If you want some Stag Do inspiration it’s probably best to go to the experts. The team at Chillisauce organise unforgettable weekends for thousands of groups each year so we asked one of their resident stag experts, Alex Koster, for his pick of the most unusual options available if you’re staying in four of the most popular UK stag destinations – London, Edinburgh, the Lake District and Cardiff.
It’s a vibrant metropolis, bustling with culture, oozing style and party central with something going on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’ll find entertainment to suit all tastes from mainstream super-clubs to intimate backroom gigs, cutting edge art to world famous attractions.
Play with a legend
Does the groom-to-be daydream about playing a glorious one-two with his hero Teddy Sheringham, before burying the ball in the top corner or playing on the same team as Matt le Tissier? Well now he can. As if having a 60-90 minute kickabout with your friends and childhood hero wasn’t sweet enough, you can have a beer or few with your legend afterwards. With over 50 footballers to choose from, available at numerous locations, including next to Wembley Stadium, there really is nothing like it.
Food tour of the famous Brick Lane
London boasts some of the best Indian restaurants in the West. Make your way through the buzzing streets of East London and once you’ve stopped to sample an array of delicacies from Pakoras to Gulaab Jumuns, you’ll end your tour at an authentic Punjabi restaurant.
Thames Rib Boat
Get ready for this exhilarating RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) blast along one of the world’s most famous waterways. You’ll start at Embankment, heading up stream for a view of London’s most famous sites including Parliament, The Shard and The Tower. Once under Tower Bridge the driver will open up the throttles for a bit of high speed joy-riding, throwing in plenty of high-speed turns and wake surfing to get your hearts pumping.
It might be Scotland’s capital city but Edinburgh is amazingly compact and therefore a great destination for a stag party on the weekend. From George Street, home to Edinburgh’s smartest bars and clubs with crowds of sleek locals or The Royal Mile, a haven for all things tourist and tartan with its cobbled streets and haunted tours, to Tollcross, for those who like their pubs cheap, their takeaways plentiful and their entertainment eclectic, there really is something for everyone.
It’s time for the biggest test of your worth you’ll ever experience, short of the Olympics – The Mini Highland Games. Get into the Scottish spirit, if you’ve ever secretly fancied a go at tossing the caber, or hurling the wellies, then now is your chance with nine activities to compete in.
Whisky Tasting Tour
Whisky is a beautiful drink. Now, it’s time to pay homage to the best drink in the world, by heading to the homeland of scotch, and taking a trip through the distillery process, with a tasting session too of course. The centre in Edinburgh includes the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, where you’ll uncover the different aromas and tastes.
White water rafting
Perthshire has access to some of the finest white water rafting in the UK. Each of the available routes is hand-picked from a range of river sections to allow all levels of rafting throughout the year. If you want to experience white water rafting in its true form (rather than a mellow ride down a man-made course), then this is the place to do it. You and the crew will crash through foam and swerve the currents of the River Tay or River Tummel depending on the time of year.
Known for its rugged fell, breath-taking mountains and seemingly endless cluster of turquoise lakes, Cumbria’s Lake District is one of the UK’s most stunning holiday destinations. Whether you’re an intrepid outdoor adventurer or partial to a pint and bit of pampering, this outstanding place of natural beauty has it all.
How could anyone turn down the chance to drive a tank? With 15 tonnes of raw power available in the form of a monster armoured personnel carrier, the disused quarry on site will be your playground. A high action event that puts you at the controls of some seriously amazing military hardware, you will get the chance to drive these vehicles through, round and over a specially-designed off-road course. You’ll also have a great answer when someone asks you what you got up to on the weekend.
Step up to the ledge, look down at the 180 foot drop, and find out what you’re made of! There’s nothing quite like the sensation of flying through the air to give you that adrenaline rush. So treat yourself to this simple and unforgettable thrill – you won’t regret it.
Air Rifle Shooting
Equipped with a .22 calibre air rifle, you’ll be given expert tuition while testing yourself on the shooting range, or in the woodland area, firing at simulated targets. Prove yourself capable of hitting something and you’ll graduate to sniper-style shooting of targets that’ll show you exactly how accurate you are.
The largest city in Wales is famous for its nightlife and it’s easy to explore on foot. Most of Cardiff’s hot spots are within walking distance of its two local landmarks, The Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay. It’s a great city for big groups looking to have a fun weekend where you can enjoy the welcoming buzz of Welsh hospitality. It’s the ideal location for outdoor adventure lovers with easy access to the countryside and the coast from the city centre.
Coasteering is a wacky combination of rock climbing, scrambling, swimming and cliff jumping that takes you to otherwise inaccessible parts of the coastline. From the start point you will make your way along a cliff face at sea level and venture into numerous caves where you’ll come across a series of blowholes and whirlpools. At certain places during the trip you will use the push of the swell to clamber up onto the rocks. Then scramble up the cliffs and prepare to go into ‘Bomb’ mode as you take a thrilling leap off the cliff back into the surf below.
What happens when you take paintball back to the middle ages? Combat Archery. We have taken the game elements of paintball and adapted them to work perfectly with this specially designed and patented archery equipment. The arrows are specifically designed for this sport with a high performance foam and unbreakable plastic inlay that distributes the impact force. It definitely packs a punch but at least it is less painful than a paintball. For this event you will be broken into teams of 5 to run around, shoot at and compete against each other in several game formats ranging from team knock out to point based matches.
Thanks to advancements in wave pool technology, you can learn to surf or show off your skills indoors within Cardiff city centre itself. You don’t need to know how to cutback, snap or smack the lip to enjoy this activity and you certainly won’t need to care if conditions are glassy or choppy, the surf’s always pumping on this thrilling swell-maker. The double-lane design of the surfrider means that groups can get through more effectively and perhaps, dare we say it… a little more competitively. If you yearn for the outdoors, you can of course take your surfing lessons to the beach.