the smallest budgets. For instance, we could offer the following package at the very low price of 70 euro per person
- Self-catering accommodation (one-night)
- Two-course meal in town centre with table decorated with hen party balloons
- Pre-Club shots in bourbon bar
- Admission to Lola Montez Nightclub with reserved seating and a glass of bubbly for all the ladies on arrival
If you wanted to add a cheap activity - something like Karaoke & Cocktails might be something to consider.
We are often asked what hen party packages to recommend in the 'classy' category. We have a number of options here including our Spa Hen Package in the Clayton and our Spa Hen Package in the Radisson. Other packages that we feel fit this category is the Gin Masterclass with Cupcakes, the Flower Crown Making Hen Package or the Day at the Races Hen Party Package.
The Gin Masterclass Package is a relatively new hen party package and has become very popular with the explosion in popularity. The glass is really interesting and you learn all about the art of gin-making and the botanicals involved. There is a break half way through the class for some 'gin-infused' cupcakes. Now, where have you come across this before? They are absolute yum!. Check out more detail on the Gin Masterclass Hen Party Package.
Contact our team of specialists for further information
One of the problems with Sligo is there is just so many ideas to choose from. It's hard to fix on which package to run with. We recommend you contact our team and we can guide you. We book thousands of hen parties every year in Sligo. It is safe to say "We know everything about hens and stags in Sligo". Check out our reviews on our testimonials page, Facebook and Google. We'll help you plan the perfect hen party!.
Are there any good sites for hen party accessories?
There are a lot of hen party accessory & hen party supplies websites available on the web through a simple search. Sometimes it is better to start with a local store so you can see what the accessory looks like on you rather than on a model. In general, with most of the hen party hotspots throughout the country, you'll be fine with most outfits/accessories Certain high-end restaurants will not be as accommodating as others so be careful here.
Are there any companies you recommend for organizing our transfers to Sligo?
Sometimes you can obtain a better price to and from Sligo by arranging a bus with a local company. We use Sligo Travel for all our transfers.
What are other locations in Ireland that are good for hen party idea?
There are a couple of locations in Ireland that are really popular with hen parties if you decide not to choose Sligo. Some other popular locations include Carrick on Shannon, Galway, Kilkenny, Westport and Athlone. There are similar hen party ideas for each of these locations and you'll be sure to bump into plenty of other hen parties. If you look beyond Ireland, there are any amount of locations that are very popular in the UK and further afield. Locations like Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool are real hotspots for hen parties from Ireland going over to the UK.
Have we any tips when planning a hen party?
Always include an activity. It can be a long day if you don't include some sort of activity during the day and it can sometimes be a recipe for disaster if you don't because inevitably, the ladies will start drinking too early and before you know it, there are a couple worse for wear early in the day.
Try to choose an activity that suits the group. Think of the age profile of the group and what they all like. There are heaps of options from surfing and coasteering for the adrenaline junkies to flower crown making and the cube. Feel free to call a member of our team to get our advice - always picking our brain on what activity to choose.
BE ON TIME!. It's very easy to get delayed for activities and meals with unscheduled bus stops etc. It's important to realize that failing to be on time for certain activities/meals can sometimes lead to activities/meals being reduced in time and in some cases even canceled. So be sure to try your best to be on time and always communicate any delays as soon as they arise and our weekend team can do their best to make adjustments.
- Book your party well in advance. It's not uncommon for parties to book with us over a year in advance!. Yes, some parties are quite organized but they realize that availability is limited, particularly on the peak weekends like Irish and UK Bank Holidays. If you plan on having your party on one of these weekends - do book in advance. Some weekends like the May Bank Holiday are very difficult to secure accommodation on.