England’s second city is second to none in terms of hilarious hen activities, brilliant eateries and fab nights out, making it the ideal place to play host to the bride’s big hen weekend. You’ve chosen well, now it’s time to live up to the high bar Birmingham sets!
In the wise words of Polly Gray: “Why should the boys have all the fun?” Yes, whilst the Shelby clan ruled the roost in Birmingham in the 1920s, it’s your turn to take the city by storm! Ditch the bags and get out amongst the action!
Activity No.1 - Bubble Mayhen
Forget a quaint afternoon of finger sandwiches and tea, you and the girls decided to break the ice hen-style by throwing in some fast-paced, chaos-filled, Bubble Mayhen! You turn up at the venue, don your bubble suits and get ready to bounce and bash your way to victory! Last. Hen. Standing!
First Night Out
Well, you discovered one thing from your Bubble Mayhen activity: the bride’s aunty has the upper body strength of a fully grown ox! Running into her was like running into a brick wall. But she’s so small, it defies logic! Ah well, she’s the deserved winner. Time to get ready for that first night on the town!
Because getting a large group of hens into a restaurant at no notice is nigh on impossible, the maid of honour made the bright decision of booking up a delicious Italian meal in advance so you and the girls wouldn’t waste valuable partying time traipsing around the city looking for some grub.
After your delicious meal, you and the girls hit a few bars before you head to the club. Luckily, when the time comes, you had the foresight to book up guestlist entry so you can skip the long queues and dance right on in to kickstart the party!
The night’s in full swing, the shots are flowing and everyone's dancing is on point! The bride’s aunty may be as strong as an ox, but she’s got the grace of a gazelle on the dance floor. Everyone’s having a fab time and Birmingham is living up to its high hen-standards!
Well, you can confirm that Birmingham knows how to party! Even though it’s overcast, you slip on your sunglasses and get a strong coffee to set yourself up for another day of hen madness. And what a day you have in store...
If battling the undead over the course of a hilarious, unnerving and action-packed four-hour adventure doesn’t prepare the bride for a lifetime of marriage, we don’t know what will! Don’t get bitten though, ladies, no amount of wedding makeup will cover-up those sunken eyes and gruesome smiles!
You all manage to escape unharmed... well, actually, having said that, one of the bridesmaids has a bite mark on her shoulder, she’s covered in blood and she keeps saying “Braaainnss!” over and over… ah well, keep an eye on it, probably just a cold! You head off for a spot of lunch before your next enthralling activity.
Activity No.3 – Life Drawing
Now the bride may think she’s a dab hand with a paintbrush, but this Life Drawing class is a whole different ball game to what she’s used to. Forget a flower arrangement or a picturesque landscape, you and the girls will be sketching a naked male model! Eyes front, ladies!
After your fab art class, it’s time for ‘big night out’ number two! And no hen party is complete without a few cocktails! You and the girls head to a bustling central venue where you mix things up and craft your own delicious beverages. “I call it Passionate Pear Surprise… the surprise is it's actually lemon flavoured!”
Second Night Out
Once you’re well and truly in the party mood, you embark on a tour of some of the best bars and clubs this bouncing city has to offer. Right then, the bride’s big night out, better make it a belter! Time to throw some dazzling shapes like you were doing the night before...
Hmm... don’t know what happened in the last day, but you went from Destiny’s Child to Uncoordinated Toddlers in a flash! Thank God nobody’s filming it... “Sharon, put that phone down now!”
Well, ladies, it couldn’t have gone much better if you planned it. Well, you did plan it, with the help of GoHen, but still, you know what we mean! What a send-off for the bride as she sets off on a lifetime of wedded bliss! Thanks, Birmingham, you’ve been magnificent.
It's time for a hen party - Birmingham's best!
Birmingham is the UK's second city and an ideal location for a quality hen weekend away with the girls. Birmingham is currently the third most visited by overseas visitors coming to the UK, and as the heart of the Midlands, it has so much to offer your hen party, whatever you have in mind. Combining world-class nightlife with excellent activities which suit chilling out or getting active, you're all set up for an absolute belter in Birmingham!
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Birmingham hen party
We're here to help you bring even more fun to Brum! The amazing Bull Ring, Birmingham's multi-million-pound shopping complex, lies at the very heart of this modern, cosmopolitan and buzzing city and is the main go to for tourists and locals alike. This city caters for the ladies just as much as the fellas. fellas. As well as plenty of opportunities for amazing retail therapy, top curries and trendy cafes and bars, there's a fantastic range of Birmingham hen activities and entertainment to try out and when you go as part of a GoHen group package, you can be sure that all your girls will be well looked after. It's a city with a rich industrial and cultural past and has really come into its own in recent years and offers something for everyone - there's never a dull moment in vibrant Birmingham.
What: Birmingham hen party adventures
If you and your group are looking for a great time in a party city that never stops, then bright and lively Birmingham is just the place for you. It's a really multicultural place, so expect a wide variety of cuisines, music genres, clubs and a really warm, friendly atmosphere wherever you go. Boasting more canals than Venice, the modernised city centre is cool, contemporary and popular with hip and trendy crowds from across the country. Venture a little further out of the sparkling new centre however and find relics of an industrial past which are full of character and well-preserved, such as cosy pubs, excellent live music venues and cool art and media spots. There really is a huge amount to do here and enough to keep everyone happy. When you book with GoHen, we can organise everything from an incredible night out in Birmingham to go karting, dance lessons and craft sessions in this lively city which not only blasts out amazing music every night in clubs and bars, but also acts as one of the county's main cultural hubs.
Shop: Birmingham shopping areas & recommendations
Shopping on your Birmingham hen do is quite simply incredible! A trip to the glitzy Bullring centre is an absolute must. There's a selection of every high street store you could possibly think of, as well as one of only four Selfridges department stores, which sells everything from the most expensive designer clothes and shoes imaginable to sushi, gourmet ice-cream, reams of American candy or oysters and champagne in its totally lust-worthy food hall. Plus, its iconic outside look is an absolute must-see when in the city - shopping in Birmingham is practically a cultural exercise! The Mailbox is a really sophisticated place to shop, offering amazing designer shops and also swanky cocktail bars, so that you can grab a Pina Colada before Prada! The Pavilions on the High Street has a great selection of high class stores and when you want a bargain, the Pallasades, which backs on to New Street station will have just what you need. For a different kind of shopping experience altogether, don't miss one of Birmingham's many great markets - those at the Bullring have been taking place for a staggering 850 years! And lastly don't forget to mix in shopping with unforgettable hen activities in Birmingham.
How: Getting to Birmingham
Birmingham is a really big city and so getting in and out is easy, as road and transport links are excellent to serve its many residents. Hundreds of trains from all over the country fly in through Birmingham New Street station, one of the biggest in the whole of the UK. Plus, its just undergone major improvements, meaning that its once confusing platform system and crumbling shops have now made way for a whole arsenal of brand new stores and restaurants and a far better signage system. The Bullring is attached to New Street Station, so you'll never be far away from this important landmark. The coach station has recently been refurbished too, so if you're coming in by bus, expect a 5 minute walk into the centre. Getting in by car is also a viable option and parking shouldn't present too much of an issue, as the city has over 24,000 parking spaces!
Stay: Choosing your Birmingham accommodation
Birmingham's best bars, shops and clubs are all around the city centre, so it's important for your base to be in a good location. Fortunately we've got a great range of city-centre accommodation, which ranges from great value options to a more luxurious nights stay. Our 3 star hotels in Birmingham offer a comfortable nights stay near the city centre, and our 4 star options are perfect for pushing the boat out! Alternatively if you're after a bit of space we've got excellent self-catering options. Or why not try Glamping? See our Birmingham hen party houses.
Party: Where to head after dark
As a party city there's a huge range of drinking options for your big night out - whether you're after traditional pubs, glitzy bars or pumping nightclubs. In and around the city centre there's a great selection, and it's important for your group to head to the most fun, hen-friendly ones - which is where we come in. As well as top bar and club recommendations we've got terrific evening entertainment, why not have cheeky Butlers in the Buff look after you, enjoy some lung-belting karaoke or play sleuth in a murder mystery evening - all topped off with q-jump nightclubbing! Check out our Birmingham hen night ideas.
When: The best times to visit for a hen party in Birmingham
Birmingham consistently plays host to a wide variety of great events and festivals, including the famous International Jazz Festival in July, the Moseley Folk Festival outside in the park in August and the side-splitting Comedy Festival which goes on in October. There's an International Carnival which celebrates the city's many resident cultures in a huge explosion of music, colour and sound - the Midlands' answer to the Notting Hill Carnival. Head to Broad Street at any time of year and you'll most likely see something going on, or book up tickets for the NEC and NIA where many of the country's major events and exhibitions take place, such as headline comedians, world-class bands and artists and top TV recordings. No need to write this countryside-connected city off during the colder months, over Christmas, Birmingham glitters with twinkling lights and the Frankfurt German Christmas Market sets up, attracting over 6 million visitors to try out its traditional gingerbread, beer and frankfurters. Plus, you'll be able to do some of the best Christmas shopping of your life!