Rift & Co - Uber trendy, this is most definitely one for Harrogate’s top bars. You’ll find a great menu and cocktail list on offer. Good food, good cocktails, good times!
Old Bell Tavern - The vintage feel of this superb pub makes it feel like a proper old “boozer”. However the trendy feel and clientele brings it bang up to date in what we think is one of the town’s best bars.
Hyde & Co - As well as serving fine food The Banyan Bar has an excellent cocktail list that is worthy of extensive research. A great party atmosphere and friendly staff are just part of what makes the Banyan a top night out.
The Restaurant Bar & Grill - For dining elegance and great atmosphere, this superb diner is hard to beat offering surf and turf with added flair. Weekends things get lively with a resident DJ.
The Cheeseboard - We can’t go to Harrogate without a trip to one of our favourite shops. If you can’t resist fine cheese then The Cheeseboard is an absolute must.
Sights & Sounds
Culture vultures can enjoy a slice of history at the Royal Pump Room Museum to see how the town has rubbed shoulders with Russian royalty and how the spa became world famous attracting the rich and famous from around Europe.
If your Harrogate Hen Party needs to blow away a few cobwebs after a big night out then Valley Gardens or nearby Ripley Castle will get you out into the great outdoors and put some colour back in everyone’s cheeks.
If you like your music live and real then Harrogate’s Blues Café Bar should definitely feature on your weekend check list. The Cafe has established a fantastic reputation for spotting great talent and is a superb venue for hearing music the way it should be played.
In the Diary
March - Charity Beer Festival. More than just beardy men in woolly jumpers, this fantastic charity beer festival features great drinks, fantastic food and live music.
July - Old Peculier Crime Festival. Amateur sleuths and crime fiction fans can investigate this celebration of fictional detectives which has been graced by the likes of JK Rowling.
July - Fake Festival. This isn’t a collection of dodgy Gucci handbags and fake Ray-Bans, it’s actually a coming together of the UK’s finest tribute bands featuring the likes of; Oasish, Coldplace, Stereotonics and many more…
August - Foodies Festival. Foodies can get their fill at nearby Ripley Castle for a mammoth mouth-watering celebration of all wide range of edible treats and fabulous drinks.
Top of the Shops
Circa Vintage - If you’re fans of the elegance of yesteryear then pop along to Circa Vintage where you’ll find a stunning selection of vintage and fabulous pre-owned designer couture.
Space - You’ll find a large array of fantastic retro and vintage items at Space. This superb collection includes retro clothes, furniture, jewellery and homeware.
Azendi - Magpie’s will love this gorgeous jewellers which offers something a little different from the high street chains. Elegant, stylish and well worth a visit.
Girls About Town - Getting around Harrogate...
Harrogate hen parties won’t need to waste time finding buses or waiting in taxi ranks as the town centre is easy to navigate on foot (even in new heals). Heading a little further afield there are good rail and bus links to and around the town.
For those feeling energetic you can hire bikes from the friendly team at Nidderdale Cycles including rather nifty tandem bikes.
As a party destination Harrogate hen weekends really do have it all, as well as the superb nightlife there’s a massive array of activities to choose from, enjoy an elegant vintage Afternoon Tea or go crazy on the dance floor with an energetic and often hilarious Dance Class. If you like your laughs a little cheekier you could give the nearly-wed an eyeful of a nude male model at a Life Drawing lesson or even see in shades of grey with a Dominatrix Lesson.
Relax at a Spa Day or experience extreme adventure on a High Ropes Course. The word really is your lobster.
While Harrogate might seem calm and laid back by day, at night the clubs and bars draw in party crowds from the surrounding area. To ensure you’re not left standing in line we’ll arrange pre-paid, Guest List Nightclub Entry for your party at the hottest clubs in town.
If you’re thinking of a quick bite and raising a glass or two to the bride-to-be you can have everything prepared in advance with pre-paid Restaurant Reservations which avoids any unnecessary “Who had what?” scrutinising of the bill.
Or if you’re after a meal with a difference and looking for more laughs you can put on your thinking caps and turn detective with a hilarious Murder Mystery dinner.
"Harrogate is the queerest place with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives."
- Charles Dickens
"...A totally brilliant weekend for our hen group of all ages! The hotel, restaurant, spa and cream tea surpassed our expectations and was very reasonably priced. Everyone had a wonderful time and the bride was moved to tears by how special it was. Harrogate is an ideal place for a fun and tasteful hen party. Thank you GoHen for making this weekend so simple and fun!..." - Read more >
Kate Murphy -
Harrogate hen party,
It's time for a hen party in Harrogate!
If stunning surroundings, boutique shopping and a few days of premium indulgence are your idea of hen party heaven, then planning a classy hen weekend in Harrogate is the seriously sumptuous choice for you! Nestled in the picturesque hills of the Yorkshire countryside, with a friendly vibe, fun-filled days and sparkling nightlife, the shining jewel in Yorkshire’s crown is the perfect location to kick back with the girls in fantastically chic, idyllic and sophisticated style!
Why choose Harrogate?
From historic tea rooms to trendy bars, award-winning restaurants and vintage boutiques, the famously swish spa town oozes style and class and brings a fantastic mix of warm-hearted Yorkshire charm and a thriving cosmopolitan nightlife to your pre-nuptial bash. But don’t let the quaint exterior fool you, ladies - the town is every bit as cheeky, lively, party-loving and playful as it is tantalisingly tempting! Think Downton meets Carrie and the gang, afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco, and you’re someway there! And with a mouthwatering range of wining and dining, an incredible selection of activities, and gorgeous accommodation set in the very heart of the picturesque town, a Harrogate hen do really is an utterly fabulous choice for a stylish getaway with the girls!
What can a Harrogate hen do?
Classy by day, cool by night, and with breathtaking surroundings, a treasure trove of shops and over 40 incredible activities on offer, your hen weekend in Harrogate can be as laid-back, classy and indulgent or as action-packed and lively as you like!
Explore the cobbled streets, pavement cafés and hidden gems of the Montpellier Quarter, or head to the rolling Yorkshire moors and work up an appetite with some paintball or go-karting fun. Put your best feet forward and learn some super sexy moves at a fantastic dance session, or how about mastering the art of mixing a cheeky Cosmopolitan, or trying to keep the blushes under control at an even cheekier life drawing class?!
And of course, no Harrogate hen party would be complete without sampling the delights of the town’s famous spa, and when it’s time to unwind and treat yourselves to some TLC, your hen weekend indulgence will be nothing short of heavenly! Chill out in the plunge pool, let tensions melt away in the sauna and revive aching bodies and drift off (hands up - we’ve all done it!) with a blissful hot stone massage. From premium pampering to top of the range beauty treatments, you’ll be feeling refreshed, recharged and ready for your big night in no time!
Shop till you drop!
Whether you’re big spenders or bargain hunters, or just fancy a spot of window shopping and an excuse to stop for a cream tea or three, Harrogate’s shopping district is a dream choice for indulging in a girl’s not-so-guilty retail pleasure!
Take a stroll to Oxford Street and Cambridge Street, where you’ll find a great range of high street stores, bars and cafés, then head across to the Victoria Centre for a fab collection of the designer fashion labels we all know and love far too often! Everybody knows shopping, lunch and tasty treats go hand-in-hand, so Parliament Street’s mix of independent boutiques, fashionable stores and delicious eateries are a great choice for indulging - why not stop at Betty’s famous tea rooms and bag something sweet on the way? We won’t tell if you don’t! And the most decadent of your Harrogate hen do shopping can be found among the exclusive boutiques, vintage buys and pavement cafés of the Montpellier Quarter. With stunning views across Montpellier Park it’s the perfect place to slow the pace and take in your beautiful surroundings before heading out to the next activity of the day.
Harrogate hen parties after dark...
When the sun dips behind the rolling Yorkshire hills, you’ll be treated to a classy laid-back town full of trendy bars, cosy pubs, gourmet restaurants and buzzing nightclubs. Have a giggle and guess ‘whodunnit’ at a hilarious murder mystery, admire the barely-there outfits and cheeky smiles of your sexy hen hosts, or let us arrange a fantastic three course meal at one of the town’s top eateries. With everything from Michelin stars to light bites on the menu, there’s sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s appetite. A glitzy limo ride is a great way to add a few extra bubbles and glamour to your evening and when it’s time to let your hair down and hit the dance-floor in style, GoHen have VIP access to the hottest clubs in town!
When's the best times for a Harrogate hen party?
With a great shopping scene, famously decadent spa, beautiful surroundings and full calendar of events, from July’s Harrogate Festival and the Great Yorkshire Show to the Christmas Market’s dusting of festive magic in November, there’s never a bad time for a hen weekend in Harrogate - the charming northern town is an irresistible choice any time of the year!
Getting the party started!
Hen weekends in Harrogate offer a gorgeously classy twist to your pre-nuptial celebrations, and with more than a decade’s experience helping the nation’s hens we’re confident we can help you make the most out of the stunning northern spa town. So why not give our friendly team a call or drop us a line today?
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