Friday, 31 May 2013

Top 5 Stag Do Bucket List


Bucket lists are all the rage these days and so are unique stag dos, putting both of these together seem to make a whole load of sense.

So we have compiled a top 5 stag do bucket list….

Create Your Very Own Hangover Film

Las Vegas or Bangkok?

If you’ve done Bangkok, booking Las Vegas for your stag do is a must and vice versus

Vegas has so much on offer from the pool parties, casinos, hotels, shows, clubs and just the overall crazy vibe.

Day clubs and pool parties are a massive hit, top DJ’s banging tunes and beautiful ladies wandering around in bikinis and California* tans, high 5!

One word of warning, it isn’t cheap!

Bangkok is the other extreme, once you get there eating and drinking can be really cheap and is a total cultural exchange.

This city will open your eyes, it’s one of the maddest cities in the world, you’ll see flashy sports cars and knackered out rickshaws, lady boys and elephants all in a blink of an eye.  

You’ll eat things you’ve never considered edible!

Then you have the nightlife, put it this way, going out will never be the same again.

*We know Las Vegas is in Nevada before the geography police start twitching


Mount Kilimanjaro – A Good Call For Charity


This type of stag do is totally unique and will possibly be something only for the dedicated.

Don’t expect a huge amount of take up from your mates on this one, as it takes 7 days to complete and you’ll need to be fairly fit.

Get in the in-laws good books by doing it for charity.

In our mind this is a stag weekend for the non-drinker, unless you go via Amsterdam on the way back! (see below)


Adventurous Stag Weekends


The adventurous stag weekend can include anything from white water rafting to racing buggies, cliff jumping to surfing.

This is one for the masses, as most groups tend to want to do these types of activities, it will brings out their competitive edge or push them to their limit.


Top Gear Style Driving Challenge

A massive amount of fun will be had, GUARANTEED (said in a Clarkson stylie).

Either set a really low budget and buy yourselves some old bangers or take your current old bangers over to the continent and set yourself some tasks.

Maybe fill up on petrol and see how far you can go or just simply getting yourselves to a certain destination without breaking down.

We have heard of a stag party dressing up their cars and driving from Sheffield to Benidorm.

Another group drove to Amsterdam in fancy dress, setting themselves tasks along the way!


Amsterdam


One of the oldest stag destinations in the world, Amsterdam was and is an extremely popular location to hold your last days as being a free man.

Take a walk through the canal lined streets and you may get an eyeful! Or visit a local coffee shop, they have stuff in there that will put hairs on your chest.

Amsterdam isn’t just about the already mentioned attractions; it also is a beautiful city.

Hire a bike and cycle round the streets or book one of our most popular stag activities in Amsterdam, the canal boat bar crawl.

If you have never been to Amsterdam, you need to go, as it’s an experience you will never forget.

We have loads of fantastic stag do ideas on the stag do section of our website


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Canoe and Camping On The River Wye


Stag Do Ideas Alert – Why not spend your stag do canoeing and camping down the River Wye?

It doesn’t have to be on the River Wye, however over the last couple of years the facilities on this beautiful river have increased considerably.

I have actually been on three camping and canoeing trips down the River Wye and each one has been loads of fun, you will never get bored of the breathtaking scenery and the sense of freedom, isolation and tranquility, you get when floating down river.

The best way to do it and the most enjoyable way is to Lord it, have a single base and have pre arranged transport, we cater for this type of canoeing and camping stag do on our website.

You set up camp on the banks of the River Wye next door to a pub, well you are on a stag do. The facilities include great pub food, showers, toilet facilities and a place to land your vessels.

The first day you get picked up and transported 10.5 miles up river, you then canoe down to your campsite, which can take between 3 to 6 hours depending on how fast you paddle, most stag groups prefer to take their time, relax and have a laugh.

Once you have landed at your campsite, shower (optional) and get yourself into the pub for a good hearty meal with lashings of local ales, beers, and ciders. There is also a pool table, outside seating areas and the best views of the river.

On our last canoeing venture we sat up until the early hours drinking and laughing at the experiences of the day which mainly involved wigging the canoeists' who capsized.

The next day it’s time to set off from the pub down river, another day of freedom, beautiful scenery and a few rapids to navigate.

You then get picked up from an agreed destination and taken back to your campsite. 

This is an incredible stag do for groups looking to get away from it all enjoying something you wouldn't normally do.

Longer and short options are available and if camping isn't for you there is plenty of places to stay including, Hay on Wye, Glasbury or the bright lights of Hereford.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Budget Stag Dos


Your groom wants a stag do but the budget is tighter than a gnats armpit.

What to do?

The UK is a great place to start; you need cheap and cheerful accommodation (as after all it's just a place to rest your head) and plenty to do so with that in mind:

North Wales Stag Do

North Wales is the choice for stag parties wanting loads of activities, good accommodation for not an awful lot of wonga.

For example: 2 Nights accommodation, breakfast both mornings, an evening meal and Canyoning comes to less than £100 per person, (it actually currently £99 per person at today’s prices).

Camping anyone?

Don’t turn your nose up, camping is actually a fantastic way to enjoy a stag weekend.

What's not to like:
  • Campfires
  • BBQ's
  • Beer
  • Funny Stories 

All this equates to a fantastic stag weekend.

Book out of season

Most stag dos take place in the summer, because most weddings are in the summer, its easy math.

So book the stag do early, between the months of November and February, and save yourself a load of cash.

For example; we have a stag package in Bournemouth called the Bournemouth Offer Weekend, which between the months of November and February is discounted by a whopping 28%.

Go stag night

If you don’t have the budget to stay for 2 nights, go for 1 night, book a lap dancing club, nightclub and bar crawl and just go for it, cheap as chips.

Paintball, ouch!

Paintball is an amazingly cheap stag activity, which can last all day. Just think you and your mates against the rest of the world (well the other paintball team). Become tactical and really take the other team to bits, alternatively shoot your gun like a crazy trigger-happy loon (cost alert, usually £5 per 100 bullets so don’t go too mad).

Lots more budget stag do ideas can be found on our stag do homepage, where you can even just stick in your budget and see what packages fall under that parameter.

Good luck.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Joint Stag and Hen Do… For better or worse?


Joint Hen and Stag weekends, a SHAG or a STEN Do is growing ever more popular between couples. 

But is this a great bonding event or a very bad idea?

First of all before you decide on having a joint hen and stag do consider the reasons behind why.

Is it because you want to celebrate together? 

Would you both prefer a more relaxed pre-wedding celebration? 

Is it to save money (especially if travelling abroad)? 

Or are there underlying issues such as trust and jealousy (questions will be asked)?

All this should be taken into account before booking anything, after all, this should be an event you should both enjoy with the memories lasting for the rest of your lives.

Having a joint hen and stag do is a great idea for couples with mutual friends or friends of both sexes. 

Plus it's a great way for meeting partners of those in the wedding party who may feel uncomfortable in not knowing anyone on the night out or weekend away, if you had separate hen and stag dos.

Then you have friends who may be opposed to the idea.

They might see your separate stag or hen do as a chance to have a night with their mates without the other half. Plus, they may not be able to let their hair down with their partner in the same place, which is a pain when you want everyone to enjoy the celebration with you.

Another reason your friends may not be on board is they may see the tradition of the last night of freedom as quality time during your last days of ‘singledom’. It’s a chance to celebrate with your closest mates and enjoy the naughty ‘but harmless’ antics the night may bring.

If you do choose to share your last days of freedom, make sure the Maid of Honour and the Best Man are on board as most of the planning will be down to them. Disagreements between the best man and the chief bridesmaids will not be keeping up with tradition, they should be really getting on if you know what I mean!

Back to the shag weekend, keep some separation, maybe split the weekend? Bonding with your pals one night, then a verses session with the other halves the following evening.

For example night on the tiles followed by bowling Hens vs. Stags the next night. Or organise separate activities during the day for both parties, like a spa day for the girls and an adrenaline day for the guys, before meeting up in the evening for a meal and drinks. 
Of course a bit of friendly competition never hurts. Planning a fun activity such as paintballing, it's a knockout or karting for both parties to attend is also a great ideas, making it the Hens vs. Stags will only end in laughter. 

Setting boundaries before the big celebration can be a godsend in preventing getting wires crossed and causing upset. With the guys enjoying the manly banter and the girls giggling and dancing the night away, having rules in place for the evening can prevent the green eyed monster rearing its ugly head, especially when the stripper/s arrive!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate together without getting under each other’s feet.  And again remember no matter what you decide to do, just make sure the both of you enjoy yourselves, and remember the night for all the right reasons.