As your friends will be sure to remind you time and again, having a fantastic stag do is an important part of any wedding. And whether you’re a groom-to-be organising your upcoming party or a best man struggling for inspiration, there are plenty of ideas for celebrating that ‘last night of freedom’ in style. From all-out parties to more chilled out relaxing breaks, here is our guide to some of the top stag party ideas:
A classic stag do activity, spending an afternoon paintballing is a great way to release those pre-wedding nerves. There are plenty of venues around the country offering everything from a few hours to whole day packages – so get your friends together and indulge your inner Rambo.
Always fancied yourself as a Ray Mears or a Bear Grylls? With a Bushcraft-themed stag do you can learn plenty of essential survival skills that are sure to impress your bride-to-be. Choose to spend an afternoon learning how to build fires and shelter, or enjoy a whole weekend out in the wilderness with your mates.
VIP Football Package
Got a love for the beautiful game? What better way to celebrate your upcoming wedding than with a VIP visit to see your favourite team in action? Packages typically offer access to plush hospitality lounges, free refreshments and top-quality seats.
Is the groom-to-be a whisky lover? Why not embark on a tour of a favourite distillery or two? Offering a great opportunity to combine walking or driving in the stunning Scottish countryside with a chance to sample some of the most delicious single malts in the world, this is a grown-up and sophisticated – yet still fun – way to celebrate a stag.
European City Break
A popular choice for parties that have two or three days to spare, a visit to a European city means you can really let your hair down. Berlin, Prague and Budapest are great for beer and nightlife, while Amsterdam is the ultimate stag party capital.
Fancy something a little more sunny? For those with even more time to spare, why not consider a budget break to the sun? Holidays in popular destinations like Ibiza, Spain and the Canary Islands can be bought for insanely low prices, and offer the opportunity to enjoy drinking, dancing and relaxing with your mates in far warmer climates.
Want to celebrate in style? Why not charter your own yacht and indulge your inner James Bond for the weekend? Perfect for trips across to the Channel Islands or the Isle of Wight, there are plenty of companies offering fully crewed and catered yachts at surprisingly reasonable prices.
Country House Weekend
While some stag dos are all about beer and parties, this one is a little different – why not play at being lord of the manor for a weekend? Hire one of the grand country houses scattered around the UK and you could fill your days with rural pursuits like hunting, fishing, deer stalking and more – then round the day off with good food and a dram or two around a roaring fire.
Fancy getting in a round or two of your favourite game? Why not choose a golfing-themed stag do? Most of the country’s top golf courses offer stag packages that let you play in a tournament with your friends and take lessons with a pro. Combine your package with local accommodation and you’ll enjoy a break to remember.
Another classic stag activity, this is a great choice for anyone whose friends have varying levels of commitment (or stamina!). Pick a route, and maybe a fancy dress theme for fun, and make your way through all your favourite pubs and bars. A great way to spend an evening!