Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Coasteering Vs Gorge Scrambling

Coasteering and Gorge Scrambling are two very extreme stag do activities and are both popular with stag and hen parties alike.

Extremely popular in Newquay and South Wales, explore the rugged coastline, whilst jumping into deep pools and traversing rock faces. This activity is fantastic fun having doen it 3 times now, each time just gets better!

All your specialised equipment; Buoyancy aid, helmet and wetsuit is included all you need to bring along with you is old trainers which will get soaked and something to where under your wetsuit.

Gorge Scrambling
Explore gorges which have taken millions of years to be created by mountain streams and rivers producing waterfalls, caves, deep pools and stunning scenery.

Gorge walking, also known as gorge scrambling and canyoning has become a popular stag do activity because it has something for everyone well, except for people who are scared of water!

Walk behind waterfalls, jump into deep pools, explore caves and just have a load of fun with your mates, this activity will certainly bond your stag group.

Again like Coasteering, all your specialised equipment is include.

If I had to choose which one I would do this weekend...... I would have to go for Coasteering in Newquay, but if that's to far, I'd stay in Cardiff or Bristol and go Gorge Scrambling in South Wales.

This is why the UK is so fantastic for adventurous stag parties, there is just so munch to do!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

What's Happened To The Cheap European Stag Do?

We are in strange times people, Prime Minister Cameron has just made the UK a lodger in the European house and prices are going up left right and centre.

Flight prices on low cost airlines are no longer low cost and a pint of beer that used to cost 80p now costs £4!!

Prague, Tallinn, Bratislava and Riga led the way in the nineties and naughties with cheap accommodation, beer, clubs and food now but they are as expensive as London.

But we shouldn't put everything down to price, Prague and the other cities mentioned are still great stag do destinations, offering fantastic activities and stunning squares to sit in, drink beers and watch the peaches go by (a stag do favourite).

There are emerging cheap European stag destinations including Bulgaria and Slovenia which take on that role of cheap beer and digs, however with European country wannabes I feel stags will need to travel further to get more doe for their buck.

But getting there is still a lot more expensive then it used to be, I would say looking at flight prices for popular dates in 2012 the £60 per person flight is no where to be seen, well unless you go on a Monday.

That's it, go midweek and this will leave you more sponds to spend.

If you need to go weekend then dig deeper or consider a ferry to Holland or stay in the UK, last year we noticed a huge rise in UK stag dos.    

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Stag Do Snow Must Go On

You’re planning your winter stag do and wondering what the weather will be like? The biggest possibility is rain, but hey, what happens if it snows? That changes everything, unless of course you make it an integral part of your stag do activity selections.

Take bobsleighing. How many people do you know who have done that? The Baltic States are the place to go for this need for speed and the ride of your life. Riga has the only Olympic standard bobsleigh track in the Baltics and it will scare you witless as you rip around ten curves and over a bridge sin your gently padded rubber leisure ‘vuchku’ soft bob. The slick ice will have you going up to 50kmh and with four screaming stags on a bob, it will definitely tax your coordination. Wicked.

The Bratislava location is more like a mega zooped up version of your childhood sledding, in a more simplified sledge, but no less crazy down a 360 metre tubed track, or restricted on the speed front.

Too out of control for your stag party? Then take your stag do on snow mobiles instead. Staying in Riga, this snow safari in the white open wilderness will have two of you at a time with your own cool James Bond style vehicle slicing through the blanketed expanses of a fresh freeze like a jet ski on skis. 

If your teeth are chattering at the thought, then we can even shield you from the elements with an indoor snowboarding option. No less authentic, with real snow and at a constant temperature of -5C, you’ll still need to wrap up, but at least you’ll be safe from any avalanches and freak snow falls. With a beginners or advanced slope you’ll soon be adept at this cool sport after a couple of hours. There’s even an apr├Ęs ski bar where you can warm up and laugh at the others in action.

Better still, this one’s in Amsterdam – and we know where your stag night can go to get really sizzling hot later! 

Suddenly this winter doesn’t sound like it’s going to be so miserable after all. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Should The Groom Pay For His Own Stag Do?

This question possibly pops up in the best man's mind as soon as he has been offered the job, "should the groom pay for his own stag do"?

As best man you could pay for his share or split the price between the whole group.

This would mean the group paying an extra £10 - £30 depending on the group size and the price of the stag do.

There are many arguments whether he should or should not pay for his own stag do, such as:

He should pay for his own stag weekend because;
  • I paid for my own stag do
  • I am paying to go on his stag weekend and that's costing me enough so why should I have to pay for part of his?
  • The groom is minted, why should I have to pay for him.

He should not pay for his own stag do because;
  • As best man, I should do my best to look after him
  • He is paying for the wedding, he has enough to pay for
  • You and most of the stag group are invited to the wedding, this is a good way of showing gratitude

The above bullet points are just some of the reasons why you should or shouldn't pay for the Groom's stag do, however, it is a personal circumstances situation for the best man to take on board not only for himself but for the whole group.

If the guys who are invited are all well paid and are comfortable in life, then treat the groom and make life a little easier for him especially when he is fighting with wedding costs and a tantrum-ing bride!!

If you, the best man, wants to show the groom your affection, then paying for his stag do is a good way of showing him.

If the groom is up to his limit paying for the wedding and may not be able to pay for his own stag do place then the boys should step up.

However, if this stag do is fairly expensive and some group members are struggling with the price, then adding a bit more on will not help and you may find people dropping out.

So you really need to look at the stag group and the cost of the stag weekend and then weigh up everyone's situation and decide whether or not to pay for the groom's stag do. 

Being a best man really isn't a walk in the park after all, you will need to make some tough decisions, good luck.

Currently, the results from the pole below suggest:

  • 58% say no, he shouldn't pay for his stag do
  • 42% say yes, he should

Please take part and we will keep this page updated.

Written by DesignaVenture, the professional stag do organiser.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Stag Weekends in Bournemouth

I am just about to embark for Bournemouth visit and check out the hotels and activity sites we use in Bournemouth for our stag dos.

I have been to Bournemouth many times and absolutely love the town. 

This stag do beach destination has loads to offer; from Rage Buggies, clay pigeon shooting, surfing, quad biking and paintball to a 7 mile sandy beach, fantastic night life and great restaurants.

It caters for lots of different types of stag parties, from the older golfing parties to the young energetic stag groups wanting sun, sex and Stella.

The accommodation down in Bournemouth has dramatically improved recently and all the hotels we use meet a very high standard, in fact I am staying in one of our 3 star hotels tonight and look forward to relaxing in front of my flat screen tv in my bedroom, taking a shower in my wet room, before drinking in the lively late bar downstairs.

I will obviously be testing out the daytime activities which means, thrashing around on a quad and Rage Buggy before missing every bird when I go clay shooting (bird = clay).

Then there's the night, testing all the bars and clubs including the ones specifically for the gentlemen, which our stag dos love.

It's a hard job, but someone has to do it!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Winter Stag Do Activities

With a cold snap around the corner, maybe a quick reminder of what stag do activities can handle winter without breaking stride.

First of all the farmer's favourite, the quad bike, these four wheel drive machines can handle any terrane and as much snow as mother nature can send it's way.

It's not just the versatility of these bikes which make them popular, some can reach speeds of up to 60mph and getting air between terra-firma and the wheels is easily done making them an extreme stag do activity.

To go to the other spectrum of activities are the indoor ones such as karting and paintball. 

Indoor karting are always a good move as the elements cannot disrupt your racing line.

Indoor Paintball is also a fantastic move however, outdoor paintball in the snow, in my mind, is pretty awesome.

No mention of water activities, however if you are made of sterner stuff go white water rafting or gorge walking, the cold water will shake away your hangover and the wet-suite will keep you nice and toastie.  

Rage Buggies and outdoor karts are not fantastic in the extreme wet or snow so I would recommend staying clear and go for something more robust like the Max Cat or 4x4, however can be a bit tame.

If you really want to tackle the snow at full speed head on your next stag do to Riga and have a go at snow mobile or even bobsleigh.

So for more stag do activity ideas head to the DesignaVenture website.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Nottingham, Bristol And Bournemouth Is A Real Knockout

Looking for a great place to have a cracking stag weekend with a unique activity?

Keep your stag do UK and go to Nottingham, Bristol or Bournemouth and have a go at a hen and stag do activity that will keep you laughing all the way to the pub and the name of this crazy activity is called "It's A Knockout".

Dressed in costumes you will be racing with obstacles, props, inflatables, water and foam. This is the nearest activity you will get to the modern day Wipeout.

This hilarious activity will take up about 3 - 4 hours of your Saturday and will usually start about midday to 1pm. 

Hen and stag parties alike enter teams to compete against each other which adds to the tongue in cheek, good natured, party atmosphere.

The winning team gets a bottle of bubbly to either down or shake and spray, with the latter option being the preferred! 

A compere will keep all teams up to date with the latest scores and will chuckle at you falling over and making a fool of yourself.

In my mind, for memorable, team hen and stag do activities, It's A Knockout takes some beating.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Keep Your Head Whilst On Your Abroad Stag Do

You have just checked into your hotel and the stag party is looking at you, 'the best man', and asking the question; "right what do we do now?"

You are in a new city, a foreign country, you don't recognise any where so you may feel a little out of your depth.

First things first; 'keep your head', advise everyone to congregate in the bar and then you can compose yourself and get people out of your face.

Then, get yourselves on a mini bar crawl around the area you are in, this will help everyone in the group to start recognising the local area their hotel is in.

Alternatively pre book a bar crawl with a guide for your first night, this will then give you a great idea of where the good bars and clubs are and where to keep away from.

Quiz your guide to find out about everything you intend to get up to whilst on your stag weekend, remember she will have first hand knowledge of the city and will know where to party.

A good walk through the city centre will also help you get a hang of the city and there is nothing like sitting in an European Square in the sun having a beer and watching the peaches walk by.

The square is usually is a good meeting point for your stag party as you are likely to loose people to bars and shops.

So to conclude, have a meeting point (a square or a bar), take the boys on a mini bar crawl and then on a walk through the city to the square and finally relax, after all you are on a stag do.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Do I need to Insure My Stag Do?

The plain and simple answer to this question is yes, a stag do like other short breaks and holidays needs to be insured.

But it's two nights in Bournemouth why do I need to waste my money?

Well, for starters a UK policy will probably cost you less than a tenner, giving you peace of mind and protection from unwanted costs or loss of money.

In my opinion one of the main reasons is to cover you is for cancellation. 

For example, say you are two weeks away from your fun filled stag do in Bournemouth and you have an accident or someone in the family gets ill, which stops you from from attending, how are you going to get your money back?

This does happen on a regular basis believe or not, that's why at DesignaVenture we advise you to take out insurance every step of the way, we don't actually sell insurance just the benefit of taking it out.

It will also cover you for other elements whilst on your stag trip including loosing your Smart Phone or more importantly your beer money or even breaking your leg whilst doing something silly, if you are self employed you will need an income.

When taking out insurance check what it covers and what it doesn't as some of the basic policies may not cover some of the above I have mentioned. 

So yes, insurance for your stag do is very important and is vital for a stress free trip.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Casino Vs Lap Dancing Vs Nightclub Vs Comedy Night

With so many option on what to do on a stag night I thought I would highlight a few popular night time activities.

Casino entry is certainly getting more popular especially when gaining entry into these clubs is usually free and you don't have to wait 24 hours for your membership to come through.

Most good casino's have a couple of roulette tables, poker and more slot machines then you can shake your change at, just don't use all your money you still have a stag to look after.

Lap Dancing has always been popular ever since the 90's boom, most cities have a club and most stag parties plan a trip to one, again just don't spend all your money you still have a stag to look after.

What would a stag night be without a trip to a nightclub where the group can let their hair down and have some good old fashion fun of slamming shots and dancing like baboons.

Comedy is the new rock and roll with comedians now selling out huge arenas like The O2. Although, there is nothing like the intimate club gigs where stag parties can go have a meal and a good laugh. Heckling is optional but not advisable if you don't have the gift of the gob and lets face it most of you wont after a few pints!

Whatever you do on a stag night just remember to keep it memorable.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Stag Do Slow Season, Time To Bag A Bargain

We are now entering the conundrums of the stag do calendar, and this is a great time to bag a bargain.

November to February is a quiet time for stag dos and if you are looking for a winter stag do in the UK and beyond at a great price you are in luck.

On the DesignaVenture website there are quite a few deals for parties looking to go between November and February in all the major UK stag do haunts including; Bournemouth, Nottingham, Bristol and Reading.

I know that the trend is to get married when the weather is fine and dandy, however loving couples also get married in the winter months including special days and holidays including Christmas and Valentines day.

If you are looking for a winter stag weekend in Europe, Riga and Bratislava have loads of offers for this time of year, offering fantastic rates in 3 star plus hotels and discounts on day and night time activities.

So get looking and booking people you only have a few months to go before we go back to stag do silly season.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Off Road Buggies Vs Rage Buggies

One of the most popular stag do activities is the Rage Buggies, some people may call Off Road Buggies or dirt buggies but surely they are the same activity, aren't they?

Well actually no, The Rage Buggy is as described by Clarkson as the Mutts Nuts, they are fast, furious and extremely versatile.

The exhilaration of the Rage Buggy is far superior to your normal buggy, and boy is it tough.

So, the Rage Buggy is an Off Road Buggy but is at the high end of Off Road Buggies scale, just like the Aston Martin is of cars.

So when you look at your next stag do package and it describes Off Road Buggies it may not be The  Amazing Rage Buggy, it might be an imitation or a slower version (a Nissan Micra compared to a Ferrari).

So ask the question before booking.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Ideas for a Stag Do

Fed up with looking around and trying to find the perfect stag do.

Well, look no further people, below are some very popular stag dos which I am sure you will like as they are tried and tested by real stags.

One of our most popular stag weekends in 2011 is the Rage Buggies, Bikes and Boogie weekend in Nottingham.

This amazing package includes Rage Buggies (obviously), Quad Biking, Laser Clays, 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast and nightclub entry into Nottingham's biggest nightclub, Oceana.

If you would prefer something a little more outward bounds then the Gorge scrambling packages in Bristol, Cardiff and Hereford have also been a huge hit.

Gorge Scrambling other wise known as Canyoning is a fantastic activity to do on a stag do, you all get wet, there are loads of jumps to build up the testosterone and everyone leaves the activity knowing they have done well, a win win situation.

If you are looking for something totally different from adrenalin infused activities why not go cider tasting in Bristol.

This drunken stag do activity takes place in the middle of Bristol so once you have completed your marathon tasting session you have the whole of Bristol to explore and crawl.

If the drunken stag do isn't you thing then look no further then North Wales, action packed with loads of activities from White Water Rafting and Abseiling to Mountain biking and Hovercraft racing.

North Wales has loads of places to stay including group accommodation, budget hotels and fantastic 3 and 4 star hotels.

If you are looking for an unique abroad stag do experience then try shooting machine guns in Riga or canal boat bar crawls in Amsterdam.

All inclusive stag do breaks are always a winner in Benidorm or if you want to look like a cast member of TOWIE, simply go sun bathing in the Algarve.

So whatever floats your boat, tickles your fancy, wets your whistle, these ideas for a stag do are a plenty especially the stag packages on the DesignaVenture website (I am trying to unbiased here but it's simply not working).

Good luck.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Stag Do Activities - For The Petrol Heads

Motorised stag do activities are possibly the most popular activities to do on your stag weekend. The choices have increased dramatically since the late 90's with loads of great motorised on offer.

Not only are there lots of choices these machines have been improved on just like the first Iphone or the very first Playstation.

Activities in the nineties kind of included just grass karts* and boring snoring 4x4 off road driving.

These days you can step into a Rage Buggy which can hit speeds of up to 60mph, you can swing them round bends knowing you are not going to roll and you are so close to the ground the speed feels more like 100mph.

Quad bikes have moved on since the olden days, they have become faster, easier to use and more agile, giving you the ability to get air, climb impossible steep banks and thrash through rivers.

If you are looking for an Italian Job feel to your stag do activity try out our amazing mini racing near Bournemouth. These specially designed old styled Minis have bucket seats and roll cages giving your mini racing activity authenticity.

Argocats may seem a bit dull, but are actually amazing to drive, the speed is there, the off road ability is there and best of all it floats and drives on water.

Hovercraft racing is another activity which has blossomed in the late naughties, hens and stag dos love these machines as they are loads of fun to fly, that's right I said fly (the correct terminology, I don't want to get into trouble with a Hovercraft society).

If you want a driving experience which will make you laugh, try Blindfold driving a 4x4 around a specially designed course. Not only have people ran over marshall's, bushes, trees and banks get the running over treatment.

Whatever motorised stag do activity you go for count yourself lucky, ten to fifteen years ago you would have been left to race around a grass course with cones in what could possibly be the worst stag do activity known to man, The Grass Kart*.

*Grass Karts - the most boring kart that ever existed, pedal karts were faster!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Stag Do Activities - Water Based

Before anything else you need to decide what to do in the day, drinking all day may sound like fun but can get out of hand and the stag could be in bed by 4pm.

The stag do needs an activity, and whatever you decide there is loads on offer throughout the UK.

Whatever you decide the UK has some great activity sites, head to Scotland (Edinburgh) for some of the best white water rafting in Europe.

If you would prefer something a bit more sedate the River Wye in Herefordshire has some great canoeing where you can relax and unwind from the chaos that is your day to day life.

If you would prefer sailing the seas, hire a yacht and skipper in Portsmouth and set sail for Cowes, it's where Prince William was seen recently on a stag do.

If you really want to learn a new hobby which will make you look cooler than James Bond in a DB7, pick up a surf board in Newquay and hit those North Atlantic rollers.

Staying with the James Bond Theme, do the impossible and jump off 60 foot cliffs into the sea on a coasteering activity or better still walk behind waterfalls and traverse sheer rock faces Gorge Walking in Wales.

Water ever you decide (get it!!), a stag do is memories for life, so treat the stag well and give him an awesome weekend, not one he can't remember.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bank Holiday Stag Weekend

A last minute stag weekend is always a little chaotic, fumbling around looking for things to do in the day, where to stay and what to do at night.

Add in the Bank Holiday element into the equation and you may find yourself up a certain creek without a certain paddle.

So there must be a cure for this unwise situation, and there is book now.

Getting a big stag party of say 20 lads into a hotel last minute is hard enough, without the added pressure of a bank holiday to boot.

So booking early will elevate the pressure and will also give you and the stag party a focus.

If booking through a stag organiser such as DesignaVenture, they will allow and accommodate group sizes dropping up until 5 - 4 weeks before you go so booking early will not leave you out of pocket.

So if you have a location in mind and want to go over a busy bank holiday get your stag weekend booked as soon as you can.

For more best man tips, have a browse of my blog.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Stag Do For The Non Drinker

Everyone thinks of a stag do to be down the boozer, drinking games, getting leathered and hitting a nightclub.

But hey, not all stags want to get hammered by 4pm so they cant remember their name or where they live, some stags want a drink free zone in the day and something to do at night.

Well here is a few stag do ideas for the non drinking and drinking stag party.

Activities in the day which dont include booze come in thick and fast and these days you can get up to all sorts of things including Rage Buggy Racing, Hovercraft Racing, White Water Rafting, Paintball, Zap Cat Experience, Raft Building, there is just too many to name.

What happens at night when you have 10 men that want to drink and the stag and a few others that don't, well there are plenty of options which will keep both parties happy:

A comedy club night will cater for both the stag and his merry men, with three hours of stand up comedy and then dancing into the wee hours.

If Comedy isn't his bag what about a trip to a Greyhound Racing Stadium, where he can get really get involved with the super sleek thoroughbreds, which one will he back and win with and which ones will loose him money. These stadiums have great facilities, bars and a restaurant or two.

If he likes a flutter a casino night at a proper club or in your hotel is also a great way to keep both non drinkers and drinkers happy on a stag night.

If he likes a bit of tongue in cheek fun and a bit of adult cabaret then the medieval banquet in Nottingham is also a great night out for both drinkers and non drinkers. There is plenty of food, entertainment and enough mead to float the QE2!

Whatever you decide keeping both groups happy will result in more people wanting to attend and less chance of guys going AWOL whilst on the stag do.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Making the Best ‘Man’ of your stag do

The Best Man often has more responsibilities than anyone realises and there’s no slacking off if you want to stay mates with the groom and shine in the eyes of the all-important bride. After all, she will be your passport to future access to your best mate, and maybe the may get involved in the stag do unless you show you can cope with responsibility.

The pressure’s not just on with the speech, rings, getting the groom there at all, it all starts before the actual day as, traditionally, it’s your job to organise the stag do. If we’re putting the fear of God into you before you’ve even entered the church, then don’t panic, we have some great advice to make at least one important task go swimmingly and possibly be something to inspire your Best Man’s speech; the stag night.

Plan ahead
Plan early. This will give you time to organise something properly, get availability and make a real event of it instead of a predictable local bar crawl dressed as babies. It also means that if you need to collect money off people, they and you have time to do this and even save up if need be.

Advanced planning allows you to select a date that suits as many people as possible and they can book it off and look forward to it too. If you’re going abroad, make sure all the passports are up to date and that you order currency if out of Europe.

The best thing is to get your groom and group to submit preferences, clarify budgets and have a little say in things from the outset. You might be coordinator, but you’re Best Man, not Hitler.

Keep in touch
Don’t let things fall down because of poor communication. Don’t rely on Paul to tell Mike, send out an email, facebook, whatever to everyone at every stage so they have everything in writing. Travel dates, venues, locations, times, pick-up points, special arrangements, costs and give deadlines for responses. Send out a complete summary before you go – then there’s no reason for anyone to say they didn’t know and put a spanner in the works.

Be considerate
Take into account that you have a group of people that may all think differently, vary in age, attitude and have different abilities. Dad may want to join in as well as kid brother and it really is possible to have something for everyone.

Planning a variety of activities to accommodate your mixed group and carry you through the day and night will keep the party going but may alienate some. A combo of soft and active water and land sports, followed by a night-time meal and club will embrace most members of the group, yet allow them to sit it out and watch the fun if need be – granddad may not be into rage buggies but might be less shocked at the lap-dancers than you think.

Planning an overnight stag party could be the answer for those unable to make a set day. They can rendezvous with you at some point and still join in, though obviously this may not be viable if you are abroad. And if staying overnight, make sure compatible people are sharing rooms. Snorers not withstanding, a good night’s kip works wonders for happy stag do relations, especially on a two-nighter.

Ease the pressure
One way, of course, to reduce your stress about all this is to look at a reputable stag do company and select their readymade packages. Make sure they are ATOL protected to ensure piece of mind and ask their advice on something to suit your group. They should be able to make up something bespoke if the selections present problems, but they are the experts so use them.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Full Throttle Stag Dos

We were horrified when the news broke that Jordan, aka Katie Price, had bought an awesome Bugatti Veyron and was then committing the ultimate insult to the hypercar by have it pinked up, inside and out.

It might be your Top Gear wet dream to own one of those babies (the car, not Jordan!) or even drive one, but let’s be honest, you’d never get too fast and too furious for fear of dinking it.

If you’re the type that cringes if the bus pulls too closely into the lane next to you, then our stag do driving activities are a great way for you to not only build up your driving confidence, but jump into a vehicle that is actually specially designed to be thrown around.

Forget the supercar raceday, your stag do needs to be full throttle, off road rally driving. Throw a real car into corners, handbrake all the turns, blast through the water, but always take the advice of your pre-race tuition expert and for heaven’s sake remember you’re not in that car on the way home.

If you want to feel a bit more meat around you, let your stag party go to the four-wheel drive extreme and get all Arnie’d, Willis’d and Statham’d up in a titanic Hummer. This activity is based in Prague and even has a sexy female instructor – Hasta la vista, baby.

Maybe you’re feeling more Super Mario than Super Driving Hero, but there’s nothing downscale about the adrenalin rush of the Mini car racing on a specially designed course, or the bouncing all terrain Quad Bike challenges. Our Race Kart venues are so popular that there are loads of venues around the country.

And if you’ve never tried Rally Karts, Rage or Dirt Buggies put it on your list now. The Stig will have nothing on you once you’ve lost your inhibitions, found your accelerator pedal and discovered that the whites go right around your eyes.

Not that we want to be breeding any road rage monsters, but just to wickedly drive you completely insane, your stag party needs to experience the most scary yet perilously slow steering stunt of all – blindfold driving. Your mates become the ultimate back-seat drivers, directing you, extremely vocally, how to navigate a deceptively simple course. Oh, did we mention that they can’t use the instructions ‘left’ or ‘right’.

I know, I know, where do we dream these things up from? That’s stag dos for you.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Top 5 UK Stag Do Destinations

Every time I tell people what I do the first question they ask me is "where are the best places to go on a stag do?"

This is a difficult question to answer as it usually depends on what you want to do on your stag weekend.

However, if you are wanting to know the top 5 UK stag destinations for 2011; according to a popular stag do company's figures, here are the top 5 in no particular order:

Newquay is an obvious answer is it does so well out of stag dos in the summer and is usually packed with hen parties too, giving it a unbelievable atmosphere.

Keeping with the seaside theme Bournemouth is extremely busy with stag weekends looking for good beaches, fantastic stag do activities and nightlife so electric you could plug your phone charger in and get a full charge.

Bristol doesn't seem to be an obvious answer but once you get there you will realise why. Fantastic nightlife, more daytime activities then you can shake a stick at (what does that saying mean??) and top quality hotels all stag do friendly with very late bars.

Heading north we hit the best place to party in the Northeast, Newcastle. They certainly know how to party up there and whatever the weather you will always see lovely ladies in bikinis, even when it minus ten!

That is not the only reason to have your stag party in Newcastle, the locals are really friendly and the activities are simply awesome day and night.

A Welsh winner for 2011 is Cardiff, a city centre rejuvenated and split into two with nightlife not only around the city centre but also in Cardiff Bay which is a haven of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Stag Do activities in and around Cardiff are diverse and plentiful keeping everyone in the group happy as Larry, well I had to get a sheep joke in there somewhere.

I live in Herefordshire so the jokes on me!

Friday, 12 August 2011


Fed up of the British summer? Me too, and that’s why stags dos have a better chance of some fun in the sun with packages to easily accessible destinations like Spain, the Algarve and even Bulgaria.

Currently the temperatures are pretty hot, hot, hot and so are the deals, with Spain offering the most choice of resorts, all catering to the stag night crowd. The TV comedy of the same name has boosted the popularity of Benidorm, which remains a firm stag weekend favourite and no wonder;

There is plenty to do in and around the resort including water and theme parks, jeep safaris, catamaraning, paintballing the beaches and of course an abundance of wicked bars and clubs.

To maintain your staying power, Brits can feel at home with the old fry up and fast food, but there’s no shortage of hip restaurants with all sorts of world cuisine. For a more rambunctious dining experience let your stag night partake of the medieval banquet, or combine dinner with a lucky night at the casino. If you hit the jackpot you might even make your stag do pay for itself.

Footie fans will love a stag do in Barcelona, where we offer a tour of the spectacular Nou Camp Stadium, and we throw in a visit to the FC Museum steeped in history and memorabilia of the club, plus the Art Gallery with its priceless Futbalart collection.

Salou, between Barcelona and Valencia, may not be on your radar, but it certainly is on the stag do map. With its mega theme park, Port Aventura, and a huge host of other activities within easy reach of the resort, this less obvious location is the ideal stag night destination with a twist.

Widely known as the party capital of Spain, and of course for its Grand Prix, Valencia’s cosmopolitan style adds an edge to the regular stag do, taking it just that cut above for the more prestigious stag weekend. And talking of a cut above, as we move on to Portugal’s southern coast, the dramatic Algarve cliffs tops of Albufeira will greet you in spectacular style. Add to that some uber exciting activities like deep sea fishing, where you’ll see fearsome Hammerhead, Blue and Mako sharks as well as Swordfish and massive Tuna, and you’ll be dining out on your stories for years to come.

Bulgaria’s capital Sophia is not only packed with, fun, fun, fun but it’s incredibly cheap, cheap, cheap – an essential ingredient for a successful stag do.

The DesignaVenture packages more than often include airport transfers, meals and accommodation as well as activities, but we can arrange flights too to give you a completely hassle free deal all boxed up. Make this summer really count with at least one sunny stag do memory.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Nothing Normal About A Stag Do In Reading

We’ve known for a while that most stag dos just aren’t normal, so DesignaVenture has created some stag do activity combos to accommodate you mentalists in outrageous style.

Let’s start with the water sports. We know you’re all big kids when it comes to the wet stuff and this time DesignaVenture are pulling the plug on anything standard to bring you Bath-tubs, Boats and Bananas package.

To kick off, the boat isn’t a traditional boat. Think of this more as a Scrap Heap Challenge moment, as you’ll be building your own vessel and attempting to race it to the finish. No engineering skills required though, as this craft will be made of cardboard (yes, we know, but it is special cardboard), plastic and the like and then you’ll paddle like fury before you get that sinking feeling.

Fortunately the inflatable banana bullet is not so fruity and you’ll be wildly bouncing in the wake of a powerful speed boat as you rodeo your way over the waves.

The bath-tub racing concept is as mentally vexing as the cardboard boat, until you realise with relief that it’s actually done on dry land, but is non-the-less crazy as you race these motorised two man tubs hell for lather against eachother. Oh, yes, the camera is a must for this one!

Now all that stag do lunacy comes from Reading, and we’re back in this top spot for even more mayhem with a quadruple collection of even more bonkers stag do capers.

If you thought that segways were a sedate way to site see or nip through town, then Reading has of course ramped things up a gear for the stag do market. These all terrain, highly manoeuvrable motorised vehicles will have you slaloming off road like you never thought possible. Then, while you’re in the swing, we move you over to the beer kegs. No don’t get excited, the booze comes later into your stag night. This is more racing, but this time in motorised beer kegs. Yes, they’ll put anything on wheels in Reading, especially you!

Keeping your feet back on terra firma is the next big challenge, while you hilariously sumo wrestle in a padded up suit against your weeble of a mate as you try to bounce each other out of the ring.

Then take on a bit of the old table-footie, but don’t forget this is Reading. Yes, by some miracle, someone has found a way to make it life-sized and Velcro you and your mates as the players to a bar (Yes, yes, you’ll be doing the same in the pub later), so you have to work in chaotic unison to score the goals.

Now what does all this say about Reading we wonder - probably that it’s the ideal destination for an off the wall stag night.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Stag Night – The Movie!

As if having your balls-out stag night antics posted on Facebook wasn’t glory enough, the evolution of sophisticated functions on our smart phones means that the unbelievable events of your whole stag do could be immortalised in a technicolour production to rival ‘The Hangover’ parts 1 and 2, and uploaded for the whole world to enjoy. YouTube has a lot to answer for.

So, our advice is; make it worth watching.

Every good movie, sorry stag do, needs a balance of memorable laugh-out-loud and air-punching moments. Stag nights need to be remembered for more than how many yards of ale were consumed and the whole stag party needs a bit of a script, direction and a loose plot.

These days stag dos can be as wild as you like, if you can handle it (Ooh, did we throw down a little challenge there?). Our repertoire of, shall we say ‘exotic’ activities, are expanding all the time. A quick bite to eat will never be the same after you’ve licked and sucked it off a stunning naked woman lying across your table in Tallin.

The summer temperatures will rise to new heights (and that’s not all) on a stag night at Hooters in Bristol or Nottingham; get up close and personal with a lap dance anywhere between Bratislava and Brighton and just let your love flow with a guided tour and VIP entry into Amsterdam’s red lights district and top venues.

But hey, don’t forget, every good movie and, in reality stag party, needs a little more than just gratuitous sex…erm, yes it does, think logically, you’re getting married. Far be it from us to encourage the groom to stray, in fact the above was all for the single stags’ benefit, one has to try and please all parties. Besides, this blockbuster needs a bit of hardcore action of the more physically active kind.

Hmm, not that kind, move on for goodness sake, we’re talking James Bond style – that’s not helping is it! Look, we, and the world, want to see you screaming down the bob sleigh in the Baltics, manically Blowkarting (sand yachting) in Holland, smugly surviving the Lazer Combat in Cheltenham. This is what stag dos are all about and you’re the leading man. Come out smelling of victory instead of cheap perfume.

Whoever the director of this Oscar winning epic is going to be, make sure that your stag do makes the final cut.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Devil Is In The Detail: Stag Do Tips

It's the same old story, stag do invitees complaining it's too expensive, or I can't go for two nights, it's too far.

So where does that leave you?

Tune-in to what people want, make compromises (not too much) and help people attend the stag weekend.

If a few of the guys can only make part of the stag do, ask the question get a price for one night.

Go a little out of your way to help people get on board, after all as the best man this is part of your job description.

Most stag do companies like DesignaVenture will help you with the finer points including budgets and tailor made quotes as that's the reason you book with them, the hassle free factor.

Take on everyone's point of view and calculate it by using the following formula, 50% groom's choices and 50% invitees ideas.

Once booked, keep on top of the boys, send out gentle reminders about the payment date, and any relevant news and prank ideas.

Once every one has paid up send out all the details by email, taking the emphasis off you.

You then won't get complaints over the weekend from the lads saying "you didn't tell me you can't wear high heels whilst white water rafting"?

That is obviously a far fetched example but you get my drift, sending out all the details to the lads before the weekend, stops you having to mother the guys whilst on the stag weekend.

You can then sit back and relax and enjoy your weekend away, nice.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Nottingham Stag Weekends Rock

Consider a stag do destination where apparently there are 7 women to 1 man (not sure if this is a myth?), it's easy to get to, the nightlife is buzzing and there are tons of daytime activities to choose from.

That destination is Nottingham, a hot bed for hen and stag parties wanting to let their hair down and party.

In the 90's Nottingham was one of the first cities outside of London, Blackpool and Edinburgh to attract loads of hen and stag revellers.

There are many reasons for this including friendly locals, fantastic nightlife, the rumour of more women than men, activity centres popping up all around Nottinghamshire and it's geographical location within the UK mainland.

The Nightlife is not to be sniffed at, it has many restaurants suiting tastebuds from around the world, energetic bars and dynamic clubs to keep even the liveliest stag party entertained.

The daytime activities in Nottingham are simply awesome and include Rage Buggies, Hovercrafts, It's a Knockout, Quad Biking, Paintball, Indoor Karting, Clay Pigeon Shooting - the list just gets bigger each year.

If you fancy a flutter Nottingham has one of the best racecourses in the country and next door is a greyhound racing track, perfect for a bit of excitement in the evening before heading out to the clubs.

Obviously eating is not always a priority on a stag do, but it is in Nottingham at the Hooters restaurant, the first one to open in the UK ,where gorgeous girls walk around in skimpy outfits serving beers, BBQ food, chips and dips whilst catching up with Sky Sports, is this Utopia?

If you would prefer entertainment Nottingham has an excellent medieval banquet with a lively party atmosphere, 5 courses and as much grog as you can consume.

So if you are in a bit of a pickle and don't know where to have your stag weekend, Nottingham in my mind is a great choice and I haven't even mentioned Robin Hood!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Be A UK Stag Do Beach Bum

The summer is here and lots of stag dos are heading for the UK's finest beach resorts.

Newquay has been a firm favourite for years and has loads going on, that's if you don't fancy just sitting on the beach and watching the peaches go by.

Activities in Newquay include Coasteering (written about in a previous post), surfing, one of the best quad biking sites in the UK, twin engine outdoor race karts that go up to 60mph, body boarding and beach volley ball.

The beaches in Newquay are some of the cleanest you will find anywhere in the world and the water is crystal clear, if a little chilly in early summer!

Bournemouth has a 7 mile award winning sandy beach, and Dorset is home to one of the most expenses places to live in the world, Sand Banks.

Activities in Bournemouth are vast and include Rage Buggies, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Quad Biking, Human Table Football, It's a Knockout and even surfing! Bournemouth is home to the first man made surfing reef.

If you just want to sit on the beach all day and watch people get active walk through the town centre and Bournemouth Gardens to a beautiful clean sandy beach. Shops, restaurants and bars line the beach, there is also a massive Aquarium.

Brighton's pebble beach stretches all the way to Hove and has some of the best beach bars, restaurants and clubs in the UK.

Activities in Brighton are full on and include Buggies, Quads, Hovercrafts, Clays to name just a few.

The beach is where Brighton comes into it's own, throughout the year it just seems to be alive with a vibrant, fun and relaxing atmosphere.

The bars and restaurants look out onto the beach offering beers, cocktails, food and entertainment. Brighton is also a great place to eat some fresh fish with restaurants offering catch of the day, to little cockles and mussel stands.

If you are looking for that last minutes stag do within the UK for June, July or August and fancy some beach life then I would highly recommend one of the above resorts.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Winter Stag Do Ideas

Believe or not we are almost half way through the year and once you hit August you know Christmas and winter is around the corner.

Christmas and Valentine weddings are hugely popular so what can a stag party do in the winter months.

First of all there are many benefits to having a winter stag do, one of them being you may find it cheaper than usual spring and summer months.

At DesignaVenture we offer many winter stag do offers in places such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Reading and Newquay.

These winter special offer include loads of activities including quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, paintball, stay in high quality hotels and get up to 30% off the usual price.

You can always take advantage of the cold weather and go tobogganing on a specialised ice circuit in Riga, just like the pros in the winter Olympics. You can also ski do

Get some balls of steel and go Gorge Scrambling down a river (which is made up of melting snow) from the top of the Brecon Beacons, now that will be cold!

If you want guaranteed snow then head for Milton Keynes where you can go indoor ski-ing or tobogganing on real snow.

Whatever you decide to do on your winter stag weekend, remember one thing a SAS soldier advised me: It's the clothing not the weather and yellow snow.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Last Minute Stag Do

Looking for that Last Minute Stag Do which is giving you the hebejebes?

Well don't worry too much as booking through a stag do company like DesignaVenture can really minimise your stress.

The cons of booking it yourself is finding availability, especially in June, July and August when most of the popular hot spots are full, you may find yourself up against it.

Stag Companies such as DesignaVenture can really help with availability as they will have live up dates from hotels and activity sites all around the country.

They also have an abundance of resources so if your first choice is not available you should be able to get as close to it as possible.

As you are booking last minute, try and keep the price as low as possible - this will keep everyone in the group happy as don't forget; spending money is also vital.

We also find most last minute stag dos are smaller than your average stag group as people may not have enough time to book days off or get out of going to a family event, so don't worry too much about the size of your group, 4 people is better then no stag weekend!

Try and be as flexible as you can, as previously mentioned booking late means you will be up against finding space in hotels and activity sites, so your first choice may not be available.

Keep Your Money In Your Pocket
Booking late (within 4 weeks of travel) also means that you will need to pay in full at time of booking, so if you don't know or trust a member of the group don't pay for him as he may let you down last minute and you will be left out of pocket.

So keep your hands in your pocket and if they don't pay you at the booking stage they will always have the option to book on later, subject to availability.

So for a great last minute stag do don't stress, let the experts take the burden.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Is Golf A Good Stag Do Activity?

Well, it is and it isn't, if that makes any sense.

I suppose what I am trying to say is that it all depends on your group and the way you handle the booking.

We take many stag do bookings which include Golf and find half of them either reduce right down in numbers or completely cancel.

If the groom loves golf and wants to have a game on his stag weekend, then that's great, he should be able to do what he wants to do.

However, if you have 20 people on the list you will possibly find that over half will not have played golf before or even want to play this fustrating game.

Note; Churchill was quoted on saying; "Golf spoils a good walk!"

So you have two options, book the golf for the Sunday morning and do something else on the Saturday, or quote the guys two prices, with and without golf.

They then have the option and will still attend the stag weekend without feeling that have to play and pay for golf.

Golf is an extremely hard game and if you have never played before you are going to look a divot!

So most people who have never played and don't want to play golf shy away from the prospect of picking up a driver and wacking a ball.

I play golf, not very well, however I do understand that some people just do not want to play the game.

You could always ask the non players to caddy or hold the beer so they don't have to pay.

Whatever you decide, try not to push golf on a non player when booking a stag do, as you may find attendees dropping out like flies.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Stag Do Ideas For The Petrol Head

You don't have to stink of petrol to enjoy some amazing motorised activities whilst on your stag do.

Motorised stag activities are extremely popular as most groups want excitement, adrenalin and speed from their activities.

One of the most popular activities to do on your stag do is Rage Buggies, these dirt buggies can reach speeds of up to 60mph and take some guts to swing them round corners at top speed!

If you prefer to be on a bike, then Quad Bikes will take some beating, they are very versatile and easy to ride. Some sites let you race these beasts around specially designed mud tracks which have adverse and reverse chambers and some even have straights with jumps in the middle of them so you can get air.

If you prefer to take on what Mother Nature has provided then off road and quad bike across extreme treks, with steep climbs and inclines, through rivers and woods this is definitely not a nature trail.

Hovercrafts for the last few years have become extremely popular with activity sites popping up all over the country. If I am honest they are hard to manoeuvre but once you get the gist of it you're away! By the way, you fly a Hovercraft and not drive or ride it, you learn something new everyday.

Race Karts (Indoor and Outdoor) are also a very popular activity to do on your stag do, on most tracks you can get 12 karts on the track at once giving your group maximum competition and bragging rights for the winner.

Finally there are other motorised activities which hardly ever get a mention in Blogs such as Mini Racing, Argocats, Power Steer Karts, Blindfold Driving and Car Rallying - you can find out more about these stag activities on the DesignaVenture website.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Unusual Stag Do Ideas

Most stags are looking for something different to do on their stag do, something most of the guys in the group have not done before.

Below, I have put together some unusual stag do ideas for you to have a peak at.

If money is no object and for a luxury stag do, book a private jet to a European destination of your choice. DesignaVenture offer this option on their website and will include private transfers at your resort, 5 star accommodation and entry into prestigious nightclubs and bars.

If you would prefer to stay in the UK and get away from the grime and erratic nightlife of the big cities, Pitch Up and Canoe down the River Wye. With exceptional scenery and a chance to unwind, drink and catch up with friends this really is a great idea.

If you would prefer loads of full on activities ideal for the stag who love the outdoor life, then North Wales is a fantastic option.

White Water Rafting, Gorge Scrambling / Canyoning, Abseiling off 60 foot bridges are just some of the activities you could be doing if you choose North Wales as your chosen destination.

Milton Keynes is a destination where many people have heard of but have never been to. This modern City has some excellent activities and fantastic nightlife. Activities include indoor sky diving, indoor skiing and indoor climbing, sounds to me the perfect destination if the weather on your weekend is going to be wet!

If you have sea legs (if you don't find bouncy up and down on the waves sickening) then hire a yacht and skipper from Portsmouth and sail to Cowes. Whilst on your sailing tour you will learn a little about sailing your racing yacht and get to enjoy the nightlife at the very same location Prince William went to on a similar stag do.

To cap it all off, if your stag wants some motorised fun at an extremely competitive price then I must recommend something DesignaVenture offers in Nottingham called the Rage Buggies, Bikes and Boogie.

This is one of our most popular packages and includes 2 nights in a 3 star hotel, breakfast, Rage Buggies, Quad Biking and Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting and guest list entry into Oceana nightclub, the biggest and best nightclub in Nottingham.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Stag Do Olympic Antics West Country Style

What better way to embrace the worldwide sports spectacular of London Twenty Twelve Olympics than to have a Bristol stag do themed around the Olympics, West Country style?

If you fancy gaining momentum by running up to a predetermined area and throwing a welly rather than a javelin, then this will be right up your track.

Compete in nine different events all in the style of this fantastic madcap and off the wall funny theme.

There's the cider run where you are tied to a bungee rope, the Vicky Pollard's handbag event, Tractor Tyre roll and pitchfork duel, drunk pub skittles to give you just a taster.

The winner will be presented with a gallon of traditional scrumpy and will walk away a gladiator, that's if he can stand up after necking the cider!

This is truly a unique stag activity package.

With this event on your Bristol stag weekend you will be fighting off would-be friends with a sh***ty pitchfork to keep your guest list down.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Horse Racing Weekend - Ideas For A Stag Do

Another amazing Stag Do idea is going to the Races, what a perfect way to celebrate your last few days of single life.

Ladies in hats, Champagne, excitement and frivolity awaits you at any number of the fantastic race courses around the UK.

Royal Ascot is one of the most popular horse racing destinations for stag dos, it has panache and flair suited to a stag group looking for a bit more of an upmarket do.

Watch the horses parade around the ring before choosing the Beauty you think will make you some money.

Then soak in the buzz and excitement of the actual races themselves, take the hit or win some dosh then, celebrate or commiserate with a bottle of champagne!

Newcastle racecourse in July celebrates Plate Day, which is one of the busiest race days north of the Watford Gap. This days has a fantastic atmosphere and is extremely popular, so book as soon as you can.

DesignaVenture offers extremely popular Horse Racing Weekends for stag dos all over the UK, they include hotels, return transport to the racecourses and racing packages which usually include entry, drink and food vouchers and a small tote bet.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Stag Dos that Rock

Stag Dos these days are looking for unique activities and a location which suits the group's expectations.

Locations in the UK which really are hitting the big time in 2011 are Bristol, Bournemouth, Newcastle, North Wales and Nottingham.

Whether it's specific activities available or simply the nightlife, these locations have a warm welcome to stag dos and seem to get busier and busier each year.

For example take Bristol, it has a great location and is very accessible from most parts of England and Wales. It also has fantastic activities and lively nightlife.

Newcastle and Nottingham have always been a firm favourite with stag groups as the nightlife is simple electric and the locals are friendly and accommodating.

If you are looking for the Beach then Bournemouth has 7 miles of glorious white sand, on a day like to day there is no better place to be with the boys, watching the peaches go by and maybe have getting a quick game of 5 a side.

Unique activities in North Wales is it's pull, with all year round White Water Rafting, great quad biking to get your teeth into it is one of the best places to spend a relaxing stag do.

Wherever you choose I reccommend the UK in twenty eleven, just like thousands of other stag dos.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Consider Coasteering for a Great Stag Do Idea

Coasteering is a great activity to include on your Stag Do Newquay.

Exploring the rugged Cornish coastline, your aim is cover to get from A to B without going in land which will include climbing sheer rock faces and jumping into deep water pools.

Starting off on lower ledges you will gradually move on to higher ledges which can exceed 40 foot!

However, no peer pressure is the key here, instructors and guides will be on hand to help you every jump of the way and if the jump is too big, there is always another way down.

Here is a short video of Coasteering with DesignaVenture:

Most stag dos will find this activity incredible, well this is the feedback we get back from our stag parties every weekend!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Stag Activity Weekends in Wales

If you need a break from the usual nightclub, bar crawls and packed city centres then look no further then our North Wales / Shropshire Border stag activity weekends.

Staying in en-suite group accommodation with a late bar (open until you can't take anymore) serving Real Ales and hearty locally produced meals it is a great place to get away from the fast lane of modern living.

On the doorstep of this amazing laid back location is some of the finest stag activities known to stags.

Activities include White Water Rafting, Quad Biking, Hovercrafts, Gorge Scrambling, Abseiling off 80 ft bridges, Paintball, Outdoor Race Karts, Clay Pigeon Shooting to name just a few.

After you have exhausted your bodies go back to your group hotel for a well earned pint or two and tuck into a hearty two course meal, then sit back and relax, unwind and discuss why you fell out the raft, or got shot the most in Paintball in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

This is one of many fantastic stag do ideas available on the DesignaVenture website.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Bristol Stag Do

If you are looking for a destination which will satisfy most stag groups then, holding your stag do in Bristol will help you hit the ground running.

With fantastic activities which include Rage Buggies, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Quad Biking and even Gorge Scrambling Bristol really is a fine place to hold your stag weekend.

Bristol has a good number of 4 star hotels all situated in the centre of the city, and DesignaVenture only use 4 star hotels, which are affordable and stag friendly.

The nightlife has been upgraded and rejuvenated into cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and clubs with the biggest drag being around the waterside area of this amazing stag do city.

Fancy a flutter? The DesignaVenture horse racing package in Bristol is an ideal weekend suiting the stag party looking for thrills and excitement without getting wet or muddy.

Whatever you want to do on your stag do, I am positive Bristol will knock your stag party for 6, with high fives all around from the happy stag.