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"We had an amazing time during our friend's hen weekend in Essex. GoHen had everything covered and everyone was very impressed with the amount of activities we were doing for the fair price, not to mention this included a 2 night stay in a lovely hotel! I would definitely book with GoHen again in future! Thank you!"

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Star Bars

Bars in Essex

Sugar Hut - Perhaps the most famous bar in Essex and a must see for any Essex hen dos that are fans of the show. It really does live up to expectation and attracts Brentwood's best dressed and hottest hunks.
High St, Brentwood

Waikiki - You can get typically tropical at Colchester's tiki bar. The fabulous cocktails come in fish bowls or you can get giant cocktails to share with the rest of the hens. Cheers!
Crouch St, Colchester

Talk - If your Essex hen party girls are keen to get their feet on the dancefloor then Talk in Southend is one of the counties top (and largest) clubs. 3 rooms of partying excellence, top DJ's, great atmosphere and a few lovely beverages (just to keep you hydrated of course).  
Lucy Rd, Southend

Food in Essex

Best Bites

Naka Thai - If you're fans of Thai food then Colchester's Naka Thai is a fantastic place for some first rate flavours and fantastic service. The 'Weeping Tiger' is particularly good.
East Hill, Colchester

Fisherman's Wharf - If you're heading to the seaside then how about some fish and chips with flair. This fantastic seafood restaurant not only has amazing fish and chips, but also a wide selection of beautifully presented, mouth watering seafood.
Western Esplanade, Southend-On-Sea

Sights & Sounds

Sights and Sounds in EssexIf any of the Essex hen do pals are suffering from tender heads then a stroll along the world's longest pier could be the perfect tonic. Grade II listed Southend Pier extends 1.34 miles into the Thames estuary and on it hot summer's day is not only a fantastic walk but will also help the girls work up a thirst, "Hair of the dog anyone?"
Fans of the hit show "The Only Way Is Essex" can visit some of the shows locations that are regular hang outs for Arg, Joey, Chloe, Gemma, Lauren, Mario, and the rest of the gang. "At the end of the day right, yor gonna be well jel coz we're going to see all the places off the telly an' that." With your own cheeky Essex guide the 4 hour tour includes visits to some of the shops seen in the show and stopping off for a drink at one of TOWIE's watering holes. Find out more...

If you like your music live but also want to dance then The Edge in Basildon has a great line up of live bands, great DJ's and some fabulous cocktails. There's also some good honest pub style grub to tuck into if you're feeling peckish.
If you want an evening where the music, cocktails and atmosphere is chilled to perfection then Faces Lounge and Bar in Ilford is the perfect Essex hen party palace. To really end your night in style our Guest List Nightclub Entry will give you hassle free entry to the hottest clubs.

What's on in Essex

In the Diary

June - Colchester Comedy Festival. You'll be "'avin' a laugh!" along with some of the UK's best stand ups and funniest faces.
July - Festival of Food & Drink. Top 'sleb' chef's, local producers, restaurants, brewers and more get together for a tasteful weekend and foodie feeding frenzy.
July - Brentwood Festival. Although Arg won't be singing there are plenty of big name acts hitting the stage at this live music event.
July - Brownstock. Morris Farm near Chelmsford plays host to some big dance beats and live bands.
August - V-Festival. Top international acts fly in from around the world including local boy done good, Olly Murs.
September - English Wine Festival. It's a festival. Of wine! Sumptuous tastings with some of the UK's finest wine producers and local produce.

Top of the Shops

Best Shops in Essex

Essex is all about style. From fabulous independent boutiques to big name designers the shopping opportunities are endless for any trendy Essex hen do.
Lakeside - This huge shopping mall is a full day's shopping. It's easy to get to (just off the M25 and has all the big high street stores and top designers.
Freeport Braintree - Bargain hunters will love this outlet retail park with huge reductions on big brand names; Ted Baker, Next, Hollister, Karen Millen, Radley and more...
Best Day Vintage - If you like your fashion with a yesteryear twist then Best Days in Colchester has some gorgeous vintage and retro treats.


Hen Days

An Essex hen do offers full on partying and non-stop giggles in possibly the UK's most glamorous county. For cheeky laughs you can try a little Life Drawing with your own naked male model, or try a little DIY and Mix Your Own Cocktails. If you're feeling energetic we have a huge selection of Dance Classes to choose from. Or sophisticated hens can merely taste a selection of fine champagnes. You can create your own package to your requirements. See more activity ideas...

Hen Nights

You've seen the TV shows but can Essex really live up to the party loving hype? Well, yes, actually it really does and is one of the UK's top spots to party. You can kick start your evening with a Murder Mystery, a boozy Pub Treasure Hunt, let yourselves be pampered by Hunky Hen Hosts or take all the hassle out of finding Restaurants by having everything pre-booked. But if you want to end the night in style then GoHen can arrange Guest List Nightclub Entry to the hottest nightclubs. Essex really is a party Mecca just waiting for you to dive right in. Find out more...

Hen Party Guide to Essex Speak

If you're struggling to understand the lingo or want to make sure you can converse fully in Essex-isms then here's our Essex hen party guide to "speaking da lingo".

"Reem" - Cool
"Babe" - Term of endearment/good looking girl.
"Chip off!" - Go away
"Well jel" - Envious
"Ahmahgawd" - Gosh!
"Ahmahgawd, I'm well jel!" - Well gosh I'm most certainly rather envious.
"At the end of the day right..." - I'm about to go into a long explanation, you should probably get comfortable.
"I ain't even kidding" - I'm being totally factual.
"Vajzzle" - Be-jewelled genitalia.
"Listen..." - Shut up.
"Shahhhhhhp!" - I don't believe you.
"Shut ahp!" - Please be quiet.
"Bee Ayve" - Stop messing around.
 "She's bang out of order!" - I think she is very much in the wrong and has crossed a moral/personal boundary.
"I'm not being funny right..." - Sadly this is true, it's usually used to precede a long humourless and often slightly self-obsessed monologue.
"Messy" - A state of partying reached through the consumption of alcohol ("It's going to get mess!")

Essex Hens

Essex girl jokes are most definitely thing of the past. Today's Essex glamour girls aren't all fake tan and nails, in fact Essex hens do have so have a wealth of brains and talent as well as beauty.

The Only Way is GoHen

If you're looking for a truly memorable location than an Essex hen do is "totally reem!", fast cars, gorgeous people, trendy bars and amazing nightclubs. It's almost like the county is a purpose built hen party paradise. Essex is a county built on partying and looking good and it does them both very well. You and the rest of the hens can jump right into the action and become a part of the phenomenal and incredibly glamorous nightlife scene.

"Well jel..." – Get the Best Essex Hen Do Deal

Even Essex girl Rachel Riley's maths wouldn't be able to get you a better deal than GoHen. Sounds like a bold claim we know but we're happy to prove out and we don't even need a big board and giant marker.

When you book your hotel/activities/nightlife as a single group you'll be paying the full rate, at GoHen we send thousands of hens away every year. Booking so many hens means we have a little more muscle for helping to secure the best deals. These are savings we're able to pass on to you.

Our philosophy is simple, by saving our hen party organisers time, hassle and money while still providing the very highest quality weekends we can be sure that our Essex hen do groups won't just book with us again but they'll also tell their friends. We get huge numbers of repeat bookings from happy hens and 96% of our groups say they'd book with GoHen again.


This really is a county that will surprise you. The scenery is spectacular (no we're not just talking about the mouth-watering Hen Hosts all though, yes, they are!), the activities are brilliant and hilarious while the nightlife is "off the hook!"

Essex Boys UC&P

While the daytime action in Essex is hilarious and offers some fantastic hen party action, Essex is all about the nightlife. And yes, Essex boys really are as hot as they appear on TV so it's only right that you get UP&C (Up Close & Personal). Yes they might spend a little too long and in front of the mirror and hog your hair straighteners but we're willing to forgive them when they look so hot!

One thing we'd better warn you about though is that they're really not as daft as the TV might make them look. Apart from Joey, he really is that daft! Gorgeous but daft.

"I ain't even kidding right..."

"OK, seriously right..." It's true, our Essex hen weekends really are second to none, we'll help you enjoy the best weekends in top hotels with some unforgettable nightlife. If you're still thinking we're 'kidding' then put GoHen to the test. Send us a brief enquiry or call us on 01225 474200 and we'll send you a no obligation, hassle free quote to help get your Essex hen do started.

37 Reasons Why We Love Essex!

The Only Way Is Essex - Whether it's your guilty pleasure or you're an out and out TOWIE fanatic, you can't deny that this show is seriously entertaining thanks to Joey, Lydia, Arg and co.

TOWIE Tour - You simply can't come to Essex without stepping out on this amazing tour that'll take you to all the spots you've seen in the hit show including Roper's Yard, Minnies, Amy Child's Salon and the Bella Sorella boutique. "Oh my gawd!" Read more...

First City - Believe it or not, Colchester is actually the oldest recorded town in Britain and was the nation's first capital city under Roman rule. That's your Essex hen do fancy dress theme sorted then!

The Secret Garden - This beautifully bijou bistro is so chic that within minutes of sitting down at our table we were mentally redecorating our homes in the effortless style of this uncomplicated but delightful diner serving seriously delicious dishes.

Jessie J - We honestly can't get enough of Jessie J. While she's penned some of the biggest chart hits of recent years with tunes like Laserlight, Price Tag, Do it like a Dude and Domino she's also an incredibly down-to-earth girl who once shaved her head for charity! That's brave.

Off the Scale - Danbury Common is a lovely green space perfect for a beautiful picnic with your favourite girlies... or at least it would be if it didn't have the largest adder population in the UK?!?

Alec's - Fabulously stylish and wonderfully tasty, the fish dishes you'll treat yourselves to in this exclusive dining space are culinary art that is best washed down with a glass of bubbly. Cheers!

Local Delicacy - Essex is one of the only places in the world where you'll find the 'Little Scarlet' strawberry used in the famous Wilkin & Sons jam. A few jars make for a fabulous souvenir and tastes amazing on a fresh croissant!

CTZN - Funky, fun and always up for a good time, CTZN is one of the most chic bars you'll ever visit! Treat yourselves to some amazing cocktails and hit the dance floor with your best girlfriends for an amazing night of Essex hen party fun.

County Fortune - Essex is in fact the wealthiest county in the whole of the UK, if you couldn't already tell from all the supercars, designer clothes and incredibly sexy suited men!?!

Cheetah-ing - Romsford Greyhound track once hosted cheetah racing in an attempt to attract more punters, needless to say, the gimmick didn't take off. Only in Essex!

'We are the village green...' - Great Bentley has one of the largest village greens in Britain at a whopping 43 acres and has won multiple 'Village of the Year' awards. Anyone who's seen Hot Fuzz knows that this needs investigating...

Eclipse - A night on the tiles in the fabulous Eclipse nightclub is a night spent getting down to Essex's best DJs with plenty of hunky men around providing some hen-friendly views while you sip your tasty vodka mixers.

Mark Wright - The ex-TOWIE star and jungle hottie is one celebrity you probably wouldn't want to get out of there. With his bling, white teeth and designer clobber he's about as Essex as a man can get.

Circuit - One of the most popular clubs in Essex, the local glitterati can all be found in Circuit on a weekend for a night of high quality thrills and spills amidst some of Essex's most gorgeous men.

Mr. Blue Sky - The village of Ashingdon is allegedly one of the sunniest places in the whole of the country. This must be where the lovely Lauren Goodger tops up her 'natural' tan?!?

Bedknobs & Broomsticks - During the Middle Ages there were more reported witches in Essex than in both Devon and Cornwall put together. Judging by some of the catty arguments in TOWIE, it's a good thing the witch hunts are history or we'd lose all our favourite characters!

Lee Evans - Moving to Essex as a teenager, Lee Evans embodies the cheeky spirit of this fabulous county and leaves it all on the stage every night as well as roughly 30% of his body's water mass.

The Breast Place Ever - Have you ever noticed that girls from Essex are sort of just, bustier? If so, you won't be surprised to hear that the top bra-makers in the UK sell more D-G cups here than anywhere else in the country. #jealous

Luxe - This is the kind of brilliant bar that's worthy of that beautiful black cocktail dress that you've just been simply dying to wear out. The cocktails are amazing, the barmen are cute and the effortlessly stylish surrounds are stunning.

'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...' - Essex has 580 metres of glorious coastline filled with beautiful beaches that are well worth visiting to top up those pre-wedding tans.

Jamie Oliver - We LOVE Jamie Oliver and guess what? He's an Essex-born lad through and through, his parents even still run The Cricketers pub although we're still not sure if they're convinced that a 'Naked Chef' is ever a good idea?!?

The Flitch Trials - A 13th century tradition still exists in Great Dunmow today aimed at finding married couples who haven't 'quarrelled' or 'repented their marriage' for at least a year. A mock court of locals interrogates the couples and if they're convinced, the happily married man and wife win a 'flitch' of bacon. Nope, we've no idea what a 'flitch' is either!

Dame Helen Mirren - The Essex born Dame has won, a BAFTA, a Tony, Golden Globes, an Oscar, Cannes Best Actress, Emmy and countless others. And she seems to keep getting younger!

Evoke - A truly amazing nightlife experience awaits you in Evoke. This fantastic, futuristic club is full of TOWIE lookalikes and is perhaps the fabulous epitome of an Essex hen do night out.

Phil Jupitus - This wonderful man is like that favourite uncle at a family Christmas party who always makes you giggle. A real comedy legend born and bred in Essex, we'll Never Mind a bit of Phil Jupitus!

From Brentwood to Hollywood - Essex has served as the perfect filming location for blockbuster movies such as The Woman in Black, Goldfinger, Goldeneye, Four Weddings and a Funeral as well as every girl's favourite, Bridget Jones' Diary.

Club 195 - Amazing performers make the sparks fly (literally) in this spectacular club where the party never seems to end and when it does, you'll be simply raring to go again.

Joey Essex - We really do just want to pick up Joey Essex and put him in our bag so that we can take him everywhere with us. You've got to be a bit special to have a county named after you!?!

Haunted Hen Nights... - Some of the most haunted locations in Essex, your gang of giggling hens and the possibility of some spooky goings on? What could go wrong?!? Read more...

Sally Gunnell O.B.E. - One of our greatest ever female athletes who ran away with a gold at the British, European, Commonwealth, Goodwill, World and Olympics. Phew!

Faces - This luxurious lounge and club is the perfect place to come and laugh with the girls over delicious cocktails before heading to one of the sexiest dancefloors in Essex for an evening of amazing hen party thrills and spills.

A-maze-ing - Saffron Walden has been the home of the world's largest turf maze which could make for a great Essex hen party challenge!?!

'Take me to church...' - St. Andrew's in Greenstead is thought to be the oldest wooden church in the entire world. Dating back to the 11th century, it's a truly beautiful building that could be worth a visit if you're looking to add a little culture to your weekend.

Depeche Mode - Hens from the 80s will be delighted to hear that beloved British band Depeche Mode began their career in amazing Essex before going on to write chart hits like My Own Personal Jesus and Just Can't Get Enough.

Clinton Cards - If you've ever had to dash to the shops to pick up a forgotten birthday or Christmas card then you can thank Essex for producing national greeting card giant Clinton's. Remember to take off the price tag!

Champagne Tasting - Essex can be rather luxurious, so to make sure you've got a refined palate for the finer things in life, our champagne tastings will see you try a variety of bubblies and sparkling wines to boot. Read more...

Top Tweeters

Essex Promotions - The biggest and best events that you need to know about.

Essex Clubbing - Top Essex nightlife at your fingertips.


Echo Essex - Keep in the loop with all the local news during your stay.

Essex Gig Guide - Local bands and more from this incredibly creative area.