The south coast of England is somewhat well-endowed when it comes to top destinations for a stag do – especially if you want packed itineraries throughout the day. While the south coast doesn’t share the same reputation as the northern party capitals of Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow, the north just can’t compete when it comes to outdoor pursuits to light your groom-to-be’s big send-off. Let’s take a look at the Bournemouth, Newquay and Brighton stag do and see if we can’t serve up some inspiration for your south coast stunner.
Bournemouth has an outdated reputation for being home to a large elderly population but since the opening of a couple of universities, the average age of the town has dwindled as students graduate and decide to stay in this seaside resort town. One of the biggest virtues a Bournemouth stag do can offer is just how close everything is to each other – the hotels are all within stumbling distance of the main nightlife and the activity providers are just a short distance from the city centre too. One of the funniest activities available in Bournemouth is the “It’s A Knockout” package which lets your party star in their very own episode of the popular retro game show where you take on inflatables in silly costumes in a surreal kind of school sports day. You could also take your place on a human-sized table football table to play against your friends, or even try zorbing which sees you careering down a hillside in a see-through ball. If you want to play it a bit more safe, you could always stick to the stag weekend standard issues of paintballing or go-karting for the day of your big pre-wedding shindig.
This Cornish coastal town is the subversion of the rest of the county – whereas the rest of Cornwall is all rolling green hills and sleepy villages, Newquay has a tangible pulse and welcomes thousands upon thousands of visitors every year. It’s not just nightclubs and trendy bars that mark a Newquay stag do out as a must-visit either, there’s plenty of ways to make use of the surrounding cliffs and countryside for the days of your Newquay stag do too. Whether it’s a round of golf on one of the top golf courses in the area or perhaps a sea adventure with coasteering – a new activity that sees you scaling cliffs and swimming into hidden coves, there’s a wealth of original events to really make your weekend memorable. Beach volleyball, kayaking and rock-climbing are other considerations for a stag do that will live in infamy.
Brighton has more than earned its nickname as “little London by the sea” because of its vibrant, cosmopolitan outlook as reflected in the nightlife of this traditional British resort city. Again, there’s a whole host of options to make use of your surroundings, whether that’s the surrounding South Downs or the choppy waters of the English Channel. The Sussex countryside are yours to churn up with a spot of quad biking or mud buggies which are must-try-once activities or perhaps you fancy some watersports. Wakeboarding or water-skiing offer great views over the city, not that you’ll notice much at the speed you’ll be going at. Alternatively you could channel your inner-country gent with clay pigeon shooting or test your fishing skills with a boat trip out into the sea to catch some carp. Whatever you choose, Brighton is as stag-friendly as they come, with thousands of hen and stag weekends making their way to Brighton every passing year.
Don’t allow your best friend’s last weekend of freedom to pass by unremarkably, make it count with some of these original activities on the South Coast of England.