Thursday, 1 December 2016

Incredible Stag Activities For 2017

Christmas is one of the busiest times for marriage proposals, so with this in mind whether you're the groom, best man or chief stag do organiser you're going to need stag do ideas.

Look no further people this post is going to knock you off your feet with killer stag do activities for 2017:

Funny...


"Electric" Shock Football
If there was an activity which would make you literally piss your pants as you have lost all feeling in your bowels, Electric Shock Football is one of them.

OK the electric shocks aren't that bad, similar to the shocks you get from a board game, or a tiny bit more zappier so it's stops you in mid shot, but hey what a laugh!


It's A Knockout
Dress up and compete in lots of different games which includes inflatables, foam and water. A PA will keep everyone up to date with scores, jokes and banter. All fancy dress costumes are included however most groups turn up in team t-shirts.

West Country Games / Welsh Games
Similarly to It's A Knockout, West Country and Welsh Games are just themed on either the West Country which includes games such as; Cider Run, Wurzel Knockout, Pitchfork Duel etc. or based on Wales, such as; Drunk Dragons, Across The Taff, Leek Lampin etc.

West Country Games are near Bristol and Welsh Games just outside Cardiff, makes sense really.


Fumes...


Rage Buggies
Possibly the most popular requested stag do activity in 2016, you'll see why when you race these mad dirt buggies around a specially designed hard core track.

They have an extremely quick acceleration and stick to the track like Jo Brand sticks to her Fat ugly, women jokes - I am not saying she is fat or ugly just that she jokes about this subject A LOT.

Quad Biking
Again, quad biking is another extremely popular activity with our stags. What's not to like; thrashing through brooks and streams, thwapping across open fields, whistling through woods, climbing impossible steep hills and bricking your self down steep inclines - you will love it!

Indoor / Outdoor Race Karts
Everyone in the group loves a decent competition and there is nothing like a well run Grand Prix.

Race head to head around specially designed race tracks which include chicanes, flyovers, fly-unders and winning straights. DesignaVenture tip, learn to get around the track without breaking at every turn. Some turns just don't need the brakes.

Stock Car Racing
An incredible motorised activity which will put you back a few quid however it's an immense experience. From F1 style machines to Jalopies and Robin Reliant's you will love driving all of these different machines against your mates. For more details check out our Stock Car Racing page.

Shoot Um Up....


Paintball
An old favourite, Paintball is a great activity that gets the whole group involved all at the same time. Strategy, skill and tactics is the name of the game here, unless you and your mates are proper hard and run at people shooting 120 shots a minute like true commandos.

Clay Pigeon Shooting
This is for the Gentleman in the group. Bacon roll, hip flask full of Single Malt and cigars is all you need, the shooting ground will provide guns, shot, clays, traps and tuition.

Assault Rifle Shooting
Not many places in the UK can you shoot proper Assault Rifles, this isn't air gun territory this is shooting Assault Rifles, so get yourself to Bournemouth or Bristol and shoot up the Mannequins dressed like Zombies!

AK47 Shooting
You'll need to go over to the Continent for this activity to the old Russian Eastern Block like Riga, Prague or Bratislava. Start with single shots before moving onto quick fire which literally will take a couple of seconds to bolt your load, said the actress to the vicar!

It's quite scary how much these guns move around in machine gun mode, when I did it, I didn't hit the target once!

Get Boozed Up...


Whisky Tasting
Whisky I agree is a bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it, however, have you ever sat down and tasted it, I mean proper tasted it.

If the stag loves the complexity of a single Malt or goes crazy for Johnnie Walker... Whisky tasting is a must, especially if your stag do is in Edinburgh, I mean c-mon!

Brewery Experience Days
As male's we get passed down genes from our ancestors no matter what era and these genes help us to like beer and stag dos, and when done together, what a winning combination!

These Brewery Experience Days not only include beer tasting but also food, competition and a right old laugh, you can't beat it.

Cocktail Making
This is a proper booze up session, learn how to mix cocktails by a professional Mixologists before tasting (maybe downing) your special creation. There is more to making cocktails then just bunging a load of booze and fizz into a shaker and giving it a damn good shake.


Water Way To Have Fun...

White Water Rafting
A firm favourite with our stag parties, choose between man-made white water sites in London, Cardiff or Nottingham or go natural in North Wales, Scotland and beyond (Europe etc.).

Why is White Water Rafting so popular with stag parties?

Well two things, it's exciting and adrenaline fuelled activity and a great way to get rid of your hangover!

Canyoning
Exploring a valley which has been gorged (hence why it's also called gorge walking) out by a fast flowing stream may sound a little tame, well think again, as you'll be jumping into deep pools from up to 45ft ledges, exploring caves, walking behind waterfalls etc.

If Bear Grylls picked a stag activity, this is what he'd choose, I think?

Coasteering
Similar to tombstoning where the main event is chucking yourself off high ledges into deep water sea pools however, Coasteering is done professionally with experts guides, buoyancy aids, helmets, wet suits the lot. This is a lot of fun and jumps can exceed 60 foot (optional obviously) so bring along your BALLS OF STEEL.

Canoeing Weekends
Enjoy the lazy River Wye and canoe down the beautiful Welsh valleys into England. Set up camp and we'll arrange transport for the first and last day, saves you pitching up your tents and then taking them down each day, also the campsite has a pub with a late bar, shower block and is right on the river bank, so you'll want to stay put at night.

All of the above activities can be found on our stag do ideas page which is packed to the rafters with fantastic ideas day and night, go see.

Good luck for 2017...

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

How To Book A Stag Do With Ease

Blow up dummy answering the phone
I don't usually bang on about how great DesignaVenture are as this would be an extremely boring blog.

Instead I have packed out this blog with great advice, stag do ideas, fun top 10's, an immense 101 Guide To Arranging The Ultimate Stag Do and other great posts.

Take a tour of this blog or use the search bar to find help, advice and ideas, however:

This post is all about booking your stag do with ease; finding the most efficient way to book your stag do, which can be a drag on your time and resources.

Don't get stressed, worried or feel this is just another job I have to do, as you don't, all you have to do is agree on a stag do with the Groom and let DesignaVenture take the strain.

Booking your stag do with DesignaVenture could not be easier, our experience, incredible products, easy to use website and a need to please people make us the perfect place to handle your epic stag do.

Our website has bucket loads of popular packages in loads of stag do destinations, we also have a section on the website where you can build your own stag do, giving you the flexibility and a huge range of activities and accommodation at your finger tips.

Man opening his shirt to reveal a moustache
Did you know if you book your stag do with DesignaVenture and enough people attend, the stag can go for free?? Well you do now, click on the image for more details.

Once booked, not only will we organise your hotel, activities nightclubs, transport etc. we can also help with collecting the money directly from the guys. You will have a membership area where you can see who's paid, send out invites and payment reminders and view your booking 24 hours a day, so there's no need to go round people's houses collecting money!!

So, everyone's paid... we then send you out all the details for each venue electronically. Forward this to the guys and each member of the stag group will know exactly what's going on, where to go, what to wear etc.

Don't forget, you also paid for this weekend and the last thing you want to do all weekend is mother the group, so sending them all the details before they go will take the emphasis off of you.

One thing is a constant - DesignaVenture is backed by over 14 years of stag do organising experience, tried and tested products and customer service so good it'll feel like a warm cosy cuddle - we are no dummies you know!

So head over to the DesignaVenture website find your perfect stag and get it booked, or if you prefer to chat, call us on 01432 830000, it's that easy!

Good luck!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Stag Do Destination Ideas - Amsterdam

When compiling a list of stag do destinations abroad, everyone will have their own opinion or destination requirements for example; if you want sunshine and beaches perhaps Dublin wouldn't be the best destination, if you're looking for crazy activities and cheep beer; Bratislava would be a great choice.

However if you are looking for an easily accessible city to spend 1 or 2 nights in, where you can let your hair down, Amsterdam has to be the number 1 choice on your stag do destinations list.



Amsterdam has been popular with British stag parties since, well I don't know when, but why?

Well, it could be something to do with the relaxed laws on certain natural substances and acts.

I shouldn't degrade Amsterdam as a stag do destination on just being able to smoke skunk, eat space cakes and buy sex, no, no. no... Amsterdam has so much more than just that.

There are some incredible nightclubs, great bar crawls which you could always do by bicycle (drinking responsibly, obviously), excellent restaurants and boat trips you can explore this amazing city day and night.

If you didn't know Amsterdam has loads of canals running through the streets then you do now, this will give you an incredible back drop to which will certainly be an amazing weekend away.



Sit and have a beer in Rembrandt Square or take a tour of the Redlight District to fill the hours.

Better still, book a beer bike for a couple of hours... Imagine, just you and the boys pedalling slowly around Amsterdam whilst drinking beer, taking in the sites and listening to your own music being pumped out through the onboard sound-system.

Don't panic you won't have to steer it, each beer bike which can take up to 17 people, has it's very own sober driver / tour guide.

With 30 litres of beer and an incredible sound system, your beer bike awaits you....




Amsterdam is also very close to the UK, a mere hour and a bit on a plane and you'll arrive at Schiphol airport. Then, getting to Amsterdam Central (the main railway station right in the centre of Amsterdam) is extremely easy, there's a train station underneath the airport and within 22 minutes you'll be stepping out into the middle of this amazing city.

Where to stay....

If, like me, you like to stay in the centre of a city where you don't need public transport to get around (taxis are incredibly expensive in Amsterdam) then look for accommodation which is within a 10 - 20 minutes walk of Amsterdam Central station, but saying that the trams are pretty easy to work out and currently run from 6am to 12.30am, perfect timing as you won't be getting home before 6am surely!

Amsterdam also offers popular stag do activities such as Paintball, Karts etc. for that classic stag weekend and if you're looking to keep the boys out the bars all day, but hey you can do that anywhere.

Good luck...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Essential Stag Do List


You've arranged the stag do, the weekend is looming and you are now wandering what you need to take, well that's easy; wallet, toothbrush (at a push), smartphone and passport if you're travelling abroad, right?

Well yes, ultimately if that weekend is going to be party party party, anything else will be too much baggage, literally,  however you going to stink!

If you don't like to travel too lightly and you like to have a list, here are some essentials you'll need:

An old ladies purse as a stag do kittyStag Kitty

Of course you need something to keep the stag kitty in, maybe an old ladies purse or a jiffy bag, whatever way you want to store all the guys dosh in, then a stag do kitty storage device is a must and be first on your list.

Tickets

Don't forget the flipping tickets, they might be tickets to get you into a match, nightclub get you on a plane, get you into the races - whatever, just don't forget the tickets! If you can get them sent to you by email even better you can then just take your smart phone.

Clothing

Old clothes for activities, even though you may be given overalls, you will still need some old clothes to wear underneath.

Old Trainers for wet activities such as White Water Rafting, Coasteering, Canyoning etc.

Smart Casual - the pinnacle statement of most nightclub's dress code - some may need you to wear a collar others will state "no sportswear" which may include trainers, so check the dress codes out before packing.

Swimwear - for wet activities (you'll need to wear something under your wetsuit) if you're going somewhere hot you'll need your Speedos to wear by the pool or beach.

Fancy Dress / T-shirts / Pranks / Games

On your stag do as best man you will need to consider whether Fancy Dress or stag do t-shirts is part of the plan, so getting this sorted a good month before the weekend is a must.

Games are something which can be discussed with other members of the group for their feedback, however when it comes to pranks, this is down to you and maybe a few trusted members of the party, so don't forget:

Cling film
Blow Up Sheep
Lube
Plaster of Paris
Gaffer Tape
Fake Tattoos
Mars Bars


You can find a list of our top 10 stag do pranks here.

We have also put together a list of stag do games

Gadgets

In my mind all you need is a smart phone, however if you want to film the stag going down a load of rapids in a raft (white water rafting is the technical term) then maybe a Go Pro would be handy, if you don't have one or don't want to buy one, somebody in the group is bound to have a Go Pro or similar.

Better still, get yourself a Drone with a HD camera onboard for filming activities from above, please get the activity site's permission first, we don't want any mishaps!

If you are looking at storing most things on your smart phone like directions, tickets etc. a portable battery charger will come in handy, and don't forget the charging lead!

However too many gadgets will weigh you down so a smart phone is essential the rest is surplus.

Good luck!

M

Friday, 30 September 2016

Stag Don'ts


This blog is packed to the rafters with ideas, advice and help for what can be a tricky weekend to organise; the infamous stag do.

Over the years we have gained copious amounts of experience (well, we have been around since 2003 you know) from our own experiences and reading stacks of articles on problem stag dos, so we thought we would collate this information in to a post all about helping you keep your nose clean!

We are not trying to turn your stag do event in to a damp squid in anyway, we are actually trying to help you do quite the opposite!

Number 1 - Don't booze up before flying, unlike Red Bull and Vodka it seriously doesn't mix well

Keep off the booze if you're about to get on a flight. We are not saying don't have a few beers, just don't get larruped!

Too many stag parties this year alone have hit the headlines after being kicked off flights or worse still, landed halfway through the flight at the nearest airport and been arrested, this can also be seriously costly to you, definitely the best way to totally ruin a stag do!

Number 2 - Don't pay for the group in full, then expect them all to pay you back.

OK,  We know you want the best stag do for your mate, but picking up the tab because you’re the organiser of the stag do is certainly unwise, especially paying for people you don't know or trust in the group.

Within a time frame, typically 4 weeks of departure, most stag companies will not refund for cancelled places so don't pay for people unless they have paid you or you trust them explicitly. People are extremely fickle and will say "yes count me in" just to be apart of the conversation, you have been warned.

Number 3 - Don't forget to bring Your ID

If you look under 25 most venues these days will ask for ID, so don't leave it to chance bring your ID to the stag do, unless you have grey hair and have more bags under your eyes then my bag-for-life draw, actually you better bring ID to, you may of had a hard paper round.

Number 4 - Don't be rude

The last thing you want to do is p*ss people off in your hotel, at the activity site or restaurant/clubs, so be civil and enjoy your weekend. Getting kicked off site, or out of your digs halfway through the night is not cool. It's not just your time you will spoil it may be your mates as well.

Number 5 - Don’t get on it before your daytime activities 

If you plan to drink the entire stag weekend make sure you haven’t booked any activities which cannot be done under the influence. There have been cases were activity providers have refused groups to protect their and your safety.

So if you have an activity enjoy it and then get on it, not the other round.

Number 6 - Don't be gobby or go all social media 

'What goes on tour, stays on tour' and this old rule may sound crass, obnoxious, laddie or whatever you want to label it, it's a great rule to stick by, you maybe protecting your fellow staggers and others. 

Remember some people would rather not know. No one likes their bubble burst.

Number 7 - Don’t be a total Tw*t

Please note; fortunately this only applies to less than 1%

Don't be that tw*t in the group that urinates on a monument, shouts obscenities or exposes themselves because you think its funny, even if you have the body of Aiden Turner, you could be arrested, or worse still; just be a total liability to the other members of the group who will be wishing you’d drop down a crack in the pavement.

All joking aside do you really want to be the one remembered for all the wrong reasons?

We have endless other stag do advice and tips, plus even a 101 guide, explore our blog and have a brilliant stag do.

Good luck!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

10 Very Different Stag Do Ideas

Grooms and Best-Men these days are always on the look-out for unusual or different stag do ideas, what's unusual or different to them could be something that another group did last year, so keeping up with the Jones' is getting harder and harder.

So we thought we better get out there, scrambled across rocks, duck under waterfalls, fly through cyber space and find you 10 different stag do ideas which are both affordable and attainable, well 2 are a bit pricey, but 8 out of 10 isn't bad!


Trabant Driving Experience in Berlin

You have never driven on old banger like it, it has a 2 stroke engine (I don't know what that means) and driving it will take you back to the Cold War days. Imagine you and your group chugging away through the old Berlin Streets in these vintage machines, memorable and OK very different.

A Trabant Car

Currently we are selling this experience for £61.00 per person.


Climb Kilimanjaro

Extreme I know, but it will mean only a small stag group as most of his mates won't be up for it, but what a buzz, an experience never to be forgotten, or is it Everest next year?

Mount Kilimanjaro


Prices start from £2,001 per person including flights, you could include a stop off in Amsterdam on the way back, to do something completely stag related.


Mini Moto Racing - Bristol

If you want to look like you've just nicked a little boys scrambler (hippo on a small motorbike comes to mind) then racing these Mini Moto Racing bikes are the ideal stag activity. Racing around an indoor track you will have proper races in small engined bikes, loads of fun!

A mini moto with a lovely lady on it

Prices start from £41.00 per person


Bridge Swinging - Bratislava

OK, WTF is Bridge Swinging, alright don't get shirty and foul mouthed, it's got nothing to do with getting off with a bridge, just stepping off one, then swinging at breakneck speeds until you come to a halt. Adrenalin, last night's beers and that kebab you had on the way home will all come into effect the minute you step off that platform - ouch! But what a laugh...

A Man Bridge swinging in Bratislava


Prices are from £38.00 per person

Air Combat - Las Vegas

OK, this is a totally crazy activity, you are sat in the cockpit being chased or chasing your mate in another plane; like a proper dog fight. The only thing not real is the bullets and missiles, as apparently real missiles are "too dangerous". However, when you manage to get a hit on your opponents plane, smoke comes out the back of their plane, how cool is that!!

Air Combat, plane hit and smoking


Prices start from £1,020.00 per person

DTV Shredder - Chester or Liverpool

A completely weird contraption which can basically rip up and cope with any type of terrain you throw at it. A futuristic and slightly Mad Max looking vehicle which will give you copious amounts of fun.


A DTV Shredder

Price start from £66.00 per person


White Water Bugging - North Wales

Head first going down a white water river is a definite a no no, you speak to Bear Grylls, he will tell you "feet first, so you don't smash your head on a rock", OK good advice Bear but what about if you're on a white water bug? Take that Grylls, but great advice if you're not on a bug. They look great fun don't they?

A White water bug with man racing down river

Prices start from £56.00 per person


Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bath Tub Racing & Banana Ride - Reading

That's right people you build a boat out of cardboard before racing it across a lake, then race each other in motorised bath tubs and to cap it all off we will pull you round a lake by speedboat whilst you are hanging on to dear life to a inflatable banana. You wanted something different, and I think we've delivered.

a stag do in boats made of Cardboard racing across a lake in Reading


From £60.00 per person


Fire Eating Masterclass - London

If your groom is a bit of a circus fanatic or in his day could juggle, unicycle and smoke all at the same time then this activity is perfect for his stag do. You'll need to brave enough to lick a burning stick and juggle things which are on fire - brave or stupid - the jury's out!

A lady fire breathing


From £41.00 per person


Bushcraft Night - Swansea

Talking of fire, you will learn how to make a fire with just sticks, you will also learn how to build a shelter, get a chance to use big knives and axes properly, identify edible plants and also; learn how to cook on an open fire. There is also time to have a few beers around a camp fire, well it is a stag do after all.

How to make fire


From £186.00 per person (2 day course)
From £96.00 per person (1 Day course)

All the above price are correct when this post was published, for up to date prices and other unusual / different stag do ideas head over to our website and check them out.

Good luck....


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Huge Stag Do Tip - Book Early

According to the Daily Mail the average time between engagement and marriage is 2 years!

So in reality the stag will know who he will ask to be his best man within the first 6 months of proposing.

As best man or Groom, that's a long time to plan things, and when it comes to the stag do, I personally think that booking it a year in advance is a great idea.

There are many reasons why you should book early including:
  • You'll get the cheapest flights (if going abroad); booking flights late can result in higher fares particularly with Low Cost Airlines (Easyjet, Ryanair etc.)
  • Booking hotel rooms a year in advance usually means that you'll get this year's price for next year, as inevitably most hotels will put their prices up
  • The boys will then have plenty of time to plan and put the date in their diary, before the WAGS get there first!
  •  If you book with a stag company like DesignaVenture, you can pay off the stag do month by month if you wish, helping the lads budget for the big weekend
I think I have covered some important points there, however what about the negatives, will booking early mean you have to shed out loads of money?

This all depends on how and where you have booked your stag do.

A good example; if you book flights for everyone through a Low Cost Airline, they will want their fare up front (just remember you can save up to £200 booking early, so it's quite a big trade off).

Important note; do not pay for anyone you do not know or trust if you cannot get a refund if he pulls out.

What if people drop out?

That's a very good question which I imagine goes through every best man's mind when he books a stag do, well I can only speak for DesignaVenture's T&C's:

If you book a UK stag do or one of our non inclusive flight package abroad we allow people to drop out up until 4 weeks before you go, so that's plenty of time to cancel them off if they haven't paid you.

When booking early we also recommend you get people locked down, so after you have put down your initial £30 deposit we recommend you get a £30 deposit from every member of the group, that way, people will be financially committed to your weekend and it won't just be you and the stag because everyone else has forgotten about it!!

We also have a system where people can pay individually online or over the telephone, so you don't have to get your hands dirty, take a look at our How To Book page.

What if I have booked the wrong the date?

If you book UK or a package that doesn't include flights and want to change the date, this usually shouldn't cause any issues providing there is space for your new date, there may be a minimal admin fee but nothing to worry about.

What if I have booked the flights for the wrong date?

Well that's slightly different, Low Cost airlines these days will usually charge you an admin fee plus the difference in price, for example if you booked to go on the 07th and you have to change to the 14th, your charges would work out to be:

Price of the seat you paid for the 07th = £25.00
The price of the seat for your new date, the 14th = £32.00
Difference = £7.00

Plus, admin fee £25.00 (this is just an example)

So you would have to pay an extra £32.00 per seat to change the date.

Top Tip

Book early, get the date set in stone and plan away, the positives completely out weigh the negatives there are loads to plan for a wedding, this will be one less job to do.

If you have any questions or queries about booking early give us a call on 01432 830880, we love to chat.

Good luck.



Monday, 15 August 2016

Stag Do Ideas For 2017

OK, OK it's only August and already we are banging on about next year however, I have been in the travel business since 1989, and know that booking early especially with a large groups is essential in order to get everything that you want, booked.

I have put together some ideas for 2017 under various descriptive headers however if none of your requirements are met, we have literally thousands of more stag do ideas which include popular packages and activities on our website, get yourselves over there and getting planning.

Horse Racing Weekends

Horse Racing at Ascot

For the stag party that doesn't want anything energetic but wants adrenalin, excitement and a right laugh.

Most popular destinations:

Reading (Ascot or Newbury)
Nottingham
Chester
Cheltenham

For a full list of weekends and prices go here.


The Sun

2 Guys from a stag do jumping in the pool

Drink, girls and 24 hour partying, the Med has been a firm favourite with lads holidays since as far as I can remember, 2, 3 or more nights in the sun, it's great for the soul!

2017 destination stag do favourites include:

Benidorm
Magaluf (young crowd)
Ibiza
Costa Del Sol


The Petrol Head

Rage Buggies

Rage Buggies, Quad Bikes, Outdoor Karts, Indoor Karts, Stock Car Racing, Hovercrafts, the UK and beyond is awash with loads of activity sites offering incredible experiences for stag dos.

The UK hot spots for activity based stag weekends are:

Bournemouth
Bristol
Cardiff
Reading
Nottingham


Adrenaline Junkies

A man coasteering

Your stag loves adrenaline like he loves his soon to be wife, so what better way to celebrate his last days as a free man then to scare the living daylights out of him, get him soaked, cover him in mud and then plaster the pictures of him all over facebook - he will love it.

Top Adrenaline infused activities include:

Coasteering
Canyoning
White Water Rafting
Cliff Jumping
High Ropes


The Cookery

BBQ

It sounds like a nic-name from a Cockney Gangster film "ave you met The Cookery?", anyway these days a foodie activity is becoming extremely popular whether it's a Man Vs Food scenario or where you all get to learn how to cook, whether it's over an open fire or making the perfect pizza, stag groups love to get their hands dirty and it's an ideal opportunity to sample some of the local booze.

We have loads more ideas on our website, for inspiration check out our activity page which is jammed packed full of ideas for your 2017 stag do.

Good luck.



Friday, 5 August 2016

Motorised Stag Do Ideas

Quad Bike Jumping Over a hump

Quad Biking believe it or not, is one of our top motorised activities in the UK.

Thrash your quad bike through mud, water (shallow-ish, not deep rivers obviously), flat fields, woodlands, up intense vertical hills you'll be surprised what these bikes can do!

Other activity sites offer racing around a track with humps, bumps, chicanes and straights which is equally as much fun!

Here are some quad biking packages, locations and ideas on our website.

Rage Buggy Racing

Rage Buggy Racing is another one of our top motorised stag activities.

Forget about the grass kart buggies which can't even take the skin off a rice pudding, these Rage Buggies can reach the crazy speeds of 58 mph, and the acceleration....oh the acceleration, it's pretty special, it shoves you into your bucket seat and gets you out of any corner.

Hovercraft racing on water

Hovercrafts are noisy, fast and furious, ticking every list item on what a motorised activity should be.

Racing on a curtain of air with a giant what only can be described as a fan, propelling you forward as you try and take on a course and compete against your mates.

Indoor Karting at night

Indoor Karting is a great racing activity for groups, as most if not all of you can race on the track at once.

Most indoor karting sites these days are fully computerised giving you and your mates stats and read outs of fastest laps, all your lap times and the overall winner. Some tracks now have got fully electric karts so there's no noise from the petrol engines just screeching tyres however, these karts have a better acceleration then their petrol engine counter parts.

Jet Ski lifting out of the water

Jet Skiing these water bikes are wild!

Whether you're exploring the Cornish rugged coastline and caves or darting around an inland lake Jet skis are an amazing amount of fun.  I am not sure how many knots they go but when you're shooting across the water and hitting waves at full pelt there is nothing like it!

Outdoor Race Karts


Outdoor Karting like indoor karting is another brilliant motorised activity ideals for stags.

Most sites have fly overs and once you have fully mastered the racing line, the break pedal becomes almost redundant, and if you've got that racing skill maybe taking it up as a sport is next? Lewis Hamilton had to start somewhere, all be it, a lot younger than you!

Stock Car Racing


Stock Car Racing the stag activity for groups with plenty of Dollar!

There's something about racing around an oval shaped track in a fully prepared motor. This activity can only be described as motorised mayhem, and if you don't get black grease all over your face and have a huge hot dog for lunch you haven't done this unique motorised stag activity properly!

Good luck!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

GO BRITISH

I Heart UK
It's official Beer is now become more expensive in Europe, since the UK has voted Brexit our currency has taken a Pounding, pardon the pun.

Before referendum €1.30 - €1.40 to the £1
Now it's €1.19 to the £1

Easyjet has just announced that it has seen it's cost increase in 4 weeks by £40m - now they are going to have to recoup these costs back from somewhere, and that will be on your fares in the next couple of years.

My advice for your next stag do is to Go British, stay on this amazing Island and party like it's 1999.

I don't mean dance to the Vengaboys, wear your unbuttoned shirt over a skate boarders t-shirt whilst drinking "Sex On The Beach", I mean explore this amazing land we call home, take in cities, compete in adrenalin fuelled activities and enjoy hanging out with your buddies.

Why celebrate your stag do in the UK?

A money pot marked with stag party on it
First of all arranging a stag do in the UK is better for your wallet, this will help to attract more people onto the weekend as the price will be much lower than going abroad, making it more affordable for most.

If you have a big family and need to invite some the male members, if your stag do is in the UK it will be far easier for fathers and uncles to duck in and out of the weekend as and when they please.

There are loads of cities in the UK which are stag and hen friendly, in fact many of these cities' nightlife venues live for this trade, creating loads of offers including booths, drink and VIP packages and private hire.

Just outside many of these cities are impressive, professional activity sites offering shooting, racing and adrenalin based stag activities which most stag groups want to add to their 'do' creating a memorable weekend.

You can even twin centre your stag do, stay in one city one night and travel to another city for the next night, for example; Bristol and Bournemouth, Nottingham and Sheffield or even Edinburgh and Newcastle.

If you want somewhere off the beaten track, North Wales, The Lakes and The Highlands of Scotland (to name but a few) will give you that wilderness you are looking for, also, providing you with loads to do. Again, activity sites which are busy midweek with corporate business are available for you and your mates to go white water rafting, canyoning, cliff jumping, exploring, mountain biking there is simple loads to do.



How about world class horse Racing events, such as Royal Ascot, The Grand National, The Gold Cup, these events make both a fantastic venue for a stag do plus, give the stag memories he deserves.

Accommodation in the UK is both varied and plentiful, from hiring out huge country houses to staying in a wooden lodges, Tipis or tents, alternatively go luxurious and book a city centre 4 to 5 star hotel.

Lap Dancer On Sofa
Then you have the nightlife, stag destinations such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Newquay are simply buzzing on the weekend, full of fantastic bars, clubs and gentleman establishments, I am talking about Lap Dancing clubs of course.

For example, hiring a booth in Bournemouth in one of it's incredible clubs with a drinks package and entry will only cost you around £15 - £20 per person depending on your party size and which drinks package you go for.

What about the weather?

OK, you've got me.... who cares about the bleeding weather, it was 32℃ yesterday.


Good luck

Friday, 24 June 2016

What Does Brexit Mean To The Stag Do

EU and Union Jack
Hey, I know this isn't the most important question on David Cameron's lips however there are going to be some implications on traveling abroad for your stag do as well as having a stag weekend in the UK.

Looking at the Stag Do Abroad...

Flights: What will happen to flight prices and is this the end of the low cost airlines that are not British?

For example before 1992 if you flew with Ryanair from Manchester to Palma, Majorca, as Ryanair is Irish they would have to touch down on Irish soil before flying on to Majorca!

Since the 1992 bill which was passed within the European Union, Ryanair can fly straight to Majorca from Manchester, saving you loads of time and money.

I am pretty sure this won't change, however there may be a levy put on by the EU, who knows!!

Medical: On a stag do there is a high chance you'll need to visit the local A&E, maybe it's severe sunburn or maybe you fell over whilst helping an old lady across a busy road, whatever's the case being in the EU meant that you can get a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) which give us state provided medical help in all EU countries free of charge.

Now we are leaving, this could go.

For more information on this the BBC has put together some information for us on how Brexit may affect the Lads holidays abroad.

2 lads jumping into a hotel pool
Using your phone in any of the EU countries this year and next was about to get cheaper.

Those phone calls back to the WAGS from your stag do in Prague or Barcelona was going to cost you pittance, however now we are not sure what's going to happen once we leave.

The Euro: At the moment it's all in the air regarding the Euro exchange rate against the pound, with the GBP taking a pounding (pardon the pun), but some financial experts are saying this is short term and we could see the pound hit the heavy heights of €1.40 - €1.50, however it's currently at €1.21 (27th June 2016 at 9.44am).

Celebrating your party in the UK...

Well to be honest nothing much is going to happen with regards to passport issues, however you may find inflation going up which may mean higher hotel and petrol prices which in effect will put the price up on your stag weekend.

On the flip side to look at it in a different light it may mean less tourists from Europe especially from the 27 nations of the EU, creating a vacuum of hotel bookings which means more hotel rooms for stag and hen parties bringing the price down, but like I said, all this is guess work.

If you are really going to miss the EU and want to get there without crossing the sea, in two years time you may be in luck. Nicola Sturgeon the Scottish first Minister has now decided that Scotland should hold another referendum (yes, another), in order to break away from the UK, which means Scotland becoming a new EU member.

If this happens, having your stag do in Edinburgh or Glasgow will involve going abroad!

Good luck.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Stag Do Destinations For 2017

Man in a suit and shorts at Departure Lounge with suitcases

I know what you're thinking, we're only halfway through 2016 and already we are ditching it for 2017.

Well, you need to look and book early in order to get what you want for the best possible price, take it from me popular stag do destinations will fill early.

HOT TIP: The last and first weekend of each month are the busiest, so try and look at other weekend dates for a lot more choice, especially when booking late.

Stag Destinations Abroad 

Now if you are looking at overseas stag destinations and looking for sun and lively nightlife; Majorca, Ibiza, Benidorm, Costa Del Sol, basically Spain you cannot go wrong with. These destinations usually have plenty of flights going to them from all over the UK and flights can be very cheap.

You will also be able to book into fully inclusive hotels, if that's what you're looking for, OUCH... just think of the hangover without the huge bar bill!!

If you prefer a little bit of culture and want to party in a lively city, then Berlin or Hamburg are great choices, if you would prefer to go somewhere where sausage aren't the staple diet then try Prague (fantastic nightlife), Bratislava or Budapest. These cities can be cheap to drink in and have some fantastic clubs.

You then have Riga, Tallinn or even Krakow, all of these amazingly popular abroad stag do destinations also have activities you wouldn't necessarily be able to do in the UK such as AK47 shooting, Bob Sleighing, Tank Driving etc.

Huge Pint of Guinness Outside A Temple Bar Pub

If you like the Craic there's always Dublin, head to Temple Bar for incredible pubs playing live music and serving copious amounts of Guinness. Talking of the "black stuff" book a Guinness Brewery Tour, it's in the centre of Dublin and will be a happy break before you head out at night, remember the pubs never shut in Dublin!

What am I thinking I haven't mentioned the classic stag destination, the destination your Dad may have visited on his stag do, Amsterdam.

Amsterdam still has a huge appeal to the British stags and it's not just all about the coffee shops and red light district. The canal bar tours are pretty good, as is hiring bikes and exploring the centre of this amazing, mostly pedestrianised, European city.

UK Stag Destinations

The UK is full of incredible stag do destinations, with more stag do activities then anyway else in the world, why wouldn't you party here?

If you want a lively seaside destination with loads of activities then you cannot beat Newquay or Bournemouth, or do both on one epic twin centre stag weekend!

You then have our amazing city destinations that stags and hens love all year round including Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

A Man Canyoning

If you want to get away from the crowds and want a rural experience then head for North Wales for 48 hours of adrenaline fuelled activities including white water rafting, canyoning and the longest Zip Wire in Europe.

If the stag likes all the excitement of a horse racing day, then make a stag weekend out of it.

Book the group to Ascot (staying in Reading), Nottingham, Newcastle, Chester, Chepstow (staying in Cardiff or Bristol).... phew the list is endless. With so many UK venues offering Horse Racing days Britain really is a great place to enjoy a stag do.

Whatever taste, budget, requirements you and your stag group have head over to the DesignaVenture website for inspiration, ideas and not forgetting; the highest level of customer service.

Good luck


Friday, 3 June 2016

Stag Do Activities

Where ever you decide to have your stag do whether it's Las Vegas or Bournemouth, best men always like to include an activity or two to keep you crazy boys out the pub.

So strap yourself in and get some cracking ideas for an incredible stag do.

Totally obscure and off the chart is Air Combat in Las Vegas:




Using laser beams (about the only place you can use laser beams near aircrafts), the aim is to try and shoot your opponent down, if you do manage to hit him, smoke will come out of the back of his plane - how cool is that!

A very popular stag activity straight out of the Mad Max Films is Rage Buggies:


Acceleration which will slam you back into your bucket seat and handling like a cat on a sofa you will love driving these machines. Competition and speed what more do you want, jam on it?

This next activity borders on the crazy, however it's a fantastic stag do idea, one of our stags called it "p**s my pants funny": Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bathtub Kart Racing & Banana Ride:


So you make a a boat out of cardboard and race it across a lake, you then race a motorised bathtub around a racing circuit before being pulled around on a giant banana by a speedboat - how much fun can you have in one day, judging by this activity too much!


Be brave my friends, this activity is not for the faint hearted... Canyoning:



Walk behind waterfalls, slip down smooth rock slide into deep pools, jump off 60ft ledges into deep water - you will love it! Just make sure you pack your balls of steel, you don't want to embarrass yourself in front of your mates, do you?


Old faithful, it needs a good game plan, friends you can rely on and a trigger happy finger... Paintball:



OK, the paintballs hurt a little (not a lot), however the adrenaline you get when raiding your opponents base is incredible.


A machine which can pretty much get through anything - Quad Biking:




These beasts where originally invented for farmers to be able to get to anywhere on their farm through mud, streams, up steep hills, down steep declines with relative ease, in order to get to their sheep, and that's exactly what you'll be doing, without the sheep. It's not that kind of stag do!

If you've only shot a gun whilst playing Grand Theft Auto or Call Of Duty then your next step is the real thing - Gun Shooting:



There are some incredible stag do destinations around Europe where you can shoot some incredible guns like the infamous AK47's and hand guns like the Revolver. Mostly in activity sites near big cities like Prague, Budapest, Riga, Bratislava and Berlin.

Don't worry though, if the UK is where you want to celebrate your stag do in then there are also a couple of fantastic activity sites where you can shoot .22 assault rifles, these sites are within easy driving distances of Bristol and Bournemouth.

If you prefer moving targets, clay pigeon shooting, a gentleman's game, is an incredible buzz where you can smash clays into smithereens, proving you have the aim of a sniper and not the sight of Stevie Wonder.

For a full list of stag do activities along with prices head over to our website.

Good luck!