Tuesday, 11 April 2017

How To Organise The Best Ever Stag Do

Being best-man is a great honour, sometimes you can do without it, but most of the time you step up to the mark, create a killer speech and put together the best ever stag do.

Arranging the stag do shouldn't be a hassle, if you're short on time but want to be the Weekend Warrior, the Kimosabe... basically the person who gets all the credit for an amazing weekend, I have put together a kind of knowledge base on covering all the angles on arranging a stag do.

Organising

Time is like gold dust people, and when we're not working, spending time with your partner (if you're lucky or unlucky depending on how you see it!!), keeping fit or commuting you need me-time.

Keep your me-time to the max and arrange your stag do through a company just like DesignaVenture (I did say just like, as I am trying to be impartial, however please take "company just like" out of the last sentence):

Why?
  • They can arrange absolutely everything for you so you just have one contact for lots of arrangements (accommodation, activities, nightlife etc.)
  • People can pay the company direct, no need for you to get your hands dirty or put your bank account through a state of confusion
  • Nightlife is a pain to book, stag do companies like DesignaVenture have it licked with guest list entries, booth and drink packages, list of great bars and clubs to visit which are stag friendly
  • You'll also get an electronic pack from your chosen stag do company so you can forward it to all the guys so you don't have to mother them on the weekend
These are just some of the positives I am sure you will find more, our feedback is amazing and it makes me really proud.

Communication

Communication is king, keeping everyone up to date is key to organising the best ever stag do. We have so much free technology at our fingertips and most of it is very easy to use.

Social media such as Twitter, Facebook groups, pages etc. (remember to keep these groups closed in, private) or you can organise a WhatsApp group which basically will be like a forum with everyone chipping in with their ideas and of course banter.

For the actual Stag do, you will need to think about the following and use these resources:

Fancy Dress - we have a blog for that...

Stag group walking up the road hand in hand dressed as fruit


Stag Do Pranks - we have a blog for that...

Man buried up to his chest as a stag do prank


Stag Do Games - we have a blog for that...

Stag Drinking Games


Stag Do Challenges - we have blog for that...



The Essential Stag Do List...

Ladies purse as the stag kitty


Strippers Vs Lap Dancers - umm c-mon we're not animals, OK we'll soon have a blog for that!



Is that someone's front room jazzed up with a lighting rig and pole??

And finally, remember...



Good Luck

M


Monday, 20 March 2017

Where On Earth Is Hereford


Following on from our themed "Where On Earth" - based on various stag do destinations, we are now focusing on Hereford.

So why Hereford?

That's a great question which I am just about to answer, so be patient.

Well lets start off with a small location lesson, Hereford is about 60 minutes north of Bristol and 60 minutes south of Birmingham, it's like the filling to a Birmingham and Bristol sandwich, if you will.

It's also only 45 - 60 minutes drive from the Brecon Beacons, which is a perfect place for one of our top adrenalin stag activities - Canyoning.

Hereford sits on the River Wye, a beautiful river which meanders from the Welsh mountains through Herefordshire all the way to the Bristol channel, a fantastic river for a camping and canoeing weekend.

Enough about the Geography, why should I hold my stag do in Hereford or Herefordshire?

Alright bolshy keep your fish-nets on...

As well as the mentioned above stag activities there are also some awesome activity sites where you can race outdoor karts, thrash quad bikes through woods and shoot clays out of the sky over a woodland lake.

There are many Paintball sites you can go old school and  raft building, book a treasure hunt or simply go climbing at Symonds Yat.

So if you're looking for tons of activities at prices which won't break the bank, Hereford has it all.

A full list of stag activities in Hereford.

How about the nightlife?

Hereford is a small city compared to say Bristol or Manchester which I think gives it an edge, it has great nightlife all condensed (no need for cabs) in and around the city centre, most can be found on Commercial Road and Commercial Street.

Along Commercial Road you get your regular bars and pubs such as Yates and J D Wetherspoons but also sits a gem of place called locally as The Gin Palace (Hogarth's). It not only sells loads of different ales, ciders and beers but also trays of different Gins by the bucket load.


Five minutes walk from Commercial Road you have a hugely popular pub called "The Barrels" which sells local Ciders, ales and beers and is the birth place to the Wye Valley Brewery. There is also the Litchfield Vaults where you can get incredible Greek food and not forgetting the old Market which is full of restaurants and high-street shops for guilt presents.

Don't forget that Herefordshire is one of the biggest producers of Cider, so if your stag loves the apples, bring him to Cider paradise, there are a barrel load of cider tours in Herefordshire with Weston's being one of the best in the UK.

You're in Hereford, home to the Hereford Bull, so what better way to celebrate this than to eat it! 

Hereford is home to one of the best burgers you will ever eat at the Beefy Boys and they only use Herefordshire cattle, it's an extremely popular restaurant, so book early.

There are also quite a few late night bars and clubs to keep you drinking into the wee hours such as The Kerry, Play (Hereford's biggest nightclub), Mama Jammers and so on.

So if you're looking for a stag do with lots of adventurous activities, great nightlife at a good price, Hereford is certainly a fantastic choice.


What you currently wont be able to book in Hereford on a stag do (well I have to be impartial):
A lap dancing club
No regular comedy club nights


Other "Where On Earth's" on this blog are:

Where on Earth is Riga
Where on Earth is Bratislava



Good luck!

M.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Top 10 Stag Do Activities

When booking a stag do, it's essential these days, to consider how to keep the troops entertained.

Drinking most of the day may not be everyones idea of fun and by 4 - 5 pm it's going to be pretty messy, trust me I have been on these types of stag dos and they are as memorable as a wet weekend with your cousin Wendy, or Windy as she's known as to most of her friends.

So in other words you need to keep the boys out the bars and doing something which will push them to the limit, make them laugh/cry/smile - whatever you or the stag fancy inflicting.

From a straw pole we did with last week's stag bookings, 91% of best-men considered the stag's interests or choices when booking a stag do activity, that's food for thought when considering what to book.

So let's take a look at the top 10 stag activities being booked for 2017 and in no particular order:


Rebel Buggy kicking up dirt
Rage Buggies

By far the most requested stag activity, Rage Buggies are extreme in every way. These machines have been capped at 58mph and are built to stick to your dirt track like spider man sticks to sky scrapers, they also sound amazing. If you don't smile whilst racing these beasts, you are dead inside.

Similar karts to the Rage Buggies are the Rebel Buggies made by Walker Adams, just as fast and have great handling it would be hard to pick between the two.


White Water Raft launching into the sky
White Water Rafting

In my mind the perfect Saturday morning stag do activity, especially after the Friday night, when you weren't suppose to have a heavy night, we've all been there.

Whether you decide to go man-made (Nottingham or Cardiff) or natural; North Wales, Edinburgh, Europe and beyond you have just booked yourself the best hangover cure this side of the Co-Codamol factory, well done you.



Quad bike getting air
Quad Biking
Quad bikes also know as ATV's (all terrain vehicles) can almost take on any terrain, I'm not sure about sheer cliff faces, but all other than that on any other terrain they are pretty handy.

One of our most popular quad biking sites is North Wales / Shropshire borders where you can take on some pretty steep inclines before viewing 7 counties from a flat plateau, the perfect time for some stag do snaps.

Quad biking is a fantastic stag do experience, racing or trekking quads are incredible vehicles to drive / ride and they are so easy to drive, with pretty much all of our sites offer quad bikes with automatic gears.


Bubble Football Stag Group
Bubble Football

If the stag eat/sleeps football, then Bubble Football is a must.

Stick on your bubble suit and a learn a different style of football which includes; fouling, umm... fouling and yes fouling. This is great fun and a very memorable couple of hours, also great value for money.






AK 47 Shooting

What's a stag do without doing something completely crazy? So, stick your AK47 into automatic and shoot up a target like a crazy wartime hero, the only difference is you won't be shot at, which is damn lucky!

You'll need to be in popular stag do destinations such as Prague, Riga, Budapest or Bratislava to enjoy this amazing activity.



Man Hanging off a rope whilst Canyoning
Canyoning

Sneak behind waterfalls, jump off 60 foot ledges, explore caves and traverse rocks, no this isn't SAS selection, these are the activities you can do whilst Canyoning also known as Gorge Walking.

Canyoning is an exciting activity and buckets of fun with the boys with stories of pure heroism you can take with you to the pub and brag to the stripper about!






Paintball player getting shot at
Paintball

OK, this is old hat, a cliche, and also an activity the stag can sometimes dread, however, Paintball has had some resurgence this year with lots of parties opting for this incredibly popular activity.

If you feel like letting loose and running around dodging bullets, ambushing your mates with a load of bullets, smoke bombs and paint grenades, Paintball is your stag do activity of choice.

It's also great value for money and only get's expensive if you have a trigger happy finger, you can expect to pay anything from £4 - £8 per 100 rounds. If you want loads of bullets club together with the lads and buy in bulk, as most places will offer you a discount on boxes of 1,000+.




Horse Racing
Horse Racing

Every year more and more hen and stag groups book a horse racing weekend. C-mon what's not to like, a load of horses running at break neck speed, the excitement of gambling a tenner on a horse you've never seen before and an atmosphere so good you would brush your teeth with it.

With great facilities at the race course, transport to and from the race track and a good standard of hotel a DesignaVenture Horse Racing Weekend is a winning stag do choice.


Man with white rimmed sunglasses surrounded by happy people

Bar & Club Passes

This is more of a necessity than a popular choice, however saying that, these days, with almost 70% of the stag groups we book tend to include at least a night-club entry. Most groups also include entry into a load of bars as there is nothing worse than being all dressed up and no where to go!

Talking about being all dressed up and no where to go, if you tend to get dressed up in fancy dress then please let us know and we will make sure that either the club is aware of your costumes OR we won't book you into the club that will turn you away just because of the way toy look.





Footgolf
Football dropping into a footgolf hole

Which game combines football and golf? "Umm golf-foot?"

No you plonker, footgolf, it's in the header!

Anyway, like Golf, you have to tee off and get the football in a hole on the green, obviously enlarged for a football, otherwise you'd have to puncture the ball.

It's great value for money and a real hit this year.

I'd like to see what a golf-foot looks like though.


Whatever you choose to do, for a memorable stag night, weekend, keep the boys out the bars!

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Good luck!

M.