Hen night ideas for Dorset


Hen Nights

Hen nights are like marmite…you either love them or you hate them! If the thought of wearing a pink tutu whilst drinking out of a willy shaped straw makes you cringe then read on for a few ideas of how to enjoy your hen night without a learner plate in sight….

Starting your weekend off with a spa day is a sure fire way to get you relaxed and in the mood for a chilled (or not so chilled!) girly weekend. There are several spas in the Dorset and Hampshire region which cater for hen parties but I have picked just a few to get you started…

With its prime position right on the beach, The Sandbanks Hotel, Poole is all about location, location, location. Their pamper days start at £110.00 and include morning coffee on arrival, therapeutic back massage, file and varnish on fingers and toes, prescription facial and lunch either inside or outside on the terrace.

The Captains Club is a hotel and spa situated on the River Stour in Christchurch. Spa packages start from £115 at weekends and they also do a fabulous afternoon tea which at £12 PP is value for money compared to other similar venues in the area.

The Chewton Glen is another very popular choice for spa days but at £138 per day it’s a slightly pricier option; the reputation of this hotel however more than justifies its prices!

A little further into the new forest is Senspa at Carey’s Manor, a stunning spa set within a beautiful country house hotel in Brockenhurst. The spa had a major refurb a few years ago and since has become one of the area’s top spas. Spa days start at £104 for a Saturday but if you can go on a Friday or Sunday you may just be able to save a few £!

A jewel in the spa crown is Limewood. Situated in the heart of the forest, this newly opened spa has quickly become the most talked about in the area attracting a London crowd and even some local celebrities! At £185 for the day it is easily the most expensive spa in the area but it is definitely worth it!
So now you are totally chilled and refreshed and ready to hit the town for something to eat and a few cocktails!

If you are staying in Poole, then hit the quay and head to the newly opened Fishy Fishy which is famous in these parts as the restaurant that Dermot O’Leary co-owns! Another great eatery in the Quay area is Gossip, a family run Italian restaurant which serves up excellent pizza and pasta in a modern environment at competitive prices. Other favourites in Poole’s old town include Storm and Melanie’s favourite the Guildhall Tavern.


It is hard to know where to start in Bournemouth town centre as there are apparently more restaurants, bars and pubs in Bournemouth per square mile than anywhere in the country! A few of my favourites for quick and easy but good Italian food are Alcatraz Brasserie, Cuccinis or Valentinos. Or why not try Mandarin or Ocean Palace for a delicious Chinese. If seafood is your thing there are a couple of excellent places to treat yourself to some oysters and lobster. WestBeach is an award winning restaurant right on the beach by Bournemouth Pier that serves up fresh seafood daily. The Crab is across the road from the Bournemouth International Centre and also serves up fresh fish and seafood straight from local shores.


So after dinner you will probably be looking for a good watering hole to try a cocktail or two and 1812 delivers on every level with their extensive cocktail menu, laid back atmosphere and classic lounge feel. It’s hard to know where to start, but my favourites are the Gingerbread Man and the Apple Strudel…YUM!

If you are looking for something a little different, why not head down to Aruba on Pier Approach. The wrap around balcony lets you sip your cocktails al fresco with stunning views from The Needles all the way round to Old Harry’s Rocks. Try one of their famous frozen strawberry daiquiris or for something a little stronger try their 5 rum Zombie! But be warned, it’s called a Zombie for a reason!!

If however spas and cocktails aren’t your thing, Bournemouth has plenty to offer to keep you entertained on your hen weekend…

If you are planning your hen party during summer, enjoy the award winning beaches of Bournemouth by renting a beach hut for the day from Bournemouth Council’s official beach hut hire website.

And if you’re here and the weather is nice, why not get the adrenalin flowing with a private rib charter with  Bournemouth Rib Experience who will pick you up from Bournemouth Pier and take you for a thrilling ride around the bay!

If the weather is not so nice and remembering that we live in England where the weather is temperamental at best why not opt for some indoors activities…

Pavilion Dance is a newly refurbished specialist dance centre which has various classes on offer for hen parties such as learning how to dance like the dancers in your favourite music video! 
Chocolate is every girls best friend and if you have ever wondered how it’s made then look no further than The Chocolate Boutique Hotel chocolate making classes!! Check out  their website for the latest special offers.

And if cooking is your passion then why not try a cookery class at Flavours School of Cookery where you can take courses such as ‘The taste of Thailand or ‘Cafe Jamaica’!  
So I know we moved on from spas, but whilst newly opened Yutang Spa on Westover Road might be a spa by name, it isn’t necessarily what you think…Yutang is the first Kangal Garra Rufa spa in Bournemouth – that’s a fish pedicure to you and me! Let the little fish nibble away at your feet while you sip champagne and relax in their zen styled surroundings.

For something a little out of the ordinary why not try a pole dancing class?? Polz Apart have on/off classes available for hen parties, just have a look at their website for further details.

And finally if you are prepared to drive to Dorchester, which is a lovely town about 24 miles out of Bournemouth, then an afternoon’s zorbing at Zorb South will surely get the adrenaline flowing!!


So, I hope that has given all you lovely ladies some inspiration for how to enjoy your hen night in Dorset…

Have fun!! 




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