It’s hard to think of a city in the UK or Ireland that’s genuinely more fun for a night out than Liverpool. It’s famous for its friendly locals, its musical talent, and its eyebrow-raising farmyard animal/fruit sculptures, the superlambananas. If you fancy immersing yourselves in all things Scouse, here are 13 ideas for a fab Liverpool hen party.
1. Draw a nude class
Well, we might as well start as we mean to go on, right? If you have artistic tendencies, or you just want to look at a naked bloke for 90 minutes, this is the class for you. While you buff up on your skills, expose your mind to the joys of freehand drawing and uncover your inner Van Gogh.
Alternatively, you can giggle like a child, peer at your handsome model, and really try to, you know, get everything in proportion. It’s probably best not to end up with something that looks like Michelangelo’s David because, well…you don’t want to insult your cute model.
2. Afternoon drag show
Drag shows are amazing entertainment and value for money and we can’t think of anything better than the possibility of drag acts with Liverpudlian accents. This afternoon show involves a lot of audience participation, so you’re going to want to glam up so you can compete with the acts. Includes a free shot or glass of fizz on arrival, and some cheeky games.
If you’re up for getting involved (or making the bride get involved), and having a damn good laugh, it’s hard to go wrong with this. The only downside is the realisation that men are way better at contouring than you.
3. Instagram walking tour
When it comes to pretty places to take photos, Liverpool has a ton of popular spots to snap a few photos for the feed. Whether it’s in the view of the Liver Building, on the banks of the Mersey, outside the Cavern Club, or in front of the fabulous Beatles statue near Albert Dock, the most confusing this in the city is deciding which spots to check out first.
During this organised walking tour with your expert guide, you and your girls will visit 5-7 Instagrammable spots and, using your own phone cameras, take a series of group shots to commemorate your trip.
4. Extreme dodgeball
If you fancy yourself as the female Peter La Fleur, or you’re slightly more unhinged and relate to White Goodman a bit more, we reckon a couple of hours playing extreme dodgeball might be right up your alley.
This fun-filled throwing event lets you burn off some calories and let off steam by literally lobbing balls at your best mates. It’s not often you get to do that. We hope not, anyway. This is a great way to get your Liverpool hen party off to an exciting start!
5. Bottomless brunch
What can be bad about going out with the gals for a bottomless brunch? We know, it’s nothing, right? Las Iguanas, located in the centre of the city, offers a 2- hour session with access to as much amazing Spanish/Latin food as you can handle. Also: bottomless Prosecco! Yeah, we thought that’d grab your attention.
Before you hit up the bars and clubs on your Liverpool hen party, this is a great way to chill out, fill up, and discuss your plan of action for the night.
6. Fascinator workshop
We’ve got two words for you: Carrie. Bradshaw. Yep, we’ve been watching SATC and AJLT’s main girl wearing the HELL out of them forever and, (wo)man, does she do it well. She is the Fascinator Queen, but now you can steal her thunder by booking a workshop and designing your very own. Now you, too, can affix a bird to the side of your head for your wedding, if that’s what you really want.
At the end of the day, if it’s your wedding, who’s going to stop you? The look on your mother in law’s face might be worth it. Or maybe not. Anyway, this is a fun afternoon activity to for a Liverpool hen party and, if you all produce something amazing, you should definitely wear them for a night on the town.
7. Lip-sync battle
At some point, we’ve all sang our favourite power ballads into our hairbrushes in the privacy of our own homes, so doing it in front of your mates shouldn’t be that much of a leap. This 90-minute battle allows your Liverpool hen party ladies access to a professional instructor, who will take you through the steps of a choreographed dance routine and furnish you with two inflatable microphones for pretending to be Mariah Carey, Doja Cat, or whoever you’re into.
We love us some BTS at The Foxy Hen, so we incorporate dance practice into our weekly Friday work event*. However, if you’re more Beyonce than BTS and know all the moves to Single Ladies, it’s time to squeeze into that leotard, find you a silver robot hand, and give it all you got.
*Not a party
8. Magical Mystery Tour
If your Liverpool hen party is your first visit to Merseyside, it’s always good fun to get out and see the sights. Given that Liverpool is world-famous for the Fab Four, one of the most popular things for visitors to do is the Beatles tour. The Magical Mystery Tour will whisk the hen ladies around the city, showing you the history of The Beatles, as well as where the childhood homes where the lads grew up.
Clear favourites on the two-hour bus tour are Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane, but it’s a really great way to see the city, as well as some of the most important spots in the history of rock ‘n roll. If you don’t get a group photo at the Penny Lane sign, you haven’t done it right.
9. Royal Liver 360
For the first time in its history, the Royal Liver Building on the waterfront is offering visitors the chance to step inside this Liverpool icon. Although the experience started in 2019, understandably, the pandemic has meant the tours haven’t really been conducted. However, things are now back on track and you and your Liverpool hen party have the chance to experience a view of the city only the famous Liver Bird has had the chance to see.
As well as climbing to the top of the tower and getting a view of everything inside, there’s a digitally mapped display within the famous clock tower, showing the history of the city, its culture, sport, and contributions to music. It’s a new experience and it’s not to be missed.
10. Museum day
Liverpool has more museums and galleries than any other city in the UK, bar London. Not only that, but a large percentage of them are free to visit. The World Museum, the fabulous Tate Liverpool, the Bluecoat, and the exceptional Walker Art Gallery, to name but a few. No Liverpool hen party is complete without checking out at least a couple of special shows or regular exhibitions on offer throughout the city.
Our personal favourite is the Museum of Liverpool at Pier Head. It displays the history of the city (including its celebrities and musical stars), as well as some incredible interactive displays. It’s also got a great café and gift shop, and the views from the Skyline Gallery are pretty special.
11. Festival city
Liverpool is host to a range of festivals every year; everything from the Southport Food and Drinks Festival to the Wirral Arts Festival, to staples like Creamfields. If you’re planning a Liverpool hen party at any point during the year, it’s a great idea to check out what might be in town. We’re particularly fond of Beatles Week and the Liverpool Gin Festival, because obviously. We also like being in town during Pride as the festival is city-wide and makes one of the friendliest cities on the planet shine even brighter than usual.
12. Shop ‘til you drop
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention the shopping opportunities for a Liverpool hen party. The largest city mall is Liverpool One, which has around 170 stores and a ton of cafes, restaurants, and bars. It also has the only Harvey Nich’s bazaar in the country. On the upper floor is Everton Two, which always makes us giggle. It’s the perfect place for any blues fan looking for some Toffees merch. Liverpool’s Bold Street is also popular, along with the beautiful Clayton Square Shopping Centre.
13. The Cavern Quarter
Even if you’re not Beatles fans (what’s the matter with you?), the Cavern Quarter, home to the famous Matthew Street, is a mecca for all things Fab Four. If you’re genuinely not a fan, it’s got a lot of bars, so there’s that. And, if you’re having a Liverpool hen party, bars are likely a draw. The Cavern Club itself is clearly a must-see, even if it’s just to get your photos taken with the statues outside.
Rubber Soul and St Peppers are also fantastic, and the whole area is funky and fun-filled. If you ‘aint a Beatles fan when you go in, you will be by the time you leave.
Liverpool is genuinely one of the best cities in the UK, with more to see and do than you can realistically expect to fit in, even if you stayed for months. The city centre is always buzzing, and the banter never fails to amuse.
Whether you’re travelling from within the UK or jumping the pond from Ireland, this lively city guarantees a good time for hen groups looking for a wild city adventure.
The only issue with going on a Liverpool hen party is working out how to squeeze everything into the time you have.