Wednesday, 13 December 2017

When Should I Book The Stag Do?


You have just been told by your best mate he’s getting married and as you’re the best man you are now set with a major task; arranging the stag do.

Don’t be a rabbit in the headlights, providing they are not getting married in 2025, you need to get the wheels in motion.

Usually on average you should know at least a year in advance, but with that year don’t rest on your laurels my friend, you need to get on it like a car bonnet.

Time is of the essence, you’ll have a list as long as your arm to sort things including:
  1. When
  2. Where
  3. Who
  4. How many nights
  5. Budget
  6. Communication
  7. Getting the money in
  8. Getting there

So the quick answer to “when should I book the stag do?” = right now!

Best way to communicate
There are a million ways to communicate these days, setting up a WhatsApp group, Facebook page (keep private), Twitter (keep private), email etc.

I would highly recommend one of the above mediums or any other way which keeps EVERYONE in the loop, communication is key to a successful stag weekend.

Once you have created your group, start with the major players first - stag, best man and ushers etc. and then add the other members once the first 5 points of the above list has been decided. You then won't get bogged down with too much input from so many people.

Getting the money in
This will obviously be an important part of arranging the weekend, most stag companies, just like DesignaVenture can help you with this, such as an online payment facilities so group members can pay individually.

One word of warning, don't become a bank, in other words don’t pay for people you don’t know or trust, if they want to go they will pay, it's that simple. You don’t want to lose money even though you love your friend dearly.

Remember the more work you put in now, the less chance of things going wrong later or on the weekend. There's a famous army saying; proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance - the 7 p's.

Good luck

M.

Friday, 1 December 2017

50 Stag Do Ideas For 2018

Stag Activity Collage with 50 stag do ideas text


Here are 50 brilliant stag do ideas for 2018, short and snappy ideas, hopefully you'll find one or two for your weekend in 2018 and beyond.

1: Beer / Cider Tasting - All over the UK - Booze on a stag do, who would of thought it? (Drinking responsibly, of course).

2: White Water Rafting - North Wales, South Wales, Scotland, Nottingham, Europe - Amazing amount of fun, excellent hang over cure / wake up remedy.

3: Zip Wire - Has To be Velocity in North Wales - Fastest in the world no less...

Zip Wire Velocity North Wales


4: Quad Biking - Go somewhere where the whole stag group gets a quad bike and go off and explore - Bournemouth is great for that - Nationwide.

5: Paintball - A stag do favourite - Nationwide.

6: Canoeing & Camping - Our canoeing and camping option is on the River Wye in Herefordshire it's popular and really well done, even if we don't mind saying so!

7: Canyoning - North & South Wales, Scotland, England Europe - Exhilarating.

8: Learn To BBQ Properly - Webber do courses around the UK, go check them out, search Google - Meat, a mans best friend.

10: Bubble Football - A fairly new stag do activity, a fantastic idea to keep costs down and to enjoy a hilarious activity that everyone can get involved.

Stag Group Playing Bubble Football


11: .22 Assault Rifle Shooting - Real Bullets, Zombie Targets, Bristol and Bournemouth.

12: Dragon Boat Racing - Milton Keynes - Great for big groups.

13: Stadium Tour - Not Camp, Barcelona...

14: Bushcraft - Learn to light a fire from rubbing wood, now that sounds like an activity in Eastern Europe.

15: Cocktail Making - C-mon a perfect stag activity - nationwide

16: Clay Pigeon Shooting - Gentleman lets shoot some birds, made of clay obviously, we're not animals - nationwide.

17: Footgolf - A fairly new sport catching on around the country, keeps the golfers happy and the footballers even happier - nationwide.

Football + Golf ball tee'd up


18: Golf - Keep the golfers happy - nationwide.

19: Five a side football - keep the footballers happy - nationwide.

20: Mud / Jelly Wrestling - this is purely for the pleasure of the group while the stag and maybe the best man gets beat up by sexy ladies in bikinis in mud or jelly - Prague, Bratislava & Bournemouth.

21: Rage Buggy Racing - Incredibly fast dirt buggies, fantastic to race - nationwide.

22: Pizza Making - Sounds lame? Lots of stags book it, a great way to combine an activity, food and drink - nationwide.

23: Powerboating - Fast water action - Southampton / Bournemouth.

24: Indoor Skydiving - Too scared to do the real thing, do this instead, cheaper and great for groups - Milton Keynes.

25: Coasteering - Exhilarating, loads of fun and a great way to cure your hangover - Newquay & Bournemouth

26: Totally Wiped Out - Seen the TV show, have a go yourself - Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and Sheffield.

27: Indoor Karting - An activity the weather can't spoil, Grand Prix and Endurance races available - nationwide.

28: Surfing - Did you know that Newquay has some of the best surf in the world, it's more reliable than anywhere else.

Stag with antlers on and fake boobs on a surf board Newquay


29: Minimoto Racing - Race tiny motorbikes around an indoor track, loads of fun, you'll look like hippos on a bike - Near Bristol, Bath & Swindon

30: Hire a house and Lord it - BBQ, Beers, Poker, Cocktails, so many ideas - nationwide

31: West Country Games - Inflatables, welly wanging, the hilarious Farmers shower (don't think the stag will find it that funny!) - Bristol

32: Cymru Games - similar to West Country Games but Welsh - Near Cardiff

33: Deep Sea Fishing - Grab a few tinnies and head down to the harbour, you'll need sea legs - Cardiff, Newquay and Bournemouth

34: Escape Room - Get trapped and work your way out, great fun - Blackpool, Bristol, Cardiff, London (popping up everywhere)

35: Bobsleigh - On an Olympic ice course (November to March) - on wheels (May to September) - Riga

Stag Group Bobsleighing in Riga


36: Outdoor Race Karting - Some fantastic courses available in the UK - Newquay, Shropshire / North Wales, Bournemouth - almost nationwide.

37: Pontins 48hr Party Weekends - themed so you can get dressed up and relive your youth from 80s, 90s or 00s - Camber Sands, Prestatyn and Southport.

38: Shooting Zombies - Missions, amazing locations with atmospheres to boot - Manchester & Birmingham.

39: Horse Racing - an extremely popular activity for stag parties - nationwide - Ascot, Newcastle, Sandown, Nottingham and Newbury being very popular.

Race Horses jumping over a hedge


40: A Night At The Dogs - If horse don't cut the mustard but hounds do, then this is the activity for you - nationwide.

41: Rickshaw Bar Tour - Sit back and get chauffeured from bar to bar in the best way to travel around London, a Rickshaw.

42: Comedy Night - Book into a comedy club and laugh your nut off - nationwide

43: Lap Dancing - A stag do favourite, some groups like it and get a club booked, others pretend not to like it and end up there anyway! - Nationwide.

44: Casino - Either get your group to Las Vegas or book into a UK Casino, most are free and have Blackjack, Roulette, Fruit Machines etc. - Nationwide.

45: Gaelic Games - Learn and play the sport of Ireland - Dublin.

46: Highland Games - Toss the Caber, Tug o' War, Haggis Flinging.. you get the picture - Edinburgh and Blackpool (yes Blackpool!!).

Toss the Caber


47: Beer Bike Tours - Sit, pedal and drink beer whilst a sober driver takes your freaky bar on wheels for a tour of your chosen city - Berlin, Riga and Munich.

48: Jet Skiing - The best way to scare the crap out of yourself on water, truly exhilarating - Reading and Newquay

49: Life Drawing - Become a Pablo Picaso whilst staring at a naked woman, I mean sketching - nationwide.

50: Motorsport Mash-Up - Double Decker Showdown, Del Boy Challenge, Off Road Buggies, Nag Drag - loads of motorsports crammed into one day - Birmingham

For further details and prices head over to our stag do ideas page on the DesignaVenture website where you'll find most of these activities.

Good Luck

M


Monday, 16 October 2017

Zip Up Your Stag Do

If you're looking for some incredible and adventurous activities for your stag do, North Wales is the destination of choice. This fantastic adventure land has some of the best activities in the world let a lone the UK.

North Wales has some pretty impressive accolades when it comes to the Zip Wire activity, well it is hilly which is fairly handy - Holland doesn't stand a chance!

First of all it has the fastest zip-line in the world and the longest in Europe (see velocity below).

Then there's the Titan which is the longest zip-zone in Europe.

Not forgetting the Caverns, which is zip lining in underground Caverns, how cool this that!

All of these activities can be booked on our website, go and take a look.

Velocity




The longest zip wire in Europe and the FASTEST in the world - how cool is that! You'll be lying down for this one and as you'll reach speeds of over 100mph, there's only one thing you'll be shouting - SUPERMAN!!!

Facts
  • 2 People go down at one
  • You can reach speeds of over 100mph
  • Incredible Views

Titan
























Then there's the Titan Zip Wire which is the longest zip-line in Europe. This time you're in the seating position which I must say is very comfortable before the inevitable countdown - 3-2-1 and then you shoot down at speeds of over 60mph.

Facts
  • 4 People go down at once
  • Longest zip line in Europe
  • Total length of Alpha, Bravo and Charlie; 8km
  • Zip Wire Caverns + Bounce Below on the same site

Caverns
























This is the wackiest and the most unique out of all the above Zip Wire activities and is great for the stag do wanting adventure as well as thrills.

There's everything involved including rope bridges, tunnels, stepping stones for climbing, via ferratta and monkey bars.

 Facts
  • In an underground slate mine
  • 12 Zip Lines in total
  • Has the steepest zip wire in the UK

Tree Safari
























Zip from tree platform to tree platform which are a mere 60 feet up. The best part about Go Ape is surely the zip wires, am I right? Well, this is mostly zip wires. Who needs bread when you've got the jam!

Facts
  • 23 Zip lines in total!
  • 60 Feet up
  • A great price

For more details and prices head over to the DesignaVenture website.

We also have stag do packages which include these fantastic Zip Wire activities.

Good luck!

M