Friday, 30 May 2014

Top 5 Alternative Stag Weekend Ideas

Top 5 Alternative Stag Weekend Ideas

Variety is the spice of life and when you have been paintballing 5 times this year maybe an alternative stag weekend would go down like a bottle of water in the Sahara Desert.

We have been compiling a list, not a massive list I grant you, but a great list of the top 5 alternative stag weekends, quality rather than quantity people!

Squashed Tomatoes
Get your passport, you're off to Valencia (in Spain, if you're unsure), here you are going to take part in one of the most unusual festivals known to man which basically involves the biggest food fight in the world with tons upon tons of tomatoes.

La Tomatina Festival takes place each year on the last Wednesday of August (this year is the 27th August 2014) and here is a little video to tell you all about it.



DesignaVenture's stag weekend includes 2 nights accommodation, airport transfers and transfers to the festival plus a guided bar tour with club entry.

I know I said stag weekend but it's more of a stag midweek (doesn't have the same ring to it), arriving on the Tuesday and returning on the Thursday.


Canoeist
Pitch Up & Canoe
This time you need your loafing shorts, get ready to paddle (I say paddle most groups float) down river in the most relaxed stag do you'll ever attend.

You will get all the necessary equipment, you just need a tent, sleeping bag and basic camping gear.

Your campsite is next door to a pub and to make things a lot more civilised you keep your tent in the same place for 2 nights paddling to the pub / campsite on the first day and then canoeing from the pub on the second. We transport you up river on  your first day and pick you up on the second, you are left to enjoy your weekend Lording it down river.

This weekend takes place on the River Wye in Herefordshire


Trabant 2 Stroke Car
Berlin Bangers
This time you are hot footing it over to Germany to create your very own convoy of Bangers.  We are not talking about sausages here but the infamous Trabant 2 stroke cars. If you're a petrol head you will know what a 2 stroke engine is, I'm not and I don't, all I know is it's an incredible experience and you will have a huge laugh.

We also include airport transfers, accommodation, bar tour and club entry along with the Trabant Driving experience.

A very alternative stag do with a bit of normal stag weekend business chucked in for good measure.


The Survival Weekend
The only birds you are going to see on this stag weekend are the ones you are going to eat!

Bear Grylls has made survival ultra cool and his current Channel 4 programme, The Island has made lots of guys sit up and take notice on how to survive.

Stags Go for free adThis weekend isn't as harsh, although you do learn how to create your own shelter and how to make a fire without modern techniques (it's called 'Friction Fire Lighting') so you will be going into married life knowing you will be able to look after your wife in the wilderness.

You will also get taught how to identify edible plants, wilderness cooking and there is chance to have a few beers around the camp fire (optional).

There are many places in the UK where you can take part in a Survival weekend however this one takes place on the South West Coast of Wales near Swansea.


Stag Weekend For Charity
Doing something hard to improve other peoples lives will possibly give you the biggest buzz of your life, especially when your wedding day speeches include heroic stories of bravery and determination.

Arrange an event which will push you to the limit so people / companies will sponsor you, then give all that money to a charity close to your heart.

On the DesignaVenture website there is a 7 day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro which is extremely gruelling and fairly expensive and should only be booked if you have a very understanding Fiancé and a group of friends who will literally go to the edge of the world for you!

However you don't need to go to such extent to do something truly amazing, climb the peaks in the UK or cycle a huge distance or even sit in a tub of baked beans for a weekend, whatever you do make sure it's memorable and you make loads of money for your chosen charity.

Then swagger down the aisle knowing your new in-laws and wife think you're a hero!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Last Minute Stag Do Ideas and Help

Scenario – your best mate has sprung a stag do on you or quite simply you have been very bad at organising your best mate's stag do!

Well don’t worry people help is at hand with the aid of this amazing post.

First and foremost you will need to be decisive. Have a chat with the best man or stag and pick a date, destination and package and get it booked or at least on hold as soon as you can.

When booking the stag do my advice if you are going to pay for people, is to only for pay people you trust or who have paid you, don't pay for people who may not go as you may loose your money.

Book your minimum numbers, don’t wait for people to confirm back to you as you will never get anything booked.

Be prepared for a smaller group.

When booking your stag do last minute you’re going to find a lot of people may have already made other plans or simply haven’t got the money, let’s face it a decent stag do with spending money, transport, accommodation activities and food is always going to cost you anything from £300 and £500.

Right, where to go?

It’s highly likely that if you are looking at last minute, I am talking within the next 3 months, the UK is a probable bet, we do have people booking last minute abroad however the majority are looking for the fantastic stag do destinations in the UK.

Once the sun is shinning and you have a weekend to spare, there is no better place to party in the UK then the coast, I am talking about Bournemouth, Newquay, Brighton, Torquay and Swansea.

Please note that most coastal destinations in high season will only take a minimum of 2 night bookings.

1 night stag dos look at Nottingham, Chester, Birmingham, Reading, Leeds, Southampton or Cheltenham.

If you have the need for adventure then look no further then North Wales, with white water rafting, quad bike mega treks, canyoning, hovercrafting and rage buggies you have the perfect adventurous stag weekend destination and the accommodation is cheap to.

If you do fancy Europe then you have Riga, which is still showing some availability, Prague, very busy but still do-able, Barcelona, again is extremely busy with some weekends free and Germany, well just so busy!

When booking last minute I would always recommend going through a stag company such as DesignaVenture, as they will have a database full of providers with up to date availability, be prepared for other options, and that’s your last lesson, if you cant be flexible with your date, be flexible on where and what to do.  

Friday, 9 May 2014

Stag Do Ideas In Milton Keynes


Surprise, surprise - Milton Keynes is actually an incredible stag do destination, with tons of ideas,  most of them unique, so you will love the big MK.

 "So tell me, what the hell am I going to do on a stag do to Milton Keynes"?

Alright, alright, hold on to your bagel, let's see why Milton Keynes is rocking:

First of all Milton Keynes has some amazing indoor activities including a snow dome where you can toboggan, ski or snowboard, even in the middle of June!

Then there's the indoor skydiving simulator, no worries about the weather spoiling your day, you will always get to skydive in Milton Keynes, and it's an incredible amount of fun.

Moving away from the indoor activities get involved in some Dragon Boat Racing, massive boats need big stag dos, so get onboard and paddle like crazy, apparently it's all in the rhythm.

Have you ever raced a Stock Car Racing before? In Milton Keynes you can. Fully race prepared bangers are ready for your heavy right foot, a stag activity, not cheap, but an incredible memory.

At night you have some amazing bars and clubs all situated in one area of town making it the perfect stag destination for a bar crawl.

You obviously have a lap dancing club (no popular stag destination should be without one) and a huge nightclubs with more rooms to dance in then a house party at Buckingham Palace.

My personal view on MK (Milton Keynes)
There are some fantastic stag destinations offered on the DesignaVenture website, however, in my mind there is no other stag destination in the UK that offers so many unique stag activities like Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes also has a fantastic town centre with some incredible clubs and bars, all open extremely late.

The DesignaVenture stags have nothing but love for Milton Keynes, fact.