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Hen Ideas

What to do on a Brighton beach hen do

Red7 Blogs , August 4, 2017

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You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy sun, sea and sand – a relaxing hen do on Brighton beach is just what the bride ordered. The coastal city has everything you need for a lush hen do. Mornings are made for sunbathing and shopping, afternoons are full of activities, and nights should be spent in celebratory style.

A beach side hotel gives you stunning views of the sea-front, or stay closer to the heart of the nightlife in a city centre hen house. Your beach-inspired do has a splash of tropical holiday about it. And there’s plenty to do, even if the Spanish sun can’t make it to your hen.  And, no trip is complete without a flight on the British Airways i360.

Hen Weekend Ideas

Red7 Hen Do in Brighton

A spot of relaxation

Mornings on Brighton beach are all about unwinding with your bride tribe. Forget the stress of wedding planning and start exploring the best that Brighton has to offer. A trip to one of these is sure to ease you into your day – especially if you’ve had a heavy night-before…

North Laine Brewhouse

A naughty bottomless brunch with cocktails. North Laine Brewhouse hosts a weekly bottomless brunch deal, served with endless cocktails and some adult entertainment from the ‘Drag Prince’ Alfie Ordinary. Tuck into classic English breakfast foods, with salmon, eggs, bacon and sourdough toast – all washed down with mimosas or bloody Marys. Start the party early with cocktails served until 3pm.

Brighton Beach Hen Do 2 - Bottomless Brunch Laines

The Brighton Pleasure Cruise

For a gentle boat ride along the coast, head to Brighton Marina and take a 45-minute cruise – across the city coast and past the piers. The pleasure cruise is a perfect way to soak up the sun. Bring your own food and drink on board, and enjoy the luxury life aboard a cruise with your closest girls.

Saltdean Lido

Don’t fancy braving the sea? Saltdean Lido provides the perfect setting for a chilled morning by the pool. Make a splash with your girls in the 40m heated pool, or head to the lawn for a peaceful spot to sunbathe. A pizzeria and burger stall in the grounds means there’s really no reason to move!

North Laine

Over 300 exclusive shops in one stretch. Take a stroll around North Laine – where you’ll find everything from retro and vintage clothing, to contemporary art, all sourced or designed by unique sellers. Pick up the perfect wedding gift, or find your dream dress for the night ahead. Hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.

Afternoon activities

After a chilled morning, it’s time to experience the quirkier side of Brighton. The buzzing city isn’t all about the nightlife – there’s a colourful and fun-loving vibe, and plenty of activities to enjoy.

Water sports

Take on an afternoon of water sports to see who comes out on top in your girl group. A two-and-a-half hour splashathon consists of kayaking, wakeboarding and paddle boarding, plus doughnut rides and boat rides for added fun. Ideal for ultra-competitive hens, or if you just want to try something new and exciting. The afternoon starts and ends on the beach – so you won’t have far to crawl back to your hen pad afterwards!

Brighton Beach Hen Do 3 - i360

The i360

Enjoy an unrivalled view of the city. The i360 tower takes you 450 feet high on the world’s tallest moving observation tower – for an incredible coastal scene. When you’re at the top of the tower the viewing pod rotates for a panoramic view… the perfect spot for a group selfie. A glass of prosecco or beer tastes even sweeter when you’re up in the air.

Brighton Fringe

A festival of fun every summer. England’s largest arts festival showcases captivating live music, dance and comedy talent, plus a host of other events and activities. Brighton comes to life in May, with events dotted over the city, including the open-air ‘Fringe City’ event every weekend. This month-long party is definitely worth remembering if you’re planning an early summer Brighton hen weekend celebration.

Food, food, food

If you’re after a pre-party pit-stop, or a celebratory meal – Brighton is filled with delicious restaurants and bars. Pack a picnic for your day on the beach, then try out the city’s tastiest spots in the evening.

Brighton Beach Hen Do 4 - Food Ideas


A pizza for every taste. Pizzaface prepare mouth-watering pizzas with a range of fresh ingredients. Check out their complete vegan menu, and of course an extensive wine and beer list to get a full flavour of Brighton.

Gin and tapas

A tipple for every taste. Sample four tapas dishes, including salmon and cheese plates – each paired with a complementary gin. The gin specialists combine dish and drink flavours for maximum flavour. Stay in the bar after the taster session to try out a selection of vibrant cocktails.

Polygon pop-up

Highlighting some of the best independent chefs and dishes in the city, the Polygon pop-up hosts restaurants and cooks at venues across Brighton. The ideal light bite before a big night out, sample a range of dishes and cuisine from some of the city’s best kept food secrets.

Fish and chips on the beach

The ultimate seaside dinner. Get the girls together for a sea-front portion of fish and chips, served with a bottle of bubbly to kick-start the evening’s celebrations. Build-up excitement for your night out as you sit on the pier and watch the city light up. You’ll get a traditional taste of Brighton with this classic English dish, best eaten on the beach.


Every hen do is building up to the big night out. You’ve filled up on Brighton’s best dishes and taken the pre-night out pictures, now it’s time to hit the town.

Cocktail making

Pre-drinks with a hilarious twist. A cocktail making class with your girls is always a laugh. Start with a welcoming cocktail before a mixologist guides you through how to make delicious classic drinks like cosmopolitans and mojitos. Try your hand at inventing your signature cocktail, then enjoy your own creations!

Wine tasting challenge

A wine challenge you say? Find out who’s really the queen of the vino with a wine tasting challenge. Widen your palette, sampling six different wines over the evening. And if the six aren’t enough, the winning team takes home a bottle of bubbly – if it makes it home with you that is.

Brighton Beach Hen Do 5 - Cocktail Making

VIP package at a beach-side club

Party like royalty with a VIP night out at a beach-front club in Brighton. The package includes your own booth, with complementary bottles of champagne and vodka to kick off the celebrations. Send the bride off in style, partying ‘til the early hours in this Brighton nightclub – before heading off in search of that crucial kebab.


Everyone’s a singer when they’ve had a few cocktails. Lucky Voice bar is open until 2am every day of the week, and is a must to end your night out in Brighton. Share your talents with your hen squad, and the rest of the buzzing bar, as you live out your Beyoncé fantasy on the karaoke stage.

Brighton Beach Hen Do 6 - Nightlife at the Pier

Brighton is a hen party favourite for good reason. If this sounds like the perfect party weekend with your hen group, get in touch with our Good Time Gurus today. We can help you design the ultimate bespoke Brighton weekend, so all you need to do is pack your beach towel and sunnies. Give the bride-to-be the hen do she deserves in Brighton.

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