Thursday, 21 July 2016

GO BRITISH

I Heart UK
It's official Beer is now become more expensive in Europe, since the UK has voted Brexit our currency has taken a Pounding, pardon the pun.

Before referendum €1.30 - €1.40 to the £1
Now it's €1.19 to the £1

Easyjet has just announced that it has seen it's cost increase in 4 weeks by £40m - now they are going to have to recoup these costs back from somewhere, and that will be on your fares in the next couple of years.

My advice for your next stag do is to Go British, stay on this amazing Island and party like it's 1999.

I don't mean dance to the Vengaboys, wear your unbuttoned shirt over a skate boarders t-shirt whilst drinking "Sex On The Beach", I mean explore this amazing land we call home, take in cities, compete in adrenalin fuelled activities and enjoy hanging out with your buddies.

Why celebrate your stag do in the UK?

A money pot marked with stag party on it
First of all arranging a stag do in the UK is better for your wallet, this will help to attract more people onto the weekend as the price will be much lower than going abroad, making it more affordable for most.

If you have a big family and need to invite some the male members, if your stag do is in the UK it will be far easier for fathers and uncles to duck in and out of the weekend as and when they please.

There are loads of cities in the UK which are stag and hen friendly, in fact many of these cities' nightlife venues live for this trade, creating loads of offers including booths, drink and VIP packages and private hire.

Just outside many of these cities are impressive, professional activity sites offering shooting, racing and adrenalin based stag activities which most stag groups want to add to their 'do' creating a memorable weekend.

You can even twin centre your stag do, stay in one city one night and travel to another city for the next night, for example; Bristol and Bournemouth, Nottingham and Sheffield or even Edinburgh and Newcastle.

If you want somewhere off the beaten track, North Wales, The Lakes and The Highlands of Scotland (to name but a few) will give you that wilderness you are looking for, also, providing you with loads to do. Again, activity sites which are busy midweek with corporate business are available for you and your mates to go white water rafting, canyoning, cliff jumping, exploring, mountain biking there is simple loads to do.



How about world class horse Racing events, such as Royal Ascot, The Grand National, The Gold Cup, these events make both a fantastic venue for a stag do plus, give the stag memories he deserves.

Accommodation in the UK is both varied and plentiful, from hiring out huge country houses to staying in a wooden lodges, Tipis or tents, alternatively go luxurious and book a city centre 4 to 5 star hotel.

Lap Dancer On Sofa
Then you have the nightlife, stag destinations such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Newquay are simply buzzing on the weekend, full of fantastic bars, clubs and gentleman establishments, I am talking about Lap Dancing clubs of course.

For example, hiring a booth in Bournemouth in one of it's incredible clubs with a drinks package and entry will only cost you around £15 - £20 per person depending on your party size and which drinks package you go for.

What about the weather?

OK, you've got me.... who cares about the bleeding weather, it was 32℃ yesterday.


Good luck

Friday, 24 June 2016

What Does Brexit Mean To The Stag Do

EU and Union Jack
Hey, I know this isn't the most important question on David Cameron's lips however there are going to be some implications on traveling abroad for your stag do as well as having a stag weekend in the UK.

Looking at the Stag Do Abroad...

Flights: What will happen to flight prices and is this the end of the low cost airlines that are not British?

For example before 1992 if you flew with Ryanair from Manchester to Palma, Majorca, as Ryanair is Irish they would have to touch down on Irish soil before flying on to Majorca!

Since the 1992 bill which was passed within the European Union, Ryanair can fly straight to Majorca from Manchester, saving you loads of time and money.

I am pretty sure this won't change, however there may be a levy put on by the EU, who knows!!

Medical: On a stag do there is a high chance you'll need to visit the local A&E, maybe it's severe sunburn or maybe you fell over whilst helping an old lady across a busy road, whatever's the case being in the EU meant that you can get a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) which give us state provided medical help in all EU countries free of charge.

Now we are leaving, this could go.

For more information on this the BBC has put together some information for us on how Brexit may affect the Lads holidays abroad.

2 lads jumping into a hotel pool
Using your phone in any of the EU countries this year and next was about to get cheaper.

Those phone calls back to the WAGS from your stag do in Prague or Barcelona was going to cost you pittance, however now we are not sure what's going to happen once we leave.

The Euro: At the moment it's all in the air regarding the Euro exchange rate against the pound, with the GBP taking a pounding (pardon the pun), but some financial experts are saying this is short term and we could see the pound hit the heavy heights of €1.40 - €1.50, however it's currently at €1.21 (27th June 2016 at 9.44am).

Celebrating your party in the UK...

Well to be honest nothing much is going to happen with regards to passport issues, however you may find inflation going up which may mean higher hotel and petrol prices which in effect will put the price up on your stag weekend.

On the flip side to look at it in a different light it may mean less tourists from Europe especially from the 27 nations of the EU, creating a vacuum of hotel bookings which means more hotel rooms for stag and hen parties bringing the price down, but like I said, all this is guess work.

If you are really going to miss the EU and want to get there without crossing the sea, in two years time you may be in luck. Nicola Sturgeon the Scottish first Minister has now decided that Scotland should hold another referendum (yes, another), in order to break away from the UK, which means Scotland becoming a new EU member.

If this happens, having your stag do in Edinburgh or Glasgow will involve going abroad!

Good luck.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Stag Do Destinations For 2017

Man in a suit and shorts at Departure Lounge with suitcases

I know what you're thinking, we're only halfway through 2016 and already we are ditching it for 2017.

Well, you need to look and book early in order to get what you want for the best possible price, take it from me popular stag do destinations will fill early.

HOT TIP: The last and first weekend of each month are the busiest, so try and look at other weekend dates for a lot more choice, especially when booking late.

Stag Destinations Abroad 

Now if you are looking at overseas stag destinations and looking for sun and lively nightlife; Majorca, Ibiza, Benidorm, Costa Del Sol, basically Spain you cannot go wrong with. These destinations usually have plenty of flights going to them from all over the UK and flights can be very cheap.

You will also be able to book into fully inclusive hotels, if that's what you're looking for, OUCH... just think of the hangover without the huge bar bill!!

If you prefer a little bit of culture and want to party in a lively city, then Berlin or Hamburg are great choices, if you would prefer to go somewhere where sausage aren't the staple diet then try Prague (fantastic nightlife), Bratislava or Budapest. These cities can be cheap to drink in and have some fantastic clubs.

You then have Riga, Tallinn or even Krakow, all of these amazingly popular abroad stag do destinations also have activities you wouldn't necessarily be able to do in the UK such as AK47 shooting, Bob Sleighing, Tank Driving etc.

Huge Pint of Guinness Outside A Temple Bar Pub

If you like the Craic there's always Dublin, head to Temple Bar for incredible pubs playing live music and serving copious amounts of Guinness. Talking of the "black stuff" book a Guinness Brewery Tour, it's in the centre of Dublin and will be a happy break before you head out at night, remember the pubs never shut in Dublin!

What am I thinking I haven't mentioned the classic stag destination, the destination your Dad may have visited on his stag do, Amsterdam.

Amsterdam still has a huge appeal to the British stags and it's not just all about the coffee shops and red light district. The canal bar tours are pretty good, as is hiring bikes and exploring the centre of this amazing, mostly pedestrianised, European city.

UK Stag Destinations

The UK is full of incredible stag do destinations, with more stag do activities then anyway else in the world, why wouldn't you party here?

If you want a lively seaside destination with loads of activities then you cannot beat Newquay or Bournemouth, or do both on one epic twin centre stag weekend!

You then have our amazing city destinations that stags and hens love all year round including Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

A Man Canyoning

If you want to get away from the crowds and want a rural experience then head for North Wales for 48 hours of adrenaline fuelled activities including white water rafting, canyoning and the longest Zip Wire in Europe.

If the stag likes all the excitement of a horse racing day, then make a stag weekend out of it.

Book the group to Ascot (staying in Reading), Nottingham, Newcastle, Chester, Chepstow (staying in Cardiff or Bristol).... phew the list is endless. With so many UK venues offering Horse Racing days Britain really is a great place to enjoy a stag do.

Whatever taste, budget, requirements you and your stag group have head over to the DesignaVenture website for inspiration, ideas and not forgetting; the highest level of customer service.

Good luck