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!

You may like 10 Very Different Stag Do Ideas

Good luck!

M.



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.