Alternative Activities on a hen weekend in Cardiff

Published by Claire Gould on

All the ideas for an amazing hen or stag weekend in this guest article for West Country Games by Anthony Page

twilight shot of the Cardiff city skylinePhoto by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is no place to get bored! In fact, it would be impossible to be bored in this activity mad city. Despite the reputation for being wet, Cardiff is a year-round destination and there are heaps of mad things to do in all weathers, without the requirement of webbed feet.

The city is easily accessible from all over the UK and makes for a great city-break weekend. There is something for everyone, so even if you are looking for Cardiff activities, travelling with your family or just coming here with your partner, then you’ll be literally spoilt for choice!

So to prove we are not wrong, here are 7 slightly alternative activities around Cardiff.

1. Cocktail Making Experience

Cardiff is home to many different sports and drinking copious amounts of booze is certainly one of them. Tom Cruise might not be around to show you the way, but fear not, there are a number of locations in the city centre that will have you making sexy cocktails in no time. Sex on the beach anyone?

Many Cocktail making course providers even offer a free drink, way to go guys! Let’s be honest, it’s probably not something to take the family along to, but it’s a great idea if you are planning a stag, hen or sten weekend. 

four people clink glasses with cocktails

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

2. Drawing Nude Life

Here’s something a little different if you can bare it. Let’s not beat around the bush here, it’s not one for the kids but would make a great hen party activity. 

For your hard earned salami you’ll get a professional nude model and enthusiastic instruction from a qualified artist. You never know, there might be a Picasso hiding in you or more likely you’ll just make an indescribable mess, all in the name of modern art. 

3. Pizza Making Course

Show me someone who doesn’t like pizza and I’ll show you a Welsh man who doesn’t like rugby!? 

Anyway, you don’t have to pay Michael Ryan to fly you all the way to Naples to learn how to make good pizza these days. These two hour courses will guarantee smiles, education and eating, all folded and wrapped in a calzone of fun! 

It’s a great way to spend your dough. 

4. Welsh Games 

The Welsh weather is finally brightening up so lets move outdoors now and a little way out of the city itself. Welsh Games is pretty much what it says on the tin. Nine crazy mad games with a Welsh theme, offering some seriously silly fun with gaggles of giggles guaranteed. 

So if you are planning a hen or stag weekend or travelling to Cardiff with a group, then check them out and you could be king (or queen) of the sheep rodeo. Yee-arghhh! 

If you’re in the mood for more craziness, then why not heard over to their sister activity, West Country Games, which is one of the most popular Bristol activities you’ll find!

5. Coasteering

So you want a really mad hen / stag do activity? Something a little dangerous and very pointless? Welcome to the wacky world of coasteering. An activity that involves jumping off cliffs, swimming along the pounding surf and then climbing back up a rock face, to do it all again. 

I think you’ll agree, it’s a pretty crazy way to spend your weekend. Surprisingly popular, coasteering is perhaps not as dangerous or mad as we are making out, with safety very much coming first. 

6. Stag and hen weekend School Sports Day (again!)

Remember your school sports day? Usually held under the sun-burn inducing May sun, these events were probably the highlight of your PE teacher’s entire year. 

They provided a unique opportunity for overly competitive Dads (and mums!) to cheer on their precious little darlings, as they scamper across the school fields, like a herd of terrified antelope, being chased hard by a big cat, all in the name of competitive fun. 

Well you’ll either be secretly pleased or slightly horrified to know that the whole school sports day experience is now available for adult groups. There are a couple of outfits in Cardiff that will have you turning your ankle in the sand pit and then hobbling in three legged races with your friends. And you are ready, get set….go!

7. Chicago Experience

What’s that all about then? I hear you cry. No it’s nothing to do with standing in wind tunnels or listening to jazz music. You’re not about to embark on Route 66 either. The Chicago experience is all about dance and you never know, Broadway or the West End may even beckon (don’t count on it. Seriously, don’t get your hopes up, it ain’t ever going to happen).

So with the experience you’ll be guided by a professional dance instructor who will have you moving like you’ve never moved before. Next time you’re strutting your stuff down at the Roxy discotheque, you’ll have the resident drunks in awe of your moves, as you bring a little bit of Chicago into their small town lives.

At the end of the experience, you and your friends then have the opportunity to put on a show stopping performance! What an amazing finale for your stag or hen weekend!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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