Tuesday, 31 January 2017

10 Tips On Surviving A Stag Do

Surviving a stag, well that's easy isn't it; paracetamol, toothbrush and a spare pair of cacks... what else do you need?

OK, OK, it isn't the 1970s, we have become a little more civilised, haven't we?

There are a few fast rules and pointers everyone can take onboard whilst arranging, attending and coming back off a stag.

These are 10 survival tips for all best men and stag do organisers out there:

Survival Tip 1
When arranging a stag do, firstly I recommend you use a company who can take all the stress and strain out of the process.

For example my company DesignaVenture; not only arrange all the venues, hotels, activities etc. we also have a website where you can view your booking and invite people to pay individually, you can also see who's paid and who needs chasing.

You then get a pack electronically, so you can forward it to all the boys (if you want to) giving them all the info they need, saving you the time of having to answer all the questions under the sun and mothering them on the stag weekend.

Survival Tip 2
Don't book anything the future bride may have an issue with, if you do decide there are a few things on the stag do that she might give you or the stag grief, keep these, "lets call them activities" on a need to know basis, you don't even need to tell the stag, and possibly, you won't anyway.

Which activities will the bride not like? Well Lap Dancing or Strippers to start off with, DesignaVenture have an activity called stag arrest, she may have a turn about this activity! Even dangerous activities such as sky diving or bungee jumping, it really depends on how nervous she is about her future husband going on a stag do.

Survival Tip 3
If you are booking the stag do, do not pay for anyone who you don't know or trust, being out of pocket to show your allegiance to your best mate shows stupidity not how much you love him.

Survival Tip 4
Use social media (private pages) to get the message across, set up a WhatsApp group or anything you can share instructions, directions, itineraries etc. The more information you can get the to the guys before you go the better, you don't want them turning up at a Hilton in Bournemouth when it's a Hilton in Bristol!

Survival Tip 5
Don't let the boys peak to soon, so book an activity to keep them out the pubs. I have been on stags with and without daytime activities and even though the ones without activities are good fun, most of the group fell apart by 7pm, leaving the stag an uneventful night. So book an activity for the daytime and drinkies for the night time, it makes sense.

Survival Tip 6
When you checked into your hotel (especially when abroad), take a hotel card, that way when you're worst for wear and you want to get back to your bed, get in a taxi, and show him the card.

Survival Tip 7
Organise a stag kitty as soon as the group is together, that way you'll eliminate any round issues, i.e. people moaning because tight Terry hasn't put his hand in his pocket all weekend.

Survival Tip 8
Most stag parties hit the town or city centre on every night they are away. Now just imagine door security watching your group of 15 lads turn up at their premises, a fair won't let you in. This is why it is imperative that you pre book tickets into nightclubs and bars. You don't want to be all dressed up and no where to go.

Survival Tip 9
Talking of getting all dressed up, if you intend to get into fancy dress make sure the venues you are booked in to (as you listened to my Survival Tip 8) allow fancy dress. You don't want to be spending your hard earned cash on a fancy dress outfit you have to change out of at the beginning of the night.

Survival Tip 10
What goes on tour, stays on tour, simple.

Good luck.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Stag Do Ideas By Month

Stag dos can take place all year round, over Christmas Day however, is usually frowned upon! All the other weekends are open season, ready to go.

However some activities are much better at certain times of the year, so to prove this I have put together some stag do ideas for each month and the reasoning behind my theories.

January - Paintball

OK, you've just had Christmas and you're feeling the pinch, I'm talking about your wallet as well as your waist. So there's no better activity to get you running around for less than £20 than Paintball.

OK, so you'll need to buy some paintballs when you're there but their cheap as chips these days, so while your there get a paint and smoke bomb and cover everyone with a paint grenade, the SAS have nothing on you.


February - Quad Biking

February is when the weather chucks everything at us, rain, sleet, snow, ice, frost.. You name it we get it, however there is one vehicle which can tackle any type of terrain and come to think about any type of weather and that's a Quad Bike.

The best time on a quad bike is when you get covered in mud and the bike is almost out of control - you just can't beat it!


March - Clay Pigeon Shooting

There's something about early spring and Clay Pigeon Shooting. Arrive for a bacon sandwich, a hot coffee and a hip flask full of Whisky, then get started shooting some birds (obviously birds made of clay).

HOT TOP: Follow the clay with your eyes rather than the gun and allow yourself to aim and shoot naturally, prove you're a hot shot and not Mr Magoo.

April - White Water Rafting

Spring brings April showers and gushing rivers, rivers that froth up like a Cappuccino in Starbucks. Spring is definitely the time to go White Water Rafting.

White water rivers are measured out of 5, 1 = tame and 5 = waterfalls, most white water rivers we deal with in the UK in April are usually around the 3 which is pretty awesome - see video below of white water rafting in North Wales. Also includes Canyoning which is next month's recommendation.



May - Canyoning

Canyoning  is best when the gorges are not too full or have too little water, you can go all year round however May in my mind is the best month.

In May the weather has warmed up, and gorges have just the right amount of water in them so you can do all the jumps, explore the caves, walk behind waterfalls and generally have a fantastic time - I suppose it's the Goldilocks month for Canyoning!

June - Rage Buggies

Generally most Rage Buggy tracks don't run in November to February as the tracks tend to be too muddy, however there is a track in North Wales which runs all year round as they have designed and built an incredible hardcore surface.

However to get the best out of these beasts I think you need a nice dry dusty track perfect for tiny bits of understeer and oversteer before it grips up and throws you around the corners.



June - Horse Racing

June is the only month I've recommended two activities and the second is Horse Racing and not just at any race course - I am proposing Ascot. One of the biggest events on the Racing calendar is Royal Ascot and if you get the chance to go - do it! The atmosphere is immense and with your stag do mates even better!!


July - Coasteering

Fill your day up with some Coasteering, the sea is generally behaving itself in July and there are some perfect 60 foot ledges to jump off into deep clear blue rock pools.

Remember, the seaside is the perfect destination for your stag do in July, blue skies and usually warmer weather. Then there's the nightlife at our busy seaside destinations, in the summer Bournemouth and Newquay rock at night!



August - Outdoor Race Karts

I think August is the best time to go racing on slick tyres, with some outdoor karts boasting two engines you are bound to get in the mood for the Formula 1 season which restarts at the end of August after the short summer break.

August is generally drier and not as hot as July so wearing racing suits and helmets won't be too much bother.

September - Bubble Football

Just in time for the football season which starts mid August, Bubble Football will get you warmed up for the long season a head. It get's quite hot inside those Bubbles suits so September will be better month than 'flaming' June.

If you've never played Bubble Football before, a stag do is the best time to have a go, and remember fouling is part of the game!

October - Surfing

Head down to one of the best places in the world to surf (which is Newquay / Cornwall by the way) and in October you'll get the big swells whilst the water is still warm (ish) from the summer.

You'll also find the roads a lot quieter then they were in the summer months.

November - Indoor Karting

By November once the nights have drawn in you will need an indoor activity and the perfect activity for a stag do is Indoor Karting. You get the excitement and thrills of any outdoor activity however you don't have to rely on good weather or daylight.

Usually he whole stag group will be on track at the same time however this does depend on your group's size.

December - Beer, Cider or Whiskey Tasting

It goes without saying December and drinking goes hand in hand, like Dick and Dom, Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce and Vodka Redbull (ouch that last one still makes my head ache). Beer / Cider or Whiskey Tasting is a fantastic stag activity, the activity usually comes with copious amounts of samples and tasting plus you'll get fed!


Which ever stag activity you choose, enjoy it!

Good luck

M

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

10 Alternative Stag Do Ideas For 2017

2017 is now official and we are now in a state of total shock that there is so much to do with only a year to do it all in, arranging a stag do is one of those very things.

Don't panic DesignaVenture is here to help you, below are 10 Alternative Stag Do Ideas for 2017, for more inspiration go over to our stag do ideas page, where you will also see the usual suspects such as, Karts, Paintball, Quads etc.

OK here we go, in no particular order:

Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bathtub Kart Racing + Banana Ride - Reading



OK we are totally going Left-field with this one.

First of all make a boat out of Cardboard and race across the lake in it.

"OK, did you just say out of Cardboard?"

Sure did, it is possible to make a water tight vessel, you'll need to use your brain to compete against your mates as they'll always be one cocky engineer amongst the stag group.

Your next activity is to race around a brilliantly designed racing track in a motorised Bathtub.

"Wait, did you just say motorised bathtub?"

Yep sure did, they are great fun to drive!

Then, your final activity is to get pulled around a lake by speed boat whilst sitting on a giant inflatable banana.

"Oh, I give up!"

For more details on this amazing activity go over to Cardboard Boat Challenge Activity page.


Footgolf


If you haven't heard of Footgolf before then a stag do is the best way to find out about this latest craze.

Instead of a golf ball and club, you have a football to kick to each hole, luckily the holes are made larger other wise it would be impossible!


Gaelic Games - Dublin

A brilliant way to spend an afternoon in Dublin with your stag do buddies.

Learn the rules of Gaelic Football and play the game of Ireland's Premier sport. You can carry the ball every 4 steps, however after 4 steps you must either pass or solo. Solo the ball means drop it on to your foot and kick it back into your hands.

Then move onto banging the Irish Bodhrán Drum as an added bonus - for more details go here.


Axe Throwing



OK, throwing an axe doesn't sound very exciting however mix it up with a load of your mates and add a competitive element to it and you have yourself a brilliant activity.

You wouldn't normally do Axe Throwing by itself and you'd usually include another activity such as Quad Biking or Racing Rage Buggies, but all in all, Axe Throwing is a very alternative stag do idea.


Cornish Games - Newquay

This is a fantastic competitive activity involving everyone on the stag do all at the same time.

The Cornish Games consist of beach activities run by very experienced Cornish instructors and include, Paddle Board Relay, Killer Baseball, Lifeguard Flag Race and many many more.

So if you're in Newquay looking for something a little different try these out.


Zombie Bootcamp / Survival

We have been shooting up Zombies on computer games since... well forever, now the real thing is here, yes people you can actually shoot up Zombies for real.

OK the Zombies aren't real, they are played by actors, however you are still given guns you explore spooky dark rooms, there's a strange horrible weird smell and it will feel like Armageddon!




Shock Football

Here's another themed football stag do activity which I am sure you haven't played or even heard of yet, but you will.

Shock football is basically 5 a side football with the chance of a shock when you're about to do something significant in the game, like umm shoot!

Here's a video below to show you what it's all about:




Rickshaw Pub Tours - London

If you don't know what a Rickshaw is where have you been? I know where you haven't been and that's Asia.

Rickshaws are 3 wheeled bikes with seats on the back. In London you have your very own driver who will basically drive you round all the pubs, imagine your stag group in a convoy of Rickshaws parading the West End, it's loads of fun!


Pizza Making - UK Wide

Pizza Making is loads of fun and is a great way to spend the mid afternoon before you go out and party hard.

You are taught by a professional Pizza maker who will pop your master piece into a massive pizza oven while you sit down, have a Peroni and wait for your culinary creation, that's your pizza by the way.


Beer Bike Tours - Riga, Amsterdam, Berlin & Munich



OK, what's the facts about Beer Bike Tours, will it mean loads of assertion?

Well actually no, the Beer Bikes can take up to 20 people and if all 20 people are pedalling it's going to be a walk in the park.

The facts:
  • You get a keg of beer onboard the Beer Bike
  • You can bring your Ipod and smash tunes out of the onboard sound system
  • You get your very own designated sober driver / tour guide
  • You hit the streets of your chosen city and slowly take in the sites whilst pedalling, drinking, listening to music and generally have a right old laugh.
  • In Germany they will not let you on the bike if you've had a drink before, so if you choose Berlin or Munich make sure you book the Beer Bike early - they are very strict on this.

Good luck

M.