Saturday, 29 December 2012

When Should I Book My 2013 Stag Do?

Great question, when should you book your 2013 stag do?

Well, there is no time like the present....

2013 Looks to be another busy year in the hen and stag do world and with hotels, flights and activity sites having limited accommodation on busy weekends booking early is great advice.


Will I get penalised if people drop out?

"Shish, that's another great question, you're on fire today"!

This depends on what type of stag do you have booked and where you have booked it. If you book your stag do through DesignaVenture all UK bookings and bookings abroad without flights, you can reduce your numbers up until 4 weeks before you go*.

If you have booked flights, check your booking conditions, my advice when booking flights or putting down a per person deposit; firstly make sure you are savvy with all the booking conditions and secondly, collect the money in from the boys before putting down any of your own hard earned cash.

At DesignaVenture, we find the earlier you book your stag do the better, there are so many positives:

  • Booking a large group into a hotel takes up a lot of bedrooms, splitting your group over several hotels is bad practice
  • Activity sites can only take so many people on a busy day, and Saturdays when 99% of the stag dos want to play, is the busiest day of the week
  • Just knowing you have sorted your best mates stag weekend without having to break sweat will show you are living up to the title of Best Man
  • People can put the weekend date into their diaries, giving them plenty of notice
  • Booking early gives you plenty of opportunity to fully look into your stag do destination, arrange a stag do prank or two and you also have something to look forward to

So January is a fantastic time to book your stag do for the summer and if you book your stag do through DesignaVenture and staying in the UK all you'll need to do is stick down a small deposit and give them a rough idea of numbers.

*Some activity sites or hotels may need a per person deposit, these are few and far between but I thought I'd mention it.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Stag Do Ideas For February

February is a funny month, it's too wet to go to the Med, in the UK the weather can be hit or miss and across the Continent they are possibly in the midst of -17 degrees in the day!

So what can a stag do get up to in February?

"Well this does depend on your budget my friend."



If you are looking to keep costs down then a stag do to Bournemouth may be up your street. From shooting guns to racing Rage Buggies are fantastic activities to do all year round. I also know that in hotel February prices are low so it's also time to grab a bargain, just like the Bournemouth Offer Weekend on the DesignaVenture website:

  • 2 Nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast, 
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Quad Biking
  • Blindfold Driving
  • Human Table Football
  • Nightclub Entry
All this for under £135.00 per person*, it's a real cracker!!

If you are wanting a stag night nearby or easy to get to then Reading, Bristol, Nottingham and Leeds are all fantastic cities to rock up to. They all have loads of activities in the day and in February you should be able to get what you want at a great price.

Alternatively, if you are wanting to get on a plane to places such as Krakow, Prague, Riga and Bratislava are all excellent places to party. Nightlife a plenty with a humongous amount of daytime activities to choose from, including the real snowbikes in Riga which are so much fun.

Wanting it warm? Then Las Vegas is in the desert so you can expect clear warm days peaking at around 17 degrees which is like a UK warm sunny day in May.

Not forgetting Las Vegas is the stag do mecca of the world and has so many stag activities on offer, if you have the money. From gun shooting, huge zip wires in the desert to real air combat (without real ammo obviously). Then you have the nightlife which is totally outrageous full on and an immense amount of fun.

Just because your stag do is in February it doesn't mean there will be nothing to do, on the contrary there are blimin loads of stag do ideas.

*Price correct as of the 21/09/2013.


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Stag Do Ideas for 2013

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Stuck on what to do for 2013 and need some fantastic Stag Do Ideas?
Well, look no further people here are some amazing things to do which are either unique or bleeding obvious.
Let’s start with some unique stag do ideas, have you ever tried tossing the Caber, welly boot hurling or a traditional Haggis malt challenge?
Just outside Edinburgh there is a fantastic activity site, which offers these traditional activities for stag dos wanting something a little different, and let’s face it, Edinburgh is an immense stag do destination.
Something similar, near to Bristol is the West Country Games, which includes everything country such as; welly wanging, tractor tyre rolling, handbags at dawn, Wurzel knockout and so on.

Another unique stag do experience is over in the German capital city of Berlin. It involves driving the old and super cool, fifties retro communist car called the Trabant.
Cruise the streets in a Trabant style convey which will get the German ladies looking round and staring and hopefully not laughing!
If you feel like taking to the air and getting into a real dog fight then pick up your passport and head for Las Vegas. Using REAL PLANES with an on board missile system, which smokes when you get hit, this is the real deal. Please note; live missiles are not used, as apparently they are deemed as “dangerous”. 
Last but not least, if you fancy doing an activity but still want your hands around a pint then may I suggest the Beer Bike. That's right, beer drinking whilst cycling, however this is not what you think, all you do is pedal whilst the sober bar tender steers. This is a great sightseeing tour with a difference.

If you are not looking for a unique stag do and want something that you know everyone will enjoy then you need to book onto some popular stag do activities.
I would say Rage Buggies are pretty much up there for popularity and full on fun. Reaching speeds of up to 60 mph in karts strong enough for stags to race around in, no wonder these karts are top of the stag do list of things to do.
Paintball is old hat but still exceptional fun which involves the whole stag group. Trigger happy or a sneaky sniper you will love this game for it's sheer madness.
Quad biking is dangerous but what's an activity without a bit of danger....
A hen activity?
Believe or not, Quad biking is one of the most popular stag activities, these machines are fast, versatile and loads of fun to ride. 

White water rafting is very location dependant activity but with the new man made white water site opened in Cardiff, it is getting extremely popular. What's not to like, frothing water, inflatables and a shower at the end, sounds like a stag weekend in Prague!
For more stag do ideas get yourself to the DesignaVenture website.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Stag Do Ideas Bournemouth

Bournemouth over the last few years has really transformed itself into an amazing stag do destination.

Daytime activities are full on and plentiful and the nightlife can only be explanined as buzzing, wicked and incredible.

Starting with the basic stag weekend ideas, get yourself to Bournemouth and become a beach bum, obviously stay in a hotel at night but during the day hit the Blue flag clean and sandy beach.

The beach is so huge there is loads of room for game of 5 a side football, frisbe, volleyball or just plain and simple sun bathing.

Moving on, if you have the need for speed there are loads of motorised activities from Rage Buggies, Quad Biking and Mini Racing to Outdoor Karting, HIgh Speed RIBs and Powerboating.

If you need to shoot some guns there is some fantastic paintball sites, plenty of clay pigeon shooting and a new activity; shooting .22 Rimfire Assault Rifles (more on this to follow).

Other stag do ideas include Surfing, Zorbing, Coasteering, Deep Sea Fishing, Canoeing and anything else that ends in ing!

Daytime activities covered, what is there to do at night?

Apart from the 250+ restaurants, hundreds of bars, casinos, nightclubs, countless gentleman's clubs, comedy clubs and dog track, it's pretty quiet.

Jokes aside, Bournemouth at night is a fantastic destination to hold your stag do, the atmopshere is buzzing with enough bars to last you a week let alone a weekend.

One of our most popular stag do packages in Bournemouth on the DesignaVenture website is the Bournemouth Offer Weekend. In and out of season, this stag do is a real winner, and includes 2 nights, 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast, quad biking, blindfold driving, clay pigeon shooting, human table football and nightclub entry all at an incredible price.

So, if you need an outstanding UK stag do destination, with loads to do, full of stag do ideas, Bournemouth will not let you down and the DesignaVenture website is a great place to start.




Friday, 7 December 2012

Reading Revs Up For 2013

If you are looking for a fantastic stag do destination for 2013, then Reading is a great place to start.

Reading has a great location, situated just off the M4, 40 minutes from London and has great rail links, so getting there will not be a problem.

In the centre you have some excellent hotels, offering 4 star facilities, big buffet breakfasts and walking distance to all the nightlife.

Reading has also some immense activity sites nearby and what would a stag do be, without full on activities?

A hen do?

Anyway, enough of the sexism, Reading has some really great stag do activities such as the very funny Cardboard Boat Challenge to the fast and furious Rage Buggies.

Shoot clays out of the sky or go Horse Racing.

Ascot is just 30 minutes down the road and is one of the most famous Race Courses in the world. A horse racing stag weekend is very apt, not only do you have the excitement of the races you also have lots of bars to hang out in, loads of ladies in nice hats and somewhere to dress up and let your hair down.

If you prefer the totally bizarre stag activities how about motorised beer keg racing or the bathtub kart races.

All of these activities and loads more are available on the DesignaVenture Reading Stag Do Page.

At night, Reading isn’t a let down with comedy clubs, nightclubs and gentleman’s clubs you’ll be clubbed out! 

As most of the nightlife is only a 5 minute walk from your hotel, getting lost or spending money on taxis on your Reading stag do will not be an issue.
 
If you thought Reading was just a commute town, think again.