Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Red Carpet Winners For Top Stag Destinations

With the glamorous Oscars spilling out this year’s film awards, we have a few commendations of our own. Not on the film front, but on top stag destinations for all you well-travelled stag dos out there. Who knew that you were so adventurous, using your last days of freedom to explore pastures new around the UK.

If you traditionally think that stag nights are either a choice of a full on weekend in Europe or a stagger around your local clubs and bars, have a look at where stags have really been going, with our survey taken between autumn 2010 – the same period in 2011.

Despite a fantastic destination in Dublin, the Irish like to hop across the sea to sample Scotland’s capital Edinburgh or party in Bristol in the South-West, to be sure.

Conversely the Scots are a little more patriotic and also love Edinburgh, but their second most popular stag do choice is rugged North Wales. They just can’t get enough of those hills can they?

Stag Parties from the North East are taking advantage of their good position to trot down the motorway to have their stag do in Nottingham or up to Edinburgh and some have even taken that extra leap to good old Bristol.

But the North Westerners are following suit with the East Midlands and like to be among the ancient mountains of North Wales.

Stag dos from the East Midlands are mainly homeys but then take it by the antlers and surf on down to the South-West. Where the stag dos from the West Midlands prefer to venture to the southwest or across to the East Midlands.

The Welsh stag dos are loving that toe into England and favour the southwest with a stag do in Bristol being their first choice, easy does it, then take a real gamble to the south coast as their second choice, with their own North Welsh grass of home coming in a surprising third.

Nominations from the South-West stag dos keep their sights firmly at the bottom of the compass with the south coast again popular, as is the south-east, but keeping it real is bustling Bristol at the top of the list.

The same line-up in a different order floats the boat of the South-East stag nighters, this time with Bournemouth plucking the prize. And the Londoners’ plates of meat are taking them to the south-east and west, steady boys.

DesignaVenture’s continental stags are coming from the Netherlands to paddle in our English coastal waters, from France to the south-east, ooh-arrr, and interestingly from Jersey to have a knees-up in London innit.

And the winner is…….the South West all the way! Be it the coast or West Country area, it’s where you stags love to live it up the most.

Take a bow you Scrumpy swilling revellers for winning the top stag destinations bong, it could all change in next year’s pole and keeping the gong can be as hard as winning it.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Stag Weekend Ideas

With literally thousands of stag weekend ideas floating around the website you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle of what to do ands where to go.

Luckily, you are reading this blog which will help point you in the right direction.

First of all where to go?

If you are looking for crazy nights and lazy days then somewhere with a beach is a great idea. 

Stag destinations such as Newquay, Bournemouth, Benidorm, Barcelona all tick the right boxes, it just depends if you are looking for guaranteed sunshine.

If you have the need for speed, then motorised stag activities should be on your to do list which include Rage Buggies, Indoor and Outdoor Karts, Car Rallying and Mini Racing.

If you want to shoot at each other or the stag try Paintball or Lazer Tag, or if you prefer a target to aim at then have a go at Clay Pigeon Shooting, AK 47 shooting (most Eastern Block countries) or take aim with a hand gun.

Watersports are an excellent way to get rid of a hangover so should be on every stag do activity list. Most popular activities are White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Canoeing, Coasteering and Surfing.

However, quiet nights and busy days might be on your mind as usually your life is filled with hustle and bustle so a break to North Wales should be on your cards. 

Just think, no traffic, no queues, no smog….

Whatever your stag dreams are made of, be sure to book through a reputable stag do organiser like DesignaVenture, they will be able to give you great advice on popular stag destinations and activities. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Bournemouth Stag Weekends

If you feel like the groom is unsure on a top stag destination I have a location that will keep everyone in your group happy, have your stag weekend in Bournemouth.

If the 7 miles of glorious golden sandy beach doesn't do it for you, then the nightlife will. 

When the Sun features a beach scene with the infamous 80°F header it is always Bournemouth's sandy beach. When the UK has a heat wave, where does the reporters from Daybreak or the BBC Breakfast News flock to, that's right people, Bournemouth.

But hey, that is not the only reason why you should pack your bags and send your stag party to Bournemouth, what about stag activity ideas, does Bournemouth offer any?

Has pinocchio got wooden balls? You can race rage buggies, shoot proper clays, race old style Minis with role cages, shoot paintballs or hack through woods and fields at speed on quad bikes.

Alternatively, if you wan't to get wet there are loads of water sports on offer including coasteering, rib adventures, surfing and water ski-ing to get your teeth into.

Then there's the nightlife which can only be described as epic!

Loads of bars and clubs all in one area of town so you can crawl the bars and then dance the night away without having to get out a map.

If you prefer some lady action, Bournemouth has some of the best lap dancing clubs in the UK making this sunny seaside town a stag do Haven.

However, Bournemouth has some other tricks up it's sleeve, if you have a stag party looking for a quiet night or two, Bournemouth has some great restaurants and if you don't mind the walk along the beach or a short cab ride then there are some trendy bars in Poole or Boscombe where you can let your hair down without having to shouting about it! 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Tech Up Your Stag Do - Part Two

Thanks for the memories
Whilst on your stag do, you will need to capture all those great memorable moments on either video or with clear vivid images.

So, get your hands on a waterproof HD camera there are loads about. The Kodak PlaySport is a good one, it's cheap and extremely handy for you to film your stag group taking part in white water rafting, Coasteering or Canyoning as it’s waterproof up to 3 metres and is homed in a rugged case so it can take a few bumps and tumbles.

Alternatively you can conceal your smart phone in a waterproof case and record your brilliant stag do moments however, don’t buy a cheap one or you may kiss goodbye to your Smart phone!

There are also loads of DSLR’s on the market which are also getting smaller and smarter, with fantastic quality images and if you bundle it with a zoom lens you can pap your mates in Rage Buggies bricking themselves on the other side of the course without having to move an inch.

Go Find Yourself
Sat Nav’s are not a new phenomenon however, they are incredibly useful especially when you are in a new part of the country and every road sign is a mystery.

You can now even get Sat Nav Apps for your smart phone which is ideal for the stag organiser not wanting to get tied down in to many wires!!

Track The Stag
If you are worried that the stag slopping off early we have a great tech idea which will track his every minute.

He is bound to have a GPS enabled smart phone and using instamapper you can trace him in real time. So now, the stag cannot escape the flaming Sambuca’s or the Jager bombs, poor fella! 

Monday, 6 February 2012

Tech Up Your Stag Do - Part One

Organising The Mother
The best place to start is by getting in contact with a professional stag do organiser such as DesignaVenture. They will have the contacts, get you into the best clubs and fix you up with good quality, stag friendly accommodation.

Communication = Success
Once you have the dates and stag weekend sorted, you then need to get the word out and these days with so many free platforms at your finger tips you'd be a fool not to use them.

Create a Facebook page advertising the stag weekend, twitter the details, use your smart phone and email everyone the itinerary, create a Paypal account for people to drop money into. If you want to keep it a secret you can do all this hidden behind a username and password, away from prying eyes.

Use file sharing websites such as wetransfer.com or DropBox. Here you can store all the stag do arrangements and information files which then, can be easily accessed by only your stag group, providing they have the user name and password. 

You can then use these mediums to share photos and videos after the stag do, without allowing the world and youtube in.

It's Not The Weather, It's Your Clothing
If your stag do is in the UK, let’s be honest we are not blessed with 365 days of brilliant sunshine, some years we are not even blessed with 365 minutes!!

So, there is an old useful army saying, “it’s not the weather, it’s your clothing”. And what this basically means; if you get wet or cold you are having a wardrobe malfunction!

These days outdoor clothing has become very high tech, using Nano technologies and computer designs to create amazing outdoor clothing. This modern clothing can keep you warm, cool or dry whilst allowing your body to breathe and not get smelly, unlike the cagoule's of the past.

Companies such as North Face, Salomon and Mountain Equipment not only does all these things but also looks good on, which let’s face it when on a stag do is highly important, unless the dress code states; "come as Gimps".