Looking for hen party ideas for a music loving bride? A festival themed hen party is one of our favourite ideas for this. You can combine all the best aspects of outdoor festival fun with friends and the hen party twists. If you want to bypass the less enticing elements of portaloos, warm pints and queues, the best option is to team it with a glamping hen party experience and create your own festival, rather than heading to one of the big music festivals. Here are some fun festival hen party ideas in Ireland.
Festival hen party essentials
Firstly, every festival needs a Spotify playlist full of headliners. You can turn the setlist into a game by asking every attendee to provide a song that reminds them of the bride and as every track plays, let the bride-to-be guess which of her friends picked the song and why. It could be fun to design a festival poster in advance maybe with details of the planned events or the attendee line-up, with the bride as the Main Stage highlight.
You could pack a glam picnic and serve mini bottles of prosecco with straws and G & T’s in plastic cups al fresco and if anyone has a polaroid or instax camera, you could get some daytime shots and present them to the bride in a special album later that evening or to enjoy over breakfast the next morning.
In the style stakes, take a browse through the Coachella photo archives and channel Vanessa Hudgens or Kendal Jenner. If you’re more Glastonbury, take your inspiration from Kate Moss, Alexa Chung or Millie Mackintosh. Accessorize with flower crowns, face-paint, temporary tattoos, entry wristbands and your festival hen party theme is complete.
Where to have a festival hen party in Ireland
There are no dearth of locations around the country that can provide glamping accommodation to give a festival feel and a hen weekend to remember. Here are some of our favourites.
This is (rather appropriately for the theme) based near the famous concert venue of Slane Castle. The eco-friendly campsite consists of yurt accommodation and shepherds huts. There is an option of availing of the onsite self-catering kitchen, or the outdoor clay oven for a pizza party, but there is also a hosted BBQ option for the less culinarily inclined. There are a range of hen party activity options available both on site or nearby from tree climbing to beauty treatments. You could equally opt to spend time chilling in the wood burning outdoor hot tub. Glamping is only available from April to October but there is the year round option of an eco guesthouse that sleeps 22.
This is near the Sligo coast offers an array of quirky campsite style accommodation ranging from yurts to a vintage-style caravan, a cottage with a stove and a treehouse. Their hen party offering even provides a local DJ for the full on festival experience. Included in the hen party package are activity options such as tea party or a surf lesson, with optional extras such as a photo shoot available upon request. Food is a catered bbq feast and for hen parties there is a minimum 2 night stay at weekends, so it will be weekend tickets required. The hen package is €229 per person.
This is based in the green surroundings of Killykeen forest park near Cavan town. The sleeping options on offer vary from tents to a traditional old fashioned wagon but there is also access to mini kitchen areas even if you just use them for tea and charging phones! There is a built in music system so you can plug in your hen themed Spotify playlist and start the party. Your banquet dinner and breakfast are provided leaving you free to sit or dance around the campfires and enjoy a few chilled beverages with the hen tribe. A group of 15 or more will have exclusive hire of the site.
A pun-tastic title, this glamping experience consists of wooden pod cabins and is based in Portumna, east Galway. It caters for hens and has a range of package options varying from a night out in Galway City (including transport) if you fancy an afterparty nightclub vibe, or an on location reiki, yoga and tarot combination if your guest of honour is more at home at the Body and Soul stage at Electric Picnic
For an exclusive and remote festival feel, you could take a ferry out to the Aran Islands on Kilronan in Inis Mor which has wooden pods sleeping four people for €150 euro a night. It could be an opportunity for an active hen party group to hire bikes and cycle around the island or try some surfing or sailing, followed by a pint or a trad session in the pub.
If you fancy the festival experience of sleeping in a Bell tent but the option of fine dining nearby, you could check out the glamping village attached to Ballyvolane house. They promise to provide comfortable bedding and tea light chandeliers but with the bonus of a full breakfast in the georgian house the following morning. The glamping shower and bathroom facilities are classed as luxury and the restaurant in the main house has a foodie friendly menu full of artisan produce. Perhaps, most importantly there is a gin distillery in the grounds! Expect to pay approx. €112.50 per night for 2 people.
There are several other glamping venues dotted around the country.
http://www.rivervalleypark.ie/ is based in Wicklow
http://www.galwayglamping.com/ is based near Tuam, county Galway
https://www.donegalglamping.com/ is based near Portsalon, at the very North of Donegal
http://www.battlebridgecaravanandcamping.ie/ is based near Carrick on Shannon Co Leitrim
A festival themed hen, is a relaxed and enjoyable celebration and glamping accommodation is a fun and relatively affordable option. The bride to be can enjoy outdoor drinks, dancing festival fashion and sleeping under the stars but with comfortable mattresses and warm showers. Most importantly, she can enjoy being the main event!
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