"...I used GoHen to plan part of the hen weekend I was organising and it was great. The dance session was organised close to where we were staying, it was fun and very energetic. The dance instructor was professional and gave us lots of photos and a video to take away for a memory. I would definitely use GoHen again and probably for the entire hen next time to take away the stress of it all!..."
Mandy Gill -
Brighton hen party,
It's time for a hen weekend in Brighton!
Brighton hen weekends are one of the most popular pre-wedding choices in the UK; this Bohemian magnet of the South East accommodates hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Brighton is also known as "London by the sea" and in terms of partying it’s livelier than a WAG's credit card! Not least because the range of activities and entertainment is nothing short of inspiring, in terms of pleasing the girls a Brighton hen party comes close to the very top!
Why choose Brighton?
Brighton is richly served by both land and sea, and is a buzzing hotbed of fun and fancy, making it perfect for partying! 8 million visitors a year can’t be wrong. It’s one of the title contenders for the UK’s best party scene, so for a hen party it really elevates things to another level. As well as a fantastic range of activities, both on land and out on the water, there’s the legendary nightlife, and enough local entertainment to keep any visitor busy! It’s also home to interesting and quirky sites like the famous Brighton Pier, as well as the inviting seafront. And with a collection of trendy shops, top restaurants, cool bars and charismatic pubs, we don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that a hen party in Brighton is one of a kind!
What should you do on a Brighton hen do?
You’re really spoilt for choice in Brighton - we’ve got over 60 activities to choose from, including top hen party favourites like chick flicks and cocktails, dirty dancing, pampering or chocolate making! We think that some of the best activities take full advantage of the incredible Brighton coastline. Why not brave the high seas with wakeboarding, zap kats or a banana boat? You can even keep the theme in to the night with a cheeky booze cruise! It’s a great way to get all the girls up and going in the morning - nothing like a dip in the British seas to get the blood pounding! And it leaves you plenty of time for a Jamie Oliver cookery class over lunch once you’ve dried off, as well as a trip to Brighton Beach, or the iconic Royal Pavilion. When it comes to nightlife, Brighton is no damp fish, with some of the most varied and entertaining nightlife in the UK. There are fantastic bars, pubs and restaurants, and opportunities for some serious clubbing! Why not see our Brighton hen night ideas for some inspiration to get you started?
Stay: Choosing your Brighton accommodation
One of the most important factors when booking your hen weekend in Brighton is getting the accommodation right and due to its unwavering popularity that’s not always as easy as it sounds, especially in high season or at late notice. Budget aside you want a well located, quality base for you and the girls to head back to after a big night out. We have a great range of tried and tested options in and around the city centre and further out as required... We’ve been delivering weekends and groups into Brighton since 2002 so you can rest assured we’ve found the best, group-friendly options, from cost-effective hostels to hotels to self catering apartments to Brighton’s only 5 star hotel if you really feel like pushing the boat out. See more here.
How: Getting to Brighton?
Since it’s just south of London, getting in to Brighton is a cinch. Trains run from London stations frequently, as well as from stations like Portsmouth in the west. Coaches take longer than the train, but are often cheaper, and good options for groups. Lines run from a few different cities around South England, but primarily London. Driving in Brighton isn’t the easiest, especially when tourist season hits in the summer, but if you do choose to risk it, the A23 runs right through the city.
Shop: Brighton shopping areas & recommendations
From the shopping paradise of The Lanes to the quirky shops of Hove and the antique shops in the North Laine, there’s a fantastic shopping scene in Brighton. Buy designer bits from Churchill Square or mix shopping and relaxation at Brighton Marina. Soak up some sun with summer shopping, or take the chill out of winter, whenever you’re heading on your Brighton hen weekend there’s more than enough inspiration for a successful shopping spree. Make sure you don’t miss the Artists Quarter on the seafront for one-of-a-kind finds, and when your feet are tired and your bags are weighing you down check in for a pampering day or unwinding wine tasting session. Whether you’re after high end fashion, markets or handmade pieces, Brighton’s a place that offers plenty of retail therapy.
When: The best times to visit Brighton
Summer is great for obvious reasons - there’s a great range of water sports in the city, as well as important lounging on the beach to do! However, if you do miss the summer rush of tourists, Brighton is still home to a prolific range of annual events to keep you entertained. Travel down in February to cheer on the Brighton and Hove Half Marathon, or for something a bit tastier in March there’s the Chocolate Festival - ideal for pairing with our chocolate making activity! In March there’s also the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, so bring your appetite! In April there’s the full Brighton Marathon, then in May there’s the Great Escape Music Festival to enjoy. In June you’ll find the Take Part Festival, or in July you could check out the Windy Kite Festival. September offers the Fiery Foods Chilli Festival, and Shakedown, and over winter the Burning the Clocks is a historic lantern parade through the city centre.
Because the city is enormously popular year round if you want to ensure availability and an exciting itinerary don't leave the planning too late. Our strong recommendation for any Brighton hen do is to talk to us. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, GoHen's ready to help.