From Manchester to Malta, we choose our favourite festivals for your hen party. Read on to discover awesome line-ups, beachside and lakeside settings, fun activities and more. Host your hen party at a festival and prepare for some serious fun in the sun with your crew.
The Big Festival
The Cotswolds, UK
Grab your girls and head to the Cotswolds for a leisurely weekend of food, tunes, rides and plenty of fun. Taking place at Alex James’ Farm, The Big Festival brings together all of the essentials of a big festival – music and food – along with some old-fashioned festival fun including a campfire, workshops and vintage fun fair.
To find out more, visit thebigfeastival.com
Any time, anywhere
Your festival; your rules. This is obviously one of the coolest festival hen party ideas out there – and one of the most imaginative you could possibly come up with. (Bridesmaid brownie points!) Organise a mini-festival for your bestie, complete with glamping, live music, butlers in the buff, spa or beauty treatments, firepits and sheepskin rugs, private chefs, hog roasts, BBQs and more... There are so many options and activities (think dance classes) to choose from and you can completely curate the day or weekend-long celebration to suit the bride's tastes and your squad's budget! This is one super-cool hen party in the making.
To find out more, visit gohen.com
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, UK
This late-summer UK festival is a hen party dream. Set in the rural countryside with sperry tents galore, it's just beautiful. Aside from the setting, we love that you really don't have to slum it here (there are plenty of glamping options) and the sheer wealth of activities and events is mind-boggling.
Activities include theatre, debates, workshops, arts & crafts, a choir you can join (which performs live at the end of the festival), yoga, gong baths, wood-fired hot tubs, LOADS of great food... And you'll hear practically every genre of music imaginable, from more mainstream styles to an orchestra, jazz, funk, electronic, house and more. Don't forget your floral crowns!
Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found
Curated by Radio 1 DJ and tastemaker Annie Mac, AMP Lost & Found will return to the sunny, historic Mediterranean island of Malta for its fifth edition next year. We love this festival because it's easy to get to (think frequent flights from London, and they're only three hours-long), and it falls over a bank holiday weekend. No need to book annual leave for this hen party destination!
Activities include a beach party (with the ultimate seaside soundtrack), pool and boat parties and even a rave in a castle.
And don't forget that Malta is an amazing country, steeped in history (they filmed many scenes from Game of Thrones here). Valetta was also named 2018's Capital of Culture!
Lake Balaton, Hungary
The 5-day sister festival to Sziget (also in Hungary) sits on stunning Lake Balaton - the largest lake in central Europe. We love Balaton for its beach-style cocktail bars, awesome inflatables and practically fairy-tale setting. And that's not to mention the marching bands and circus performers!
Activities include foam parties, zip-lining and even bungy jumps.
Manchester's leading music festival celebrates its ninth year this year. We love that this year, its theme it's following a Hollywood theme. The street food village, 'Bite Boulevard', is practically worth buying tickets for on its own, with every type of food imaginable!
Activities include visits to 'The Heaton', the festival's fully fledged pub linked to the VIP soundsystem and dancing in The Beehive Club, a much-loved institution for late-night partying.
Haarlemmermeer, near Amsterdam, Holland
Mysteryland is Amsterdam's biggest music festival and is famous for being one of the most sustainable festivals in the world! We love that three's free water on tap for all visitors, organic meat only, and a recycle store. Situated between sparkling ponds, rivers and the forestry hills of Floriade terrain, get ready to be wowed by its glorious setting.
Activities include early morning yoga, Jazz club, hair salon and tattoo parlour (!), massage treatments, karaoke and a dress-up stand.
Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight, UK
The Isle of Wight Festival returns for its 50th year, with an incredible line-up and plenty of amazing things to do while there. It's the first major festival every year, and a great place to kick-start your summer. We love the hippyish vibes. Oh, and the VIP backstage camping with Camp Kerala - for those who want the music without the muddy tent.
Activities include an outdoor spa with hot tubs, Finnish sauna and sparkling wine and watching lots of crazy performances, such as fire-eaters.
Glastonbury, Somerset, UK
One of the UK's biggest and most famous festivals is having a fallow year this year, but it's well worth registering for 2019 now. Tickets get snapped up fast and you have to be registered to buy them. You can expect an epic line-up here (last year saw Katy Perry, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran perform). And there is an epic array of places to chill, food to eat and stages to dance at. Get your wellies ready!