Friday, 27 February 2015

The Great Welsh Outdoors - Stag Do Ideas

Binge drinking is now on the decrease, more and more people are getting their highs from activities, stag dos are no different.

Stags these days want their stag weekend to be a challenge, adrenaline enthused and exciting, there will obviously be a few pints in the evening however, the day must be full of adventure. Whether it's motorised, getting soaked or scaring the living daylights out of each other there is so much adventure to choose from and the king of adventure in the UK is North Wales.

There is no better stag do destination than North Wales for adventurous activities. You can either stay in North Wales or you can drive from Chester, Manchester or Liverpool.

Quite simply, North Wales offers simply epic activities for the stag who's an adrenaline junkie.

Did you know that North Wales has the longest Zip Wire in Europe? You can reach up to 100 mph and cruise over some of the finest scenery you will ever see - Ouch!

North Wales also offers 2 fantastic white water rafting destinations, one near Bala and the other close to Llangollen. In my mind the best location is near Llangollen, the instructors are loads of fun and your stag will go for a swim, guaranteed!

Around Llangollen and staying with white water, you can also book two seater white water rafting and white water paddle boarding.

Moving towards Shropshire you have one of the best quad biking treks in the UK, covering a ruck of acres before climbing one of the highest hills in Shropshire. On a clear day you can see up to 7 counties.

Staying motorised there is also a killer Rage Buggy site, where you will get plenty of driving time in these crazy all terrain buggies. With speeds of unto 58mph there is not wonder why they are so popular.

Canyoning is another activity which will give you the heebie jeebies. Jumping off high ledges into deep pools, flying down natural water slides and exploring caves this is an amazing activity which will keep the adventurous stag more than happy.

You then have another site on the North Wales Shropshire borders offering Hovercrafts and Segways, unique activities perfect for a Sunday morning before heading home.

These are just some of the activities on offer in North Wales, so if you have an stag who is really into the outdoors and activities that will scare the living crap out of yourselves, then North Wales is the place to be.

On our website we have many packages staying in group accommodation (as most stags would prefer to spend most of their budget on the activities), however we offer other types of accommodation.

Head over to the DesignaVenture North Wales stag do section of our website for more details.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Top 10 Stag Destinations For 2015

2015 is here people, get use to it, after-all, there's no going back, unless you're Marty Mcfly that is!

So let's cut to the chase, here are (in my mind) the top 10 stag destinations for 2015.

I am going in reverse order, just to build the tension, as I am guessing you are so very excited.

10. Dublin

Pros: An incredible place to have your stag do, friendly, buzzing with an atmosphere so good, you could brush your teeth with it.

Cons: On a Saturday night the Temple Bar area can be rammed.

09. Manchester

Pros: Rejuvenated into an amazing European city, old buildings meet new and there are so many bars you could visit one for each day of the year.

Cons: Getting hotel accommodation in the centre in the football season is a nightmare, Man Utd or Man City play at home on alternative weekends.

08. Riga

Pros: Cheap oh so cheap, fantastic lap dancing clubs, ideal for stag parties, funny that! Full on stag activities and the female guides are brilliant fun.

Cons: The food.

07. Amsterdam

Pros: Amsterdam has been welcoming stag parties from all over Europe since, well since forever. The laid back civilisation suits celebratory weekends such as your stag do.

Cons: Weekends are extremely busy and activities are very expensive.

06. Ascot / Reading

Pros: This is the year of the horse racing event, if you have never been to one then you must book. In my mind Ascot is the daddy, every event is special with the ultimate Royal Ascot being the most prestigious event in the world's racing calendar. Then, let DesignaVenture take you back to Reading for a night out you'll never forget.

Cons: No trainers, which I suppose I must grow up one day.

05. Bristol

Pros: A fantastic city, which has everything you need and more, some people have described it as "like London but on a smaller scale, and friendlier, that's if you can understand the accent." Bristol has one of the best stag activity sites in the UK.

Cons: The majority of the city centre hotels in Bristol are now wanting a minimum stay of 2 nights over a weekend.

04. Cardiff

Pros: The atmosphere in Cardiff is so electric you can charge your phone on it. The locals are extremely welcoming and there are some pretty decent stag do activities in South Wales.

Cons: Again, a lot of the hotels may want a minimum of 2 nights over the weekend, and when there's an event at the Millennium stadium, forget about it.

03. Germany

Pros: I have chosen Germany as a collective as I cannot decide on Munich, Hamburg or Berlin. All three cities are very different except for one thing; their city folk like to drink beer and so do stag parties - a match made in heaven.

Cons: Not a huge amount of stag activities on offer.

02. Bournemouth

Pros: Bournemouth is (in my mind, again) the best UK stag destination, fantastic beaches, full on nightlife and so many stag activities you'll need a week rather than a weekend.

Cons: Going to Bournemouth for just the one night in the summer can be a real struggle, hotels want 2 nights Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.

01. Ibiza

Pros. Just recently Ibiza has celebrated a renaissance of cool, however to be honest Ibiza never stepped out of the cool box in my mind. Amazing clubs, beautiful beaches and San Antonio is so lively you'll need a week in the Lake district to come down.

Cons. Everything is SO frigging expensive.

Other destinations that I love which should have featured if I just focused on the UK is Birmingham, North Wales and Newquay, maybe next time.

Good luck with your arrangements and of you would like to see some stag packages in these or any other destinations go to our stag do section of the DesignaVenture website.

Good luck!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Why Book Through A Stag Do Organiser?

DesignaVenture's logo man partied out on a sofa after a stag do
Why book through a stag do organiser like DesignaVenture?

That's a fantastic question, why the heck should I?

Well first of all, I own DesignaVenture, a leading stag do organiser, I will obviously be wanting you to book with them, however I must try and be impartial and give you solid advice without selling my wares, so here are some pros and the cons without ramming DesignaVenture down your throat.

First of all, the pros:

  • If you don't have too much time on your hands booking through a stag do company should have loads of stag do ideas.
  • Stag do companies like DesignaVenture, have all the right contacts in all the right places, so finding you a decent hotel thats fully aware that you're a stag party should be a breeze.
  • Get your mates to pay individually, directly to the stag company - this will save you loads of time and stop you from getting your hands dirty with all that cash, it will also save any mix up with people paying you the wrong amount and getting bogged down in paper work.
  • Your names are down and you are coming in, getting you into nightclubs, bars and lap dancing venues will be a walk in the park for stag do companies, you try and get hold of nightclubs or bars and getting your group in, it can be a nightmare!
  • Most stag companies like DesignaVenture, have an area on their website where you can sign in, share the booking and invite people on to the stag do and also get them to pay directly. You should also be able to see who has paid.
  • Booking through a stag do company will save you time and may save you money. If you have a big group who want to do loads of activities day and night, a one stop phone call saves you ringing around hotels and venues. The stag do company like DesignaVenture can do this all for you. With the sign in area you can also invite everyone by email online, at night, in your own time.
And now, the Cons:
  • It can be a little cheaper booking everything directly, well you are paying for a time saving service.
  • Some stag do companies are not as professional as DesignaVenture, so you can find yourself in uncompromising situations such as bad hotels, not being booked into venues and terrible customer service.
It's very difficult to find too many cons, well apart from the cost and bad customer service, booking your stag do through a stag do company I think makes perfect sense.

Good luck!