Six alternative stag and hen party ideas

Stag and hen parties can be so much more than boozy nights and questionable inflatables… Wondering what to do? Let’s get the celebrations underway with our round-up of alterative ideas!

1. Hens who zen

Avoid the hangovers and embrace a healthy hen party instead. Zen parties are becoming more and more popular and a great way to catch up and chill with friends. Set in the beautiful Lake District, Drift Yoga organises a bespoke retreat, offering yoga sessions with optional extras – from meditation and massage to flower arranging and cooking lessons. Could be just what you need in the run up to the big day.

2. Festival vibes

For the festival lovers, why not grab your rucksack and head to an organised event, or keep it more relaxed and personal and plan your very own one instead! The Hen Fest in Cheltenham offers two nights of your very own festival. You’ll get exclusive glamping, a butler in the buff, hot tub hire, live band, plus a BBQ and private chef. Simply turn up and make a weekender out of it. Don’t forget your wellies!

3. Boot camp… zombie style

Limber up and prepare to be scared with a Zombie Bootcamp. Spend a whole day learning some much-needed combat skills from military experts and get in shape for an all-out zombie battle. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

With locations in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Chester, you don’t have to travel far to keep things different.

4. Shiver me timbers!

If you’ve got a love for all things nautical, or even fancy yourself as a pirate, this one is most certainly for you. Head to Lisbon (a great weekend party destination), and privately rent a pirate ship. Sail around the city’s ancient port and off into the sunset before you start your night on the town.

5. Airbnb Experiences

Stay close to home or head further afield with one-of-a-kind activities designed and hosted by locals… wherever you are. Airbnb Experiences aren’t just standard tours, local hosts around the world offer special knowledge, unique skills, and inside access to local places. Airbnb says some of the most successful experiences include visiting the Louvre in Paris with an art historian come comedian, or making paella based on an old family recipe in a private garden in Barcelona. Choose your location and take it from there!

6. Plan a HAG

While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, combining your hen and stag party – a ‘hag’ do, or also known as a ‘sten’ do – can work if you want to celebrate together and have lots of shared male and female friends. If you prefer, you stick to traditional hen and stag daytime activities and just meet up for the evening celebrations, or plan the whole thing together. Get some ideas together and take it from there!