Planning a hen party in Leeds? Fear not, because we’ve got 16 great ideas that have all your bases covered…
Whether you’re looking for parties or pampering, culture or adventure – there’s something for every kind of hen do in Leeds and we’ve rounded up our absolute favourites. From cocktail masterclasses and afternoon tea to quad biking and paint balling, make your last weekend of freedom one that you and your hens will always remember.
1. Cocktail masterclasses
An understandably popular choice for hen nights, Leeds has a whole host of cocktail masterclasses for you to choose from – and they’re run by some mighty fine local bartenders.
Head to Roxy Ball Room for champagne cocktails on arrival, followed by a tasty session learning to make the classics – you can even nip upstairs for a game of crazy golf after. Or let Mojo transport you back to the swinging sixties with their old-school classes – try something off the menu, before getting creative and competing against your mates with your own signature cocktail.
2. Bubble football
Okay, so maybe it’s not your usual hen party activity, but bubble football can be an absolute blast, especially when you’re with a gang of girls you love. So why not do something a little more active on your weekend in Leeds?
Leeds has two options for you when it comes to bubble football. First off, there’s Futsal – it’s ten minutes outside of the city centre, an easy taxi ride, and will see you playing a game of contact-footie inside massive balls, all for £25 a head. Next up is Hazlewood Castle. This stunning hotel is tucked away between Leeds and York, with plenty of outdoor space for 5-a-side bubble footie (and a spa for post-match relaxation).
3. Afternoon tea
What better way to spend your hen do than by indulging in spot of afternoon tea at Leeds’ most luxurious venues? You won’t have any shortage of choice, because Leeds is jam-packed with options.
You can go deliciously retro at Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, where they make the scones from scratch on site – or why not check out the utterly indulgent offering at Browns, complete with a glass of champagne? And if you’d like to keep it healthy, Filmore & Union will be more than happy to oblige you on your hen party in Leeds.
4. 4×4 driving
It may not be the most conventional hen do idea, but a 4×4 driving experience could be just what you need to please those adventurous brides to be – and Leeds has you covered.
You and your fellow hens can jump in a 4×4 at Park Wood Off Road Centre, where they can cater for groups of up to 20 people. Just choose whether you want a half or a full day – it’s £325 for the former and £480 for the latter, assuming you’ve got four girls to a car. And once your done with the day’s activities, you’ve still got the hen night to look forward to in Leeds city centre.
5. Spa days
If you’re after something a little more traditional for your hen party in Leeds, why not hit the spa? You can get a bit of R&R as you catch up with the girls. If you’re staying in the city centre, try Millies for all natural treatments like their organic champagne and chocolate cherry body wrap.
With a couple of hotels all prepped for prenuptial getaways, you’ll be perfectly placed to make the most of the city. Try Oulton Hall – it’s within easy reach of the city centre and they offer everything from hot stone treatments to facials. Or head to Thorp Park Hotel where you can get ready for a big hen night out in Leeds with waxing, tanning, eyebrow tinting and lots more.
6. Pole dancing
One of the raunchier hen party activities on the list, pole dancing is a seriously fun way to spend a day, especially when you’re with your best friends.
Check out Pole Stars, they specialise in hen dos, so you can expect things to run smoothly. You’ll get two hours of dancing, working with a fully trained instructor to create a routine that, by the end of class, you can run through from start to finish – definitely a memorable hen do and one you can all laugh about on your night out in Leeds.
7. Vintage makeovers
If you’re the kind of girl that looks back on days gone by and wishes you could have that kind of glamour today, this is the perfect choice, because you and your hens can have a full-on makeover with a pin up do.
It’s all thanks to Le Keux, a quirky Leeds salon that offers a very special kind of hen party. You and your friends will be treated to a vintage makeover and do before hitting their ‘costume box’ which includes a host of 50s style dresses in sizes 6-22. And you won’t soon forget the experience, because it comes with a pinup photo shoot.
Imagine yourself as a modern day Robin Hood? Then why not take your hens on an active adventure that will see you hitting the target from afar? That’s right, we’re talking archery, and you can do it on your hen party in Leeds.
Live for Today are the people to speak to. They specialise in adventure activities and archery is just one of the strings to their bow. You can do it alongside another activity like zorbing or quad biking, guaranteeing that you’ve got an action-packed day out on your hands. The question is – are your hens up for it?
9. Wine tasting
Boozy activities are always the best for hen dos, so why not try one of Leeds’ wine tasting sessions? You’ll get to indulge in a tipple or two, all while learning about what kinds of wine you like – and you’ll do it with all your favourite people.
One of our favourite locals, Lazy Lounge, will run you your own private wine appreciation party if you’ve got a group of twenty or more hens, giving you the chance to try a few different wines in lovely laid back setting. Alternatively, turn to the folk at Yorkshire Wine School. Not only do they know their stuff, but they’ve got oodles of experience with organising events, so they can make your hen night in Leeds go off with a bang.
10. Go karting
Got a need for speed? Well, then you and your hen party will be well catered for in Leeds, as we’ve got our own indoor racing track. So come rain or shine, your hen do will go off without a hitch.
The place you’ll be headed is Pole Position, which as it happens has just been taken over by TeamSport, so the thirteen tracks it already has will soon be accompanied by a new one. For £55 each, you’ll get a full hour of open endurance racing, and afterwards you can hit their laser shooting simulator game and play ping pong in the bar after.
11. Catch a show
How about indulging in a little culture on your hen do in Leeds? The city is blessed with a whole host of theatres, so there’s sure to be something you want to see.
Leeds Grand is the most famous of the city’s theatres, bringing in some of the country’s biggest touring shows, including Wicked, The Sound of Music and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But you’ll also find innovative productions at HUB, thought-provoking plays at West Yorkshire Playhouse and quirk productions at Leeds Carriageworks. Look out for the latest masterpieces from Northern Ballet and Opera North too – they’re perfect for hen nights in Leeds.
Another Leeds hen party idea that will suit the more adventurous types among you, paint balling is guaranteed to get your pulse racing on your weekend away.
You and your fellow hens will be well looked after at Delta Force Paintball. The centre itself is based just outside Wakefield, so you’ll want to make a day of it – and they’re more than happy to help. Set in the woodlands, you’ll find yourself surrounded by movie-style sets as you make aim and pull the trigger. A hen do not to be forgotten – just make sure you save enough energy for your big night out in Leeds.
13. Burlesque Lessons
Always envied the sophisticated skills of burlesque dancers? Well, now’s your chance to have a go at it yourself, by trying out one of Leeds’ burlesque lessons on your hen party.
You’ve got a few options when it comes to burlesque dancing. First off, there’s Leeds Burlesque, they’ll sort you out with a workshop everyone can get involved in, as well as vintage makeovers and afternoon tea. While Bella Besame and Lady Wildflower both offer burlesque classes in Leeds, covering everything from basic moves to the art of the striptease.
14. Quad biking
If your idea of getting down and dirty is something else entirely, perhaps quad biking will be more up your street? You can have an action-packed day out with your mates that no one is likely to forget any time soon.
Hazlewood Castle offer quad biking, alongside their luxurious accommodation and spa, but that’s not the only place you can do it. Quad Nation are also getting in on the action, with their classes that will see you progressing from simple figure eights up to blue, red and black circuits, all for £44.99. Whichever you choose, it’ll make for a great hen party in Leeds.
15. Cooking classes
Foodies will surely be more inclined to partake in Leeds’ cooking classes, which make for great hen do activities. Not only will you pick up new skills, but you’ll be able to devour a tasty meal, made with your own fair hands.
You’ll find a fair few cooking classes in Leeds. Famed Indian restaurant Hansa’s offers a cooking school that will see you learning Gujarati recipes in hands on sessions, while Thai restaurant Chaophraya will have your hens cooking up a three course meal, with a goody bag to take home.
16. Life drawing
Definitely one of the more hilarious activities to add to your hen party in Leeds, life drawing will see you and your mates putting charcoal to paper, recreating the human form. Of course, this isn’t your usual, serious class, so while you may pick up a trick or two along the way, you’ll also be playing games like pin the willy on the sketch.
You’ll find a whole host of hen do companies offer it Leeds, with the likes of Chilli Sauce, Artful Hen Parties and Funk:tion Events all getting in on the action. They’ll sort out all the details for you, booking a tutor, a model and a venue for your life drawing class, all from around £30 a person.
Wicked image courtesy of Brinkhoff and Mögenburg.