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.

Covid-19 – Updated 3rd June 2020

Update: 03rd June 2020….

Contact DesignaVenture

Like most companies DesignaVenture is now operating with skeleton staff, so we have taken the unusual decision to temporarily close our telephone lines until the social restrictions have been lifted. We are only contactable via email. If you don’t have email you can go to our website and send us a message via the chat widget at the bottom of your screen.

Enquiring about a stag do or hen party?

We have a skeleton team working from home. Our team are dealing with rebooking, new enquiries and bookings for 2021.

Been advised your stag & hen plans have been postponed/cancelled?

We have postponed/cancelled all stag & hen parties until 30 Jun 2020. We have been in touch with all our customers that are affected, if you haven’t received an email please check your spam or junk folder. We are making bookings well in to 2021, and it is often possible to move your exact party plans one year on.

Have a stag or hen party booked from 03rd July – 30 September 2020?

In most cases these travel plans have not been cancelled. If we are forced to postpone or cancel them we will be in touch as soon we are advised. In the meantime, should you wish to amend your travel plans to a later date, you can, with all DesignaVenture amendment charges waived.

Have a stag or hen party booked from 01 October 2020 onwards?

It’s looking very positive that these breaks will go ahead as planned, so there is no need to do anything at this stage. However, if you do wish to amend your trip, please get in touch and we will do our best to assist.

Consumer Financial Protection

We would like you to feel rest assured your money is protected. We think it’s worth highlighting since 2003 any money that is paid to us for stag, hen or group weekends is put safely away into the DesignaVenture trust account.

This means, the money that you have entrusted to us is only available to us after your weekend has taken place, so if your weekend doesn’t go ahead as planned the money will sit safely in our trust account until you have actually attended your actual weekend.

Therefore, you can continue to book with DesignaVenture with complete confidence.

Overseas Amendments/Cancellations where FCO has advice against travel

Many of our overseas destinations have temporarily closed their borders to try and contain the Coronavirus outbreak.

Stag, Hen and Group bookings that have been affected by these measures, we have and will offer for them to postpone, reschedule or move location.

To date, most of our imminent bookings have taken the option to move their bookings to one of our top stag, hen and group UK destinations for a future date.

UK Amendments/Postponements

Whilst Public Health England advise non-essential travel we will offer the following choices for your break; postpone or reschedule.

We will continue to keep you updated on any further changes from Public Health England and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office that could affect your booking via our website.

Stag, Hen and Groups due to arrive after the 1 April in response to these uncertain times, we have temporarily changed our T&Cs to accommodate the Covid-19 situation. We are accepting amendments to bookings for those arriving between 1/06/2020 and 30/09/20, offering postponement or rescheduling of booking where necessary to a future date, subject to availability, please email support@designaventure.co.uk to do this.

Our customers are our number 1 priority we will always do the right thing.

Finally, our sincere thanks for your continued support and very kinds words. Please stay at home and protect our amazing NHS.

Important & Helpful Links

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Amsterdam By Train Anyone?

If you didn’t know, Eurostar is now operating direct trains (return) from London St Pancreas to Amsterdam.

Looking at their website and a little inside knowledge, from June dates onwards over the weekend you can go direct on a Friday and direct back on the Sunday.

This is a pivotal point in history, never has getting to this amazing hen and stag do party city been so easy, just think of all the Eco points you can collect by not going by plane!

You can also take as much luggage as you can carry and with the train taking you straight to Central station, not 17km out like Schiphol (Amsterdam’s airport), you could walk to your hotel, look at you – you’re clocking up the eco points now!

Ever since people have been getting married, Amsterdam has been a very popular city to visit by not just British stag and hen parties but by stag and hen parties from all over the world.

So it has to be a city you must visit with your mates before you meet your maker (in other words a bucket list destination).

Further details on packages and activities we can offer stag parties wanting to go to Amsterdam, alternatively, hen parties also have some great packages and activities.

We have also written a stag do destination guide on Amsterdam.

Brexit, How Will This Effect My Break To Europe?

It’s the 1st February and we have now officially left the EU, whether you voted remain or leave, the democratic vote to leave the EU has began.

But how does this effect my stag, hen or break to Europe?

OK, even though we have officially left the EU both Britain and the EU have agreed a year’s transition where everything remains the same whilst all the negotiations and wrangling can take place, including entry into each others countries.

So for 2020, everything remains the same, what about 2021?

This is a bit of a grey area. Nothing has been negotiated yet. So, we don’t know what will happen in 2021.

in 2021, we suspect visas will not be required when travelling into EU countries for holiday travel, you’ll just need to queue in a different line at passport control when entering the country.

Bringing back booze and cigarettes without paying duty is a totally different matter when travelling in 2021, we don’t think you’ll be able to bring back a gallon of brandy and a crate of fags without having to pay some sort of duty, however we could be wrong.

So if you’re booking to go to Germany, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic etc. for 2020, don’t worry there is no change, we will keep you posted regarding 2021.

Christmas Shutdown 2019

Every year at the DesignaVenture towers we give our staff a well earned break so they are ready for the stag and hen season which starts in January.

This year is no exception and we will be closed from Christmas Eve at 12 noon and will reopen at 9am on the 2nd January 2020.

We would like to wish all our customers, friends and family and YOU – a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

2020… What a year to get married!

The best time to book your 2020 stag do flight

So you know you have a stag do to organise for next year and the lads all want to travel outside of the UK, so when do you need to look at booking?

The general rule for booking flights is; the earlier you book, the cheaper they will be. This is not guaranteed as flight prices can fluctuate, there is no pattern to the market so if you see a good price go for it.

Most low cost airlines have release dates throughout the year, for example on 19th September Easyjet released their flights for summer 2020. If you can get organised around the release date you have a good chance of getting reasonable fares, before demand increases and so does the price.

To help with your budget, be sure to check all of your local airports and be flexible on dates. If your closest airport is London Heathrow, consider also travelling from London Stansted. If you can get a cheaper fare it might outweigh the travel costs of getting transport to Stansted airport. It is also becoming more popular to have a mid-week stag do abroad as weekends are when flight prices are at their highest. If your group can get the time off work, this is a great option to consider.

Basically, the sooner you can start getting organised the better and if you really want to be money savvy,  there are newsletters you can sign up to send you alerts for new flight deals.

Whenever you choose to book, please be sure to book with an ATOL registered company like DesignaVenture to keep your money secure.

DesignaVenture Is Now Paper Free

The last time we spoke on this newsfeed about how the DesignaVenture office can be more environmentally friendly was on the 25th April, our aim was by the end of 2019 is for the office to go 99%* paper free.

It’s now the 1st October and we are ahead of schedule, in fact after a lot of blood, sweat, tears and tantrums (especially from the boss), we are proud to announce that all our procedures are now digital and not a sheet of paper will be printed unless there is no other way.

*99% Paper free means that if there is no other way we will print, such as when a provider needs contract sent back to them in the post or when a client requests their Essential Travel Pack in the post.

Otherwise, the staff have been fully trained in new procedures and meetings have taken place on being environmentally conscious inside and outside of work.

On top of being paper free our website sits on a Carbon Neutral server.

For more information take a look at our environmental statement.

2020, The Year Of The Wedding?

Black Beetle car with just married sign on the back with cans

Getting married in the year 2020 seems to be extremely popular, well 2020 does have a great ring to it, get it, ring to it… Oh never mind.

We are actually in the know about 2020 being a popular year to get married as our stag and hen bookings are flying in for this incredibly memorable year.

Are people thinking; “we’ll get married in 2020, then it’ll be very easy to work out how long we’ve been married for”, a kind of maths solution!

So advice time…

If you are planning on getting married next year and you haven’t booked a venue or even the place of matrimony, you best get your skates on people otherwise you may miss out.

The same goes for your stag and hen weekend.

Hotels, activities, flights and nightlife will get booked up especially for busy weekends (usually first and last weekend of the month from March until September).

With just a single £30 deposit you can get your hen or stag group booked in and you’ll also be set up with your very own login area on the DesignaVenture website.

In your Login area you can invite people on to the weekend plus also get them to pay directly to us, how cool is that? You don’t even need to get your hands dirty!

If you need help, advice or tips just call us on 01432 830000.

AUTUMN 2019 OFFERS

If you’re looking for an adventurous activity weekend, stag party or hen do over the next few months, you’re in luck, as the DesignaVenture website has tons of ideas and offers.

If you’re a hen or stag party looking to book a weekend in October or November check out some of these incredible packages all at £100pp or under:

Bournemouth Party One Night Deal from £66 per person

A totally brilliant stag night in Bournemouth with clubs, bars and accommodation for one night and it’s on £66 per person! Learn More

Riga Party On Weekend from £73 per person

Full weekend in Riga including accommodation, airport transfers plus bars and clubs, this is a real bargain – Learn More

Rage in Reading from £100 per person

Not only does this package include 1 night in a 4 star hotel, it also includes paintball, racing Rage Buggies and and bar and club entries – all for under £100 per person – WHAT A BARGAIN! – Learn More

Prague Basics Weekend from £99 per person

Prague is one of the cheapest stag and hen destinations in the world – not only is it cheap to stay there you can also party and a very reasonable rate, this package includes accommodation, airport transfers and a guided bar tour – Learn More

You can also get a free stag/hen/organiser place if you book 15 or more people – Oh c-mon we’re giving it away!

BOOK FOR 2020 & SAVE BIG!

Currently we have noticed a huge influx of enquiries and bookings for 2020.

We have been speaking to other wedding companies such as Venues, Marque Suppliers and Bridal shops and they have all advised us that 2020 is going to be massive in the wedding world, which basically means one thing, you need to booking your stag and hen weekend ASAP as popular weekends will get booked up.

Booking your 2020 stag party or hen do will mean:

  • You’ll get your 2020 packages and activities at the 2019 price
  • Get a free place based on 15+ people (usually it’s 20+ people)
  • Get the BEST accommodation
  • Get 1st choice of activity times
  • Get people locked in on your date

All we need to get your booking confirmed and price locked down is a single £30 deposit. We will then set a date for the per person deposits to be paid by.

Why do we ask for per person deposits?

From our experience, in order to get people to commit to your booking, a little financial commitment will lock them in.

If you leave it until 5 weeks before you go (which is your balance stage) you’ll find over half of the people who said yes, will drop out.

You don’t want to end up with an unhappy stag or hen, so book early, get people to commit and sit back, relax in the knowledge that already you have a job licked for 2020!

Well done you!

An Epic Source For All Best Men & Grooms

If you as best man have actually found yourself in a bit of a quandary about the best ways to be THE BEST best man then we have the perfect place for you.

The DesignaVenture Stag Do Blog

Similarly, if you’re the groom and need inspiration and advice the stag do blog is a chasm of advice, ideas and inspiration.

Popular Posts include:

10 BEST MAN TOP TIPS

The best man

A quick look at the best man’s responsibilities plus great advice and tips.

Another popular post on the stag do blog is…

SHOULD THE GROOM PAY FOR HIS OWN STAG DO?

A man with his wallet out

A question which I am sure is very apt, especially when he’s picking up the wedding tab?

Then you have our top 10s….

TOP 10 STAG DO RULES

member of the stag party with tape over his mouth

Get the low down on what you should and definitely should not do.

TOP 10 STAG DO GAMES

Stag Dressed as a chicken

10 Brilliant games you can do on your stag weekend.

TOP 10 STAG DO PRANKS

Some fantastic ideas on how to prank the stag!

There are loads more posts including challenges, ideas of destinations and activities, actual destination guides and so much more.

So if you are the best man or groom The Stag Do Blog is a brilliant source to guide you through a very memorable part of your life.