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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 14 best hen party ideas in Manchester

When it comes to knowing what to do for a hen-do, it can be quite difficult. It's the night before walking down the aisle and saying "I do" to your loved one, so it's important to make your hen party a special one.

Manchester is known for being a city full of life, whether it be the people, the events or the spaces. To those in the know, Manchester does it best. Luckily, you've come to the right place to search for the best bridal party ideas.

We want you to have the most incredible time before the big day, so we've found our favourite things to do in Manchester for the bride-to-be.

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1. A hen-do wonderland in Manchester: Richmond Tea Rooms


Take a trip down the rabbit hole into the wondrous world of the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester welcomes you to afternoon tea while you enjoy the entertainment from some of Manchester’s best drag queens.

The interior is an immersive and escapist space, which pays homage to Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The menu features variations of tea, from the Hatters Tea to the Queen's Tea. Enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment over tea and then move to the restaurant after the show.

Richmond Tea Rooms is just a short journey from Manchester's busy Oxford Road.

2. For a playful hen party in Manchester: Bingo Balls


If you’re looking for an alternative hen party idea, Bingo Balls might just be the fluorescent answer to your pre-nuptial dreams.

Just around the corner from Manchester Victoria station, this uber-popular party venue is one for any bride-to-be wanting something fun, carefree, wholesome and a little nostalgic.

Expect brightly-coloured ball pits, sugary drinks galore and DJ sets on rotation. Sip on custom cocktails, dive into a pit, and party into the early hours of the morning.

For private parties, drop them a line, their team is ready to create a bespoke hen-do for you.

3. An entertaining hen-do venue in Manchester: The Comedy Store


Laughing your way into your nuptials seems like a pretty great idea if you ask us.

Featuring a variety of great comedians, from newbies to seasoned guests on the UK's comedy circuits, The Comedy Store is one to head to especially if you're looking for a hilariously entertaining night out with friends.

It's pretty simple. You'll be sat in the beautiful proscenium arch theatre where the comedians will stand up and share their talent. Sounds like a right laugh, if you ask us.

The Comedy Store is just a short walk from Deansgate station.

4. A fun activity for a hen party: Treetop Adventure Golf


TreeTop in Manchester offers an immersive and impressive backdrop while you play an 18-hole round of mini golf

This is a great venue to visit for a hen-do, especially during the day. You have the choice of playing around the Tropical Trail or the Ancient Explorer, where you also have the chance to defeat the 19th hole.

You can have a private experience, where you have your own room, your own dedicated host and a vast range of tropical drinks.

Treetop is a short walk from Manchester Victoria station.

5. A relaxing hen-do in Manchester: Pace Health and Nu Spa


For a relaxing day out with the girls before the wedding, a spa treatment would be a day well spent.

At Pace Health and Nu Spa, you can get an all-inclusive group spa day. This package includes either a full body massage or a luxury spa facial for up to 50 minutes or two 25-minute treatments (choose from a revitalising eye treatment, a back, neck or shoulder massage).

You'll also have 2 hours of spa and pool access, with complimentary snacks and drinks for up to 4 people.

It's just a short walk from Manchester Victoria station.

6. For a hen-do spent in the sky: 20 Stories


20 Stories is a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Manchester cityscape.

A contemporary sanctuary in the sky, 20 Stories is filled with plants and foliage, placed thoughtfully around the space, as well as stylish furniture and two champagne menus.

Private hire is available, with plenty of choice of where to spend your bridal party. The roof terrace tables are bookable for groups of 6 or more. If you want something a little more intimate, the private dining room can seat up to 20 and the main restaurant hosts up to 60 people.

7. A luxurious hen party in Manchester: King Street Townhouse


For a private dining and exclusive cinema experience, spend your hen do in style at King Street Townhouse in Manchester.

Take a look at the Meal and Movie package, choose from the three-course meal menu curated by the chefs, and then sit back and relax in the lavish private cinema room with your friends.

This venue is suitable for both large and small groups and you can even book the hotel to stay in that night.

8. For a hen-do on water: Dry Barge


If you’re interested in taking your hen party to the next level, then consider Dry Barge. Located in Manchester’s city centre, Bohemia (also known as the “party boat”) offers up cityscape and canalside views.

Be the captain of your own ship, and choose your perfect hen-do. Feast on board, if you want, drink and be merry, then set sail and press play on your favourite playlist (with the help of a DJ).

The Dry Barge team will work closely with you to create the ultimate hen-do, whether that’s dancing all night long or having drinks with your closest friends.

Find the Dry Barge just a few minutes away from Deansgate station.

9. A classic hen-do in Manchester: Lola Lo


For a big night with your nearest and dearest before the big day, head to Lola Lo.

Housed in an industrial space filled with vibrant colours and high energy, we’d say this is a pretty good place to celebrate…well, anything.

Keep the spirits up with the music and drinks on tap – we’d suggest the frozen daiquiri (rum, lime, and your pick of strawberry, passion fruit, raspberry, mango, peach or pineapple purée) or their Cirocolada (with you guessed it, Ciroc pineapple, melon liqueur, coconut cream, pineapple juice and lime).

Create a bespoke hen party to remember, and if you want the place to yourself, you can hire the entire venue too.

Find Lola Lo just a few minutes from Deansgate station.

10. A hen-do venue in Manchester that has it all: Firefly Manchester


Golden luxury. Warm lighting. Rustic interiors. Twinkling greenery. That's what you'll notice when you visit Firefly.

The self-proclaimed "free-spirited social dining" venue has multiple spaces that are ideal for a hen-do. Lions Den is a more intimate space at the back of the venue. This space is both cosy, aesthetic and practical – take a look at the leafy decorations, and the wall projector. With plenty of space to sit and stand, with booths, seating at the marble bar and a high-top table, the space has room for 15.

For larger parties, head to The Terrace. Best described as a tropical-inspired oasis, this space lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of Manchester, with room for up to 100 guests.

11. A hidden gem venue in Manchester: Black Dog


Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Black Dog is a hidden gem waiting to discover. Expect dark interiors, comfy seats and even a leopard print pool table.

The Private Ballroom at Black Dog has plenty of space to dance, drink and chat and is available for groups of between 30-80 guests.

The drinks are important when it comes to a hen party, and you’re in luck, as Black Dog serve a variety of cocktails and other drinks inspired by New York and other cities across the US.

Find them on Oldham Street.

12. A venue for your own private hen party: Manchester 235


Host a hen-do your way at Manchester 235. With a bar, stage, DJ booth, and room for up to 175 guests, their private events space is fully-customisable. That means the space can be transformed into a dining area, complete with its own dance floor.

The Private Events Suite is licensed to serve drinks until 6 am, so if you're looking to go big with your favourite people the night before the big day, consider Manchester 235. You can also add games to the evening, with a crash course in Roulette and Black Jack making your second biggest day, one to remember.

Manchester 235 is just a short walk from Salford Central station.

13. A Tiki hen party venue in Manchester: Hula


Hula is a Tiki-inspired venue, bringing 1950s tropical influence to the space – an ideal place for a themed hen party. This rustic, yet vibrantly characterful space offers plenty of room. Sit, chat, sip on custom cocktails or bust some moves on the dancefloor.

For drinks, you're in luck. Whether it’s the Pirates Booty or the Redden to the Heaven cocktail you like the look of, you're pretty much guaranteed a unique cocktail experience.

With room for up to 200 guests, you can also hire out the entire venue.

Find Hula on Stevenson Square.

14. A sophisticated hen-do venue in Manchester: Manchester House


For a sophisticated hen party, Manchester House offers an elegant private space to hire in Manchester.

This contemporary space offers a cosy room to enjoy the company of your closest friends and family before the big day. With space for up to 8 people, this is one for a super-intimate hen party. Enjoy the thoughtfully curated food and drinks menu with your guests.

You'll find Manchester House just a short walk away from Salford Central station.

The best hen-do activities in Manchester

Celebrate your upcoming big day with these incredible Manchester hen-do spots. Get inspired for your next ladies' night out, with our selection of hen party ideas and hen do activities in Manchester. From fun bachelorette nights to chic bridal showers, there's something for everyone. Now all that’s left is to grab your closest friends and hit the town. Just remember to bring your own monogrammed jacket.

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Looking for ideas for your hen party? Here's how to hire the best hen-do venue in Manchester

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect hen party venue. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Manchester.

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For hen party venues in Manchester, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Lola Lo Manchester – Celebrate with your girls, sip on custom cocktails, and look back on your best (and most embarrassing) moments all on your own flatscreen.

Small Hub, King Street Townhouse – Cheers to your upcoming day in this intimate private dining room.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a hen party venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Manchester hen party venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best hen party venues in Manchester and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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