Stag do – where to go for something different

Not so very long ago, a stag do involved nothing more than the groom-to-be painting the town red with a group of close friends the night before he got hitched. Times have changed. Not only does the stag do no longer take place just before the wedding but it has also grown into a major event that lasts an entire weekend.

Stag weekends and holidays are becoming ever more sophisticated and elaborate – inspired in part by the hit film, The Hangover, which means that each time one of the friends in your social group gets married, they will likely want their event to be bigger and better than the one that went before.

Paintballing can be a great stag do activity but if you’re looking to take things up to the next level, consider arranging for your group to take part in a full-on tank battle instead. Split into teams of three, each of you will take turns to drive a 17 tonne FV432 armoured personnel carrier around a course set on a World War II bombing range.

Once you have mastered manoeuvring your vehicle, you’ll batten down the hatches and face off against tanks driven by other teams. Each of you will get an opportunity to load, aim and fire the gun, using 40mm paint rounds that will make it easy to see which tank emerges victorious.

If you’re having a hard time choosing just one activity for the stag weekend that everyone in the group will enjoy, choose to do them all instead. Lots of companies offer multi-adventure breaks that give you the chance to try out a whole range of activities over the course of your weekend away.

You can combine paint balling, mountain biking, rock climbing and high ropes with kayaking, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting, giving everyone in the group plenty to talk about the next time you head down to the pub.

Many stag dos now take place overseas. Prague was once a hugely popular destination but has become increasingly expensive and commercialised. If you want to experience a little of what Prague had to offer in the early days, head to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

With a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants, clubs and dancing venues – all within walking distance of one another – Tallinn is the perfect place for a wild weekend to celebrate the groom’s last days of freedom, yet remains unknown enough to ensure your event stands out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for a truly thrilling experience for your stag do, few can compare with being chased by an angry bull. In Madrid, you and your friends can take lessons from experts in this hugely popular ancient pastime. For safety’s sake the bulls are younger and have no horns, but you’ll still need to have your wits about you and should expect to come away with a few bruises – not to mention some amazing memories.

For a truly traditional British stag do, you’ll want to stay closer to home and few cities in the UK can rival Manchester’s reputation as an amazing place to party. Well known for its trend-setting clubs, live music scene and the culinary delights of the Curry Mile, it’s the ideal destination for a fun-packed weekend-long stag do that the groom will never forget.

With hundreds of events such as football matches, festivals, gigs and other sporting events taking place throughout the year, it’s easy to find one to combine with your stag do for a truly unique experience. Simply check local events websites or read the Manchester news media for details; and then enjoy.

If taking part in any activity you need to ensure you have sufficient activities insurance that will cover you. Some UK activities will include insurance but if you are abroad you need to have the correct policy. If at any point you are unsure if you are covered for the activity, contact your sports & activities travel insurance provider.