Thursday, 22 September 2016

10 Very Different Stag Do Ideas

Grooms and Best-Men these days are always on the look-out for unusual or different stag do ideas, what's unusual or different to them could be something that another group did last year, so keeping up with the Jones' is getting harder and harder.

So we thought we better get out there, scrambled across rocks, duck under waterfalls, fly through cyber space and find you 10 different stag do ideas which are both affordable and attainable, well 2 are a bit pricey, but 8 out of 10 isn't bad!

Trabant Driving Experience in Berlin

You have never driven on old banger like it, it has a 2 stroke engine (I don't know what that means) and driving it will take you back to the Cold War days. Imagine you and your group chugging away through the old Berlin Streets in these vintage machines, memorable and OK very different.

A Trabant Car

Currently we are selling this experience for £61.00 per person.

Climb Kilimanjaro

Extreme I know, but it will mean only a small stag group as most of his mates won't be up for it, but what a buzz, an experience never to be forgotten, or is it Everest next year?

Mount Kilimanjaro

Prices start from £2,001 per person including flights, you could include a stop off in Amsterdam on the way back, to do something completely stag related.

Mini Moto Racing - Bristol

If you want to look like you've just nicked a little boys scrambler (hippo on a small motorbike comes to mind) then racing these Mini Moto Racing bikes are the ideal stag activity. Racing around an indoor track you will have proper races in small engined bikes, loads of fun!

A mini moto with a lovely lady on it

Prices start from £41.00 per person

Bridge Swinging - Bratislava

OK, WTF is Bridge Swinging, alright don't get shirty and foul mouthed, it's got nothing to do with getting off with a bridge, just stepping off one, then swinging at breakneck speeds until you come to a halt. Adrenalin, last night's beers and that kebab you had on the way home will all come into effect the minute you step off that platform - ouch! But what a laugh...

A Man Bridge swinging in Bratislava

Prices are from £38.00 per person

Air Combat - Las Vegas

OK, this is a totally crazy activity, you are sat in the cockpit being chased or chasing your mate in another plane; like a proper dog fight. The only thing not real is the bullets and missiles, as apparently real missiles are "too dangerous". However, when you manage to get a hit on your opponents plane, smoke comes out the back of their plane, how cool is that!!

Air Combat, plane hit and smoking

Prices start from £1,020.00 per person

DTV Shredder - Chester or Liverpool

A completely weird contraption which can basically rip up and cope with any type of terrain you throw at it. A futuristic and slightly Mad Max looking vehicle which will give you copious amounts of fun.

A DTV Shredder

Price start from £66.00 per person

White Water Bugging - North Wales

Head first going down a white water river is a definite a no no, you speak to Bear Grylls, he will tell you "feet first, so you don't smash your head on a rock", OK good advice Bear but what about if you're on a white water bug? Take that Grylls, but great advice if you're not on a bug. They look great fun don't they?

A White water bug with man racing down river

Prices start from £56.00 per person

Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bath Tub Racing & Banana Ride - Reading

That's right people you build a boat out of cardboard before racing it across a lake, then race each other in motorised bath tubs and to cap it all off we will pull you round a lake by speedboat whilst you are hanging on to dear life to a inflatable banana. You wanted something different, and I think we've delivered.

a stag do in boats made of Cardboard racing across a lake in Reading

From £60.00 per person

Fire Eating Masterclass - London

If your groom is a bit of a circus fanatic or in his day could juggle, unicycle and smoke all at the same time then this activity is perfect for his stag do. You'll need to brave enough to lick a burning stick and juggle things which are on fire - brave or stupid - the jury's out!

A lady fire breathing

From £41.00 per person

Bushcraft Night - Swansea

Talking of fire, you will learn how to make a fire with just sticks, you will also learn how to build a shelter, get a chance to use big knives and axes properly, identify edible plants and also; learn how to cook on an open fire. There is also time to have a few beers around a camp fire, well it is a stag do after all.

How to make fire

From £186.00 per person (2 day course)
From £96.00 per person (1 Day course)

All the above price are correct when this post was published, for up to date prices and other unusual / different stag do ideas head over to our website and check them out.

Good luck....

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Huge Stag Do Tip - Book Early

According to the Daily Mail the average time between engagement and marriage is 2 years!

So in reality the stag will know who he will ask to be his best man within the first 6 months of proposing.

As best man or Groom, that's a long time to plan things, and when it comes to the stag do, I personally think that booking it a year in advance is a great idea.

There are many reasons why you should book early including:
  • You'll get the cheapest flights (if going abroad); booking flights late can result in higher fares particularly with Low Cost Airlines (Easyjet, Ryanair etc.)
  • Booking hotel rooms a year in advance usually means that you'll get this year's price for next year, as inevitably most hotels will put their prices up
  • The boys will then have plenty of time to plan and put the date in their diary, before the WAGS get there first!
  •  If you book with a stag company like DesignaVenture, you can pay off the stag do month by month if you wish, helping the lads budget for the big weekend
I think I have covered some important points there, however what about the negatives, will booking early mean you have to shed out loads of money?

This all depends on how and where you have booked your stag do.

A good example; if you book flights for everyone through a Low Cost Airline, they will want their fare up front (just remember you can save up to £200 booking early, so it's quite a big trade off).

Important note; do not pay for anyone you do not know or trust if you cannot get a refund if he pulls out.

What if people drop out?

That's a very good question which I imagine goes through every best man's mind when he books a stag do, well I can only speak for DesignaVenture's T&C's:

If you book a UK stag do or one of our non inclusive flight package abroad we allow people to drop out up until 4 weeks before you go, so that's plenty of time to cancel them off if they haven't paid you.

When booking early we also recommend you get people locked down, so after you have put down your initial £30 deposit we recommend you get a £30 deposit from every member of the group, that way, people will be financially committed to your weekend and it won't just be you and the stag because everyone else has forgotten about it!!

We also have a system where people can pay individually online or over the telephone, so you don't have to get your hands dirty, take a look at our How To Book page.

What if I have booked the wrong the date?

If you book UK or a package that doesn't include flights and want to change the date, this usually shouldn't cause any issues providing there is space for your new date, there may be a minimal admin fee but nothing to worry about.

What if I have booked the flights for the wrong date?

Well that's slightly different, Low Cost airlines these days will usually charge you an admin fee plus the difference in price, for example if you booked to go on the 07th and you have to change to the 14th, your charges would work out to be:

Price of the seat you paid for the 07th = £25.00
The price of the seat for your new date, the 14th = £32.00
Difference = £7.00

Plus, admin fee £25.00 (this is just an example)

So you would have to pay an extra £32.00 per seat to change the date.

Top Tip

Book early, get the date set in stone and plan away, the positives completely out weigh the negatives there are loads to plan for a wedding, this will be one less job to do.

If you have any questions or queries about booking early give us a call on 01432 830880, we love to chat.

Good luck.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Stag Do Ideas For 2017

OK, OK it's only August and already we are banging on about next year however, I have been in the travel business since 1989, and know that booking early especially with a large groups is essential in order to get everything that you want, booked.

I have put together some ideas for 2017 under various descriptive headers however if none of your requirements are met, we have literally thousands of more stag do ideas which include popular packages and activities on our website, get yourselves over there and getting planning.

Horse Racing Weekends

Horse Racing at Ascot

For the stag party that doesn't want anything energetic but wants adrenalin, excitement and a right laugh.

Most popular destinations:

Reading (Ascot or Newbury)

For a full list of weekends and prices go here.

The Sun

2 Guys from a stag do jumping in the pool

Drink, girls and 24 hour partying, the Med has been a firm favourite with lads holidays since as far as I can remember, 2, 3 or more nights in the sun, it's great for the soul!

2017 destination stag do favourites include:

Magaluf (young crowd)
Costa Del Sol

The Petrol Head

Rage Buggies

Rage Buggies, Quad Bikes, Outdoor Karts, Indoor Karts, Stock Car Racing, Hovercrafts, the UK and beyond is awash with loads of activity sites offering incredible experiences for stag dos.

The UK hot spots for activity based stag weekends are:


Adrenaline Junkies

A man coasteering

Your stag loves adrenaline like he loves his soon to be wife, so what better way to celebrate his last days as a free man then to scare the living daylights out of him, get him soaked, cover him in mud and then plaster the pictures of him all over facebook - he will love it.

Top Adrenaline infused activities include:

White Water Rafting
Cliff Jumping
High Ropes

The Cookery


It sounds like a nic-name from a Cockney Gangster film "ave you met The Cookery?", anyway these days a foodie activity is becoming extremely popular whether it's a Man Vs Food scenario or where you all get to learn how to cook, whether it's over an open fire or making the perfect pizza, stag groups love to get their hands dirty and it's an ideal opportunity to sample some of the local booze.

We have loads more ideas on our website, for inspiration check out our activity page which is jammed packed full of ideas for your 2017 stag do.

Good luck.