Leeds is a northern party powerhouse and will give any city in the UK a run for its money for a top hen do destination. With an amazing array of activities and a vibrant party scene, you and the girls will have everything you need to give the bride a send-off of monumental proportions!
Today’s the day, ladies! After weeks of anticipation, the big weekend is finally upon you. You’re in the party city of Leeds ready and raring to take it by storm. Throw your bags in your accommodation and bounce on out for your first hen adventure!
What better way to kickstart the weekend?! You and the girls decide to get creative as you attempt to learn the divine art of chocolate making. Make sure you taste as you go – for quality control purposes only, *nudge**nudge**wink**wink*!
The First Night
After you’ve crafted some heavenly chocs which would rival the likes of Cadbury and Thorntons, it’s time to stop scoffin’ them and get ready for your first night on the town. Head back to your accommodation, get glammed up and head on out!
After a mouth-watering Italian meal, you’re ready to start the party! And what better way to get the gals in the mood for a colossal celebration than by cranking up the mics and belting out some karaoke classics as you sing/screech along to some absolute bangers.
Kickstart The Night
Well, the bride well and truly stole the show with a beautiful rendition of Someone Like You. Her weird cousin’s version of The Real Slim Shady, on the other hand, was... err... well... unique?! Sorry, no, it was dreadful. Really, unequivocally, dreadful. But, hey, that’s karaoke for you! You and the girls hit the club to see the night out in style!
The fact that the bride had to wear sunglasses to open the fridge this morning is perhaps a sign of a few lingering hangovers. No time to sit about feeling sorry for yourselves though, head on out for a sore-head-easing breakfast and get cracking with your second day of hen party action.
After a brilliantly relaxing Chocolate Making workshop yesterday, you and the girls decided to crank up the action on your second day by throwing in three fast-paced, high-octane adventures with the exhilarating Hen Activity Day. Rage Buggies, Clay Shooting and Blindfold Driving – what could possibly go wrong?!
Well, everyone is still in one piece so you can consider it a success! The bride-to-be was surprisingly skilled behind the wheel of the Rage Buggies – probably letting her anger out from all those stressful early morning commutes to work!
After your adventurous day of sporting competition, it’s time to mix things up with a spot of Cocktail Making to get you suitably prepared for the bride’s big night out! Yesterday was just the warm-up, tonight is the showstopper - time to give the bride a night she’ll never forget!
After another fantastic meal and a visit to a few vibrant bars, you and the girls get to party like A-Listers with the VIP Party Package. With guestlist entry, your own VIP booth and an awesome drinks package, you have all the ingredients to celebrate in style.
The night is well and truly in full swing and everyone is up and dancing. The DJ is on fire playing some of the biggest and best hits about and everyone’s having a fab time. The drinks are flowing, the party’s popping and… is the bride doing the robot?! Weird choice, but it’s her night, she can do what she likes!
The Second Night
The sun’s shining through a gap in the curtains. You all quickly don your sunglasses and get ready to head off home! What a night that was - so much fun, so much laughter, so many dreadful dance moves...
It’s sadly time to say goodbye to Leeds. Hopefully just for now. What a mammoth party city! You certainly weren’t let down! Let’s hope one of the other girls gets engaged soon, then you can come back and do it all over again!
Leeds is famed for its party nightlife. It has been ranked as high as 5th in the best places to visit in Europe, the UK's third largest city has come amazing and truly unique venues for hens looking to make it a night to remember. Here's a quick rundown of the best areas to head to.
Call Lane offers something for everyone without breaking the bank. That makes this energetic area of the city hugely popular with students and locals. There's a healthy selection of independent pubs and clubs as well as a number of the more famous bar and restaurant chains. It's just like being at home, except everyone sounds like they're on Emmerdale... Hang on, that is that bloke from Emmerdale!
Getting there; Call Lane is right in the heart of the city centre.
Cool, funky, a little bit boho, a little bit hipster, this is another haunt full of your favourite venues from back home. But there's also a great number of indie haunts, so put the Nando's menu down and take the road/burger less travelled (and support local traders as well as reducing carbon emissions), Leeds-style. You can actually stay in the one building virtually all evening!
Getting there; Another city centre location that's hard to miss.
Ok yes, it looks like a shopping centre. But that's most probably because it is a shopping centre. Its also home to some of the city's coolest bars and if you're a cocktail connoisseur then you won't want to miss the amazing selection on offer at The Botanist.
Getting there; City centre, just north of Call Lane.
An area perfect for stag sand hens. Large groups tend to be welcomed with open arms and once again you'll find the big name brands if you prefer to stick with tried and tested venues and menus.
There are also some great clubs, ask our team about VIP entry.
Getting there; a 15-minute bus journey from the city centre. Take the 54, 56 or 97 bus routes, northbound from the city centre.
Approximately 2 miles from the city centre it is a bit of a stretch but it's worth it. There's a funky artisan and artistic venues that are popular with students and those looking for a break from the bustle of the city centre. Perfect for those that like to dance to the beat of a different drum... or DJ.
Getting there; Approximately 34 minutes by bus or 29 minutes by train, north of the city centre.
A little way from the centre of things, this is another popular student area. That does mean the drinks are cheaper, the venues quirkier, the drinks and music funkier. Easy to reach from the city centre and the perfect place to visit for any former uni students, return to their former haunts for their big weekend.
Getting there; 25 minutes by bus or train north of the city centre.
The city's largest shopping centre, you'll find all the biggest high street names and big brands. By evening it's a busy entertainment complex with a cinema, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Packed with designer names such as Gant, Diesel, All Saints and more, this is a place you can spend a pretty penny to get lots of even prettier things. A little more high-end but ultimately a great stop for any fashionistas.
Packed full of independent traders you'll find a huge range of artisan goods. There's also a great choice of vintage and retro items to covet or take home. It's also a nice spot to stop for some afternoon refreshment.
Situated in a Grade I listed building there is a sense of shopping history here, it's the very spot where Michael Marks (of Marks & Spencer) set up his original Penny Bazaar. Open 6 days a week and home to over 400 stalls there is plenty to see.
Finding the right place to lay your heads can make or break a hen weekend, get it right and you'll be within dancing distance of the best bars, clubs and big nights out. At GoHen we've already done all the legwork to bring you the best choice of hen friendly hotels and accommodation.
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You simply can't have a hen weekend without a little indulgence. That means good friends and good food. Our advice is always plan ahead and we're happy to help. We have a great selection of restaurants offering global flavours from Brazil to Beijing and all stop in between.
- GoHen recommended restaurants
- Reserved table
- Pre-order dishes in advance
- Less waiting time
- Pre-pay, no messy splitting the bill on the night
Despite the size of the city (the third largest in the UK), the city centre itself is surprisingly compact and very easy to get around on foot. Up until 11pm (approximately) there is a good travel network of buses and trains running through the city. The cheapest way to get around is using the Metro Tickets and Passes.
Leeds does not operate trams or have an underground system and there are no public bikes but you can hire bikes easily from Bike & Go if you're feeling energetic.