A Stag Do For Charity

Lots of stags happen throughout the year, they mainly consist of lots of activities, drinks and fun and why not, this is your last days of being a free-man, however some grooms have other things on their mind.

Bridegroom Rob Cocker recently found out that one of his oldest mates (David Deakin) had been diagnosed with Sarcoma, which is a rare form of Cancer, just to let you know that people with this horrible disease are given 1 – 3 years.

So he turned his stag do into a fundraising event collecting more than £3,000 for Sarcoma UK and also raising awareness for this horrible disease.

The stag group walked for 4 days averaging about 17 miles a day, even though there was a serious message to this stag do, they still managed to have a few beers and a right laugh.

They finished their walk at The Riverside in Ilkley, there to greet them was David and 40 of his family and friends giving them a rapturous welcome.

If you would like to donate please go to the Justgiving website.

This is just another great Charity stag do story, we have many of them on this news feed collected over the years from mainly local press stories. It’s a shame that the national papers don’t pick up on this side of the stag do instead focusing on the badly behaved stag do stories.

Unfortunately, according to the just giving website David Deakin has now passed.

Take Care

Stag Do In Sheffield With DesignaVenture

Sheffield

We have added a new city to our ever expanding stag do destinations and IT”S…. wait for it….. Sheffield – streamers, balloons, party poppers all went off courtesy of the Mayor of Sheffield, Denise Fox, OK she doesn’t know we’ve added Sheffield to our stag destinations however I am sure she’ll be pleased!

The DesignaVenture team are frantically putting together packages, meeting up with hotels, lap dancing clubs, activity sites and nightclubs to bring you the very best stag dos Sheffield.

We have stag packages in Sheffield starting from £62.00 per person 

“How lively is Sheffield?”

That’s a great question, imagine a city with two universities, yes, two universities. Then imagine the amount of bars you need to cater for that may students?

What about nightclubs, students love to party, at the last count I counted over 20 clubs (that also includes gentleman’s clubs), shish, 20 clubs, a weekend is just not enough.

There are also some fantastic activity sites near Sheffield, from racing karts, shooting guns to racing quads, playing Bubble football, there’s enough to keep even the hardiest stag group entertained and out the pub.

Take a look at our activities in Sheffield

Here are some facts:

  • Sheffield is home to the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Human League and Def Leopard
  • Devision Street is the place to hang out if you want to be cool
  • Sheffield’s river is called the River Sheaf, where it get’s it’s name from
  • Sheffield is well famous for Steel, I mean well famous, like.. init
  • If you’re a big snooker fan, Sheffield is home to the world famous Crucible, cough, cough, it’s a bit smokey in there, well is used to be!
  • People will call you love and if your a bit narked off then they’ll call you Mardy.
  • When you’re hangover, head over to Street Food Chef, apparently according to students cures hangovers

 

If you would like more information on nights out in Sheffield, or what to do on a stag weekend, give us a call on 01432 830880.

Check Out Our Stag Do Blog!

Stag Do Blog ImageDid you know that we have a dedicated Stag Do Blog?

Since March 2011 this blog has been lovingly created with ideas, tips and advice for the best man or the main stag do organiser (not always the same person).

If you are in the process of arranging a stag do or need help in arranging one, this blog will give you inspiration, ideas, advice and most importantly, a good laugh.

Popular Posts include:

Top 10 Stag Do Games

Should The Groom Pay For His Own Stag

Stag Do Ideas For Older Men

101 Guide

To name but a few.

Arranging a stag do can be extremely daunting especially for the first time, or for a large group, you need as much help as possible.

This blog covers advice and useful tips across the board and we have tried to make it as neutral as possible not banging on about DesignaVenture’s products every 5 lines.

You can also get involved add your comments or take part in the Survey on Should The Groom Pay For HIs Own Stag Do (link above).

So if you’re in need of help, advice or simply needs ideas and inspiration pop over to our Stag Do Blog and let yourself loose, there are over 190 posts to catch up on, over half a million readers can’t be wrong!

Why Book With DesignaVenture

There are plenty of companies out there where you can book your stag or hen do, you can even do it yourself (“state the bleeding obvious” badge goes to me) however this is an important weekend, it must go to plan.

You need a solid wingman, someone you can trust to make sure everything goes off without any issues, well that’s where DesignaVenture step in and take that place.

Arranging hen parties and stag dos since 2003, DesignaVenture know how to get it right, we have won the “Getting It Right” Competition since 2003 and we will never rest on our laurels. We will always strive to make sure the only hitch will be on the wedding day and not your special celebratory weekend.

Not only can you use the DesignaVenture website to book online, pay individually, view your booking, invite people onto the weekend; you will also see that we advertise prices, unlike quite a few of our competitors. You can even Build your own stag do, or hen party without having to give us an ounce of your personal details, unless you want to that is. Not one of our other competitors allows you to do that!

We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, we have 9.2 out of 10 on our Trustpilot score and the way we see it, is; we make friends, not customers.

Once booked, the loving doesn’t stop there, you will have a group of dedicated staff at your beck and call and whilst on your weekend we have an out of hours phone number just in case you need some extra help.

So to square all this off, to summaries, to come to some sort of conclusion if you are looking to book a stag do or hen party you are definitely in the right place, however if you’re looking for a Vacuum Cleaner how the hell did you get here?

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

Wales Matches At The Euros

Girl with Wales Flag face paintAfter writing about England’s matches at the Euros in our last post I thought it would only be fair to include details on all the Wales matches.

So if you love the Valleys, the beautiful Brecon Beacons, the amazing Snowdonia Mountains and you like to eat Carmarthen Cheese with a love spoon, this is for you.

Wales Confirmed Matches are:

Saturday 11th June 2016 – Wales Vs Slovakia at 5.00pm

Thursday 16th June 2016 – Wales Vs England at 2pm

Monday 20th June 2016 – Wales Vs Russia at 8pm

Knockout stages:

Wales win the group

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 5pm

Friday 01st July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If Wales come 2nd in the group

Monday 27th June 2016 at 8pm

Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If Wales Come Third In The Group

There are two options to consider if Wales come third with a high score and big goal difference:

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 30th June 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

Or

Sunday 26th June 2016 at 5pm

Saturday 02nd July 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

My next step is to take on the Northern Ireland games, which will be in my next post.

DesignaVenture is not responsible for any changes, all times or dates are subject to change.

England’s Fixtures For Euros 2016

Lady dressed as a refereeRoy Hodgson has just released the names for the England Squad and most stag parties will be wandering, will our stag do in June or July clash with an England game?

Luckily for you, below we have put together a little list of games for you to refer to, so if your stag do clashes with an England game you will have a plan in your itinerary.

If you are booked with us and need help with finding a venue to watch any of the games, give our customer services team a call on 01432 830880.

Alternatively go to Match Pint, pop in your destination and before you know it you’ll be supping ale with fellow football supporters over a pint or two.

England Confirmed Matches are:

Saturday 11th June 2016 – England Vs Russia at 8pm

Thursday 16th June 2016 – England Vs Wales at 2pm

Monday 20th June 2016 – Slovakia Vs England at 8pm

Knockout stages:

England win the group

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 5pm

Friday 01st July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If England come 2nd in the group

Monday 27th June 2016 at 8pm

Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If England Come Third In The Group

Now this becomes a little tricky, if England come third in the group and have more points or better goal differences than other teams they may still go through to the knockouts and there will be two options to consider:

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 30th June 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

Or

Sunday 26th June 2016 at 5pm

Saturday 02nd July 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

DesignaVenture is not responsible for any changes, all times or dates are subject to change.

 

Vardy’s Fiancee’s Hen Party Prank

Picture of a hen party wearing Jamie Vardy masksJamie Vardy is currently all over the press at the moment being the leading scorer at Leicester who have almost won the Premier League, it’s inevitable, isn’t it?

There are also reports on his imminent wedding to a former nightclub promoter, Becky Nicholson.

Well Becky had her hen party at the weekend in Liverpool and she was greeted by 19 Jamie Vardy’s!!!

Well I say 19 Jamie Vardy’s I mean Jamie Vardy’s masks, which she tweeted afterwards saying “Thank god I only have to deal with one in real life!”

Bad luck non-footie fans, football is going to be all over TV and press over the next couple months with the Premier League not being dominate by one of the giant teams, 2 British teams may feature in both European cups and then the Euros, which England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all in with a chance of winning.

If you want to include football in your forthcoming stag do, head over to our football stag activities or our very popular Bubble / Zorb Football.

If you are already on a stag do with us over the Euros and want to know where you can watch that all important match give us a call and we can either book you into a bar or give you information on where you can watch the game.

Good luck!

£6k For A Chihuahua Hen Party

A ChihuahuaBritain is a dog loving nation and dog owners like to spoil their pooches as much as they can however, a pet owner from Burnley has lifted the bar so high I think it will be decades before any other dog owner will come even close!

OK, how can I put this, a dog owner has shelled out £6,000 on a hen party for her Chihuahua! £6,000!!!

According to this article on the Daily Mirror’s website, this barking mad (well the pun had to be done) dog owner paid for:

  • A huge pink Limo
  • A naked butler
  • Human and dog food (canapés, drinks + dog treats)
  • Fancy dress for the humans and the pooches
  • Decorations – Balloons, L Plates etc.
  • Photographer
  • Spa treatments for dogs
  • A Party Planner
  • 4* Hotel with travel
The dog is called Chi Chi and has apparently fallen in love with her best mates dog called Harvey which is a Pomeranian.
Helen Turner (the dog owner) is not stopping there, she is planning a wedding for her little pampered pooch and is looking at spending about £24,000 on the ceremony, which is pretty much how much the average person spends on a normal human wedding.
Maybe she could have booked the pooches hen party through Designaventure and paid a little less. She could have sent this pampered pooch quad biking, coasteering or even a night at the dogs in Bournemouth.

Ten Facts About Stag & Hen Weekends

2 people sitting at a desk behind the DesignaVenture sign with thinking caps onBelow are 10 facts for you to digest over the Eater Bank Holiday Weekend about a very special British tradition; the hen and stag do.

Right let’s not waste anymore time jibber jabbering:

Fact 1

Not many stag and hen parties choose the Easter Weekend to celebrate – this is obviously down to group members having family commitments – try and explain to the kids that you are going on a stag do when the Easter Bunny is coming!

Fact 2

The average hen party pays £157 per person for their night / weekend and a stag pays £153 per person, back in 2008 the average spend for a stag do was just £91 per person!

Fact 3

The average age of a man when he takes the plunge into married life is 29 years old and a woman is 27 years old – why is the woman always younger? I suppose because women mature quicker then men, some men don’t mature at all, like me! In 1990 when tying the know the average man was 26 years old and the average woman was 23 years old.

Fact 5

The average amount we spend whilst on a hen or stag do is approximately £100 however some of our stags have told us that they can spend anything up to £500 depending on where they go and how long they go for, just to confirm this is spending money and doesn’t include activities or accommodation.

Fact 6

The average speed of a Rage Buggy is 58mph, the average speed of the old dirt buggies back in the 90’s was 25mph!!!

Fact 7

Reading is the top choice for parties who don’t want to travel too far. Groups who choose to celebrate their hen or stag do in Reading will drive less miles to get there then any other destination in the UK.

Fact 8

The furthest city from London where you can spend a stag or hen do in is Auckland, New Zealand – 18,326km away (based on cities of a million plus people).

Fact 9

A recent survey conducted by Go Euro have stated that the most cheapest place for a Beer is Krakow in Poland which costs £1.07, the most expensive on average is Geneva at £4.08.

Fact 10

Peak season is between May and July when half of all stag and hen weekends throughout the year are taken.

 

 

Prague, The Safest Hen & Stag Destination

Prague at Night lots of fireworksAccording to an article on The Week’s website, the Czech Republic is the tenth most safest country in the world. The capital of the Czech Republic is Prague, a very popular hen and especially stag do destination.

The safest country in the world is Iceland, with New Zealand, Denmark and Austria all included in this peaceful top ten.

How did they get to this conclusion?

Well, there is a measurement called GPI (Global Peace Index) which is measured by looking at each individual country’s statistical factors such as; murder and criminality rates plus how much the the government spends on international and internal conflicts. There are obviously other measurements involved but it’s too boring to go into, I explained it to myself earlier and found myself reaching for Katie Price’s latest book, that’s how bored I was!

The most dangerous countries in the world according to this article and the Global Peace Index is Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, North Korea and Central African Republic, so we don’t recommend you celebrate your stag do there.

Prague is a very popular stag destination and has incredible nightlife with a fantastic atmosphere to boot. Need something to do in the day? Prague also has a multitude of incredible stag do activities to keep the boys out the bars in the day including white water rafting, shooting AK 47’s and  Jelly Wrestling!

For more details on the Global Peace Index go to the Wikipedia website, as I am sure you are riveted.