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.

Buy An Experience, Not SOCKS!!!

If you’re stuck to buy a Christmas present for someone who has everything, stop filling landfill and instead fill the senses and experiences of a loved one – blimey try saying that again after a few Sherries.

DesignaVenture can turn most activities on this website into a brilliant gift voucher for your father, son, husband, wife, girlfriend (we think you get the picture), giving them an experience of a lifetime, you can even book yourself on or even better loads of his/her mates making it an unbelievable memorable experience.

Gift Experience Ideas

Zip Wire in North Wales – the fastest in the world!

Quad Biking (nationwide) – one of the most popular activities we offer, some locations may require a minimum group size.

White Water Rafting – North Wales or Scotland

Motor Mashup – Drive loads of different cars including Del Boy’s Robin Reliant, Off Road Dirt Buggies and a push me pull me motor – a great gift for the motor enthusiast.

For loads more activity experiences head over to our activities ideas page, pick an activity and we will turn it into a gift voucher, simply call us on 01432 830000.

Gift vouchers will be posted 1st Class Special Delivery (guaranteed next day) – so if you’re doing that last minute Christmas shopping our last posting date will be the 20 December 2018 – we can then always send it electronically.

Top 10 Stag Do Packages Released

Every month the DesignaVenture boffins plough through wads of data (basically bookings) and updates our stag do home page with what out stag groups are currently booking and this month is no exception.

So here are the top 10 packages our groups are currently booking:

  • A Wheel Party in Bristol
  • Beer, Boobs and Boogie in Birmingham
  • Bullets & Boobs in Cardiff
  • Rage Buggies, Bikes & Scenery in North Wales
  • Weekenders in Edinburgh
  • Bournemouth Offer Weekend
  • Bristol Bargain
  • Foreplay in Newquay
  • Horse Racing Newbury with partying in Reading
  • Notorious Rage Buggies & Bikes in Nottingham

For all the links head to our stag do homepage where you click away and gets some ideas, check availability and also book.

Alternatively why not build your own stag weekend and if more people build the same weekend we will make it into a package, where do you think these popular packages come from? Popular by name, popular by nature.

Remember, if you can’t see what you’re looking for give us a call on 01432 830000 as we love to help, it’s in the DesignaVenture DNA.

Tons More Benidorm Stag & Hen Activities Added

We have just increased the amount of stag and hen activities in Benidorm and have actually kept most of our prices the same for 2019, some prices have even gone down in price!

Well, we don’t like to follow suit, so we have also decided to keep most of our stag weekends to Benidorm at the same price.

The same goes for our hen party packages and activities to Benidorm, most prices have stayed the same and some we have even decreased.

We have also added tons more activities including; Jeep Safari, Footgolf, Bubble Football, Jet Ski-ing, Stag Do Pranks, Drag Strip Show, in fact we have added over 80 new activities.

If you would prefer to tailor make your weekend, create your stag weekend just the way you like it, go on to our Build Your Own Stag Do Tool, where you can create a masterpiece, a weekend that the lads will talk about for the rest of time.

This brilliant tool gives you real-time prices with the ability to add and delete activities, accommodation and nightlife in all of our stag do destinations not just Benidorm, with just a few clicks of the mouse you could be booking your perfect stag do!

46 New Amsterdam Activities Added

Amsterdam is an iconic weekends destination for both stag and hen parties, birthday weekends, activity breaks, you name it you can celebrate it there.

At DesignaVenture HQ we have been busy gathering incredible activities to offer in Amsterdam for 2019 and they have now all been added, all 46 of them!

We now have a full programme of Amsterdam Stag Do Ideas – the original and possibly still the best stag destination abroad.

New activities include Car Smash, Stag Do Pranks (7 different pranks!) and Snowboarding, indoor obviously at Europe’s largest indoor real snow slope.

Our new guided bar crawls also include an option for the stag to be handcuffed to a Smurfette!

If you prefer to keep it civilised we have also added quite a few different party meals including a traditional Dutch meal or choose a cuisine and we should be able to get a you a top notch meal in a fantastic central Amsterdam restaurant.

Our hen party Amsterdam activities have also had new activities added including Drag Queen Shows, Ice Bar & Burlesque Dance Classes to name just a few.

So whether you are on a stag do, hen weekend or just want to celebrate a birthday weekend in Amsterdam, check out our new activities, we’d hate you to miss out!

Book 2019, Relax & Save Money

A very wise philosopher once said “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, he was one of the founding members of the United States, Benjamin Franklin – everyday’s a school day people!

The same philosophy should go to arranging your stag do or hen weekend, there is no point booking it next year if you can book it now.

Here’s the good bit – HOW YOU CAN SAVE MONEY AND RELAX:

Save Money

Unfortunately it’s inevitable, prices go up each year, it’s called inflation, even though we at DesignaVenture try to keep our prices as sharp as we can, hotels and activity sites see their cost rise year on year, (petrol, food, cleaning, wages etc.) so these extra costs have to be passed on.

However, if you currently book your 2019 stag do or hen weekend, you will get 2018 prices, saving you lots of dollar.

Once you have decided on your stag do, hen weekend or activity break – all you have to do is put down one deposit of £30, you have then locked in your price, safe from any price rises.

Relax DesignaVenture Has Got Your Back

Once you have put down your £30 deposit we will send you a link to pass on to the other members of the group, so they can pay their £30 deposits. Alternatively you can go online and share the booking from your members area. Each time someone books, you will receive an email keeping you updated with who’s paid.

*Getting the guys to commit and pay their deposits early is a huge plus, here’s why:

  • They will stick the date in their diary and not forget about it
  • You will weed out all the “Pub Talkers” who are just giving you lip service and not really wanting to come
  • You’ve booked, everyones committed – that will be a load off!

It’s then time to relax, as you’ve booked early.

Booking early means…

  • You should get the time slots you want for your activities
  • The best hotel
  • You’ll be happier then a kid at a Marshmallow factory

Goo luck, get it, goo luck, because of the Marshmallow joke, instead of Good Luck, oh never mind, I’m wasted here!

Indian Summer Predicted

Keep your beers on chill, your BBQ’s stoked up and your overnight bags packed as the Met Office, for the UK, has predicted warm weather all the way up to the end of October which is better known as an Indian Summer.

So if you haven’t had the time to book your stag do or hen weekend this year, give us a call and get the ball rolling.

You may be booking late, but don’t worry, DesignaVenture will try it’s damnedest to get you the availability you want.

If you’re looking to Race Rage Buggies, thrash down a river – white water rafting or you just want to mix up the best cocktail known to man, DesignaVenture have the ideas and activities to help you on your way.

Remember, booking last minute can be a real nightmare, ringing loads of hotels and activity sites trying to get your group in, so leave it to us, we have lots of hotels and activity sites in all major UK destinations.

Another fantastic plus for booking your weekend through DesignaVenture is each member of your group can even pay us directly, saving you the hassle of chasing people up for money.

Winter last year seemed to last forever, so while the sun shines, enjoy it!

Escape Your World Cup Woes With A DesignaVenture Break

Now you’re no longer glued to the TV after the epic Three Lions gave us a roller coaster ride to remember, it’s time to have your own adventure while the sun’s out.

DesignaVenture offer some of the best adventure breaks in the UK, from riding the fastest Zip Wire in the world in North Wales, to racing Quad Bikes in Newquay, whatever gets your blood pumping DesignaVenture can organise it.

Our bullet-proof stag weekends are incredible, great value for money and brilliantly organised. Don’t take our word for it, look at the amazing reviews we have received from thousands of stag parties that have tried and tested our weekends.  We are thrilled to have a 9.1 out of 10 rating on Trustpilot.

Similarly, our Hen Parties are created with fun in mind, from Canyoning to Cocktail Making, whatever floats your boat we are pretty damn sure we are one of the major chain-links between “just a Hen Party” and a fantastic Hen Party.

So whatever adventure takes your fancy get it booked and do it this summer. Browse our website, give us a call and most importantly have a 2018 summer to remember.

Booking Last Minute?

Whether you’re booking a last minute stag do, hen party, birthday celebration, activity day or adventure weekend, DesignaVenture can help you make it happen.

Booking a small or large group is not easy especially, when booking last minute, you may struggle with:

  • Getting people to pay or commit
  • Sorting out an activity site or hotel
  • Getting the information to the group so they know where they are going and what they are doing

That’s where DesignaVenture comes in….

Payment & Commitment

When booking late, DesignaVenture can help you round up the troops and get them to commit. Once you have booked we can send you a link via text or email for you to pass on to the guys so they can click and pay.

Every time someone pays you will receive an update.

We recommend you do not pay for anyone you do not know or trust, especially within 4 weeks of travel.

 Sorting Your Itinerary

DesignaVenture have thousands of providers all around the world, so when booking last minute, we will work hard to make sure your stag weekend, hen party or activity break gets off the ground.

Simply drop us an email or call us on 01432 830000 with your requirements and we will get to work.

Information Is King

When booking a celebratory one-off weekend, things must go to plan.  No one wants a visit from Mr Cockup!

DesignaVenture will make sure everything is booked as requested with a triple checking admin system run by our well trained admin team, and not by computers.

We will then send you out a PDF by email (hard copy in the post if requested) which you can forward on to everyone in the group, so everyone knows where to go, when to get there and what you’re up to – simple!

For further details on how we can help you create a last minute day, night or weekend call us on 01432 830000.

World Cup Weekend Fixtures

This week the biggest tournament in the world starts, it’s the most watched, anticipated and talked about competition, so we thought we would chuck in our penny’s worth and provide some useful information for our groups who are attending stag dos and hen parties.

As a lot of our groups are on hen and stag weekends, below I have listed all the games that fall on weekend, so if you intend to watch every match here is your weekend guide.

Friday 15th June 2018
13:00hrs – Egypt Vs Uruguay
16:00hrs – Morocco Vs Iran
19:00hrs – Portugal Vs Spain

Saturday 16th June 2018
11:00hrs – France Vs Australia
14:00hrs – Argentina Vs Iceland
17:00hrs – Peru Vs Denmark
20:00hrs – Croatia Vs Nigeria

Sunday 17th June 2018
13:00hrs – Costa Rica Vs Serbia
16:00hrs – Germany Vs Mexico
19:00hrs – Brazil Vs Switzerland

Friday 22nd June 2018
13:00hrs – Brazil Vs Costa Rica
16:00hrs – Nigeria Vs Iceland
19:00hrs – Serbia Vs Switzerland

Saturday 23rd June 2018
13:00hrs – Belgium Vs Tunisia
16:00hrs – South Korea Vs Mexico
19:00hrs – Germany Vs Sweden

Sunday 24th June 2018
13:00hrs – England Vs Panama
16:00hrs – Japan Vs Senegal
19:00hrs – Poland Vs Colombia

Saturday 30th June 2018 (Round 16)
15:00hrs – Group C Winner Vs Group D Second Place
19:00hrs – Group A Winner Vs Group B Second Place

Sunday 1st July 2018 (Round 16)
15:00hrs – Group B Winner Vs Group A Second Place
19:00hrs – Group D Winner Vs Group C Second Place

Friday 06th July 2018 (Quarter-Final)
15:00hrs – Quarter-Finalist 1 Vs Quarter-Finalist 2
19:00hrs – Quarter-Finalist 5 Vs Quarter-Finalist 6

Saturday 07th July 2018 (Quarter-Final)
15:00hrs – Quarter-Finalist 7 Vs Quarter-Finalist 8
19:00hrs – Quarter-Finalist 3 Vs Quarter-Finalist 4

Saturday 14th July 2018 (3rd/4th Play-Offs)
15:00hrs – 3rd Place Play Off 1 Vs 3rd Place Play Off 2

Sunday 15th July 2018 (Final)
16:00hrs – Finalist 1 Vs Finalist 2

England Group Matches
Monday 18th June 2018 at 19:00hrs Vs Tunisia
Sunday 24th June 2018 at 13:00hrs Vs Panama
Thursday 28th June 2018 at 19:00hrs Vs Belgium

Whatever happens we wish you a happy World Cup.

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.