Published on Apr 24, 2019
Choosing a destination for your stag do is a make-or-break element that shouldn’t be overlooked. Most stags organise their events in one of two ways: the first is by activity. If the stags all really want to do an activity like watersports then there are only a select few locations that can offer it. The second is to choose by destination, if the stag is a massive Manchester United fan then you ought to head up north. As stag do experts, we’ve compiled a list of our top stag do destinations and why we think lads keep going back.
Here are our top 5 stag party destinations in the UK:
Brighton is the UK’s top stag do destination. It has hundreds of bars and pubs (over 900!) and when the sun is out the beach is bustling. Not only does it have a great selection of hotels but there is also plenty of self catering houses that you can rent for the weekend. If the nightlife wasn’t enough for you, there’s also heaps of activities to do in the day – our personal favourite is the outdoor karting track.
1) Outdoor Karting
Experience the thrill of the 270cc Sodi RT8 karts on the state-of-the-art track. A fast, furious, frenetic and exhilarating experience which will provide some competitiveness that all stag weekends need.
2) Brighton Watersports
When in Brighton, get in the water. Make use of the southern sunshine and try your arm on the stand-up paddleboards or if you’re a speed-freak, give wakeboarding a go! The watersports centre even has a giant SUP that you can play last man standing and other mini-games on.
3) Tag Archery
On the outskirts of the city you can play a new stag game we like to call tag archery. It’s similar to paintball but you all have a bow and (softened) arrows to shoot at each other.
1) The Walrus
Hidden away on Ship street is this fantastic traditional pub but downstairs the music is pumping to give a night-club atmosphere. Reasonably priced pints and a great choice of music means it’s top of our list.
Just past the Pavilion sits a fantastic gem of a beer hall, home to the famous IPA. They have friendly and knowledgeable staff and a good selection of ale.
3) King & Queen
Looking for a traditional English boozer? The King & Queen has a fantastic beer garden, huge screens for sports and is always lively on the weekend. Perfect for a stag night out.
If you don’t fancy heading down south, how about up north? Newcastle is every stag’s top destination. Famous for big nights out and friendly locals you are guaranteed to have a brilliant time here. Hotels generally are quite a bit cheaper in Newcastle so you can book somewhere central and invest the rest of the budget into some activities. If the stag is footy-mad see who’s playing at St James’ Park or why not arrange a football-related activity like bubble football or foot-golf?
1) Foot Golf
If you’re looking to get competitiveness without breaking a sweat, foot-golf is a great new activity combining man’s two favourite sports.
2) Mud Buggies
Tear up some dirt in our 690cc V-twin honda buggies. They pack a serious punch and our Newcastle track features a challenging combination of hairpins, chicanes and plenty of mud.
1) The Soho Rooms
If you’re in Newcastle the Diamond Strip is where it’s going on. It’s probably one of the UK’s busiest nightlife district and is a major celeb hubspot. One of the most popular destinations for stags is The Soho Rooms, a multi-storey club that’s famously hard to get in. Just make sure you get in early.
2) Spy Bar
If you fancy a more relaxed vibe or even want to watch the weekends sport then Spy Bar at the Quayside is ideal for a few beers and good pub grub.
Bournemouth is an up-and-coming destination for stag parties but with seven miles of golden beaches and a great selection of student bars it’s a wonder why people haven’t visited sooner. Just like Brighton, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to stag accommodation and a massive variety of action-packed activity site.
Have you and the lads got the fear factor? Spend your Saturdays scrambling over the rocks and cliff-jumping at the Bournemouth coasteering centre. Just be warned, if you chicken out, the rest of the stags will show no mercy!
2) Quads & Clays
Bournemouth is home to one of the best country pursuits sites the UK has to offer. The instructors are fantastic at teaching the newbies or helping people that already have experience.
This nightclub is built in a former church, with overhanging balconies and a massive dance-floor, Halo is the ideal place to dance your night away. They also have a great selection of drinks.
2) Le Chic
Le Chic Nightclub is one of Bournemouth’s newest and hottest clubs located in the middle of the very popular Old Christchurch Road. The club is always busy and has a good variety of music.
3) Smokin’ Aces
If you don’t fancy a big night out, Smokin’ Aces serves as the perfect destination for a relaxed evening with a great selection of whiskey’s and cocktails. A personal favourite of ours.
Oxford isn’t the first destination that springs to mind when you think of a stag party but it serves as an idyllic location for a more relaxed or mature group. With luxurious barn conversions on the outskirts you can celebrate your last weekend of freedom in peace with the company of your close friends. Plus, if you did fancy a night out, the city is packed with student bars and traditional boozers.
1) Country Pursuits
If you and the boys did fancy getting your hands dirty, our hovercrafts will test your speed, reflexes and balance! The adrenalin will flow as you squeeze the throttle and twist your body to throw these lightweight, 600cc machines around the corners
2) Bubble Football
Looking to give your mates a bump and earn your pints? Split into teams and climb into a zorb. Referees are much more lenient so feel free to leap into the opposition, just be warned that you will be knackered at the end of the session!
1) Thirst Bar
Thirst Bar is a sleek, multi-storey bar in the very heart of Oxford town centre. Offering a truly funky & unique interior unlike any other, including an outside smoking area that is heated. The two-way mirror in the bathroom is a big talking point as well.
2) The Wig & Pen
The Wig and Pen in bar Oxford is a stylish venue right in the centre of Oxford, it has a relaxed feel and is a popular drinking spot with locals and party goers alike. The offer good food and a great selection of drinks to keep your taste buds happy.
The Scottish capital is one of our most popular stag destinations for many reasons. Not only is it a party hub for Scotland but you can also get flights for cheaper than a train these days! What better way to spend your stag weekend but in a classic Scottish mansion house in the Highlands? Organise a Scotch tasting class or get caterers in and feast like kings. Even if you opt to stay in the city, there are thousands of exquisite establishments that you can quench your thirst and fill your bellies in.
1) Scotch Whiskey Tasting
Whiskey is made as far a field as Japan, America and New Zealand, but Scotland’s Single Malts hold the strongest reputation. Your Whisky expert will bring to life the history of Scotch Whisky and you can spend the afternoon sampling delicious blends of the finest malts.
2) Highland Games
Wack on the Braveheart warrior paint and compete in a collection of Highland games including the Cabre Toss, Putt the Stane, Haggis Hurling, Farmer’s Dash.
1) Club Tropicana
A great nightclub to kick start your evening or complete your night, dancing into the early hours. This themed club has a great atmosphere with retro music and a relaxed dress code.
2) Shanghai Club
Shanghai club has been at the forefront of Edinburgh clubbing for the past ten years. Expect the best DJs the city has to offer alongside live music and entertainment!
When choosing a city, it’s always good to check that the stag is going to enjoy it. Check with his dad and a couple of mates to make sure he doesn’t have any bad memories there. It’s also good to keep the budget in mind, see how much the train fares are or how long the drive is. Remember, if you’re staying in the city centre parking is likely not included too.
Don’t worry too much though, you’ll be on a weekend with all of your best mates, anywhere you choose will be a winner. You can see a full list of our stag destinations here.