Hen parties can be a great opportunity to try out something adventurous that you might never get the chance to experience otherwise. If your bride to be likes to be active, is always up to try something exciting or unusual AND she’s not afraid of getting wet (if required), there are lots of great unconventional daytime activity options and ideas to give her a hen party to remember. Trying out something new is much less daunting with your girl gang, so it’s a great formula for some pre wedding bonding. Everyone also gets a serious buzz when they feel they have accomplished something new which is great for the hen party energy levels. Here are some active hen parties ideas in Ireland.
What are lazy bike tours? Just what it sounds like! These are e-bike tours around Dublin City. They’re a great way to see the city and get a blast of fresh air (as the Irish mammies say!) Whether you’re from Dublin, Ireland or visiting, these tours will show and teach you something new about Dublin. This route takes in some of the major tourist attractions including stops at Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral, Guinness Brewery, Kilmainham goal, Royal Hospital and Christ Church Cathedral. We will share some of the interesting stories and facts we have of this area of Dublin. There will be time for photographs and lots of questions too. You can book private tours with Lazy Bikes via BASH here.
Bespoke Aerial Workshop
I believe I can fly! For those who’ve always marvelled at Cirque de Soleil and wanted to channel their inner acrobat, an aerial workshop is a great excuse to get you up and away. You can tailor the aerial workshop to suit the hen crowd in attendance, so if this is most people’s maiden voyage into the air, you might decide to go for an introductory level aerial yoga class and hang out at a height. If you have a more experienced troupe of guests who have gymnastic or dance experience, you could select a more challenging class. You might want to learn some aerial hoop or dance trapeze skills, and plan your stage entrance at the MTV awards. Very advanced crews could even experiment with some ropes and silks. This aerial workshop in Dublin is tailored to your group level so whatever level it’s pitched for, there is guaranteed flying fun. The bespoke class experience is €30 a head, based on a group of 10 . Contact Taking Flight directly here.
The aerial studio is based in Dublin city centre so there are lots of options for a bite to eat. On nearby Capel St you can find Brother Hubbard for brunch fare or for an evening meal the nearby Musashi offers sushi and BYOB, which is always a winner for a hen party.
SUP Paddleboard Yoga
For something fun and original and you could test your balance at paddleboard yoga. It’s a great leveller as no previous paddleboard or yoga experience is required but seasoned yogis will still be challenged by the floating mat. Downward dog is a completely different pose when you’re trying not to fall into the water! The Surfdock in Grand Canal Dock offers SUP yoga with the lovely Alexa from Urban Yoga. Classes are a €25 a head and two hours long and participants get to enjoy some stand up (or kneeling down) paddling before parking their mat and starting the asana practice. The Surfdock provides the equipment and the wetsuit, as well as the practical considerations such as lockers and showers, so just pack your togs and a towel and you’re ready to go. SUP yoga is a great way to work up an appetite so you could arrange to refuel in Charlotte Quay restaurant, Osteria Lucia or other GCD eateries.
Hen parties in Galway city can check out Rusheen Paddleboarding. They offer Stand Up Paddleboarding classes and have added Sup Yoga to their summer repertoire. There is also the option to try a SUP safari tour and paddle up to Salthill prom. . While in Galway be sure to try a pizza in the award winning Dough Bros.
And now for something completely different! If you’re looking for an activity which you can almost guarantee none of your hen crew have tried before (unless they’ve been an extra in Game of Thrones!), why not check out axe-throwing in Kilruddery farm market. The fun and skilful team will teach you throwing techniques to hit a bullseye with a range of axes. Fully supervised and safe, when you’ve got acquainted with your hatchet, you can then test your newfound skills against the squad in a mini tournament. You might discover a hidden talent, and even if your inner lumberjack is lacking, it’s still great fun and curiously satisfying!
The axe throwing venue is located in Kilruddery farm market so you can combine your visit with some nibbles from the vast array of food vendors on offer, with anything from gourmet burgers , falafel or cakes and cookies available. You could also take a tour of Kilruddery house and enjoy the lovely surroundings. Book your axe throwing session via TheBash.co for a free bottle of prosecco to celebrate your new axe throwing skills!
If you fancied staying nearby, Rainforest Spa & Summerhill House Hotel in Enniskerry offers great hen packages that include lots of food options and pampering. What better way to soothe any tired muscles after an afternoon of axe-throwing! You can check out the options available here.
You’ll have to know your audience for this activity as this one is for adrenaline junkies only. But if your bride to be is inclined towards adventure and extreme sports you could book her an action filled day of coasteering. It can depend on the instructor, but no previous experience is usually required however the group must all be competent swimmers. Coasteering combines traversing the coast, rock scrambling and cliff jumping and ocean swimming. You’ll have the benefit of being guided around the rocks and through the water by an experienced teacher and it’s a great way to experience the coastline in a new way and feel like a real explorer. With no shortage of coastline in Ireland, there are plenty of companies that can cater for hen coasteering adventures.
There are plenty of fantastic options available if you want to give your bride to be and team bride a hen party that is unique, exciting and memorable.