UK Stag Do Planning: knowing where to go and when
Whether you’re the groom, best man or just tagging along for the adventure, planning a stag do can be a daunting prospect. More and more people are looking at weekends away in European cities as the best case scenarios for their big nights out but you certainly don’t have to leave the country for a good time. The United Kingdom has plenty of places which would host a fantastic stag do without having to dig your passport out of the drawer.
But that brings its own challenges. It can be baffling to organise an event which usually involves copious amounts of alcohol and partying for what is more often than not an enormously large group of men.
There are pitfalls which must be avoided and aspects which must be considered when considering a stag do. In order to overcome it, we’ve looked at some of the best destinations for a stag do in the UK.
The nation’s capital and an obvious candidate for the best locations for a stag do in the United Kingdom. London is the best destinations because of the sheer scale of options available for the groom-to-be and friends.
But as the nation’s capital and most iconic city, London has a few things which can’t really be done outside of an SW postcode. Take a tour of Wembley Stadium or sample some of the city’s great restaurants. Stag parties can hire a private capsule at the London Eye to view the city from afar but there are opportunities to see it more close up. Thames Rockets offers guided speedboat tours of the city. Just make sure you bring a waterproof jacket.
Of course, London’s nightlife is just as diverse and varied as its daytime activities. There is a pub on every street corner as well as a whole host of restaurants offering almost every type of cuisine on the planet. Live the high life and visit one of the city’s famous steakhouses like Goodman in Mayfair before heading over to Leicester Square to visit the Empire Casino and Carlsberg Bar. Just make sure you read up on the rules inthis Betway guide before you hit the blackjack tables and really impress your mates.
Why not stay even closer to home and head to Brighton for your stag? It can get very hot in the summer and while you may be familiar with the city but there are plenty of things to do for a stag night which aren’t as well known.
Sites like The Stag Company offer personalised packages which could suit any group of friends looking for a day or two of fun. From buggy racing to paintballing, your days could be spent covered in mud and sweat. Or, for those who prefer to spend their days in a slightly cleaner environment, the company offers activities like bourbon tasting and escape rooms.
Wales’ capital city is a great place to spend a few days with your mates. With the Welsh countryside not too far away, the list of potential activities is certainly a lot longer than many other areas. Cardiff offers clay pigeon shooting and gorge walking for fans of the country and being on the coast, the city has far more to offer too. Groups can take part in activities like coasteering and white water rafting, just be aware that it rains quite a lot in South Wales.
It can get quite cold in the North-East of England but the people of Newcastle don’t appear to mind all that much, especially at night time. The Newcastle nightlife is the stuff of legend which makes it perfect for a stag do.
A night on the toon can get a bit loony which is why you should approach it some small degree of planning. It’s easy to pre-order things like priority access to clubs for you and your group. Nobody wants to be stuck outside in the queue in the freezing cold streets of Newcastle so pre-order access to some of the best clubs in the city including Tiger Tiger, Florita’s and Madame Koo.
Why not spend a weekend with your mates in a great city like Edinburgh? Scotland’s second city in terms of capital status scores well above Glasgow in terms of tourism and entertainments and it’s easy to see why.
Edinburgh has endless things to do for a stag group, many of which are fairly unique to Scotland. Pull out your kilts and sporrans and take part in your own mini Highland Games including activities like Caber Tossing and wellie hurling with Great Away Days. Of course, no visit to Scotland would be complete without sampling the country’s most famous export at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Just make sure to wear something underneath your kilt if you’re visiting in the cold winter months.