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Although the Isle of Wight is small, it's fantastic. Friendly nightlife scene, with tasty restaurants and cosy pubs as well as lively club nights and trendy independent bars it really does pack a punch! Countless year-round festivals and events really keep things kicking and bring in huge, fun-loving crowds from all around the UK. The island's larger towns of Ryde and Newport are where the party really gets started and the vast majority of venues stay open until late.
When you book with GoHen, we can organise speedy transfers from your location to the very hottest party spots. Chatter and catch up with girlfriends over a bottle of wine in a cosy pub or let your hair down to the latest chart releases - and best of all, you're never far away from the sea and the lush green rolling fields that the Isle of Wight is so famous for. We've done the research and not only found the best restaurants for a fun hen meal but also a great selection of bars and pubs to ensure that the fun carries on late into the evening!
Wonderful Victorian Ryde is perhaps the best town on the island to visit when you fancy a couple of drinks with the girls of an evening. Close to the crystal waters, all the best watering holes are located conveniently close together on Union Street. For something a little different, try out Kasbah, which offers an authentic taste of Morocco and further exotic travels or The Blacksheep Bar, a real gem in Ryde, where you can find live music, yummy gourmet tapas and inspired cocktails like an Apple Crumble martini or fun shots like the Squashed Frog. There are great traditional pubs along this street too, such as The Solent Inn and the Crown. Smack bang in the centre of the Isle, the town of Newport has some fantastic bars on offer too. Concentrated mainly around the High Street and South St, enjoy classic pubs and find great deals in a handful of favourite chain joints.
As a major UK holiday hotspot, it's not surprising that there's plenty to do aside from drinking and dancing when night falls. Catch a musical, play or orchestra at the old-fashioned Shanklin Theatre if you fancy kicking back and relaxing, or simply enjoy a chilled out moonlit walk along the beach, as you're never far from the stunning coast on the Isle of Wight. Try and take advantage of the many events and festivals which take place here year-round, from the massive IoW festival and Bestival to Cowes Week and the Festival of the Sea which all bring in massive crowds and feature events running well into the night.
It's likely that you'll need transport to and from the major party hotspots and your accommodation while on your Isle of Wight hen night, so either let us organise transfers for you at GoHen, or take one of the Southern Vectis buses that cover the entire island - they're even open-topped near Ryde! Once you're in town, all areas are compact and easy to navigate, but there are also plenty of local taxi services to help you out if you get stuck or just don't fancy the walk in blustery coastal weather - use one of GoHen's trusted firms. There is a fantastic ‘nightclubber' bus available on Fridays and Saturdays which drops weary partygoers off all around the island for just £2.50 and is well worth checking out.
Although the selection of clubs on the Isle of Wight is small and select, there's a really great range of music and a young, party-loving crowd going on, meaning that you and the girls are guaranteed a good time on your hen night when evening falls! On Friday and Saturday nights, expect to hear RnB, dance tunes and great DJ sets bursting with fresh, new music and even several popular 80s and retro nights for all your favourite cheesy childhood favourites. In Newport, there are laid back live music and indie nights on offer too for those who prefer a more relaxed night out. Guaranteed to keep everyone happy, you can catch comedy, big name bands, hot DJs and tributes all under one roof in Ryde as well. With at least one impressive major club on offer in each major town, the Isle of Wight really is a hidden hen night gem!
There's so much to try on the Isle of Wight when the sun goes down. Check out The Balcony on Ryde seafront - it offers fantastic views of the Solent as well as affordable drinks, live music and a buzzing crowd. The Solent Inn offers a friendly and traditional English pub experience as does King Lud on the Esplanade. Wight Rock, the Island's ‘micro venue' is well worth a look, offering up a unique experience of soul music and hits played on classic vinyl by great DJs. Wherever you go, you're sure to find a good pint, a warm, friendly atmosphere in beautiful settings as well as more contemporary and trendy bars where you can find funky cocktails and fun shots.
Because the Isle of Wight is so popular with holidaymakers, there's no shortage of places to eat. There are a variety of cuisines on offer, but great British cuisine and fresh seafood are amongst the best foods to try on the Isle. Many pubs in Ryde and Newport offer excellent food and a selection of quaint, old-fashioned tea rooms, ice-cream parlours and cake shops are never far away - perfect for indulging with the girls. Enjoy gourmet treats in the Bay Grill or lakeside Park Hotel and seafood by the seafront at the Three Buoys in Ryde. You can even try Chinese, Indian or Mexican and Italian on the island too. If you fancy some fish and chips by the sea, look no further than The Codfather on the Esplanade in Ryde and see whether their claim to ‘batter anything' is really true! Look along the seafronts of both major towns on the island for a great supply of eateries which won't disappoint. If you're a fan of strong flavours, the annual Garlic Festival near Sandown is a must - discover over 250 pungent stalls of tasty garlicky treats - just remember the breath mints!
There's plenty happening on the Isle of Wight after dark if you know where to look - luckily, we've done all the hard work for you! As Isle of Wight hen night experts, we know the best lively spots. When you book with GoHen, we can organise a wide variety of restaurant experiences as well as great knowledge of the best local bars and pubs. This island knows how to party, as it welcomes huge names like The Killers, Bon Jovi and The Stone Roses year upon year at its world-class festivals. Get in on one of the most fun, youthful and party-loving crowds in the south.