Raoul’s - Whether you’re after great food, fantastic cocktails or just somewhere to party the night away, Raoul’s provides all three with great gusto. Ask nicely and the hunky bar staff will even put a cherry on top!
Baby Bars - This is not one but three of the funkiest bars in Oxford. Sugar Brown, Baby Love & Baby Simple. Trendy sleek décor, deliciously tempting cocktails, all with a fantastic soundtrack from Indie to Drum & Base.
Big Society - This certainly isn’t your average pub, it’s taken the very best of “pub life” and given it a swift kick right in the beer kegs. Different in the best possible way.
Jamie’s Italian - Pop in for some pucker pasta tucker all created by our favourite TV chef. Over baked pizzas, healthy salads and pastas made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Bellissima!
The Nosebag - Whether you’re looking for a light lunchtime bite or somewhere to eat well and toast the nearly-wed at the start of a fun night out, The Nosebag has a fantastic fresh sounding menu and welcoming atmosphere.
Sights & Sounds
Hens in need of a little fresh air will find University Parks or nearby Harcourt Arboretum are a great antidote to any Oxford hen party excesses.
Another great spot is the famous river, you’ll find the best view from one of the relaxing punts.
For top sounds, great laughs, fantastic drinks The Bridge is Oxford’s premier nightclub and THE place to party. This superb venue has two well stocked bars and three dancefloors catering to music of all tastes (although rumour has it, there ain’t no party like an S-club party). But don‘t waste time queuing, we’ll arrange Guest List Entry for your whole party.
In the Diary
March - Oxford Comedy Festival. Renowned for producing some of the country’s biggest comedy names, you could spot the next big thing at this fantastic comedy-love-fest.
July - Cornbury. Rock legends, chart topping acts and famous stand-ups will be swapping stages and mics a the city’s largest outdoor gig.
August - Wilderness. This certainly isn’t your average music festival. Bringing a touch of nature and peace to its stellar musical line-up.
Top of the Shops
The Ballroom Emporium - Lovers of vintage fashion are in for a treat at the Ballroom Emporium. Superb vintage and pre-owned designer labels.
Fresh - This fab store is all about the 50’s. Clothes, shoes, jewellery, bags and attitude all with an elegant 1950’s twist.
Clarendon Centre - You’ll find all the high street’s usual subjects at the Clarendon Centre with top high st brands.
Here come the girls - Getting around Oxford...
Any Oxford hen party can easily get around the city centre by foot as everything is fairly compact. If you are looking to see a little more there are handy bus routes and you can buy a pre-paid ticket to cover your whole weekend.
However our preferred modes of transport would certainly be a fantastic river punt experience or the traditional Oxford bike, try the very friendly and reasonably priced folks at The Cycle Centre.
From energetic High Ropes to calorific Afternoon Tea any Oxford hen weekend we have a massive array of options to help make the bride-to-be’s weekend suitably memorable. Burlesque Lessons, Thriller Dancing, Cocktail Mixing or Pizza Making we’ve left no stone (or heavy intellectual University book) unturned in our quest to bring you the best Oxford hen party activities…
When in Rome… Oxford being a city of brainiacs it could be the perfect place to put your grey matter to the test on a hilarious Murder Mystery Dinner, or for more laughs and slap up grub you can enjoy a Comedy Club. But once the dancing starts make sure you’re not waiting in line, we can arrange Guest List Nightclub Entry to the city’s hottest clubs. Read more…
It's time for a hen party in Oxford!
Stately, impressive, academic Oxford is a city steeped in history and tradition, so it's ideal for the traditional pre-nuptial hen weekend! It's a beautiful, friendly, city, filled with students and tourists of all ages and nationalities - world famous, diverse and lively with a wealth of attractive options for hen weekend visitors. It’s not all churches and cathedrals either - the huge student population means that there’s a fantastic nightlife around too, and the beautiful green location means there’s plenty of opportunity for a few rough and ready outdoor pursuits too! If you’ve got a classy, elegant bride on your hands an exquisite Oxford hen do is just the weekend you need!
Why: reasons to celebrate an Oxford hen party
You don’t need to be a genius to understand that Oxford is a fantastic hen do location! This gorgeous gothic city might not seem like the traditional place for a hen party, but the city of Dreaming Spires has a vibrant, bustling nightlife thanks to its large student population - and the students have been there since the 12th century, so they’ve had time to establish some wonderful bars and clubs for you to find! Furthermore, the stately charm and magnificent architecture lends a real regal air to any hen party here - perfect for impressing the bride, and making all the girls feel like princesses! The city is steeped in history, meaning there’s plenty for hens here to explore, and our huge range of activities for an Oxford hen party are just the icing on the cake!
What: planning your hen party in Oxford
Oxford is a classy destination, so it’s a great choice for a posh hen party. It’s impossible not to feel sophisticated amongst all the churches and colleges! However, that doesn’t mean the activities in Oxford are anything to turn your nose up at; whether you want to hearken back to the days of the aristocrats with afternoon tea and Charleston lessons, or keep things bang up to date with a pop star party and some cocktail mixing, you’ll be able to find it in Oxford. As with all hen parties, the key is in planning a balanced weekend - try taking advantage of the spectacular surroundings with something outdoors and off the wall in the morning to wake the girls up, then a leisurely lunch followed by something gentle while your food goes down - life drawing or perfume making are popular! Then, in the evening, you and the girls will be spoilt for choice. The nightlife in Oxford is eclectic, with fantastic bars, pubs and clubs, as well as great comedy clubs, murder mystery venues and hen host evenings.
When: when's a good time to have a Oxford hen do?
Oxford isn’t a coastal town, or dependant on outdoor activities, so it’s not noticeably more exceptional in summer or winter - an Oxford hen party is excellent all year round with things to do through all the seasons! In summer there’s plenty to take advantage of the good weather and make the most of the great outdoors, but it’s perfectly possible to stay tucked away in winter with some indoor activities too - before warding off the winter cold with a quick drink! Make sure you’re there in term time if you want to party with the students, or come over summer or around Christmas to enjoy the peace. There are some great festivals and public events through the year too from literary, ghost and jazz festivals, and a plethora of rowing races in summer! There’s no bad time to hit Oxford with the girls - it’s always utterly remarkable!
Shop: Oxford shopping areas & recommendations
Oxford High Street is one of Oxford’s greatest streets, a vibrant, curved street that’s full of fashion outlets, jewellery stores, fine restaurants and antique dealers. Off the high street there are a number of small, cobbled streets and alleyways with hidden gems and some great finds, perfect for exploring Sunday morning or in between activities on a Saturday afternoon. If you’d prefer to browse unique market stalls and smaller outlets for one off finds, head to The Covered Market, where you can look through a number of cosy cafes, individual stalls, and independent fashion traders, picking up some great bargains and souvenirs. There are as many old and new book dealers as you’d expect from such an iconic university city, so see if you can pick up some valuable first editions whilst you’re there!
How: getting to Oxford
Oxford is only just over 50 miles from London, and it’s linked to both there and Birmingham by the M40, ideal for driving in to the city. Parking inside the city limits can be tricky, so make sure your hotel accommodation has spaces available for your party, if you decide to bring cars. There are trains from Oxford Railway station to London Paddington and other London stations, as well as lines going further afield to destinations like Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton.
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