Hen Party Bristol
This is one of the more popular UK destinations for Hen Parties; I should know, as I organised one myself in this glorious town. Sadly the suite of strippers at that night club no longer perform there, but there’s plenty going on here to accommodate all your bridal party needs. The Bristol Underground Scene has been around since the 1980’s where partying and music is integral to this town and with over 20,000 students, you are spoilt for choice in terms of bars, hen activities and decent accommodation. Not being in London you also keep the costs down too. Winner.
1. Bristol has art at its centre, having raised the likes of Banksy and Damien Hirst. So why not try your hand at a spot of Nude life drawing with the girls and compare pencil skills :-o.
2. For something more active, how’s about getting proper local and experience the, “West Country Games” for hens in Bristol?! Your host takes fancy-dressed hens through 9 completely bonkers outdoor/ indoor games, including total wipeout and prizes!
3. The Bristol Ferry offers a fantastic themed Hen boat parties. So for 2-3 hours, have a party down the Avon, stopping at waterside pubs as you go. Choose from a sophisticated Cream Tea party, Strawberries & Fizz cocktail party, or a Rum & Reggae themed sun-downing party.
4. A more sedate crew might be happy taking in the beautiful Somerset countryside from a 3 hr Hot Air Balloon ride!
Evening hen do ideas
The night scene in Bristol is well known and there’s a lot of night time fun to be had, depending on what you fancy……..
- If it’s a night on the cobbles you are after, you can’t go wrong by heading to St.Nicholas Street for a short bar crawl – crucial when in high heels. Bars around here include old faithfuls: O’Neils, Revolution, Brewdog and Slug ‘n Lettuce. You’ll also find some fun eclectic bars such as a diner/ dance bar called, “Start the Bus“, or a spot of karaoke at “Obento“, a gin or two at, “The Mothers Ruin” or smoke shisha with your cocktail at, “Nova“.
- Needing a dinner / drinks package for the evening in a bar with bags of atmosphere, well there are plenty geared up for hen parties in Bristol, each with its own type of food and atmosphere. The venues range from the cheap and cheerful to the more sophisticated private dining rooms. Follow this link at “Design my night” for a full breakdown of these offerings.
- OK ladies, the Dreamboys do a regular Hen Party Strip Show in Bristol and there is a whole evening package that can be purchased per person (so to speak!). This package includes: a complimentary welcome cocktail, fabulous Drag Queen compare, the main event, meet & greet the performers with free photos and the important guestlist nightclub entry.
- There are several companies which collectively offer over 140 hen evening activities – too many to mention. But whatever you fancied, you’ll likely be able to find it in Bristol. Here is some food for thought…..Cocktail making, wine tasting, burlesque dancing, bollywood dancing, mambo, cheerleading, twerking, chocolate making, zombie apocalypse.
Bristol hens’ accommodation
One of the main advantages of holding the hen party in Bristol is being able to find reasonably priced accommodation in the heart of town. When I booked for my Bride to be, my main concern was folk not booking it for themselves in time or some of the hens needing to pull out without much notice. So from personal experience, it was helpful to group book in advance through a large hotel booking site with the option of free amendments/ cancellations up to 24 hours before the date and everyone paying their own bill at the hotel (“pay at hotel” option). This also helps all the hens to spread out their costs, as some of the activities above would need to be paid for well in advance.
According to TripAdvisor in 2020, these are the TOP 5 PARTY HOTELS in Bristol and offer reasonable nightly rates for groups, in order of the best:
- The Bristol, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF – 4 star, hotel situated on the lovely quayside
- Mercure Bristol Holland House, Redcliff Hill, BS1 6SQ – 4 star, urban chic hotel with open plan areas
- Hotel Du Vin Bristol, The Sugar House Narrow Lewins Mead, BS1 2NU – 4 star, boutique and trendy
- Ibis Bristol Centre, Explore Lane, BS1 5TY – 3 star, on the habourside with easy access to main roads out of the city
- Bristol Marriott Royal, College Green, BS1 5TA – 4 star in the heart of Bristol city centre
Getting into and around Bristol
Easy for most folk in the UK and beyond to get here.
Bristol Airport is only 7 miles from town, with Cardiff airport approximately 32 miles away. Airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet, Thomas Cook and BMI regional fly in/ out of Bristol from most UK destinations, and beyond. This is really useful if you have any hens needing to travel in from abroad.
It’s about 1.5hr drive from London and Birmingham, but it is easier to get into the centre of Bristol on the train as the queues to drive into the city have a bit of a bad reputation, not to mention finding somewhere to park – but of course, driving is an option if you need to bring in lots of hen decorations etc. Suggest you see hotels above, as some of these have parking.
Trains go to Bristol frequently, but be warned, “Bristol Parkway” is OUT of town, so don’t accidentally book this or jump off early here (unless someone is picking you up)! It’s Bristol Temple Meads which is the train station in central town that you likely want.
Once in town, there’s a fairly good black cab network, or I would advise the Uber taxi facility. I think it’s worth having the Uber app downloaded on your phone and perhaps setting up a kitty before you go into which Hens can put in £10 each for travel. This is just a suggestion, but could save a lot of hassle (and stress) on the night by the less generous taxi-paying members of the Hen crew – we all know who they are likely to be.