Friday, 30 November 2012

Nottingham For Your Next Stag Do Anyone?

In the late nineties early naughties, Nottingham was the most popular stag do destination in the UK.

Now after several years in the wilderness and in the shadows of other fantastic UK stag do destinations such as Bournemouth, Edinburgh, London and Newquay, Nottingham has seen a bit of a revival.

The Nottingham city centre has had a fair amount of investment over the last few years, and some of the new kids on the block include some amazing restaurants*, lively bars and some banging nightclubs.

*Some the of the best curry houses I have ever eaten in!

Then you have the stag do activities and what a choice from Rage Buggies to White Water Rafting, Clay Pigeon Shooting to Quad Biking, Paintball to Indoor Karting, there are just too many stag activities to mention.

However one of the most popular stag do ideas in Nottingham is It's a Knockout (pictured above). Foam, water, fancy dress and competition, what else do you need!

Nottingham also has it's geographic location on it's side, being situated almost right in the middle of the UK.

So if your stag party members are scattered all over the UK, Nottingham is perfectly situated for your stag do.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Stag Do Ideas For The Insane

Some stag do activities are just plane mad, either risky as hell, or just whacky.
Take for example an activity in Reading, which includes a Cardboard Boat Challenge and Bathtub Kart Racing. Now, it’s not really a risky stag do activity but you need to have of some sort of Top Gear disorder to book it, and stags have booked it in their droves.
Bungee Jumping / Bridge Swinging you do need to be slightly insane to attach a load of platted rubber bands around your ankles and then jump from a 150ft ledge and expect to survive. It’s a great activity for the stag, or for the whole stag party to do.
Trabant driving in Berlin is quite a sedate affair, they cannot hit any dangerous speeds however these two stroke 1950's old soviet cars are loads of fun to drive.  Drive around Berlin with your zany mates in a kind of Trabant convoy giving your stag do a little bit of class.
Police arrest will leave your poor stag insane. One scenario is a dummy police van will follow you from the airport, stop your airport shuttle check everyone’s passports and arrest the stag. He will be taken off in the police van, interrogated and then released back to his mates who will be rolling around the floor with laughter, the poor fella!! As you can imagine, this is only available in a few stag do destinations abroad.
Another activity only available abroad is the Bobsleigh, reach breakneck speeds without breaks or a steering wheel! Hurtling down an ice track like a bullet out of a gun doesn’t sound very sane to me, but again, stag parties love it!!
Zorbing, why?
And finally, as a curve ball I have thrown in the West Country Games. Is a pitchfork duel, Handbags at Dawn, Tractor try rolling, Welly Wanging and Wurzell Knockout sound something other then a farmer would do? Insane stag dos, do it in Bristol, loving every minute.
Insane stag do ideas can all be found on the DesignaVenture website.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Where on Earth is Riga?

Riga is the capital of Latvia, which is an old Russian communist state, gaining independence on the 21st August 1991.

“So what has this got to do with stag do ideas, then?”

Don’t get sweaty; I am about to tell you.
Riga is not only one of the cheapest places to drink in Europe but also boasts possibly the most stag do activities available to man within a fair driving distance from your hotel.

Some of these stag activities are also unique an amazing amount of fun.

For example, Bobsleigh, you are speeding down a proper ice track (only in winter), giving you the REAL experience of an Olympian. In the summer when the weather is hot, you go down with an Olympic instructor using wheels, you still get up to some fantastic speeds.

Then you have AK 47 shooting, now I have done this and it blows your mind (not literally). First of all you put it into semi automatic, then stick it into automatic, wowsers, it’s like the A Team titles in the 80’s.

These are two unique stag do experiences you will not possibly achieve anywhere else in the world.

You also have the nightlife, in all of our stag packages on the DesignaVenture website, we have a couple of female guides who will escort you at least on the first night.

They will be able to take you to the best clubs and bars in town and give you bearings for the whole weekend.

The Eastern Bloc are notorious for erotic floor shows and Riga is no different, so if you want to set up the stag and make him look a fool in front of all his mates (shame on you), Riga can also cater for the smutty tours!!

I have only brushed the surface on what you can do whilst on a Riga stag weekend, for more details go to the DesignaVenture website, it’s a great place for information even if you don’t want to book anything, use it!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Stag Do! HELP! What Next?

You have just been asked to be best man at your best mates wedding and the first thing you say is "what are we going to do for the stag do?"

So, what are you going to do for your stag do?

Is it a UK destination with loads of activities?

Eastern Europe for cheap booze?

Or is it sun, sea and sangria in one of the Med's lively resorts?

Whatever choice you make, here are a few tips and ideas to make the whole event run smoother then a pint of the black stuff:

  •  Talk to the people the groom wants to come and try and be as accommodating to everyone's tastes as possible. On the contrary, don't let any one's opinion rule the decision, make an executive decision yourself from everyone's feedback, afterall you are the best man.
  •  Following on from the first point, try not to price anyone off the stag do, we all have a budget. If you do over price the stag weekend it might end up just you and the stag going.
  •  Try your very best to do something in the day to keep the boys out of the pub, otherwise you will have peakers by 4pm, and it will be messy.
  • Be flexible, if some people can only make part of the stag do that's fine, give them the option,  they may be having trouble getting time off or raising all of the funds.
  •  Whilst on the stag weekend have a Kitty, there is not enough emphasis on the stag do Kitty, it's a great idea, it keeps everyone together and no one spends more then they have to.
  • Before you go on your mammoth stag do, make sure everyone has an electronic version of the itinerary and accommodation details. Or if you are in a strange city get people to take a hotel card from reception, at least then they will know how to get back to their bed at night!
  • At DesignaVenture, we send out with every stag do booked, an 'Essential Travel Pack', in the post and by email. We then reccommend all our customers to forward that email to everyone in the group, that way, everyone has the same amount of information you have. You can then sit back, relax, and have a fantastic stress free stag weekend.
Good luck....

Friday, 2 November 2012

VEGAS - Enough Said!

You only have to mention Vegas in the stag do world, and you know, not only is it one of the most popular stag do destinations in the universe, but also, the most famous bachelor hangout.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

Stag Activities: Air Combat!

Casinos, obviously:

Day clubs or pool parties, amazing atmosphere and a few pretty girls thrown in:

Almost a mile long Zip Wire:

So stag do, Vegas, enough said!