Thursday, 26 September 2013

Stag Do Ideas For January

Man in snow

Looking for stag do ideas for January?

Wow, well firstly ouch, just after Christmas, the boys are going to be skint!

With this in mind DesignaVenture has a cracking stag do in Reading which is such great value for money; the Bank of England have been in touch asking us how we've done it.

This rocking stag night in Reading for a mere £89 per person* includes:
  • 1 Night in a city centre 4 star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Paintball which includes 100 rounds
  • Hovercrafts
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Guest List Nightclub Entry
Now that's value for money people!

What about indoor activities, staying inside in January is always a good idea.
If the stag has demanded real snow then a trip to Milton Keynes could be your safest and cheapest bet.

Milton Keynes is not only an extremely modern town / city it has loads of indoor activities including ski-ing, snowboarding and tobogganing.

There is also indoor skydiving on offer but book early because I expect lots of people would of received a voucher for Christmas and will be keen to get on and cash it in.

Indoor karting is also a good shout, with sites all over the UK, it's a fantastic activity which can involve the whole stag party racing all at the same time.

There are also a few indoor paintball sites, including one fantastic one in Manchester. Indoor paintball may not suit the height of summer, but in January it's a good call. 

The Stag Wants To Get Dirty

Easy boys there are loads of lap dancing clubs in the UK, oh you mean dirty as in muddy, I gotcha.

Well quad biking is by far the best machines to rip around fields, woods and circuits racing your buddies and and getting totally caked in mud, after all the majority of UK Farmers can't be wrong, they use them to find lost sheep up mountains!

I want the stag to freeze!
We have had quite a few stag parties going all out and booking white water rafting or gorge scrambling in January. Even though the air temperature on average is about 3 degrees the water will feel even colder but these type of activities will make you a man! You will be provided with wet suits so once the initial shock is over you can get on and enjoy without freezing your nads off.

We want to party like it's 1999 (Thanks Prince, you the man)
Even though over Christmas you have drunk enough to kill an African Elephant, this is, after all a stag do, so looking for somewhere lively could be a little tricky. My advice is head for the big cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh or London. All these cities should be busy all year round and if you really want a busy weekend try and book the last weekend in January when everyone has been paid.

*Price correct at time of this post - 26th September 2013.

Friday, 20 September 2013

A Stag Do in a Nutshell

A Sign Saying Caution Marriage AheadFirst of all, what is a stag do?

Well that’s a perfectly good question… if you’re from Mozambique.

In the UK we all know that as a man before you get married you get a chance to say a fond farewell to all your mates. It’s not because you are not going to see them again but you kind of know that things are never going to be the same again.

In other words next step, Fatherhood.

In this very modern world there will be loads of exceptions and maybe this is an old fashioned explanation, because in the old days you didn’t live with your wife until you got married, so the next step after getting married really was fatherhood and family life.

These days a lot of couples live together before they get married and some have children, so getting hitched won’t actually change many things, but this still doesn’t mean you can’t have a stag do, oh no.

Stag Dos are a way of celebrating with your old and new chums and is really part of the whole wedding.

So a stag do in my mind is now part of the wedding and should not really be referred to as a pre wedding event. Just like when you go for suit fittings, reading of bans and the actual rehearsal, the stag do is part of the wedding.

Whether you go for a drink down the local boozer, hire a house in the middle of nowhere, go to Las Vegas for a week or go on an adventure stag weekend you still have that ancestral need to celebrate with your mates before getting married, just like your dad did, and his dad and his dad and so on.

And by the way, a stag do dates back way, way before hen parties jumped on the band wagon and started celebrating.

Stag party drinking slammersApparently in 5 BC the ancient Spartans believed to have a dinner in the Grooms honour, making toasts on his behalf. I think I read somewhere that Vikings would celebrate the night before the wedding day with a meal and a barrel of grog, I bet that was some night!

Even Henry VIII had a few stag nights (after all, he did get married 6 times) and if you turned down his invitation to the stag do he would knock your block off (literally).

I don’t think he would have enjoyed a stag prank, unless they were on one of the stag party members, it would have been quite a tense night with the worry of getting too drunk and finding yourself in the gallows in the morning after telling him what a git he was.

These days people talk about having the best stag do, better than the last, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s good to evolve and a little competition doesn’t hurt anyone.

I believe a stag do should be something for the groom to enjoy and not dread, a break away from your hometown to enjoy a sense of freedom with all his best mates.

For loads of stag do ideas, get yourself over to the DesignaVenture website.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

5 Stag Do Activity Ideas

We all know that a stag do without a daytime activity can be lethal, especially if there's a day to kill and nowhere to go, except the pub that is and drinking too much can turn a stag night into a stag nightmare.

So I have put together 5 cracking stag do activity ideas, for loads more stag activities and ideas browse here.

Adventure - Coasteering or Canyoning
Man Jumping Off A Cliff Into the Sea - Coasteering
If adrenalin fuelled activities are high up on the stag do activities list then you cannot go wrong with Coasteering or Canyoning.

Jumping off high ledges into deep pools whether they are filled with sea (Coasteering) or fresh water (Canyoning) you cannot get away from the fact that these two activities are pretty awesome.

You don't have to worry about getting any specialised equipment as the beauty about booking your activity through a company such as DesignaVenture is we include the specialised equipment you just need to bring along with you swimwear, trainers (you don't mind getting wet) and balls of steel.

Quirky - West Country Games
A chance to have a real laugh whilst taking part in the quirky West Country Games.

Get your stag party involved in a Pitchfork Duel, Welly Wanging, Wurzel Knockout, Tractor Tyre Rolling and so much more West Country action, they even have a cider run!

stag group in a cardboard boatIf your stag loves Total Wipe Out then this stag do activity is definitely up his alley.

Totally Bonkers - Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bathtub Kart Racing & Banana Boat Ride
Making a boat out of cardboard and then racing it across a lake just sounds like an amazing Top Gear challenge, well it's not it's a stag do challenge and it's becoming amazingly popular.

You are given your tools (cardboard and duct tape) and it's then down to your team to create a racing vessel which can cope with speed and your weight, I use the term speed, very loosely.

Also included in this crazy activity session is Bathtub Kart racing which is exactly that, karts made out of bathtubs racing each other around a race track and then to finish this madcap day a trip round the lake on a huge inflatable banana, what else!

Full On Motorised - Rage Buggies
There is nothing better than to get together with the lads and race karts, and there is no better kart than the Rage Buggy.

600cc's of pure power, this Honda engined monster can hit 60mph and is tough and agile enough to wrap it round corners at full pelt.

Rage Buggy racing is one of DesignaVenture's biggest sellers and will feed any petrol head's addiction to speed.

Relaxing - Golf
One thing is for sure golf is a little like Marmite and can split groups so before you book this activity just make sure everyone in the stag group is happy with playing golf, otherwise your group size may dwindle.

Personally I love a game of golf and catching up with old friends on the golf course is great for the soul.

As you're on a stag do why not loaf a little and get buggies, well you don't want to knacker yourself out for the night ahead!

Whatever you do my advice is to do something, give the stag a memory he can take into his married life.

Monday, 2 September 2013

The Finishing Touches To A Stag Do

You have booked your stag do, everything is paid up and you are almost on your way, but wait:

What happens now?
A Hand Written On With The Words Help

What do I do next?

How is everyone going to know what to do and where to go?

How do I make sure everyone on the stag do knows what’s going on?

Why am I asking so many questions?

Calm down - don’t worry, this little post will help you sail through your anxieties and get you on your way to a memorable, successful and almost stress free stag do.

First Of All Communication Is King
As chief stag do organiser, it’s your responsibility to make sure everyone on the stag do is aware of important information such as; hotel security bonds (if applicable), activity restrictions, age restrictions, timings etc.

Booking through a stag do company such as DesignaVenture has many positives, including getting a detailed travel pack emailed to you once you have finalised numbers and paid in full.

This travel pack (at DesignaVenture we call it an Essential Travel Pack) includes all the above information and much, much more.

You can then simply forward that email to every member of the stag group taking the emphasis off of you. 

Stag Do Nerds Watching A Lap DancerNo one can then turn around to you on the quad biking site and say “you never told me I can’t wear my white stilettos on this activity!”

If you have booked independently make sure you pass on key information on to the stag group.

No one likes a nasty surprise, so before your group goes on the stag do make sure they know: meeting places (with sat nav postcodes), times, what to wear whilst doing the activity or dress codes for the nightclubs, hotel security bonds and if applicable age restrictions.

Make Sure Everyone Knows Where They Are Sleeping
On arrival at the hotel a great little tip is get everyone to take a hotel card from reception, then they know where they are sleeping should they loose the group or need to take an early bath.

You don’t want to mother these boys however with little tips like this, will eliminate a head count in the morning.

Kitty Up
There are so many pros to having a stag kitty including keeping the group together, no one spends more money then they have to and buying the stag drinks and souvenirs is so easy.

Stag Pranks and Fancy Dress
Stag Gaffer Tapped To A TreeThe stag will love you forever if you don’t organise a prank or two at his expense, however if you do the group will have something to remember the stag do by, “remember when you gaffer taped the stag to that tree”, or “remember the time the stag was forced to wear that Mankini?”

Fancy Dress is also something you could look into; all you have to do is give everyone a theme such as Old Ladies, Golfers or Morph Suits and let them get on with it.

We have separate posts on fantastic fancy dress ideas and some great stag do prank ideas.

Drink Water Between Pints
I know this will be rather dull for you at first however, early evening, if you have clubs or bars on your itinerary, try not to drink too much.

Trying to negotiate a stag group into a club whilst talking absolute twaddle will not get you or your group in.

Enjoy yourself.