Richard Mellor
январь 2017.
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Where can I take my friends for a sophisticated stag weekend?

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I’ve observed a strong trend in 2016 involving stag groups seeking out slightly classier options. Lap-dancing bookings for The Stag Company declined by almost 50%, for instance, with club bookings down by 29%. 

Typically, these are being replaced by gentler activities like bubble football (in which players are hilariously encumbered by inflatable balls), or simply by dinner reservations and comedy clubs. I see that continuing in 2017.

EDINBURGH: Whether its whitewater-rafting or whiskey-tasting...

The Scottish capital has been growing in popularity among stag groups looking for something a bit different. There’s a number of unique activities I’d recommend trying during the day, such as the mini-Highland Games experience and its tyre flips and tugs o’ war, or whitewater rafting on the Tay and Tummel rivers. I’ve also noticed a strong increase in malt whiskey-tasting as a daytime event, often followed by some comedy. Watch out for the Fringe festival in August however; prices spike, and hotels become near-impossible to book.

BOURNEMOUTH: Zip lines and watersports in Britain’s new activity HQ

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I didn’t anticipate this a few years ago, but Bournemouth has become our top-selling destination for thrill-seeking stag groups. That’s mostly thanks to the impressive Bournemouth Pierzip, as well as climbing challenges in the RockReef activity centre. The It’s A Knockout course, based on the 70’s game show, appeals to older, nostalgic groups. Bournemouth can also be a venue for multi-watersports packages, involving windsurfing, kayaking and gentle paddleboarding.

HAMBURG: There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done...

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The Beatles might have hailed from Liverpool, but they were made in Hamburg. This German city, which was previously best known for its seaport, became a hub for musical bands looking to make it big in the ‘60s. Whether it’s Hamburg Zoo or the Miniatur Wunderland, there is plenty to see; most impressive is the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Start your day off with a cruise along the Elbe River, before warding off hunger pangs with a classic Bavarian feast, followed by a brewery tour.

PRAGUE: From ice hockey to scenic coffee

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Prague was our best-seller last year, chiefly thanks to the vast range of activities available on offer and relatively low prices. Visit during winter and you can book Czech-league ice hockey tickets, something quite unique to us Brits, and try tobogganing. Whitewater-rafting is again an option, while the cultural options include Prague Castle and coffee-sipping on Wenceslas Square. To ensure the groom makes it home safely, touch the statue of St John of Nepomuk on handsome Charles Bridge – this supposedly brings good luck.

BRISTOL: Bushcraft weekends and British Bake Off lessons

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We arrange survival and bushcraft weekends to grooms who prefer fitness to fancy dress, and outdoor challenges to drinking games. Run by an ex-military instructor, you’ll learn to live without technology and get in touch with nature. If that sounds a bit too trying, why not try 18 holes of golf? Bristol is surrounded by some great courses. And fans of the Great British Bake Off series can try Bake With A Legend, where you will be trained by a former contestant of the show.

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