West Country Games are experts in putting together action-packed stag and hen weekends full of proper West Country-style fun. Here they share why Bristol has all you need for a hen party to remember…

One of the key jobs for the Chief Bridesmaid is to organise a hen do for the Bride, and this will be your opportunity to wow everyone and ensure she has a memorable send-off.

The first task will be to decide a destination. You'll need to think about where has easy access, a good variety of activities, suitable accommodation and most importantly, budget.

One destination that has recently shot to the top of the list for most popular UK hen weekend destinations is Bristol. We’ve put together a guide showing just why a Bristol hen weekend is the perfect choice for so many.

Hen party in fancy dress at West Country Games

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Why Bristol?

When you think about UK hen party destinations, a capital (London, Cardiff or Edinburgh) or perhaps a seaside destination (Newquay, Brighton or Blackpool) might first spring to mind. But a combination of factors puts Bristol top of the charts for hen weekends:

  • Bristol has received massive investment over the last 20 years, transforming itself into a modern, uber cool destination.
  • A broad range of accommodation to suit all budgets.
  • Huge selection of stag-and-hen-friendly bars and restaurants suitable to all tastes.
  • A plethora of activities in and around the city.
  • Easy access by motorway, rail and a busy regional airport.

Getting to Bristol

Bristol is situated on the M4 and M5 motorways making it accessible from any part of the UK. Bristol has two mainline rail stations. Bristol Temple Meads for the city centre will be the most useful one. London is 1hr 40 away by rail. Bristol International Airport flies to a number of European destinations if any of your party are coming from overseas.

Rooftop caravans at Brooks Guesthouse

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Bristol accommodation for hen parties

As you would expect from one of England's largest cities, accommodation in Bristol includes hotels, boutique B&Bs, backpacker hostels and everything in between. Many of the hotels are located in the city centre but there are also a number of options in the leafy, upmarket Georgian area of Clifton.

Bristol nightlife and restaurants

Bristol is a seriously buzzing city, which has seen huge amounts of regeneration over the last few years. There are bars, clubs and restaurants aplenty to choose from. Depending on your tastes and budgets there are a number of areas where you could spend your Friday or Saturday night.
 

City Centre

As you'd expect, the city centre contains the broadest options for wining and dining, with Corn Street and King Street in the Old City especially popular with hen parties. If you’re looking for more of a raucous night then head to the Harbourside area, where you'll find many waterside bars and restaurants. Meanwhile nearby Park Street is perfect for a bar crawl, with lots of swanky cocktail joints to swing by as well as great restaurants.

Cocktails at Bambalan

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Clifton

If your hen party is looking for a slightly more refined evening that's still brimming with bars and restaurants then look no further than Clifton Village. Clifton is only a short taxi ride away from the centre but is a world away from the lively party vibe of the Harbourside and Corn Street.

Clifton has a number of top restaurants. Generally, in this area you'll be paying a bit more for your food and drink but it is much less rowdy than the city centre.

Excellent pub choices include The Albion and Somerset House, and there are plenty of cool cocktails bars, such as the speakeasy-style Hyde & Co.
 

Other areas

Gloucester Road running through the north of the city is famous for all its independent pubs and alternative vibe, especially around the Stokes Croft area. North Street just south of the centre is a local area on the up and has a good range of bars and eateries for all budgets.

Hen party activities in and around Bristol

There are so many options here, but we have picked out a number of ideas, from the quirky to the mainstream.
 

West Country Games

If you’re looking for something a little different but with buckets full of fun, then consider taking part in some mad activities down in The West. We’ll take you through a number of activities such as The Cider Run, Mangold Dangling and Pitchfork Duel as you whack, wobble, chuck and wrestle your way around the hilarious games.

We’re based just outside of Bristol, can cater to groups of all sizes and specialise in hosting hen and stag weekends. There is also a lovely restaurant and a paddock containing many cute farm animals!

Woman on an inflatable game at West Country Games

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Bath Thermae Spa Day

Get the hens on a train for the short ride over to the World Heritage city of Bath and head to the glitzy Thermae Spa for a day of pampering and excess.

Bath is only 10 minutes by train from Bristol and the Spa is a short walk from the station.
 

Clifton and Lido

Have a stroll around the Georgian splendour of Clifton, amble across the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and brush away any cob webs with a breezy walk on the Clifton Downs. After a bit of browsing in the many boutique shops unpack your swimsuits for an afternoon of luxury at The Lido.

Bristol really is a great destination for your hen party and we guarantee you a gurt lush time.

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