Having been a best man on a few occasions, I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes a decent stag do. Personally, I reckon the traditional mix of some daredevil activities and a few beer-fuelled nights out can’t be beaten – and it’s definitely worth going the extra mile to do something a little bit different.
To do so, it’s easiest to block off a good few days – this way, you’ve got enough time to try something new, play a few pranks on the groom, and nurse any sore heads in between! Below, you’ll find my top three recommendations for awesome stag dos – don’t forget to pack in as much as you can!
Assuming you’ve got the time and budget for a break lasting around a week, I reckon a skiing trip is an unbeatable option for stag dos. For starters, you get days filled with adrenaline rushes, then you’ve got the brilliant apres-ski to keep you partying into the early hours.
Plus, if you go somewhere like Tignes in France, there’s the added bonus of trying loads of other activities – in my opinion, the more unusual the better. Some of the things you can do here include ice climbing, ice diving and heliskiing.
It’s also a decent choice on the practical side of things, since it’s not too difficult to drive to France (while flights are pretty short and cheap). And you can hire out a huge chalet for everyone – check out what’s on offer at Snowchateaux for examples – which makes hanging out easy.
2) Water sports
If snow sports really aren’t your groom’s thing, or your budget/time off doesn’t quite stretch to a jaunt to France, there are plenty of brilliant options right here in the UK. For instance, if you fancy a water sports-themed break, you could all cram in a car or two and drive to Pembrokeshire in Wales.
Why Pembrokeshire? Well, this is where one of the most exciting – and potentially craziest – adventure sports was invented. What am I talking about? Coasteering of course!
Coasteering involves navigating your way along the coast in pretty much any way you can – which could mean swimming in the sea, jumping off rocks, ducking into caves, climbing… So, you can see why it’s so perfect for stag dos! There’s also lots of other great stuff to do in the area, like sea kayaking and canoeing.
My final suggestion is going on a camping trip in the Forest of Dean. Obviously camping’s a good choice if you’re trying to keep the cost down, but trust me, that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck for things to do!
The Forest of Dean is a real goldmine for stag dos, since there’s just so much you can do – think archery, canoeing and combat games. My personal top picks are Battlefield Live, which is like a laser tag game in the forest; you’ll need between eight and 30 players. Top tip: gang up on the groom!
I’d also recommending taking a tour of Ringwood Brewery. This means you can see how their beers and ales are made, go to a tasting session and even get a free drink. Plus, if you hit the gift shop afterwards, you can pick up a few drinks to enjoy back at the campsite later.