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6 clean and fun stag do ideas

by | 16 May 2015 | Hen & Stag

A stag do doesn’t always have to be a weekend-long assault on your liver, nor does it have to include a pricey plane ticket.

Here are some stag do (or even sten do) ideas that don’t involve alcohol, strippers, air travel, drugs, dangerous animals or gambling. If you choose to involve any of those things as an added extra, you did not get the idea from us.

1. Bubble football

If you’ve never heard of bubble football, it’s exactly what you’re picturing. It’s a game of five-a-side football in which all ten of you are inside your own inflatable plastic bubble, with just your legs sticking out the bottom.

It’s very much a contact sport – like a mixture of five-a-side and bumper cars. We’ve never done it, but it looks hilarious fun.

Places like will give you all the equipment you need for as long as you want it, which can be anything between one hour (around £300) and five hours (around £750).

Those prices don’t include booking a venue, but that’s one of the good things – they come to you, so you can do it anywhere you can rent a sports hall.

What’s not to love?

It’s not ideal if you don’t have the right kind of numbers because you only get ten bubbles. If you’ve got more than ten people on your stag do (especially an odd number), it’s an awkward fit and there’ll always be some of you sitting on the sidelines.

2. Theme park VIP day

If you fancy a bit of adrenaline, UK theme parks like Thorpe Park and Alton Towers do loads of different VIP packages for big groups. They range from £100 to £400 per person and give you anything from a discount in the gift shop to ‘all you can eat’ dining and guaranteed front row seats on every ride.

But let’s be honest, we all know what’s most worth paying extra for at a theme park – queue jumping. And there’s a lot of variation. Alton Towers, for example, do VIP packages ranging from ‘bronze’ (£65+ a day) all the way up to ‘diamond’ (£355+), all with varying degrees of queue-jumpability, among other things.

If that all sounds a bit pricey for a few rides on the rollercoasters and teacups, check out websites like Thorpe Breaks* and Play and Stay* for all the best deals and discounts.

What’s not to love?

It’s outside, so it’s very weather dependent. If you happen to get a gloomy, drizzly day, it could be a bit of a letdown. Also rollercoasters are some people’s perfect day out and other people’s worst nightmare.

Paintball activity

3. Paintball

If you ask someone to name a stag do activity that doesn’t involve booze, bars and debauchery, they’ll probably say paintball first. We’ve been paintballing and yes, it gets you thoroughly high on adrenaline and it can be an absolute hoot. It can cost as little as a tenner per person and it doesn’t matter how big your party is.

What’s not to love?

One thing springs to mind.

On top of your initial allocation of paintballs, you can buy as much extra ammo as you like. That means there’s usually a few ‘regulars’ who spend hundreds and hundreds on paint grenades and automatic rifles, then buy so much ammo they can basically Black Hawk Down their way to victory with no skill whatsoever.

So yes, paintball is cheap. But not if you want the firepower to last more than a few minutes in each round.

We asked the guys at Delta Force Paintball if this was a fair criticism. This (no word of a lie) was their response:

We suggest considering it a war with paintballs. We’ve learned from history that powerful nations with better economies overpower the poor countries. So it’s a battle with paintballs, but the dynamics of war remain the same.

So there you go. Just in case you thought some people take it a bit too seriously.

4. Tank driving

You. Driving a tank. What more do you need to know?

For roughly £100–£200 per person, companies like Virgin Experience Days* or Red Letter Days* will show you how to drive a tank and then (you guessed it) let you drive a tank. It all happens on rural stretches with hills, ditches, trees and all the other obstacles you won’t worry about in the slightest. Because you’ll be in a tank.

Or, for around the £100 mark, you can learn to drive mini tanks or even have tank paintball wars.

What’s not to love?

Nothing. You’d be driving a tank.

5. Track days

Put simply, a track day is where you leather a car around a race track for the day, free of that pesky 70mph speed limit.

They break down into three different kinds:

Firstly there’s the days where you take your own cars and drive them around as fast as you possibly can. For a stag do, this kind of track day’s a bit limited because (just like in paintball) it’s more about your equipment than your skills. You could have the driving instincts to leave The Stig for dead, but if you drive an Honda Jazz and your mates have all got Golf GTIs, you’re gonna have a bad time.

The second option is pure man fantasy – you turn up, pay your money and thrash out some laps in seriously fast cars. For example, will take less than 200 of your English pounds and then plonk you at the wheel of a Ferrari 360, Porsche 996 GT3, Aston Martin DB9, Lamborghini Gallardo and Nissan GTR. If you get butterflies putting your foot down in your Vauxhall Astra, you might want to take a spare pair of underpants for when you drive the Gallardo.

The third option is to go proper racing. Go-karts and banger racing don’t give you the same 0–60 time as a DB9, but a bit of wheel-to-wheel combat is just as exhilarating. Prices vary hugely though, so be sure to shop around.

What’s not to love?

If you’re into cars, and your friends are too, then there’s absolutely nothing not to love. This might even be the one stag do for which a bit of rain could make it even more fun. If you’re a city cat with a bunch of friends who take the tube and don’t like cars, it might be a bit of a selfish choice.

Go karting provides a fun competitive day out.

6. Camping

Okay so we don’t have to explain to you what camping is, but it’s an easy option to overlook. After you’ve spent months planning a wedding, you’ve probably not had much time to gather your thoughts, to relax and look from the outside in. Camping is a chance to do just that – get out into the countryside for some peace and quiet, with nothing but your very best friends for company.

Cost is obviously as much as you want it to be. You can head out into the wilderness with a cheap tent off eBay or you can splash out on fancy gear and a luxury campsite.

But here’s the best thing about camping: it’s all about the company. There are no novelties or manufactured thrills to make it special. If you’ve got the type of friends who you can have an absolute blast with, no matter where you are, then camping is a great way to just lose all the distractions of life and enjoy being with your mates.

What’s not to love?

Oh, loads of stuff. Mud, spiders, grim toilet blocks, no hot showers, food that takes hours to cook and seconds to burn, rain, mosquitos…and loads more. But if your company is good enough, you won’t care a jot.

About the author

Matt Phil Carver

Matt’s a copywriter and blogger from West Sussex, England. He spends his days helping people simplify their writing and give their words more punch and personality. At weddings, Matt’s always quick to get up and dance, even when the vicar’s telling him to wait for the reception.


Hen & Stag 6 clean and fun stag do ideas