Friday, 25 April 2014

Planning a Stag Do

Stag dressed up in a super hero outfit
As well as dressing up on your stag do, there are a few people you will need to be when planning a stag do:
  • A Bank Manager
  • Eddie Stobart (logistics, get it!!)
  • A Sergeant Major
  • Mother
  • Florence Nightingale

Bank Manager
As chief organiser you will be in charge of how much the stag do is going to cost, taking into consideration everyone's budget.

You will also be left with the age old question of whether the stag should pay for himself or if everyone should chip in a pay for him, this year we have found more and more stag parties are becoming extremely thoughtful and sharing the stag's price amongst the group.

We have a little post on who pays for the stag, you can find it here

Stag buried up to his neck in sand
Eddie Stobart 
You will now have to think about logistics, here are a few scenarios:
  • How are people going to get to the activity site?
  • Will there be enough time to get from the activity site to the hotel before having to get to the comedy club? 
  • Where and when will people eat?

Crikey, what on earth have you signed up for?

Just a little plug, if you book your stag do through DesignaVenture we will help you plan your weekend or night all the way through to your last breakfast / activity.

Sergeant Major
Everything is booked in and you have an itinerary fit for Prince Harry, how and when will people start giving you money for this stag do?

This is when you need to get all Sergeant Major on their arses giving them dates and how much will need to be paid.

If you book through a major stag and hen company (like DesignaVenture) you will also have the facility to get people to pay individually online.

You will also need to be on the phone to the laid back payers getting them to pay on time, you know what us guys are like we leave everything to the last minute.

Man dressed up like an old lady
All the guys are going to bugging you and wanting to know what to pack, can they wear their high heels whilst quad biking and what's the dress code for the clubs.

If you have booked your stag do independently then expect to have all this information to hand, alleviating members of the group not packing the right gear.

If you booked your stag do through a stag do organiser such as DesignaVenture, you will get sent a pack (we call it an Essential Travel Pack) by email and in the post. Inside this pack loads of information is included such a check in times, what to wear etc. -  all you would have to do is forward it to the guys, taking the pressure off of you!

Florence Nightingale
When you go on a stag do there will always be a few drinks to be had, now some boys may get excited and over do it a little and as you are the stag do organiser my advise is to stay a little straighter then the other members of the group and make sure people get to bed safely.

If you have activities booked in the morning you may have to go around getting people out of bed, they will thank you after the activity, possibly not when you're banging on their door waking them up!

A little disclaimer for my blatant plugging
I want to make this blog as neutral as possible however some parts of arranging a stag do, especially when you have little time and a massive group to get booked in, I personally think services of a stag do organiser outweigh doing it yourself.

Good luck


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Unusual Stag Do Ideas

So you have set your mind on some unusual stag do ideas, out the window goes paintball and in comes... Well look no further people I have put together a little list on unusual stag do ideas for you to get your teeth into.

Talking about getting your teeth into something how about going on a cookery day, whether it's making a Ruby Murray (curry), BBQ - ing, Pizza Making or fine dining, if your stag loves his food this would be an exceptional stag do idea.

The Beer Bike, only available in European cities such as Berlin and Amsterdam this activity is more unusual then a fish riding a bicycle.

Sit at a bar with pedals and tour your chosen city with a beer in your hand and a sober driver steering your bike safely, awesome!

Bubble football is booking up like crazy this year, however it's new and unusual for 2014. As 2014 is the year of the World Cup, treat your stag party to a football match with a difference - wearing sorb suits making it almost impossible to tackle, without bouncing off each other, brilliant!

Scare the living daylights out of the stag and take him on a Zombie Bootcamp, you will kitted out with clothing and weapons before taking on real life Zombies, shooting them with paintballs until they stop biting, an incredible activity the whole group will love.

I may have told a little white lie about the real zombies bit, but they look so real, you can still shoot them!

Dragon Boat racing in Milton Keynes is like going ski-ing in Milton Keynes, well actually you can do both, and Milton Keynes is my unusual destination for stag do ideas.

From Dragon Boat racing, ski-ing, snowboarding or tobogganing (on real snow, indoors obviously) to indoor sky diving and spy missions, Milton Keynes is a fantastic stag destination for unusually stag activities.

You can even stay in a 4* hotel overlooking the MK Dons football pitch!

My unusual stag do package is our very own Bathtubs, Boats & Bananas in Reading, a package with an activity so unusual you could dress it up in a Gorilla suit and call it Ernie.

First of all, you race bathtubs that have been motorised, that's right people motorised, and you race them round a track, freaking amazing. Then you make a boat out of cardboard and then race your cardboard vessel across a lake and then you ride an inflatable banana pulled by a speedboat - just weirdly unusual but loads of fun.

You also have a night in a 4 star hotel with breakfast and entry into a cracking nightclub all for under a £100pp*.

*Correct at time of publishing this post.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bristol Stag Activities

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Whether you're a petrol head, like competitive shooting or love the taste of cider, Bristol has more stag activities then you can shoot a paintball at.

So let's delve a little deeper and see what Bristol has to offer, lets scratch a little and see what's below the surface, let's smack the... alright enough of the clich├ęs, but I do wonder where that last one was going!

Let's start with the stag activities for the petrol heads. Bristol has one of the biggest activity sites in the UK offering loads of stag activities including some amazing machine based events which will keep even the biggest motorhead happy.

From Rage Buggies and Quad Bike Racing to Supacats and Blindfold Driving, where else would you find such fantastic boys toys to play with on a weekend. Couple them with some shooting activities and you have yourself a memorable day out.

Choose between Crossbow, Assault Rifle Shooting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Clay Archery and even the old faithful paintball, this site is a non stop, one stop....... shop for stag activities.

Banksys Art
If you would prefer something other than shooting or racing how about competing in your very own West Country Games. This tongue-in-cheek humorous activity will have you laughing your stag t-shirts off with events such as Welly Wanging, Pitchfork Dual and Handbags at Dawn, you will have a whale of a time.

Moving on to something completely different and more Bristol orientated, get your taste buds around a glass or two of cider with your very own Cider Tasting event. Get taught about the delicate tastes of this awesome apple based booze. This isn't about a bottle of White Lightning behind the snooker halls this is about tasting and drinking some decent cider.

Moving back to racing have you ever tried Minimotos? They are small motor bikes ready for racing around a tarmac track, you'll look like a hippo on a push bike, but who cares they are loads of fun.

With the world cup around the corner have you thought about getting your boys on the pitch for some Bubble Football or Zorb Football. Available in the centre of Bristol, this unique football activity will give your world cup themed weekend substance.

Bristol is only 45 minutes from South Wales making it a great base for Canyoning, get yourselves over the Bridge and take on the Gorge, wet suits and all specialised equipment is included so all you have to do is turn up and have some adrenalin based fun.

If you just fancy taking it easy whilst having a liquid lunch book yourselves onto a party city cruise along the canal, stopping off at the waterside for a few drinkies, life doesn't get any better than this!

For a huge selection of stag do ideas and packages in Bristol and for details on the above stag activities click here.