The stag do – every wedding needs one. While your fiancée might not approve of everything that goes on there, it’s a tradition that no man wants to turn down. Unfortunately, they don’t always come cheap. If you’re hoping to have one final crazy weekend before tying the knot, you’re in luck. We’ve found some great destinations for a stag do for you to celebrate with the lads without having to blow the wedding budget.
Going abroad for your stag do might seem out of the question when you’re trying to save money, but it’s perfectly possible. Benidorm, aka party city, is the ideal place for a messy stag do that your future wife never needs to know about, and it’s pretty affordable too. You can find packages in the region of £150 to £200 per person, which include activities like go-karting, paintball, and, of course, a bar crawl. Accommodation, travel and food are all generally included in this package, so the price isn’t anything to scoff at.
If Benidorm isn’t the place for you, how about the Algarve? The Portuguese island is a great place for soaking up the sun with your mates, although there’s a lot more on offer than chilling on the beach with some drinks. You can find packages in a similar price range that offer indoor carting, a VIP nightclub experience, and even shark fishing. For the adrenaline junkies out there, the Algarve is the place to hit up.
Of course, not everyone wants to go abroad for their stag do. The UK is full of amazing places to spend a weekend with the lads, such as Cardiff. If you’re local to the area, you can find packages from £20-80 which again offer the possibility of go-karting and nightclub entry, as well as quad biking and bubble football. For those living a little further away (or wanting somewhere to spend the night), you can find offers which are still well under £200. One package offers a night in a four-star hotel, bubble football, a great selection of food and more for just £145 per person.
Another UK city worth checking out is Edinburgh. Again, for locals, there are brilliant packages offering paintball, archery or bubble football for £30-60, with nightclub entry and other benefits included. Guys not afraid of getting wet on their stag can try out a package that provides whitewater rafting alongside two nights in a five-star hostel and nightclub entry. Most offers in Edinburgh are below £200, so you’d do well to spend your stag do here.
Over in the Midlands, Birmingham offers some of the strangest but coolest stag do packages available. If you’ve ever wanted to go to a zombie boot camp or have a tank battle, this is the place to go. You can also take part in an inflatable obstacle course, visit casinos and comedy clubs, and end your night in some of the best nightclubs around, all for less than £200. Birmingham’s central location also makes it ideal for bringing together friends and family from across the country, so no-one has to spend too much on travel.
Another on the list of excellent destinations for a stag do for people living in the south of the UK is Reading. It’s not too far if you’re coming from London or somewhere along the coast, and it offers the same kind of activities you can find all around the country. The city also provides the opportunity to go horse racing, hovercrafting, clay pigeon shooting or even to become a human football table. The options available to you are pretty wacky, but that’s usually what makes a stag do so unforgettable.
If you want to spend your stag weekend in Eastern Europe, then the Czech Republic has got you covered. Consider a trip to Prague, where drinking forms an integral part of your agenda. You can enjoy a guided bar crawl one night, before spending the following evening on a beer bike, one of the greatest creations ever made. If you want to mix things up a little, you can go to a football match, try out some target practice, or enjoy a great steak dinner (with an added bonus). It’ll be a weekend you won’t forget.
For those who love the sound of that but don’t want to travel so far, you’ll find all these things and more in the German city of Hamburg. Beer bikes, football games and shooting ranges all come in packages between £150-200. Germany is well-known for its culture, so you can tell your other half about all the stunning sights you saw while you definitely weren’t lying wasted on the street. What good’s a stag do if you don’t get a little bit off your face?
Wherever you go for your stag, it ought to be a memorable weekend. Well, it should be for the ones who don’t spend it drunk anyway. Whether you’re boozing in Benidorm or partying in Prague, at least you can rest easy knowing you haven’t blown your entire wedding budget on your epic stag do.
You’re looking at a writer who’s as dark and moody as he is a campy mess. I can write about almost anything, just don’t be surprised if I have a drink in hand. When it comes to weddings, I’m never the bridesmaid, never the bride (because I would upstage everyone in a fabulous dress).