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.

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.

 

 

You’re Never Too Old For Strippers

4 Old Ladies wearing sunglasses - dressing up for a hen nightIf you ever thought that once you’ve reached the dizzy heights of OAP status, then you’ll be too far over the hill for a traditional stag and hen night, think again!

According to this incredible article on the Mirror’s website, Cliff Hayes (79) and Marina Canter (80) are engaged to marry this week. Before getting married they both decided on having a traditional hen and stag do.

Back story on the happy couple; Marina was married before however became a widow 10 years ago, Cliff has been a lifelong bachelor!

They met on a coaching holiday to Newquay. Marina said Cliff was a little slow on the uptake and she had to ask him to dance. They got on so well that Cliff moved in 4 months later and then he proposed at Christmas. They are getting married next week on Cliff’s 80th Birthday.

Now back to the story…

So Cliff, with 20 of his friends, aged between 75 and 86, organised a stag night at a local pub with a stripper, whilst Marina and her friends held an Ann Summers party on the same night at her home. From this I would say that their celebrations are based on traditional stag and hen nights from the 1980’s!

Now I am not taking anything away from Cliff’s stag night and good on him, I bet he had an incredible night however, a night down the pub with a stripper is not how the stag parties rock these days.

These days a Generation X or Millennials* traditional hen and stag night or weekend usually includes at least one activity, accommodation and a whole load of shenanigans!

Traditional daytime stag activities usually include Racing Rage Buggies, Whisky tasting, Quad Biking, Paintball, Bubble Football, Foot-golf, White Water Rafting and so on, with night time activities include a visit to a Comedy Club, lap dancing club or nightclub , dog racing, casinos, restaurants, bar tours etc.

Staying over is a must and these days most hotels don’t back away when you mention stag or hen party, from bunk accommodation to 5 star hotels, cottages, country retreats, log cabins anything goes.

*Gerneration X born from 1964 to 1984 – Millennials born from the 1982 to 2002

 

 

Stag Tonight on BBC 2

stag party with the stag dressed up in a onesieIf you are at home tonight and fancy watching a dark comedy about a stag party being killed off one by one, then BBC 2 at 9pm tonight  is the place for you.

It’s about a group going on a stag do to Scotland on a hunting trip when they turn from hunters to the hunted.

Directed by Jim Field Smith, who also directed the Wrong Mans, this 3 part series will hopefully have you crying with laughter and also hiding behind the sofa as the stag party gets ripped apart, literally.

Think of the worst stag party you have ever been on, with people you barely know or care about even after the weekend, this is one hundred times worst than that, however you may spot similarities!

If it’s anything like the Wrong Mans we are in for a treat. If you are reading this late, there is always iplayer.

For further details and clips on the show head over to the BBC website – BBC Blogs – Stag.

Horsing Around

A hen party dressed up at Ascot RacecourseIf you are in dire need of some Nose Bag, want to see a Blanket Finish, want to get yourself some Shortened Odds then you are probably looking for a Horse Racing weekend.

Stag and hen parties looking for something totally different to racing karts or going for a pamper day can find themselves knee deep in an Each Way Bet, dressed up to the nines and truly loving life at a horse racing event. The atmosphere will swallow you up at the first race and spit you out at the last race and in between you will have the time of your life!

This year horse racing events at Ascot, Nottingham, Newcastle, Cheltenham and Chepstow* have some incredible racing meets over a weekend (suitable for a stag do or hen party). Our hen and stag do packages usually include 1 or 2 nights accommodation, return transport to the race course (you can truly let your hair down and not worry about driving) and entry into the races. Most race tickets will also include a a couple of beers or wine and some small tote voucher to get you on your way.

Further details on our stag weekends that include horse racing, alternatively if you are looking for a hen weekend go here.

Most venues don’t have a dress code in some areas like the Grandstand or Paddock however if you upgrade to the Premier stands then you will need to look smart, no jeans and trainers, that sort of thing.

All horse racing venues will have restaurants, lots of bars, food wagons etc so your whole day is well and truly catered for.

So if you are looking to do something totally different on your hen weekend or stag do we at DesignaVenture heartily recommend our horse racing weekends and nights, they are a sure winner.

If you want to learn more horse racing jargon Horse British Racing has it all here, it’s like another language!

*More horse racing locations then the above mentioned can be found at A Day at the races.

Crazy Stag Do Viking Style

Findlater CastleNow, when “the Groom” James told his best man he wanted an unusual stag do, his best man Dave Hunter, took this request to another level and created a crazy viking style stag do.

According to an article on The Sun’s website, Dave Hunter, 32 (I love the way they always quote an age) an oil worker from Scotland, arranged a stag do for ten of the groom’s best mates to dress up like Norse Warriors (Vikings, basically) and walk along the Banffshire coastline carrying tables, chairs, 40kg keg of beer, whiskey, food* and other materials to an old ruined castle called Findlater Castler.

Passing dog walkers who couldn’t believe their eyes, these crazy Vikings trekked 3 miles to get to their derelict stag do venue.

Once they arrived they set up camp inside the castle and enjoyed a banquet of  Venison, Chicken, Sausages, potatoes, beer and whiskey a true Viking meal*!

Cold and ready for their beds, this wild stag do lit their flaming torches out of old clothes (probably soaked in kerosene) and stumbled back to their hostel in Cullen.

However, the fun didn’t stop there, this very thoughtful group returned the next day to Findlater Castle to clean up and take their kit home.

After the wedding the stag pictures went viral with more than a quarter of million views on social media sites.

If you would like to do something unusual for your stag do, head over to our stag do homepage for ideas, inspiration and some unusual packages.

*We are not sure if Vikings made sausages but pretty sure they could get their hands on the rest maybe except whiskey but most definitely mead or beer.

Tattoo Stag Do Issue

You know what they say; whatever you do, do not come back from a stag do with a tattoo or a STD, this man clearly didn’t listen!

This poor fella, in his fifties returned from a stag do in Blackpool with a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses however these were no ordinary sunglasses, they were permanent tattooed sunglasses. These glasses also had Ray Ban put on the arms to make them look a little more classy??

For some incredible pictures, The Mirror has also covered this story.

This all happened two years ago on a boozy stag do to Blackpool, where he wasn’t even the stag!

This unnamed man from Swansea got to the point where he didn’t want to embarrass his close family when he went out with them, so he decided to get this tattoo lasered off and the results are astonishing!

In 2014 we also reported on a guy who went on a Stag Do to Majorca and he got a tattoo “Bodge Loves Car Boots”!

The moral of the story is don’t bring anything back from a Stag Do other than presents and souvenirs, anything else especially of the permanent regrettable variety should not be considered no matter how drunk you get!

Book For 2016, Pay 2015 Prices

Hotel Sign in Blue Neon LightsThere are a few rumblings around the UK and beyond that 2016 hotel prices will be going up in a lot of popular stag and hen destinations,  after a bumper year for stag and hen parties in 2015 most hotels will capitalise on this and hike their prices up.

Although at DesignaVenture we will try our best to keep the prices as low as possible we do not have much of choice with some of the bigger hotel chains such as Marriotts, Hiltons, Holiday Inn etc. They will put their prices up across the board and we will have to lump it.

So our advice is to book your hen or stag do now and get this year’s price for a next year’s date, “we won’t tell them if you don’t.”

We’ll book your group in and they will honour this year’s price, that’s how it works, however you’ve got to be quick as some of these hotels have already brought out their prices for 2016.

We are always pipping on about booking your hen or stag do early:

  • You’ll get the best hotels at a better price
  • The best times for your activities
  • Cheaper airline seats (if applicable)
  • More availability all round

For all non-flight bookings we are just asking for a single £30 group deposit and a rough idea of numbers and then you have nothing to pay until next year, unless you are going in January or early February when we will need full payment 5 weeks before you travel.

So to conclude, book your 2016 hen or stag do now before they go up and we will honour this year’s prices, and all of this for just a £30 deposit, what else do you want? Jam on it?