Sick of booze cruises and pamper weekends? Keen to celebrate your upcoming nuptials in a way that won’t leave you spray tanned or horrifically hungover? Here’s our selection of some of the very best alternative stag and hen party ideas in the UK, from coasteering in Pembrokeshire to giant underground trampolines…
1. Preseli Venture, stag and hen activity weekends
Before your big day, why not make a leap of an altogether different kind and spend a weekend coasteering, surfing, kayaking and generally having all sorts of coastal fun with Preseli Venture in Pembrokeshire?
Forget pamper weekends and luxury booze cruises – you’ll have adventures aplenty by day, spend the evenings gazing up at the stars while sat around the bonfire and bed down in the comfy eco lodge. The team are on hand to help with everything from planning the weekend itself to sending out the invitations, so you can just get on with enjoying yourself!
2. Take part in the World Alternative Games
Are you a particularly competitive bunch looking to best the bride or out-stag the stag? Why not take part in the World Alternative Games in the Cambrian Mountains this summer? With most activities taking place in August, you can choose to take part in events as wacky and varied as the Russian Egg Roulette, barrel rolling championships and the gravy wrestling championships! Someone might even go home with a medal…
3. Bounce Below, north Wales
Following the launch of the Zip World Titan, the largest zip zone in the world, Bounce Below is a collection of giant trampolines hidden inside a mammoth slate quarry cavern twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral. The caverns will be lit up in a light show while visitors bounce on giant trampolines linked by a 60ft long slide. Now if that isn’t a stag/hen do break with a difference, we don’t know what is!
4. Golfing and gallivanting in Bridgend
You may not know it but Bridgend has some of the leading gold courses in the UK so you can head down for a relaxed stag party and not have to deal with crowds or stuffy golf clubs. Royal Porthcawl overlooks the beach and is hosting this year’s Senior Open Championship.
And why not combine this with a day of paintballing/quad biking/mountain biking with Adventures Wales. Finally, why not finish it all off by staying in a traditional Mongolian yurt? All less than three hours from London on the train!
5. Artisan Cheese Making Day, Ceredigion
If the bride/groom to be is a bit of a cheese fanatic (particularly the lesser known varieties) this is his chance to learn the art of real cheese making with a Supreme British Champion Cheese maker and Seaweed Gin Connoisseur, John Savage at Teifi Farmhouse Cheese. This is one for smaller parties as the course will only have 3 people maximum to ensure a high quality learning experience.
£150.00 for 5 hours with donations to Slow Food Cymru
6. Meat Course, Forest of Dean & Wye Valley
This is a great opportunity for stag parties to get in touch with his ‘ hunter/gatherer’ instincts. This course explores the whole process of producing meat including farming practices, slaughter, butchery and cooking. For example , ‘Rabbit in a Day’ teaches how to humanely slaughter a rabbit raised at Trealy Farm to then turn into delicious products such as pate, rillettes or confit.
£80 per person.
7. And a few adventurous options…
Outdoors @ Hay, Brecon Beacons
Mick Collins offers some great bushcraft and foraging courses throughout the year where participants can learn how to make fire from natural resources, navigate, build shelters and forage for food. You can even canoe ‘bushcraft style’!
Kevin Walker Mountain Activities, Brecon Beacons
Kevin Walker has outstanding knowledge and over 30 years experience working in survival and rescue. He offers something a little bit more with map interpretation, poor visibility and contour recognition. There’s a reason why his navigation courses are famous in Wales.
Cambrian Survival, Cambrian Mountains
Whether you want the confidence to travel off the beaten path or just want to reconnect with the natural world, Cambrian Survival offers the very best training in survival skills, bush craft and wilderness techniques.