There's a whole ton to do in Manchester if you're planning a hen party. So much so that I fear you may be crushed by the weight of indecision. So here's my top 5 things to do to get your party started...
#1 MINISTRY OF CRAFT
so simple! Bring your girls (and guys, of course!) to your own private
crafting session: you can sew personalised wedding bunting, make
vintage-chic fascinators, craft tea-party-inspired fimo jewellery or sew
up a sassy snap frame purse. You can hold your party within the
industrial-chic-pegboard-paradise of our Fred Aldous classrooms, or you
can take afternoon tea at Rosy Lee
(on the opposite side of Stevenson Square) and craft with us upstairs
in the decadent Fitzgerald suite. We're very popular (if we do say so
ourselves) so book your date as early as you can to avoid
#2 Fred Aldous: visit the Vintage Photo Booths
How many hens can you cram into a photo booth? I genuinely don't know, but I hope we're about to find out.
Bring a purse brim-full of pound coins and visit both the black n white
and colour vintage photo booths on the ground floor of Fred Aldous. This is a MUST DO for any Manchester hen weekend and you can share your photos using the #FAphotobooth hashtag.
#3 Home Sweet Home
If it's cake you're after (It is. Of course it is.) then take a look at Bake-o-Rama
cakes at the delightful Home Sweet Home. If Lady Gaga baked cakes, they
would look like this. HSH doesn't take reservations, so speak to them
about the best time to go. They do great food, awesome shakes and you
can get the cakes to go if they can't squeeze you all in!
Something completely different. 'Breakout is a live escape room game
located in Manchester. You are locked in a room with friends, family or
work colleagues for an hour and have to solve a series of puzzles and
mysteries to escape. You will have to search high and low for clues and
work together if you want to escape. You have 60 minutes to escape
using only your brain...' It gets a 5 star review on Trip Advisor and lots of our hens are doing it!
#5 Ginger's Comfort Emporium
started life as a cute pink ice cream van, selling Chorlton Crack (an
unbelieveably good salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream) at the
local food markets of South Manchester. But the masses demanded greater
access to the dreamy creaminess so they opened an ice cream parlour on
the first floor of the infamous Afflecks Palace.
If you don't mind pushing past the Saturday crowds of teenagers
choosing goth jewellery and day-glo rave gear then it's really worth a
try. A fabulous place to people watch PLUS you're ideally placed to
start a tour of the Northern Quarter's cocktail bars. Now go forth and party!