If you fancy actually doing something with the men you gather up to send you off into holy matrimony there are loads of options beyond the traditional pub crawl. Whether you’re all at sea fishing or fantasising that you’re Chris Bonnington up a mountain, or simply re-enacting classic TV shows in huge foam outfits or a staple cowboy film scene with a wet shave we think we’ve some great suggestions from our panel.
Adult Football Mascot For The Day
“The groom was a huge Exeter City fan and, with his wedding in mid-June, it was a natural decision to head down to Devon in May for a stag weekend in the sunshine. Having ensured the trip coincided with Exeter City’s final game of the season against Shrewsbury Town, the best man rang the club to see if there was any way the man of the hour could, in celebration of his impending nuptials, be the club’s mascot for the day. Surprisingly, the response was positive and on a steamy Saturday afternoon, the men in red and white were led out of the tunnel by a 6ft-1in 29 year-old in full kit, facepaint and, for reasons long since forgotten, orange fright wig… Not that his mascot duties ended there. Like a million chubby pre-teens before him, our man put the keeper through his paces with a few shots from the penalty spot and then, having shaken hands with the opposition captain, presided over the coin toss with the referee.
Unfortunately, no one at the club bothered to announce the nature of the game’s special mascot, either over the tannoy or in the programme. And as the other members of the stag party gathered behind the goal, the cheers as the teams were led out were soon punctuated with West Country accents asking who on God’s earth is that pillock at the front. They did, though, have the grace to admire his decent right peg as he flashed a crisp drive into the far corner. For the record, Exeter lost.”
Eddie Taylor, @EastStandUpper
It’s A Knockout Experience
“For a trip down memory It’s a Knockout at Nottingham race course was a great afternoon activity. Chuck together about 160 people in various stag, hen and birthday parties, with huge inflatables, original costumes from the TV show, gallons of soapy water and a hint of friendly competition and you’ve pretty much got it. The coming together of unrelated hen and stag do’s was also a recipe for a bit of fun, fancy dress seemed obligatory and whilst it was pretty physical, there was none of that macho paintballing bravado. However, our more competitive members did start discussing strategy at one point, which was pointless when wearing giant foam clown feet.
Tim Downs, @Timmo_D
Getting Active In The Alps
We’re all in our 30s so the usual stag do / booze cruise, waking up in a Travelodge and dragging ourselves around an alien city, looking for the only bars that will let a group of blokes in didn’t appeal.
Given we all like skiing and boarding then the Alps seemed like the perfect solution. Going Thursday to Sunday, we’ve got a top chalet in Tignes Le Lac with hot tub and sauna and we’ll be doing airbag launch and waterslide plus a hike and BBQ on day one. Saturday will be Canyoning, mountain meal and more drinks and Sunday will be mountain mini-golf. It cost us about €400 all together, including flights and transfers, so not that much more than a stag weekend in the UK. The canyoning can be seen here and looks awesome.”
Tim Downs, @Timmo_D
“My best friend requested a fishing trip for his stag do, which sounded like a fantastically unpromising idea. But we chartered a boat down in Brighton, brought along some beers and a portable stereo, and fished in the sun for most of the day. Once we docked, we took the fish back to a friend’s house and cooked them on a barbeque. All those who couldn’t make it for the boat trip came along for that. It’s by far the best stag do I’ve been on, and something I’d never have chosen myself.”
Tom Brown, @TomWHBrowne
Record Shopping in Stockholm
“I had a great time in Stockholm on an ‘anti-stag’ with some people who wouldn’t dream of wearing any form of fake breast or matching comedy T-shirt. We all stayed in the Langholmen Hotel which was a former 19th Century prison, which had the ideal amount of weird and novelty. Most of the time was spent plundering local markets and shops for records, trying to seek out obscure Swedish freakbeat sides and lost folk classics. We did spend an afternoon at the communal Stockholm spa, I think certain members of the party were beaten with twigs.”
Dale Shaw, @montybodkin
Atlas Mountains Trekking
“Being the wholesome lads we are, we jetted off to the Atlas Mountains in North Africa for a stag that lasted four days. Each day we walked for 6 hours from one Berber village to another with our lovely guides and two donkeys. A few of the groups were gagging for a crisp pint but Berber villages aren’t known for their bars…and it was Ramadan.
We wanted to do something different that would actually make us look and feel better for the wedding. That was the cover story but at the heart of it the best man wanted to fix up and look sharp for the cute bridesmaid. We explored all the grooming options and decided to for something very classy and traditional at a particular gentleman barbers in London’s Mayfair. The experience was amazing – these guys really were the number one male groomers in the world. They have history going back a hundred years and it’s all around you in the shop. With the foam, the wet shave with the cut throat razors we all looked like Clint Eastwood in a classic cowboy movie, only we didn’t have guns under the gowns or cigars in our mouths.
The splashing and slapping of cologne sent us off into the world feeling very cool with our masculinity fully intact.