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


Friday, 3 June 2016

Stag Do Activities

Where ever you decide to have your stag do whether it's Las Vegas or Bournemouth, best men always like to include an activity or two to keep you crazy boys out the pub.

So strap yourself in and get some cracking ideas for an incredible stag do.

Totally obscure and off the chart is Air Combat in Las Vegas:




Using laser beams (about the only place you can use laser beams near aircrafts), the aim is to try and shoot your opponent down, if you do manage to hit him, smoke will come out of the back of his plane - how cool is that!

A very popular stag activity straight out of the Mad Max Films is Rage Buggies:


Acceleration which will slam you back into your bucket seat and handling like a cat on a sofa you will love driving these machines. Competition and speed what more do you want, jam on it?

This next activity borders on the crazy, however it's a fantastic stag do idea, one of our stags called it "p**s my pants funny": Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bathtub Kart Racing & Banana Ride:


So you make a a boat out of cardboard and race it across a lake, you then race a motorised bathtub around a racing circuit before being pulled around on a giant banana by a speedboat - how much fun can you have in one day, judging by this activity too much!


Be brave my friends, this activity is not for the faint hearted... Canyoning:



Walk behind waterfalls, slip down smooth rock slide into deep pools, jump off 60ft ledges into deep water - you will love it! Just make sure you pack your balls of steel, you don't want to embarrass yourself in front of your mates, do you?


Old faithful, it needs a good game plan, friends you can rely on and a trigger happy finger... Paintball:



OK, the paintballs hurt a little (not a lot), however the adrenaline you get when raiding your opponents base is incredible.


A machine which can pretty much get through anything - Quad Biking:




These beasts where originally invented for farmers to be able to get to anywhere on their farm through mud, streams, up steep hills, down steep declines with relative ease, in order to get to their sheep, and that's exactly what you'll be doing, without the sheep. It's not that kind of stag do!

If you've only shot a gun whilst playing Grand Theft Auto or Call Of Duty then your next step is the real thing - Gun Shooting:



There are some incredible stag do destinations around Europe where you can shoot some incredible guns like the infamous AK47's and hand guns like the Revolver. Mostly in activity sites near big cities like Prague, Budapest, Riga, Bratislava and Berlin.

Don't worry though, if the UK is where you want to celebrate your stag do in then there are also a couple of fantastic activity sites where you can shoot .22 assault rifles, these sites are within easy driving distances of Bristol and Bournemouth.

If you prefer moving targets, clay pigeon shooting, a gentleman's game, is an incredible buzz where you can smash clays into smithereens, proving you have the aim of a sniper and not the sight of Stevie Wonder.

For a full list of stag do activities along with prices head over to our website.

Good luck!