Wednesday, 1 July 2015

UK Stag Do Ideas On The Beach

It's the first day in July and apparently it's going to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures hitting 33 degrees celsius.

Wimbledon is on, it's the third day and apparently if it get's too hot the ladies tennis players are allowed a 10 minute break between sets, but not the same ruling for the men, sexual equality at it's best their lads!

However all this nonsense doesn't fix the fact that you still have a last minute stag do to arrange and need a beach and the sea to cool off in.

Lucky for you then I have compiled some fantastic UK destinations popular with stag dos.

Lets start with the South and move upwards, Newquay is a popular spot for stag and hen parties and is the perfect destination to start things off.

Whether you are after a full on stag weekend with jet ski-ing, coasteering, surfing and quad biking or a more chilled out affair with a packet of John Smiths and a beach towel, Newquay can sort you out big time. The beaches are fantastic and the nightlife will not let you down.

Going from West to East we then have Torquay, which has a great beach, very lively nightlife and some good stag activities.

Drive for another couple of hours and you will drive into the Dorset stag do mecca of Bournemouth.

With 7 miles of glorious white sandy beaches, Bournemouth usually hotter than most UK destinations plus more stag activities then you can shake a stick at (day and night), no wonder Bournemouth is extremely popular.

Brighton is even further east and also boasts fantastic weather, great nightlife and activities. The only let down is the beach, it just has massive pebbles not a grain of sand in sight, not good for football then!

Going North West from Brighton, you have the amazing coastal university town of Swansea, with sandy beaches within walking distance of the centre, Swansea is perfect for a bit of beach five a side, you also have the Gower peninsular which is just breathtaking.

Swansea is also in the perfect location for adrenalin activities including Coasteering, Canyoinng, White Water Rafting and Abseiling and Climbing.

Moving North you will soon hit the incredible sandy and massive Blackpool beach, what used to be the most famous UK holiday town in the 1950's, welcoming at least 17 million tourists each year has now settled in and become a stag and hen favourite, and still gets a huge 12 million visitors each year.

Blackpool still has the "Kiss Me Quick" reputation despite recent attempts by the town council to move away from the lively night scene by banning the Mankini and drinking in the streets, however for a no nonsense, heavy partying, great night out, Blackpool will always come up trumps.

Moving Northeast you will hit the beautiful sands of Whitby Bay, which is about an hour and a half from Newcastle, so why not twin centre your stag do with a night in Newcastle followed by the Saturday night out in Whitby Bay?

Moving even further North you have the beaches of Edinburgh, yes Edinburgh! The best beach is 3.2 miles from the centre of this amazing city and is called Portobello Beach. In the summer it is hugely popular with day-trippers and has a wide promenade, loads of cafes, bars, ice cream parlours and if you're really lucky a mini funfair!

There are loads of places in the UK I have missed out including Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, Tenby in Wales and Weymouth in Dorset to name but a few, I thought I would name the most popular we get enquiries for.

If there is a seaside town with a great beach that I have missed out, let me know below in the comments box and I will include it.

Good luck and don't drink and swim, you'll get a salty pint.



Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Top 10 Stag Do Ideas That'll Need A Towel

The UK is about to heat up like a Pizza Oven and there is no better way to keep the boys cool on a stag do then to get them wet, whether it's water, foam or whipped cream you will never regret bringing that towel from home.

I have put together a Top10 of stag do ideas for groups looking to a soaking, with a curve ball which really shouldn't be there but couldn't resist it!

It's a knockout Inflatable Challenge with foam and water
At Number 10 - It's a Knockout

Now available in most popular stag do destinations including Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and London, It's a knockout is a mixture of crazy games that involve massive fancy dress costumes, huge inflatables and enough foam to even keep Timmy Mallot happy.


A stag party on a banana boat
9 - Banana Boat Ride

This activity is so much fun you will pee your pants, literally! Guaranteed to give your group a proper soaking, no one ever gets to stay on, whether you're on a stag do in the Balearics or the UK, this is a great activity for the whole group.



Boats Made Out Of Cardboard ON The Lake IN Reading with people in them
8 - Cardboard Boat Challenge

We actually combine this activity with the Banana Boat Ride in Reading. The aim with your stag group is to build a boat out of cardboard and sail your vessel across the lake. If you have done it right you may get slightly wet, if you've cocked up with your design prepare to get wet.



West Country Games Farmer's Shower
7 - Welsh Games / West Country Games

Situated in Bristol and Cardiff (I am sure you can work out which one is which) you will not only have a host of various tongue in cheek activities with some activities actually testing your metal, you will also get soaked on a few with some dubious liquids, for example the Farmers Shower!



2 Jet Skis on the Sea
6 - Jet Ski-ing

Mix together speed, water, petrol and waves and you have yourself an awesome activity. This is a serious watersport activity perfect for the stag group looking for high octane fun.




2 Power Boats Racing
5 - Power-Boating

Now we're talking, speed, adrenalin and a machine that will rip through the water. If you want to look like James Bond, nows your time, Dinner Jacket and Bow Tie is not a great idea unless you don't mind getting soaked by the spray.



Sign For Sex Show
4 - Live Sex Shows - Amsterdam

This is my curve ball, send the stag onto the stage and he will need a towel after! It would appear that Minions are not the only things that like bananas.




3 Men sitting on 3 separate Canadian Canoes
3 - Canoeing / Camping Down The River

This year at the DesignaVenture Towers there has been a massive buzz around our Canoeing and Camping Weekends down the River Wye. This stag weekend is so relaxing you'll be horizontal by the time you go home. You'll camp next door to a pub and canoe both days, stopping at pubs on the way down for a good meal and a couple of pints of ale.



A Man Jumping Off a Cliff whilst Coasteering
2 - Coasteering / Canyoing

These awesome activities are a great leveller for the whole stag party. Jumping off cliff edges into deep pools whether you're on the coast or at a gorge, high adrenalin full of slides, jumps and climbs is guaranteed.




Raft Splashing Through White Water
1 - White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting tops our list as the best stag activity you will need to bring a towel to. There are destinations all over the world that offer this activity from Vegas to Bratislava, in the UK we have natural rafting sites in the Highlands of Scotland and North Wales, in Cardiff and Nottingham you can raft at man-made sites near the city centres.




Friday, 5 June 2015

Play Together, Stay Together

The saying Play Together, Stay Together can be used in so many ways, however I am referring to the groom to be and his best mates.

The stag will have a close knit group of friends, these friends are usually in charge of arranging the stag do.

They will have most of the say in what's going to happen, from the stag do itself to fancy dress, stag pranks, games etc.

So this is a big shout out to all of the best men and the ushers who are looking to arrange the ultimate stag do for their mate... DO SOMETHING AMAZING.

You know the stag better then anyone else, you have grown up with him, you have seen him at his best and you have certainly seem him at his worst, so it's down to you to make his last days as a bachelor extremely special.

And don't forget, after he's married and when all the dust has settled he'll still be your mate, you will still be getting together for a few down the local boozer, you never know, he may enjoy the stag do so much that he'll want to do it next year as a reunion type of weekend.

We've all been there, after having such a great weekend away from our WAGS and the infamous phrase pops out of your mouth, "let's all do the same thing this time next year" and it rarely happens!

One more thing to remember, when you settle down and decide to 'tie the knot' you'll be looking to your best mates to arrange you a killer stag do, so when you're in charge of arranging one, do it to the best of your abilities as they who Play Together, Stay Together.

Below are some really useful links from our website, blog and other trusted sources to help you create the killer stag do, your groom so desperately deserves:


For fantastic stag do ideas, amazing packages and activities start at the DesignaVenture stag do section of the website


Stag Do Pranks - Get it on film and make your stag an internet phenomum go to our Top 10 stag do pranks post


Stag Fancy Dress - from dressing up as golfers to becoming a gaggle of Smurfs (is that what you call a group of Smurfs? I don't know!) - Fancy Dress 20 Top Ideas


With all those hours to kill, why not get the group laughing and play some fantastic stag do games, remember drink responsibly, if you can... Top 10 Cracking Stag Do Games


A black potion which remarkably cures your hangover, well according to this article on the 
Telegraph's website that is, and it's not hair from a black dog either.


And finally....101 Guide To Arranging The Ultimate Stag Do