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Published on 30th October 2020
Looking and feeling your best on your wedding day means that you may feel like you need to get in to shape for your big day. To get into shape for your big day might be one of the hardest challenges you face, but rest assured, there are lots of great ideas to give you the most help possible. We've got some great tips on how to look after yourself and feel the absolute best you can, ready for one of the biggest days of your life so far. We cover everything from healthy lifestyle - including diet & to exercise - to something a bit more fun, in the shape of the hen party activities themselves!
Published on 2nd October 2020
We could never recommend putting together a stag do at the last minute, but much of the time that's how life ends up and there is nothing much we can do about it. Although planning your stag do will in all honesty take a little bit of time to organise, there is also no good reason to spend days and days going backwards and forwards with ideas and sometimes some quick decisions are the best way forward. If you have a last minute stag do to organise, this article should give the whole thing a kick start giving you a head start and keeping stress levels to a minimum.
Published on 21st August 2020
If you are planning a hen party in Bristol and money is a little tight, you obviously won't want to spend more than you have to. If that is the case, our Budget Bristol Hen Party Ideas article might be exactly what you are looking for. This budget friendly article looks at all aspects of your Bristol hen party and has a host of helpful tips and hints to get the party started. We have a look at all the important parts of your hen weekend in Bristol, including your accommodation and some great inexpensive activities so if you are stuck for ideas, have a good read and do call for more information.
Published on 14th August 2020
Of all the stag do activities we have provided in the many years we have been operating, stag do paintballing remains one of the most popular and for good reason. It didn't seem right that this fantastic activity doesn't have its own deducated article, so here it is in all of its glory. Actually there might be more to paintballing than you think, so if you haven't done paintballing before then this blog is definitly for you. Covering all aspects of paintballing, we look at the different paintball packages, costs, the different types of games and rules, what sort of protective clothing you need to wear and much more.
Published on 7th August 2020
Quickly becoming one of the most pospular hen party accommodation options, a hen party glamping weekend is a bit like a combination of a camping weekend and a luxury hotel. If you haven't been glamping before, this might be aa the least a bit confusing or difficult to visualise. Hen party glamping is definitely a bit different from the regular hotel based hen parties but is definitely worth a try. Typically set in stunning surroundings, glamping really is luxury outdoors; have a read of the article and see what it is all about and how it is so different from regular camping - it's in a different league altogether.
Published on 31st July 2020
Let's face it, there are tons of reasons why you would plan to have your UK hen party indoors! The main one of course is the weather, what a shame it would be if all those well made hen party plans were rained off. But also, not every hen party is a go getting outdoorsy type of group and might just want to have a more relaxing indoor get together. So along that more relaxing UK hen party theme, we have put together loads of indoor hen party ideas, whatever your reason for staying in. But planning a party indoors does not have to be sitting and relaxing as you will see from this great range of indoor hen party ideas.
Published on 24th July 2020
You have a stag do coming up or you have been asked to organise a stag do and all of the guys who have signed up are the sporty types. You don't want to go too over the top on sporty stag do activities and you will need to find the right balance of activities and down time & drinking. So to make things a little easier (as you will have enough to think about already), here's a head start to get you on the right track. From the active to the passive, we have come up with 10 of the best stag do activity ideas for a sporty stag weekend. If you have any other sporty activities that you think should be here, let us know and we get them added to this article!
Published on 17th July 2020
Social distancing is becoming part of the 'new normal' as we look forward into the post Covid-19 world. But many of the things we used to do in the old normal meant that we needed to be close to one another and doing activities is definitely one of those. So how do we go about doing activities while being 1 or even 2 meters apart? We have delved deep into our extensive range of activities for stags, hens and other group dying to get back out there and do something. Read on for a whole bunch of great socially distanced actvity ideas. Let's get out there and active and healthy together but let's also be safe.
Published on 10th July 2020
We don't think anyone could seriously suggest that we can forget about the last three months of the Covid-19 pandemic completely but to help us all on our way we thought that some suggestions to get us all back on track and outside again wouldn't be a bad idea. So let's make what we can of it with some great suggestions from our blog writing team - Our suggestions have such a diverse range of activities there there is for sure going to be something for everyone - from buggy racing to a weekend out in the wilds, or maybe a murder mystery with friends is more for you, there can't be any excuses for doing nothing!
Published on 3rd July 2020
Everyone looks forward to a hen party, but organising a hen party is a whole nother thing. It's a scarry prospect; having to juggle between locations and activities not to mention organising the individual needs of 20 girls. But help is definitely at hand with this article dedicated to those in charge of putting together such a special event. We obviously can't give you a single solution that will suit every group, but it will give you some great pointers in the right direction. Not only do we cover popular destinations but there's great activities and different kinds of accommodation too so if you're already fretting, why not start here.
Published on 26th June 2020
Having a whole load of fun on a stag do is pretty essential but if you are looking to up the ante on the stag do fun factor then this could well be the right place to start. With a full set of funny stag do ideas, this article has it all; from funny costumes and hillarious outfits to hysterical activities and uproarious pursuits we have it all. If pranks is your thing too then you are in luck as we have a good range of these as well, so why not get stuck in and find out how to make you stag do funnier. We think we have covered pretty much all the funny stag stuff, but if we have missed any funny things to do, be sure to let us know.
Published on 19th June 2020
If you are not into a crazy drunken hen party with adrenaline fueled activities, then some relaxed hen do ideas might be just what you need to get you started with your hen do planning. We have put together lots of great relaxed hen do ideas for you to get stuck into throughout the UK, so even the planning won't get you stressed out. Starting with some relaxed accommodation ideas, we have everything from hotels to private houses and even some luxury yurt glamping. After that we have loads of activity ideas including spa treatments, life drawing and a private chef. So over to you to see what you might like.
Published on 12th June 2020
Accommodation for a stag do is a pretty important part of the weekend for most groups; it's not so much that you will spend a lot of time there, but after the traditional night out with a few beers and good company, having somewhere to crash that is not the back of someone's car is we thing an essential. Knowing the best deals and staying as close to either the nightlife or your chosen activities can be a little more tricky. Enter our stag do accommodation guide, packed with useful tips and help to point you in the right direction for the different stag do accommodation available.
Published on 5th June 2020
Getting married is not just resevered for the under 35's and these days more and more people in their 40's, 50's and 60's are getting married and therefore quite rightly having a stag do or hen party. If you fall into one of these age groups and are a bit unsure about what things you might want to get up to on your hen party, here are our top 10 hen party ideas for 'older' brides. In this article we have really focused on the things you might think are more appropriate for an older bride; a good range from active to relaxing so some thing for everyone.
Published on 29th May 2020
If you are planning a stag do right now then there seems little doubt as to why you would choose a UK stag do. But there is more to it than just the fact that with the Covid-19 restrictions still in place it is unlikely that you could have a stag do in Europe. In fact, we believe the UK is the stag do capital of the world and rightly so. In this article we look at many of the reasons you should choose a UK stag to for your event, now and in the future. Apart from it being cheaper, there are tons of great activities and desinations right across the UK to choose from. So tuck in start your UK stag planning
Published on 22nd May 2020
Coming up with some cheap hen party ideas is normally quite high on most peoples list when starting to plan for the big weekend. And now more than ever after many peoples earnings have taken a hit after weeks of Covid-19 restrictions, finding cheap hen do ideas is more important than ever. It is also a good way to make sure as many people can come to the hen do as not everyone will be working to the same budget. If that sounds like just the ticket for your coming hen party weekend, take a look at our handle article to take some of the stress out of your hen do planning.
Published on 15th May 2020
Planning a stag do might not be at the top of most peoples minds in the recent few weeks with Covid-19 taking the top spot. Any stag do planning going on at the moment is probably going to be a last minute thing, but times might be changing soon and there's likely to be thousands of very busy best men rushing around to organise their stag parties. Giving you a head start on the rest of the pack could be just the thing you need so here's just the thing; all you need to know about getting the finest event possible in full swing in the shortest possible time.
Published on 8th May 2020
Planning a last minute hen party would not be something we would normally suggest, but in these times of Covid-19 lockdown that's exactly what we all might have to do. Once the green light to go out is given, all the postponed hen parties will be going ahead at short notice. So here's something to give you a head start and reduce the stress with some top last minute hen party ideas. We have all the main bases covered for you including hen party destination ideas, brilliant last minute activities as well as tips for your guest list. So let's get right on with it as there is no time to lose.
Published on 1st May 2020
You are going on a stag do and don't know what to take; so what what are the stag do essentials? It is tempting to pack as if you are going on a two week holiday in the UK but are all of those things essential or can you just get away with a holdall or small bag? In this article we look a bit more closely at what really need to go on your stag do packing list. We will take you through all of the things to cosider when putting together your packing list including which activities you will be doing, what time of year you are going and whether there are any formal parts of the event.
Published on 24th April 2020
Summer time is the most popular time of year to have a hen party and given the Covid-19 lockdown, this year will definitely not be an exception to this. With all expectations being that Covid-19 restrictions will start to be lifted soon, this summer could the the best time to have your hen party. This top 10 summer hen party ideas article is packed full us great options to help you what might need to be some hasty hen party planning. Including both water and land based activities, there will definitely be something for every hen party to choose from.
Published on 17th April 2020
Shooting games can be a fantastic part of any stag do and although not necessarily in the front of every stag weekend organisers mind, it is definitely something to consider. This is not an online or video game shoot out, we are talking about the real thing here; getting out, handling real weapons and shooting stuff! In our top 10 stag weekend shooting games list we have two distinct sections: standard hand held shooting and then some more out of the box ideas. So, time to get to start thinking about which shooting games you want to do for your stag do.
Published on 10th April 2020
If you are planning a hen party then you will already know it is not as easy as booking a short break for yourself; with the average number of girls attending a hen party at around 14, you can imagine how many opinions and options are possible! So whether you have organised a hen party before or if this is your first time, this article has been created to help you stay on track. You'll find tips on who should be invited and fantastic hen do destination ideas, accommodation options and fantastic hen party activity ideas to help you on your way.
Published on 03rd April 2020
If you are wanting to go 'off grid' for your stag do and don't know the best destinations to go for then this article will provide you with a prett good head start. Escaping to the countryside for a bit of manly fresh air activities has always been one of the top choices for stag dos. There's loads of top off grid stag do destinations and added to that some great activities for you to think about. Gorge scrambling, climbing, abseiling, canoeing and buscraft around the UK are among the many we have picked out for your group.
Published on 27th March 2020
There are so many activities to choose from for your hen party weekend it really is hard to choose which one to go for. So here's an idea that's a bit different, great fun for everyone in your group and will bring back some 'interesting' memories from your school days where some of the group might have originally met. Not only is a school sports day great fun but it is also incredibly flexible; with tons of different games to choose from and an indoor option, it is an activity that even the British weather can't spoil.
Published on 20th March 2020
Both drinking and having loads of good clean fun is normally and essential part of any stag do, so once the day time activities have finished and all of the cars are safely parked for the evening, why not combine these two essentials into one with some great stag do drinking games? This top 10 great stag do drinking games does of course give you exactly that; with our fantastic 'taxi-rank' scale of drunkenness this guide is all you will need Why not jump right in and test some before the stag do and get some practice in?
Published on 13th March 2020
If your hen party ideas include a spa weekend, this article is for you. Choosing a destination and some activities for your hen party can be the most difficult part of organising a hen party, but if you already know what you want to do and where then half the job is done. In this article we focus on the best hen party spa weekend destinations, many different accommodation options to choose from and what treatments and facilities you can expect to be included in your hen party spa weekend.
Published on 06th March 2020
The most important part of the weeding of course is the stag or hen do! However, the wedding itself can be almost as difficult to organise and leaves many scratching their head. There is of course the option to hire someone to help with the wedding planning but that's expensive. So here's a nice little guide to help you cover all the bases and become your own wedding planning expert. With everything from desses and suits to wedding cars and venues, you might find this a life saver.
Published on 28th February 2020
There are so many great northern stag do destinations that it is really hard to choose between them. And on top of that the range of fantastic and exciting stag do activities in northern England easily rivals those in the rest of the country; so overall it could all get a bit overwhelming trying to work the best thing to do. So, here's a guide to help you out; our pick of 7 of the best northern stag do destinations, plus all of the activity ideas to go with it which means there is something here for every northern stag do.
Published on 21st February 2020
If you are having your stag do in Bristol and looking for some activity ideas then our pick for this month would be one of our 'Bristol Thrill Seeker' stag do activities. Among the exciting stag do activities to choose from oin Bristol and there are quite a few, we have selected 12 of the very best adrenaline pumping, tyre burning, gun slinging activities that Bristol has to offer; and that's not naming them all. So jump right in and see for yourself; if you are a stag group seeking some real manly action, we think we have it covered.
Published on 14th February 2020
OMG, so you have the privelege of being the maid of honour, but what do you have to do? Well there's qite a few things that you will have to be a part of, including helping to do some of the wedding planning. And one of those things is to help organise a hen party for the bride. To give you a helping hand and steer you in the right direction, we outline in this article the more important aspects of this honourable position. With these seven 'nail on the head' ideas and with a little help from your friends you can be the best maid of honour ever!
Published on 7th February 2020
Coming up with some first class evening hen party ideas can be a bit of a challenge. The evening of the hen party is normally after all the highlight of the whole weekend; no pressure! Once the day time activities are over, the evening fun begins and you will need to have something special planned that everyone in the party will enjoy. So sit back and relax; we have for you a whole list of evening hen party ideas to choose from. Choose from any kind of entertainment from party boats to party buses and dance classes to dance moves, it's up to you.
Published on 31st January 2020
Spring is a popular time for stag weekends but before the main stag do events of the summer. For this reason among others, that it is much quieter in the main party venue in the UK, the spring is an excellent choice. But still you have the problem of where to go for your spring stag do. Well help is as always at hand and we have some great suggestions and top tips to get the thought process started. We have picked 7 great stag do destinations for you to ponder, PLUS a bunch of ideas for some great spring stag do activity suggestions as a bonus.
Published on 24th January 2020
There are so many things that you need to think about whilst organising a stag do that a fancy dress theme or what everyone should wear is easily forgotten. As well as being a really fun thing to do, wearing fancy dress for a stag do will really set your group apart, we would say it could make or break your weekend. So don't be shy, take a lookm at some of the great stag do fancy dress themes we have selected; you can even use it as a great way to stich up the stag! From cartoons to superheros there are so many to choose from.
Published on 17th January 2020
Outdoor activities are an exciting, fun and a healthy way to spend a weekend. Getting into the great outdoors with a group of friends, is even better. There are so many different outdoor activities to choose from through out the UK it is difficult to know where to start! So in this article we give you 17 different outdoor activities to choose from so there is something for every age and ability. Whether it is a stag do, hen weekend, birthday or just a groupo of friends, dig in and see what suits your group.
Published on 10th January 2020
Most hen parties will require some kind of accommodation but what to choose and where to stay will depend on a number of factors; there are some options that you might not have even thought about or you think might be too expensive. Imagine hiring out a large private residence, canal boat or even a manor house with its own grounds for your hen weekend. This guide is a great way to discover many of the different hen party accommodation options to help you choose the right place to stay.
Published on 3rd January 2020
So you have been given the honour and priveleged role of being the best mans wedding and what a good feeling that is. But hold on, is being a best man that simple; in fact, what is it that a best man has to do? during the whole process of the wedding. Well of course there is the stag do to organise and that in itself is not so straight forward. But is that it? Possibly but probably not! Take a read through this article to find out the best mans roles and responsibilities; the dos and don'ts and discover what the best man really has to do.
Published on 27th December 2019
If you are organising a hen party and the bride to be is an active sort of person then you might want to consider some 'sporty' ideas for your hen party activities. There are tons or sporty activities to consider for a hen do. How sporty you want to be is up to you; there are tons of options ranging from a hilarious 'sports day' or dance class to more adventurous hen do activities like gorge scrambling or rock climbing. Our top choice for 2020 is 'Total Knockout' check it out plus loads of other great hen do activity ideas in this article!
Published on 20th December 2019
Inject some extra zing into your hen party by choosing a hen paty theme for your event. Dressing up is always fun and having a themed hen party is becoming increasingly popular. That's why we have put together this great article containing ideas for 25 of the most popular hen party themes for you to choose from. Some of our favorites include 'Classy', 'Royalty' and 'FRIENDS' but take a look for yourselves and let us know if you'd like another theme. If you need help with the costumes for your theme, let us know; we can help there too.
Published on 13th December 2019
If you are want to liven up your hen party with some drinking games ideas this article will give you the best start. Introducing a few drinking games during the hen party might well produce an amount of drunkenness so we have added a useful 'drunk scale' for each game so you know what you might be in for! From nice gentle ice breakers to get to know your fellow hens to full on intentional drunkenness there is definitely a game for everyone. There's some great names to choose from; Prosecco Pong and Big Booty to name but two.
Published on 6th December 2019
The Midlands are a popular stag do destination but there are still quite a number of locations to choose from. We have picked four of the best Midlands stag do destinations for this article giving you all the information you need to get exactly what you need for this most special of events that will give you the best chance of pleasing all of the guys. We have covered the best activities, the most popular bars, transport options and a good run down of the best reasons to choose these places as your stag do destination.
Published on 29th November 2019
Make sure you are in the diving seat in pole position for your stag do. If your stag do activity ideas include driving any kind of vehicles then this is the article for you. Whether is is fast action, dirty driving or being first on the podium having taken the checkered flag, there are tons of activity options and driving destinations to choose from. We have chosen seven of the most popular stag do driving activities to review giving you as much information as you need to make life as easy as possible.
Published on 22nd November 2019
Deciding on a stag do destination is never an easy thing to do but help is at hand; if you are looking for an adventure for your stag do this article has all you need to help you along. There are a ton of fantastic destinations with a load of amazing stag do activities in the UK so have a quick read and you will be on your way. Adventure stag weekends have always been popular and never more so than now so get ahead of the game and choose from one of our top 5 adventure stag do destinations.
Published on 15th November 2019
When there are so many top hen do destinations it is not easy to choose the best one for your group. That's why we have compiled this great top 10 list to make it much easier for you to whittle down the hen do location that is best for you. Things to do will of course be a big part of you decision, so we take a look at a good range of activities on offer in each destination. Plus there's accommodation to think about; we have covered cottages, houses and small hotels for something little special, plus some budget options too.
Published on 8th November 2019
Whether it is the first, second or even third stag do that you have been asked to plan there are a lot of things that you have to get right. A simple and easy to use checklist is an essential tool in making this task so much easier, so we have put together this stag do planner for exactly that reason; to give you a head start in making the stag do pl