About Parkie

I write for a leading stag do organiser, DesignaVenture. All these posts and blogs are about everything to do with stags including celebrity stag do new and some priceless stag do ideas and tips. I try to be as unbiased as I can.

Travel Insurance Advice

I know this is a real bore however, you are going on a stag or hen weekend and the probability of you needing medical help is a lot higher than say if you’re going on a dry stone walling holiday with Auntie Edna, so let’s be selectable in our sensibility here.

According to an article in the Mirror each year about 10 million Brits go on holiday without travel insurance.

DesignaVenture currently doesn’t sell travel insurance and this isn’t an elaborate way of getting you to click on the link below for you to buy insurance and we get a kick back, we are just selling the benefits of travel insurance, it’s then up to you to go online and buy some…

Cancelation

When booking your break you are going to be tied down to terms and conditions which include cancelation charges.

Most insurance policy will cover these charges if your reason for cancelling is an insurable reason, you can’t just say you don’t want to go – however if, God forbid, someone in your family is taken ill and you cannot attend your holiday, you should be able to claim your money back from your policy.

Medical

If you fall ill abroad and need to see a doctor or go to a hospital, you are going to be left with a hefty bill, having insurance should cover these bills.

Repatriation

This is a very costly way of returning to the UK, so make sure you are covered!

When Buying Travel Insurance Make Sure You….

  • Advise the insurance company of any existing medical conditions
  • Check the policy covers any activities you may book
  • Check your policy covers all your personal circumstances and plans

EHIC

You can get a European Health Insurance Card which will cover you for state medical care, however this will not cover anything else.

Here are prices on what you could fork out for without travel insurance:

  • £15,000 for a broken hip in Spain for hospital treatment and flights
  • £25,000 moped accident with surgery and repatriation to the UK
  • £100,000 stomach bug in the USA with hospital treatment and return flights

The above prices where taken from the FCO website.

So, get yourself some insurance and have yourself a street free and fantastic holiday.

Revenge Will Be Sweet

So Prince Harry has announced that his brother will be his best Man in a month’s time when he gets married to Meghan Markle.

When Prince William was quizzed by BBC reporters on how he felt about being best man, the future king of England said “revenge will be sweet!”.

So to help him out, here are some stag do prank ideas we have mustered up from our Stag Do Blog archives, so he can put his money where his mouth is and prank him a good-un!

Top 10 Stag Do Pranks

Stag Do Pranks – The Stitch Up Stories

One thing that we are pondering about is why he wants to get revenge, what did Prince Harry do to Prince William when he was his best man?

To be honest in those days, Harry was a wild dude, so the mind boggles!

I think we should be proud of William and Harry, they are totally personable and work hard for good causes – wow we are getting deep here.

Good luck Harry, sounds like you’re going to need it!

Changes To Our Privacy Policy

Yes, Yes… The governments (EU & British) have been at it again, putting together more legislation and new rulings and this time, the focus is on data protection.

It’s called GDPR and more details can be found here:
https://www.eugdpr.org

We understands the need for this new legislation, look at the recent Cambridge Analytica & Facebook scandal, but it’s not just that, it also makes companies aware that they are actually responsible for their customer’s personal data.

What Is Personal Data?
Personal data can be anything from your name, email address, home address etc. to intellectual and intrusive data such as your interests, likes, dislike etc., this type of invasive data can be sourced from the websites you visited or even the pages/posts/videos you’ve liked.

So before you fill in a form with your personal data you should ask yourself, “do you want to trust this company with your personal data?”

First and foremost, DesignaVenture are not in the personal data industry, we do not collect information on your likes and dislikes, we also and more importantly, do not sell or pass on your details to any third parties, all we want to do is arrange the best stag do, hen party or activity break you’ve ever had.

Any personal date you give us is stored on our secure database so we can send you quotes, itineraries, invoices etc. that you have requested.

If you agree to joining our mailing list, you must click on a ‘YES PLEASE’ button, you are not atomically added.

More details can be found on our Privacy Policy.

Easter Opening Hours 2018

Easter is early this year, in fact it’s so early we might see a white Easter if the weather people are right – a revisit from the Beast from the East apparently!

And talking about the beast from the east have you checked out our lap dancing packages in Riga? Only joking, sorry, this is a more serious post about our Easter opening hours:

Good Friday 30th March 2018 – Closed (Bank Holiday)

Easter Saturday 31st March 2018 – Open Usual times, 9am to 1pm

Easter Sunday 01st April 2018 – Closed

Easter Monday 02nd April 2018 – Closed (Bank Holiday)

As always, all groups partying over the Easter weekend will have our out of hours telephone number should they need to get hold of us.

Tips For Booking Your Weekend

The activity hen and stag weekends have gone crazy, plenty of hen and stag parties are booking up their weekends to remember for the 2018 spring / summer season.

Here are some top tips to make your booking experience a breeze:

  • If you are booking a non-flight inclusive package outside of 5 weeks, we don’t actually need your confirmed numbers at the time of booking.
  • Choose the perfect date be carful of busy weekends at your chosen hen or stag destination. For example; trying to get a stag party into a hotel in Cardiff when Wales are playing at home, for the 6 nations Rugby, is like trying to convince Nigel Farage to live in France!
  • Don’t pay for anyone in the group who you don’t know or is really untrustworthy.
  • Don’t get stressed when people drop out, a good third drop out from an average invited list, adopt the attitude; ah well, if they don’t get back to me, it’s their loss!
  • Let DesignaVenture take the strain, one phone call and we have your back.
  • Create a group on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Email whatever, that way you can keep everyone in the loop, let the banter begin!

We have loads of tips for stag parties on our Stag Do Blog, get amongst it.

Top Tips When Booking A Hen Or Stag Weekend in Brief:

  • Book Early
  • Communicate
  • Be Aware Of T&C’s
  • Don’t Get Stressed
  • Let DesignaVenture Take The Stress

Winter Bites – Stag & Hens Bite Back!

Even though we are going through a particularly cold snap at the moment, DesignaVenture must doff it’s cap to all it’s hardy stag and hen parties who have been more than adventurous despite the weather.

We have stag groups braving the chill and taking on white water rafting and the incredible Zip Wire in North Wales this and last weekend.

They’ve been racing Rage Buggies in Nottingham and whisky tasting in Edinburgh and not to mention partying in Riga where it’s minus, in the day!

Hen parties are thrashing about on Quad Bikes in Bournemouth, Cocktail making in Bristol and racing Segways in Reading and not to mention life drawing where it’s going to be a bit nippy for the real life male model, let’s hope it’s not too cold!

Whatever winter throws at you, get out there and be adventurous – it will be the making of a very memorable weekend.

Festive Opening Hours For 2017

Please see below our festive opening hours for the coming holidays.

Saturday 23 December – Closed

Sunday 24 December – Closed

Monday 25 December – Closed

Tuesday 26 December – Closed

Wednesday 27 December – Closed

Thursday 28 December – Closed

Friday 29 December – Closed

Saturday 30 December – Closed

Sunday 31 December – Closed

Monday 01 January 2018 – Closed

Tuesday 02 January 2018 – Resume normal working hours – 09:00hrs – 17:45hrs

99% Of our activity providers close over the Christmas holidays, plus many hotel group reservation departments are either closed or on skeleton staff so we feel our staff deserve a lovely long break before January hits and it get extremely, mega, crazily busy!

DesignaVenture would like to wish all our customers are wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

Prince Harry’s Stag Do

White Water Rafting with North Wales wording

When Prince Harry asked Megham Markle to marry him the immediate response from the public and press was not about the amazing wedding dress or they’re going to make a marvellous couple (although, they are), NO… word on the street was – it’s going to be one hell of a stag do!

We all remember the Prince’s antics on other stag dos and holidays in Vegas etc. so he has the reputation of a party Prince. I think Prince Andrew had a similar rep in the 80s but the big difference is Prince Harry breathes charisma, he is incredibly likeable and that’s why the general public love him.

Of late Prince Harry has grown up and isn’t that party animal he used to be, so his stag do will reflect on his current state of mind.

We think that Adventure would be at the heart of his stag with white water rafting, canyoning, having a go on the fastest zip wire in the world, racing Rage Buggies, shooting clays out of the sky etc.

It’s only right that his stag destination should be in the UK, with that in mind North Wales we think hits the mark (his Dad is the Prince of Wales, after all).

North Wales is a destination of total exhilaration and adventure, with activities from motor sports to full on adrenalin pursuits, North Wales basically has it all.

He will also benefit from traffic free roads and a massive amount of secluded party houses and hotels to choose from, which DesignaVenture can help organise by the way, along with the activities of course. Take note though, March and April is already very busy so booking now is essential, well it wouldn’t be right turfing groups out just to fit his party in, we wouldn’t do that, not even for royalty.

Website Maintenance Sorry For The Inconvenience

Currently there will be some parts of the website which will be affected by website maintenance over the next few days.

We are improving security and making your DesignaVenture website experience better, so if you experiencing any issues we are working on them and please contact us on info@designaventure.co.uk if need help or have an enquiry that you cannot get through.

Please bear with us, it won’t take long.

The best stag do game

Football is the beautiful game, most people would agree however stag do games will have you all in stitches, make you incredibly enthusiastic and will usually make you fairly drunk (drinking responsibly that is).

The best stag do game in my mind is Chicken Run.

What are the rules?

“OK I am just getting to that, keep your tights on!!!”

THE RULES

You dress the stag up as a chicken, the more embarrassing the costume, the better.

You also give the stag the kitty and 40 minutes to hide – he has to find a pub / bar or club, sit at the bar or table and drink as much of the kitty as possible.

After 40 minutes, the stag group then must split into teams and go and search for the chicken I mean the stag, before he drinks the kitty dry.

No one can drink a single drop until they find the stag, the teams that find him can start drinking from the kitty, the game ends when the whole group is united.

For more top stag do games head over to our blog and get planning.