Top 5 Nottingham Hen Party Ideas
Bodega - Did someone say free vodka confessional? Yep, this wonderfully mixed up venue has it all, great live acts, superb club nights and a free vodka dispensing confessional booth if you have a few sins you need to unburden.
23 Pelham St
Baa Bar - It's not every day you get to drink out of a lab jar, but then this isn't any cocktail bar. It's more like a mad professor's lab with quite simply the most amazing array of cocktails imaginable. Whatever you do, be careful of the Tequila Supernova. Phew!
17-19 Goose Gate
Das Kino - Ping pong, it's what every big night out needs, in fact having laughed the night away at this superbly trendy bar with great tunes, cool clientele and hearty pizzas we're not entirely sure how we ever partied properly without it.
22 Fletcher Gate
Five Guys - This isn't just any burger bar, this is possibly the best burger bar in Nottinghamshire... Nay the world! Peanut butter, salted caramel and bacon milkshake. Seeing is believing and at Five Guys, believing is gooooood!
34 Long Row
Malt Cross - This charity run former music hall is undoubtedly one of the jewels in Nottingham's crown, not only is there always something going on (art classes, live music, workshops) but by day it's a tranquil oasis of calm with a lovely café. By night you can get fantastic food, pulled chicken, pulled pork, and other mouth-watering treats.
16 St James St
Sights & Sounds
Nottingham is where ice skating royalty Torvill and Dean first got their skates on and the National Ice Centre is well worth a visit if you feel like dancing on ice (and don't mind a cold bruised bum).
If the ice that has done damage was in last night's drinks then Wollaton Park has spectacular grounds where you can rest your hangovers, recuperate and get some vitamin D kissed sun. Or for a totally tranquil and horticultural spot head to the Arboretum.
Rock City is one of the city's best live music venues where you can catch the big names of tomorrow in "I was there when..." nights out. A superb venue that also features club nights and has a big reputation across the UK for up and coming acts.
8 Talbot St
If you love a bit of "random" madness then head along to the wonderfully named Spanky Van Dyke's. Live music, Reggae nights and the rather tasty Ruby Jean's Diner for a taste of Americana.
17 Goldsmith St
In the Diary
July - Splendour. The city's biggest music festival is a fantastic mix of new up and coming artists and 80's pop idols.
August - Nottingham Food Festival. Celeb chefs, local produce, demonstrations and plenty of tasters. It's foodie heaven!
August - Dragon Boat Festival. Nottingham goes slightly bonkers and heads to the river for this fantastically colourful boat race.
November - Nottingham Comedy Festival. Some of the UK's funniest faces and stand-ups drop get together for plenty of laughs.
Top of the Shops
Hopkinson 21 - You can find fabulous vintage, retro and antique goodies for your home at this great former warehouse. You'll find beautiful and quirky gems throughout the store.
21 Station St
We Are Cow - If you prefer your vintage wearable then We Are Cow have a stunning selection of pre-loved clothes, shoes and more, spanning the decades.
3 Carlton St
Vintage To A Tea - It's impossible for well-dressed hens not to love this fantastic fashion gem. It really is a slice of retro heaven.
9 Trinity Walk
Cobden Chambers - In our humble opinion, no girl's trip to Nottingham is complete without visiting this wonderful selection of independent retailers that focus on design and style.
Girls About Town - Getting around Nottingham...
The city centre is compact enough to easily navigate on foot (even in the new heels you've bought for the weekend). If you are thinking of travelling further afield you can save money by purchasing EasyRider smart cards in advance.
Or if you're feeling energetic you can jump in the saddle through Citycard cycle hire or visit the friendly staff at Sherwood Pine Cycles.
It's not a case of what can hen parties do in Nottingham but what can't hen parties do in Nottingham?!? We have over 70 hen-tastic laughter-filled activities waiting for you to dive right into, from Dance Classes and Cocktail Mixing to High Ropes Courses and Champagne Tasting. Your hen party wishes are our command. This really is one of the UK's greatest cities for absolutely crazy hen party fun. See more...
You shouldn't be wasting any of your weekend waiting to get into clubs or hunting for the best bars, GoHen can help you line up or your evening entertainment, you simply tell us where you want to party or the type of things you'd like to do and we'll do all the running around and get everything lined up for you. Guest List Nightclub Entry, Butlers in the Buff to put a smile on the b-to-b's face, Comedy Clubs or how about a River Disco Cruise? When it comes to partying in this fantastic city, the world is your lobster! See more nightlife options...
37 Reasons Why Nottingham Rocks!
Snottingham - The city was originally named literally after Snot; he was an Anglo-Saxon chieftain whose people settled here around 600AD. Someone get that man a hanky!
Joe Dempsie - Hunky local lad Joe Dempsie found success in teen hit Skins before starring as the often-shirtless (we aren't complaining) Gendry in Game of Thrones.
Stealth - We've no idea how they called this brilliant nightclub Stealth because there's nothing subtle about the crowd-bouncing techno tunes spun by top DJs night after night in this fantastic Nottingham hen party spot!
VCR - The very first video recorder was invented in Nottingham. Can you imagine a world where you might miss Bake Off?!?
Tilt - This amazing bar is laid back, relaxed and incredibly friendly. Get down to the sounds of bluesy beats and enjoy some truly sumptuous cocktails in warm, welcoming surrounds.
Boogie Bus - Fancy a big night out, but the prospect of walking across the city in search of the best bars around simply seems like too much effort? Take a ride on the boogie bus and enjoy a one way ticket to hen party heaven! See more...
Torvill & Dean - The Nottingham duo helped to make hit show Dancing on Ice a success and if you've never seen their Olympic gold winning Bolero then you really should.
Pierre Le Bistrot - Chic, metropolitan surrounds and some of the tastiest food in the city makes a visit to the delightful Pierre Le Bistrot a must on your special Nottingham hen do with the girls.
Oceana - Every weekend the city's party people flock to Oceana. Top tunes, a great atmosphere and some gorgeous cocktails make it one of the city's best night's out.
Ibuprofen - Dr. Stewart Adams' wonder drug has been the saviour after many a big night out. "Can't.... open... my... eyes..."
HP Sauce - Bacon butty with brown or red? If you prefer brown you have Nottingham shopkeeper Frederick Gibson Garton to thank for inventing HP Sauce.
Tar Love! - Many great inventions have come from this clever city. In 1901 it was the turn of Edgar Hooley who noticed a stone chips had stuck to some cooling tar. And tarmac was born, paving the way for more of Britain's great ideas...
Traffic Lights - ...like traffic lights which were actually first invented by schoolboy John Peake Knight, who was upset by the increasing number of deaths on the road as cars became more common.
Flying Horse Walk - Looking for a special purchase on your Nottingham hen weekend? Head to this beautiful walk of boutiques and shop to your hearts (and wardrobes) desire.
Goose Fair - The city's famous Goose Fair is simply amazing. The Forest Rec lights up with fairground rides and food stands as well as some of the most exciting entertainments in town in celebration of all things Nottingham.
Nirvana - You really will be in a hen party Nirvana with a visit to this spectacular club where you'll find some of Nottingham's hottest men. Eeeeek!
Victoria Centre - Discover the high street brands you know and love, shoulder to shoulder with designer boutiques perfectly placed for a cheeky spot of window shopping!
Sinatra - Calm, stylish and effortlessly suave, but with a name like Sinatra, would you really expect anything less from this fantastic restaurant?
Robin Hood - We can't decide which version of the Nottingham legend we prefer, burly Kevin Costner, suave Sean Connery or the handsomely rugged Russell Crowe...can't we have all three?!?
Munchies - Whether you're in need of a gorgeous sugar fix or something a little healthier we thoroughly recommend a visit to Munchies. The milkshakes are amazing!!!!
Petit Paris - This bijou and beautiful French bistro really does give you a little slither of the Paris experience with unique, tasty foods and a frankly superb wine list!
Sherrie Hewson - Nottingham lass Sherrie Hewson has been all over our screens in her lengthy career appearing in lunchtime favourite Loose Women, soap classic Coronation Street and most recently the riotously funny Benidorm.
Jake Bugg - This Nottingham singer/songwriter is practically one of the cutest British musicians since The Beatles and his hit singles Lightning Bolt and Seen It All proves he's got some serious chops when it comes to performing as well!
Cucamara - This amazing watering hole is possibly one of Nottingham's best kept secrets; if you've got a fever for tequila then this is the bar for you.
'Who shot the sheriff?' - The Sheriff of Nottingham still exists today, although he's far less angry and the position doesn't appear to involve charging after outlaws in Sherwood Forest which is probably a bonus?!?
Paul Smith - Hens with a passion for fashion will be surprised to know that it all started in Nottingham for British style guru Paul Smith after an accident left him unable to pursue a career in pro-cycling.
Makeover Photoshoot - On your special hen weekend in Nottingham, give the bride-to-be a beautifying lift with a fabulous makeover and photoshoot that'll really boost her confidence ahead of the big day! Read more...
Boots - Boots, what would we do without you? Whether we're poorly, hungry or we just need a spot of pampering, you're always there and it all started in lovely Nottingham back in 1849.
The Larder on Goosegate - The hens will fall in love with this wonderfully antiquated pub full of rustic furnishings and homely dishes that'll warm you from the inside out on a cold Nottingham day!
DH Lawrence - Literary ladies will be well aware of this Nottingham author's influence on English writing, but for those who aren't, DH Lawrence's sensational novel Lady Chatterley's Lover was essentially the 50 Shades of the 20th century and was even put on trial for obscenity.
Ink - Incredibly hip and extremely popular with the city's vibrant student crowd, Ink is an explosion of colour, fashion and amazing tunes combining to create one of Nottingham's most exciting nights out.
Virtually fabulous - Nottingham Trent University's fashion courses are renowned for breaking boundaries and its high-tech research into textiles has actually led to the creation of the world's first virtual-reality catwalk. "Babe, you look unreal!"
CSI: Nottingham - This city was the first to set up a police forensic laboratory and two years after that the first radio message by police car was sent here too, Hot Fuzz!
MRI - Another life saving Nottingham Invention? The very first was only big enough to fit your finger in, but it is now found in hospitals around the world.
Rebecca Adlington - Amazing Becky Adlington is a truly special lady who wowed the world when she won Olympic gold in Beijing 2008 and two bronzes in London 2012, we wonder how many women she inspired to take to the pool?
Inflatable Games - The Olympics these are not; do you have what it takes to walk away with the win on this day of hilarious, wet and wild inflatable fun? Read more...
Alice Levine - Nottingham born radio presenter Alice Levine is a real style queen and complete babe. Afternoon drives simply wouldn't be the same without her cheeky tones coming through the speakers!
It's in Nottingham - The best of Nottingham at your fingertips.
What's on Nottingham - Citywide events from Nottingham's amazing natives.
- 1. The Broadmarsh Shopping Centre leading to the City of Caves
- 2. Fantastic, group-pleasing daytime activities
- 3. Striking Nottingham Castle, well worth a visit
- 4. Fresh green areas around Newstead Abbey
- 5. Excellent shopping in a compact, bustling city centre
It's time for a hen party in Nottingham!
Nottingham is one of our most popular choices and whether your pre-nuptial bash calls for a classy break with the girls, a weekend jam-packed with action and adventure, or a few feel-good days for merry hens to revel in the city's party-loving spirit, Nottingham really does have it all! So why not drop us a line today and GoHen will help get you on your merry way to the pre-wedding party of the year!
Why choose Nottingham?
From action to indulgence, budget to boutique and comfy 2* stays to luxury 4* hotels it's easy to see why Nottingham continues to sparkle as one of the country's top weekend destinations.
There's a wonderful vibe to the bustling streets and avenues where cosmopolitan cafés, chic bistros and quaint boutiques sit alongside trendy eateries and traditional inns. With a thriving nightlife, legendary history, fantastic range of activities, sensational shopping scene and enough bars, clubs and eateries per square mile to have easily kept Robin Hood and his merry men rocking their tights until dawn, Nottingham really is a dream destination for a fab weekend among friends!
What can a Nottingham hen do?
With a treasure trove of shops and over 50 incredible activities on offer, you'll be truly spoilt for choice! From premium pampering and merry mayhem to fun-packed adventure or a blast from the past, we guarantee you're in for a weekend to remember!
Get into the 80s, Bollywood or Burlesque groove and learn some sexy new moves at a fantastic dance session, or take advantage of the stunning Sherwood Forest and let your hair down in the great outdoors. It's not every day you can take a tank for a spin and if you're feeling sporty, the paintball and go-kart sites are among the best in the country. Lie back and let healing hands soothe for some heavenly indulgence in one of the city's sumptuous spas and when it's time to indulge in a girl's guilty pleasure, there's a plethora of fabulous shops just waiting to be explored!
Shop till you drop in Sherwood!
The city might be most famous for those legendary men in tights, but with cobbled streets full to the brim with swanky stores, chic boutiques and vintage buys, today's Nottingham is an absolute haven for hens keen to bag a goodie or two as a reminder of a memorable weekend. Take a stroll to Bridlesmith Gate, the Victoria Centre or the decadent Exchange where you'll be surrounded by designer labels and chic outlets, or make your way to the quaint cafes and fashionable boutiques of Hockley and Derby Road. The Old Market Square is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before heading to the chic stores of Flying Horse Walk and the great range of shops in and around the Broadmarsh Centre.
Where to party the night away...
When the sun sets over Nottingham's cobbled streets, you're in for a real treat! Between the continental vibe of Forman Street, uber-stylish bars of the Lace Market, global cuisine at the Cornerhouse and lively venues at the waterfront, the city is a haven of night-time entertainment! Traditional meets trendy in fantastic fashion to offer friendly bars, glitzy clubs, stylish eateries, a host of great live entertainment and some of the oldest taverns in the country. Hop on the Boogie bus for some top tunes and a giggle between venues, enjoy VIP access to the hottest parties in town and for a saucy twist to the evening, why not add a buff butler to the party? Wearing a cheeky smile and little else, the girls are sure to enjoy the perks of having a hunky host at their every beck and call!
When's the best time for a hen party in Nottingham?
With stunning landmarks, pulsating venues and a packed calendar of events, there's always something going on in Nottingham! Grab the girls and bag a bargain during the January sales, or head for the heart of England at the height of summer when festival season is in full swing and you can party to the sounds at Splendour, indulge in your own Medieval madness at the Robin Hood festival, tuck-in to some great dishes at the Food and Drink fest, or enjoy the feel-good atmosphere and live entertainment at the Riverside Festival and Goose Fair.
Getting the party started!
Nottingham offers something a little special for your pre-nuptial celebrations and our experienced team are on hand to help you and the rest of the hens get the most out of this fabulous destination. So why not give our friendly team a call on 01225 474200 or send us a brief today.