When planning a stag do, there’s already enough to think about: who to invite, how much to spend, what activities to do… You don’t have to go through all the vagaries involved in being forced to wear fancy dress or booking a stripper. Do something you will enjoy and remember. Avoid the clichés and have a good time. With that in mind, we’ve scoured our local area for some different stag party ideas. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Man up! The ExTREEme Adventure high ropes and tall trees course in Weasenham Woods, not far from King’s Lynn, is set at two different heights. There’s the “low” ropes at 20ft and high ropes at 40ft. The giant 3G swing can be winched up to a height of 45ft before release. Then there is the option to add the 1000ft long zip line and fan descender jump to the high ropes course. Combine this with real tree climbing across four routes, two to a height of 65ft and two to a height of 45ft, and you’re set for an adventurous day to remember!

On the ‘pull’! Rob Barber of Claybusters in King’s Lynn offers professional clay pigeon shooting stag parties. A great option for beginners or experts, Rob supplies everything you need to ensure your stag party will go with a bang! Wanting the kids to come along on your stag party? Not a problem… Claybusters events are managed by fully qualified and insured instructors who are happy to tutor anyone aged six upwards. Rob also caters for the ladies – why not let the hens give you a run for your money? And if you are lucky enough to have an adequately sized space, Claybusters can come to you.

Get involved in a skirmish. Prepare your trigger fingers. Don the overalls. Target practice in the back garden. It doesn’t take much to get ready for a day of paintball but it takes a lot to be King of Skirmish Paintball Norfolk! They have locations across the county and close to Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire so enjoy the state of the art facilities in a range of game zones and go on a ‘stag hunt’!

Go back to basics. Experience nature like never before with TheCanoeMan School of Wilderness Bushcraft. Learn to use skills sourced from around the world and how to survive just as our ancestors once did. No experience is required, and the courses take place in beautiful woodland areas throughout Norfolk. Feeling brave? Try the two day course and stay in the woodland overnight in your own shelter!

Raise a toast. Winbirri Vineyards produce top quality Norfolk wine and offer tours and tastings. The head winemaker will be your guide for the day, taking you through the vineyards and explaining the history of Winbirri Vineyards, why the particular grapes are chosen to be grown in England and how to care for the vines. You will then take a look at the winery and see how the grapes are turned into award winning Norfolk wine before completing your day in the tasting room where you will taste a selection of wines accompanied by local cheeses and cured meats.

A ‘neat’ idea! Norfolk has a lot to offer not only its visitors but its businesses also. That’s why The English Whisky Co. produce the very finest English Malt Whisky right here in the county! St George’s Distillery is nestled in Breckland where pure, clean water lies in the aquifer and quality barley is grown. They offer tours of the distillery where you will learn how the whisky is made. See the whisky in casks, breathe in the amazing aroma before finally finishing with a taste of one or two of their wonderful malt whiskies.

Hedge your bets. Enjoy a ‘flutter’ and put on a bet at the races. Great Yarmouth Racecourse offers a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the thrill of the race in their modern grandstand, and you might even go home a few pounds richer! Set in the seaside town, the racecourse hosts many fixtures between June and October, and there’s the option of enhancing your race day with a hospitality package where you can dine in your own private suite. The Sport of Kings is indeed he Queen’s favourite sport – if it’s good enough for Her Majesty, it’s good enough for us!

Go vintage. Really? Well, yes! We’ve said before that all things vintage don’t have to be the bride’s domain. Decorate your venue with our vintage props, hire some of our vintage board games and our photo booth alternative and you’ve got a ready made intimate night with your groomsmen! 

We’ve barely touched on some of the amazing activities you can enjoy in the region when planning your stag do. I hope we’ve made the point that it doesn’t have to be pub crawls and strippers (unless, of course, that’s what you want!). If you’re going to pull a prank on the groom, make it original. The key to a good stag prank is to make it personal – don’t just go for the generic pranks, but think about the annoying habits of the groom and base it around that. Remember, ultimately you want to get home in one piece… there’ll be a lot of people thanking you for stepping in if the fun goes too far.

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