Our top-four favourite activities for a fun and sporty Stag do that everyone can enjoy.
Stag parties have undergone a bit of a facelift in the past couple of years as more grooms and their closest friends are opting for something a little more active to go along with the traditional stag fare.
Instead of just sitting around with a drink in hand, reminiscing over past adventures, or trying to re-create your favourite scenes from the hangover, active and sporty stag parties are a great way to level up your stag skills from cliché and hacky, to memorable, and dare we say it, legendary.
Sporty and active Stag activities are a fantastic element to any stag party, even if the groom and his friends aren’t super sporty themselves.
It’s a great way for everyone to get to know each other. With a little healthy competition mixed in with the challenge of taking on a new activity, you’ll be best mates with the groom’s second cousin, or his random friend from university, before the day is out.
As well as being a fun way for the groom to blow off some steam before his big day (it’s not just brides that carry that wedding stress after all), sport stag activities can be an excellent way to settle old scores and rivalries – as well creating some new ones.
The list of things you can do is always growing and deciding what to choose can be a difficult and daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together 3 of our favourite activities that are different enough to stand out, but easy enough for everyone to get stuck into. Try any of these and you’ll be well on your way to stag party success.
Who says stag parties can’t include a few rounds of civilised fun?
Whether it’s the calm before the storm of your night out, or you’re nursing the hangover to end all hangovers, a game of golf is a great way to inject some competitive action without too much physical exertion.
Equal parts relaxing and frustrating, if you haven’t caught the golf bug yet, and don’t know your bogies from your birdies, a day out on the links will soon have you down with the lingo and swinging away like Tiger – at golf that is.
This is a great activity that is accessible for most people, even those who are less typically sporty that may feel excluded by anything that requires much experience or fitness – which is an added bonus when you want to organise a great stag that caters to everyone.
As you take to the fairways you can expect to face some tricky obstacles, both natural and manmade. From sand bunkers and rough terrain to your fellow stags doing their best to put you off your swing. You can be sure you’ll have a great time away from any crowds – just you and the boys – engaging in some gentlemanly sporting action with a side of great banter and plenty of scores to settle.
To say Bubble Football is part zorbing and part 5-a-side football doesn’t do this intense and quirky activity justice.
Bubble football takes the standard football match we all know and love, and gives it a silly, inflatable bouncing twist as you climb into your own giant inflatable ball.
This activity is especially great for stags as it won’t matter if the someone was the top ranked player at school, or that another has two left feet. When you’re all strapped into giant inflatable balls, all the old rules are out of the window.
There are no red cards for tackling in this game. As you’re strapped safely in your bubbles, full contact is not only encouraged, it’s pretty much inevitable. When the whistle blows you’ll be bashing and rolling into your fellow stags, bouncing from one end to the pitch to the other as you try to find your feet.
And don’t worry, you’ll still have the groom in one piece by the end as despite all the rough and tumble, Bubble Football is still pretty safe and suitable for both sport and non-sporty types. The only thing bruised here might be some egos!
If you want to ramp up the madness and transport the groom back to his childhood, then look no further than Inflatable games.
This is an old-school style of fun that takes the best bits of your favourite kids shows and puts them into one giant inflatable obstacle course. You could be dressing up in giant suits and duelling with pugil sticks or battling against bungee ropes while running up huge inflatable hurdles. Whatever form it takes, this is guaranteed stag madness that will have everyone in hysterics by the end.
It’s not your typical sporty activity to be sure, but with big laughs guaranteed and plenty of competition to keep things fired up, inflatable games can be the perfect platform for you to set up your own challenges, forfeits and penalties. Who doesn’t want to be a kid again just for the day?
Polo is no longer a sport reserved for elite posh boys, and you won’t need a few hundred grand spare to keep a stable of well-bred and trained horses to play.
Instead, swap out four legs for two wheels and mount your very own Segway!
You’ll begin by learning how to steer and stop your noble steed and practice manoeuvring around obstacles with some warm up games of Segway frisbee. With the basics under your belt, it’s onto the polo! The rules here are similar to that of traditional polo, except with one very obvious twist. There are no oil barons or princes here, just you and your mates having a blast. As an added bonus, there’s no horse manure to shovel up afterwards!
If that’s not your cup of tea, try your hand at variations of common games like Segway nerf-gun battles or straightforward obstacle races.
This activity is perfect for all fitness levels and especially great for those stags who aren’t too keen on running around (or rather didn’t because of last night’s antics).
And there you have it! Those are three of our favourite sporty, and slightly out-there, stag activity ideas that will turn a cliché run-of-the-mill stag party into something unique and memorable.
What makes these great is that everyone can get stuck in as you don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy them, and they all make for great ways to bond with your fellow stags and banter on a day nobody will soon forget.