Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Stag Do In March, Help and Ideas

March is a funny time of year for a stag do, it's not that hot over in the Med, there's a chance it could be warmer in the UK, but hey that's enough about the weather, the UK and Europe has loads of stag do ideas to consider.

First of all, a nugget of information; Good Friday is on the 03rd April 2015 so if you have kids to consider this is a big help, if you don't you have any fathers in the group you can skip this paragraph, oh it's too late you've already read it!

Tip, if you want mud, there are loads of activities that will get you caked in the brown stuff; from quad biking and rage buggies to mountain biking and even mud wrestling in Eastern Europe great for stags with a mud fetish!

Another tip, if you don't like getting wet (you big Jessie, but I understand) book 'indoor' daytime activities, such as; indoor karts, indoor bubble football, indoor paintball, the zombie bootcamp or cider tasting!

Let's start with the UK

If you are looking for adventure then head over to North Wales where you'll be met by frothing rivers ideal for white water rafting or canyoning, there are also incredible quad biking treks, mad rage buggy racing, hairy hovercraft courses and cheap accommodation with bars that open until that last man drops (that's not a challenge by the way).

Go North to Edinburgh for similar activities or Newcastle for amazing nightlife or south to Bournemouth for crazy activity filled days so good, you'll need another stag weekend just to get over this one!

Bournemouth is an incredible UK stag destination, fantastic hotels, busy nightlife all year round and if the sun's shinning it's ideal for a game of football on one of the many white sandy beaches.

Newquay is a bit quiet in March and you'll find quite a few bars and clubs closed for the winter season, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend Newquay in March for lively nightlife, saying that, awesome for surfing or coasteering and chilled out, 'out of season' nightlife.

Busier destinations in March for the UK are Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.

If you are looking for a horse racing event you have the amazing Cheltenham Gold Cup (book early!) you also have Chepstow ideal for a stag weekend in Bristol or Cardiff (both within 45 minutes drive).

Europe From East to South

There is nothing better than going abroad for a stag do, from drinking in the squares of Old Eastern European countries to hopefully sitting in the sun in Spain, stags just simply love to travel.

If you are looking at sinking your spends into the brown amber nectar (beer, just trying to sound trendy) then beer is extremely cheap in Tallinn, Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Riga, a price for a pint is anything from 80p to £2.

There are loads of stag activities in any of the above mentioned stag destinations, including shooting AK47's, racing snow mobiles, driving tanks and cruising around in old Russian cars, you also have amazing nightclubs, incredible bars and lap dancing clubs that will put hairs on your chest.

If you need the sun, then travel south and the furthest southern European destination where you almost guaranteed sunshine in March is the Canary islands, however if your budget doesn't stretch that far or you don't fancy spending 4½ hours each way on a plane, the Algarve or Costa Del Sol are also great places to soak up a bit of Spring sun.

Wherever you choose to go or whatever you want to do I am sure on the DesignaVenture stag do section of this website you'll find a humongous amount of stag ideas and packages you'll want to snap up, tens of thousands of stags each year can't be wrong.

Friday, 24 October 2014

How To Plan A Stag Do

Stressed Stag planning a stag do - needs help
How to plan a stag do, this is a totally unbiased post without a single mention of DesignaVenture, the professional stag do company with a current score of 96% on trust pilot.

Right, let's get started:

"We need beer, music, we need dancing and we need naked ladies, right?"

Really, is that all you need? Actually there is more to booking a stag do then what's perceived, hence why we have put together a 'How to plan a stag do'.

Whether you book it through a stag weekend company like DesignaVenture or go it alone you will still need to know the basics of; how, when, where and what.

Follow these easy steps for how, where and what:
  1. Sit down and chat with the stag and find out what he wants to do and where he wants to go
  2. Whilst you have the stag's attention get all the contact details (mobile and email addresses) of all his mates he wants to invite
  3. When you have a good idea of what he wants to do and where he wants go, make the decision; should you book it alone or go through a stag company (booking through a company go to step 6)
  4. Going it alone; every time you book accommodation, activities or into a venue, make sure you two important things: ask for the name of the person you booked it with and get written confirmation.
  5. Make sure logistically your itinerary is achievable, check train times, activity times, where the activities are (you might need transport laid on), how long it's going to take you to get to each venue etc. Also make sure you are not running around like headless chickens.
  6. Booking through a stag do company; before booking, check the company's reviews, make sure they understand your request and most importantly make sure you check your itinerary and that it's everything you have asked for.
When should you go on your stag do? 

Usually most stag dos are booked a month before the wedding, but this is going to be dependant on a number of things:
  1. When the hen party is, will you go on the same weekend or if they have children, you may need a different weekend
  2. When the most important guests can make it (ushers, the stag's best mates, family, the stag!)
  3. The stag's chosen destination, is it a busy weekend? If he has chosen Chester, hotels are a nightmare when there's horse racing at the Chester Racecourse, Bristol has a balloon festival in August, Edinburgh has a comedy festival and Tattoo in August, Bournemouth has party political conferences, Cardiff has massive rugby matches at the Millennium Stadium etc.
  4. Booking the stag night the night before the wedding is now frowned upon, so don't do it.
Last but not least make sure you include the stag when booking your group in, you will shocked at how many best men forget!

Once everything is booked make sure you send as much information to the guys as possible, this will take the emphasis off of you whilst on the stag do and you won't have to mother them so much!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Cheap Stag Weekends

As Autumn falls on us and the nights are drawing in is it wrong to be thinking about a stag do, surely this is a summer sport?

Wrong, more and more couples are tying the knot out of the summer season, whether it's having a Christmas wedding, a Valentine's ceremony or they cannot get into the church that they want until 2059, Autumn and Winter weddings means Autumn and Winter stag dos, awesome!

Well people, before it gets too trendy to have your wedding whilst it's snowing maybe you should take advantage of some incredible stag weekend offers, there are some stag dos out there so cheap, you could go twice!

Shows guys at a strip club drinking  shots

Take our Riga Deal, I know it'll be cold however you can stay for 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast, guided bar tour, strip club entry, nightclub entry and and return airport transfers for just £59 per person*!

I have just looked at flights from Stansted to Riga and in January with Ryanair they are currently less than £80.00 per person**, that makes your stag weekend to Riga including flights cheaper than £140.00 per person, Shish Mac-leash.

To spice up your winter stag to Riga you can always add a snowmobile safari or bob-sleighing (on real ice) to your package.

If you prefer to stay in the UK as not everyone has a passport or can get the green card, how about a stag do to Bournemouth?

If you only have 1 night in December or January what about Amazeballs Bargain in Bournemouth which includes 1 night in a 3 star hotel and bubble football for just £65.00 per person*.

For £135.00 per person* you can book the cleverly named; Bournemouth Offer Weekend. Included in this stag weekend to one of the UK's best stag destinations is; 2 nights 3 star hotel with breakfast, quad biking, blindfold driving, Archery or Human Table Football, Clay Pigeon Shooting and guest list nightclub entry (in the summer this package will cost you around £190 per person) amazing!

Box with Ammo written on it

Staying with Bournemouth currently there's an offer of shooting .22 Assault Rifle, Crossbow, Axe Throwing & Archery for just £55.00 per person* and most of it under cover. Incredible to think that for £4 more and you have the mentioned package to Riga, you do have to get to Riga first though.

If you have just £99.00 per person* to spend, how about the Reading Deal? You can get a stag do in Reading which includes 1 night in a 4 star hotel, Paintball with 100 rounds, Hovercrafts, Clay Pigeon Shooting and nightclub entry all for under a ton.

fireworks going off in Prague

How about Prague Party, for just £103.00 per person you have 2 nights 3 - 4 * apartments (Prague 1), guided bar tour, lap dance and nightclub entry, ouch!

Flight prices on weekends in January are also currently under £100 per person*.

I have included popular stag do packages that we sell loads of here at DesignaVenture Towers, I am trying to be non biased here, although I am finding it hard, especially when these stag packages are so good, so I have to shout it from the roof tops.

*Price based on today's rate (17th October 2014), are subject to availability and based on a specific time frame, usually November to February click on the images or links for more info.

**Based on today's rates for flights in January 2015 (Friday out - Sunday In), subject to availability

Friday, 10 October 2014

Stag Do European Destination Ideas

The stag has decided he wants to shrug off the shackles of the UK and head for a city beyond blighty and who could blame him, but hang on, you need some stag do abroad ideas pronto, well as luck would have it, here are some stag do European destination ideas:

Whether it's heading for a cheap beer or a place in the sun, Europe is the UK's stag do destination of choice.

Bratislava has been proven to be the cheapest place in the world to have a stag do, see our recent news item for details and prices.

Buy a pint in Bratislava and it will cost you around £1.04! Stags obviously drink a lot of beer, so if beer is going to be your biggest expenditure then Bratislava is definitely the place to party. But it's not all about the cheap brown booze, the city itself is amazing; great nightlife, friendly locals and more stag activities then you can wave a stick at.

Next door to the Slovak Republic (Bratislava is the capital of the Slovak Republic, more details can be found here) you have the Czech Republic and it's capital city of Prague. There are places in Prague where you can buy a beer for 87p however, most places in the centre of Prague are more expensive, although not as expensive as they are back here in the UK.

Prague is wild at night, bars will put hairs on your chest, clubs will keep you up all night and the atmosphere is so electric you can charge your phone on it.

Budapest's average price for a pint of beer is £1.01, that's even better than Bratislava! These old Eastern Block countries sure know how to party, making Budapest a great stag do destination.

Also don't forget about Riga and Tallinn, both incredible city breaks for a stag do with cheap beer and cracking nightlife. Riga has some pretty cool stag activities including Bob-sleighing and Snow mobile adventures.

If your stag has requested warm weather, you cannot go wrong with the Med, it's close enough for a short trip and if you are lucky enough to go for longer than a couple of nights, the bars and clubs are busy all week long, not just on weekends.

Magaluf (Majorca), San Antonio (Ibiza), Albufeira (The Algarve, Portugal) and Marbella (Costa Del Sol) are all within a couple of hours away and once you are past April the sun shines all the way through to October.

Expect great beaches, wild nightlife and in the height of the summer, high prices, so book early.

Other cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Benidorm are also great places to go on your stag do, you get the weather, the beaches and great nightlife, what else do you need, jam on it?

From the UK you can get to this destination by sea, air, train and coach, this famous stag destination has been welcoming stags since the 60's, where is it.... AMSTERDAM.

Me and my friends over the years must have visited The Dam over 5 times, and on each occasion the weekend was simply amazing, and each one of the mentioned transports I have gone to Amsterdam on!

What we loved about Amsterdam is it's the freest city in the world, we loved the atmosphere, the culture, you can walk around the streets without getting run over, you can hire bikes, go on a beer bike, take a barge bar tour, there is simply loads to do.

For a fantastic list on our abroad stag destinations which includes activities and packages go here.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Top 10 Alternative Stag Activities

Alternative stag activities must be weird, maybe wacky but always something the whole group hasn't done before.

We have all done paintball, quad biking and racing karts on a stag do and although these activities are loads of fun sometimes there is a need for an alternative stag activity, an unusual event, something that will get the boys hooked on and really looking forward to the stag weekend.

Here at DesignaVenture we have gone through our stag activities with a fine tooth comb, rooted out some very alternative activities which go along the spectrums of budget, craziness and of course how far they go up the alternative stag activities measuring pole. So we present you with the Top 10 Alternative Stag Activities (in alphabetical order, just for the OCD heads out there):

Air CombatAir Combat
An extremely expensive alternative stag activity, but it's right up there with wacky, thrilling, adrenalin induced activities and can only be found in the good old US of A.

This is no simulation, these are real planes, in dog flights over the Nevada Desert, unfortunately live ammo isn't allowed as it's deemed as "too dangerous", however if you get hit (simulated by lasers, obviously), real smoke bellows out of the back of your plane, how cool is that?

The Beer Bike in Berlin
Beer Bike
Just to bring you down to planet Earth and to something a little more sedate but no less alternative, how about getting on a Beer Bike in Amsterdam or Berlin? (other stag destinations are also available)

You are provided with a sober designated driver, all you have to do is turn up and pedal, oh yeh and drink beer whilst taking in the amazing sights of your chosen city. You are also provided with an onboard sound system, so bring along your iPods and don't forget to take the Frozen album off, otherwise you'll be a laughing stock.
Cardboard Boat Challenge

Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bathtub Kart Racing & Banana Ride
There is nothing like building a boat out of cardboard and racing it across a lake, and once you have gone for a swim, have a speedy wash / race in a motorised bath tub before riding a huge banana around a lake. No you are not eating funny cakes in Amsterdam you are on an alternative stag weekend in Reading.

A man flipping a Pizza in the air
Pizza Making
Look here, we are trying to give you the alternative stag activities, and Pizza Making is totally up there. It may not be racing planes or driving motorised bath tubs but it's an activity which gets the guys all involved, includes alcohol and food, and will be popular with hen parties, so I'm there.

A Ski Do / Snow Mobile
Even though there are restrictions on this fantastic stag activity, Snowmobile is totally alternative and an immense amount of fun.

Tear along the snowy wilderness in snowmobiles which can hit speeds of up to 40mph, if you like jet skis, you will love snowmobiles.

Restrictions are: Riga and in the winter time, obviously.

Spy Mission
Spy Mission
The ultimate challenge of stealth, sharp thinking and SAS style covertness. Dodging security cameras and trip wires, you will need to zip wire in, negotiate and navigate around tunnels up ladders and stop a nuclear fall out happening, how James Bond is that?

Stock Cars, racing
Stock Car Racing
This is one of our high priced stag activities however lots of stag groups book it as it's so unique and a very alternative stag activity.

Race head to head around an oval course in a variety of single seater, full raced prepared motors, don't worry you will have a 'Stig' type of instructor who will steer you (pardon the pun) into the right direction and help you get the best out of your vehicles whilst staying safe.
A picture of the drivers side green Trabant car
Trabant Driving
Keeping it motorised, these 2 stroke motor vehicles are antiques from back in the Iron Curtain days, where Russia kept tight lipped about everything. They are loads of fun to drive and in a Trabant driving convoy you will drive these vehicles around Berlin or Budapest. Wear really old shell suits and trainers, fake moustaches and curly wigs and really look the part, and then you have fancy dress when you want to look like the stereotypical Scouser!

A man Suping in White Water
White Water Paddle Boarding (SUPing)
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is basically standing up on a surf board and paddling over gentle water however, the SUPing ideal for stags is slightly different, you have white water to contend with, making your board go faster, you're going to get wet and will p*ss your wetsuits at your mates going for a Burton (never used that expression before, and possibly won't use it again).
A Zombie
Zombies Are Coming
An extreme and alternative stag do activity which will make you sleep with your eyes open for the rest of your life.

Armed with guns your mission is to clear a compound of Zombies. Amazing make-up and an atmospheric location so real this is more than a stag activity, this is you and the boys fighting for your life.

For a full list of our stag activities alternative and popular go here.