Why: reasons to be cheerful, a background to the Bath stag do
Stunning, celebrated, historic, UNESCO fêted and the first King of all England was crowned here on the site of Bath Abbey - it’s truly an amazing city. It’s cute, compact and a wonderful backdrop for your best mate’s pre-wedding send off. Going out’s a pleasure and there’s a genuine wealth of venues to enjoy, in the last few years alone the city’s seen big name restaurants, bars and coffee houses arrive in numbers. To complement that the activities are high excellent, plentiful and easily accessible. It’s an undeniably top drawer destination for the stag do, certainly one of the classiest in the UK, and it’s quality all the way. The groom and the boys will be impressed, and if you haven’t visited you should, it’s top drawer.
When: the best of times - when to visit Bath for the stag do
Being one of the country’s top 5 tourist Meccas nothing’s much affected by the calendar, Bath’s set up year round. The benefits of winter and spring are both one of Europe’s most prolific Christmas markets (late November & early December) and the city’s big rugby fixtures (mostly Sept – April), summer and autumn provide a terrific setting with long days for adventure and buzzy alfresco nights amid historic honey coloured buildings. Somerset cricket even play in the city for a week a year so if you can time it with that you’re in for a rare treat. Bath Racecourse’s dates are also worth considering when you’re planning a potential stag do visit. Various festivals will pack out the city several weekends a year but outside of a handful of dates you and the boys can be sure Bath’s going to deliver 12 months of the year.
How: travelling to Bath for the stag weekend
Two main motorways, the M4 and the M5, easily bring you into the outskirts and then it’s a relatively straight forward run in. The train station is Bath Spa and it’s fantastically placed, 5-10 minutes easy, flat walk from where you’ll probably need to be; worst case there’s a taxi rank right outside. If you fancy the coach, National Express have a regular service to and from the city and booked in advance it can be cracking value. Whilst it’s unlikely if you have got friends flying in for the stag do the nearest airport is Bristol, and they’ll need to allow approximately 40 minutes transfer.
Where: on location, hanging out & bedding down
Bath’s compact and fantastically easy, which makes it really manageable for the stag weekend – and that’s important for you as the organiser. Even though the Roman’s supposedly liked it for the 7 surrounding hills, the walkable centre itself is pretty flat and a doddle to get around. For what you’re likely to need, the great pubs and bars, the many restaurants and the nightclubs, nothing’s really further than 10-15 minutes gentle walk away. There are no major central districts as such but if you can stay centrally and north of the river. You can also stay on the outskirts and get better deals, some of the self catering is also well worth a look.
What: Bath stag weekend sport & activities
As lads’ weekends go a stag in Bath is probably a little more reserved than the standard “hooley” however the activities pack a punch and go toe-to-toe with anything else the West has to offer. Rugby’s big here and an afternoon at the “Rec” is a great addition to the itinerary, and if you like your sport the horse racing’s also well worth a look – ideally with evening fixtures you might be able to do both. We’ve got over 40 listed in our Bath stag activities section, so please check them out you can follow through to a lot more detail. If you guys are after recommendations we’d love to help, whether it’s hilarious mini motos, a clay shooting competition, a crack at Polo or even our very own Somerset Challenge there’s more than enough group pleasing action to keep the boys alert!
Roman Holiday: the Bath stag do budget
As a city break destination it’s one of the UK’s big boys, so it’s busy throughout the year but especially high season. It’s also got a relative shortage of hotel rooms which means accommodation prices can easily get inflated, especially for late bookings and 1 night stays are tricky. However whilst you’re there it’s standard city pricing so it’s certainly not outrageous but planning well and what you sort upfront is the difference. We’ve got 1 night packages starting from £85 per person with top end packages coming in at over £300. We’re also based in Bath so if there are deals to be had you can count on us having them first, why not send a brief in today.
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