Perhaps the "Promised Land" of stag parties, Chester is renowned for its Premier League nightlife that draws in the Chester's hotties like Hollyoaks babes to a lads mag's calendar shoot. Team that up with some of Chester's superb activities and you're on for a weekend of legendary proportions. Zip Wires, White Water Rafting, River Tubing, High Ropes, Bubble Football... Gentlemen prepare to party!
Best Bars in Chester
Oddefellows - Not a description of your Chester Stag Party but a superb venue for fine dining and a few fitting beverages on route to a great night out.
The Watergates - A proper 'pub' in the finest British tradition. Good food, good drinks, good times!
Kuckoo - And now for something completely different. A great cocktail bar with outstanding service and atmosphere (pinky fingers at the ready chaps, time to look sophisticated!)
May - Chester Beer Festival. Enjoy live music and great food in the company of some of the regions most celebrated pints.
June - Chester Rocks. Chester's biggest music festival attracts great headliners such as Dizee Rascall and Razorlight.
June - Cholmondeley Pageant of Power. From Bugattis to powerboats, Chester gets all revved up with a celebration of some serious horsepower!
July - Forest Live. Another massive music event with some of the UK's biggest acts taking to the stage.
August - Creamfields. Surely one of the greatest events on the UK dance music calendar.
November - Hell Run. Have the stags got what it takes to take on the Hell Run? Man up and put your best foot forward.
Where to Head...
The city centre and banks of the River Dee have some great dining and drinking options. Chester is famed for its Premier League bars and clubs that attract footballers and soapstars and as well as Chester's bright young things to the city centre every weekend. In particular Northgate and Bridge St.
Chester is most definitely a city steeped in history, if you are looking for something intellectual to break up the constant stream of stag banter and insults (the traditional means of stag communication) then the Chester Military Museum is actually a great place. Or head to the Castle Walls and Amphitheatre for a look at how the North West was won.
Cheltenham's former Mayor Henry Gee loved racing so much he cancelled an annual football match in favour of racing horses hence being known as "gee gees".
According to ancient law, it's illegal for Welshman to "...enter the city before sunrise or stay after sunset on pain of decapitation".
Chester Racecourse is the oldest sporting venue in continual use, dating back to 1539.
A Taste of Chester
Eats - Resting on the banks of the River Dee is the fully flavoursome Hickory's Smokehouse. The perfect venue for hungry stags looking to start a big night out. Steak lovers will not be disappointed.
Drinks - If you want a real taste of Chester we'd recommend a trip to the excellent Tap House, where you can sample the range of fantastic independent brewers Spitting Feathers. These fine purveyors of perfect pints have some superbly crafted beers for thirsty Chester stag groups to sample.
Home to Hollyoaks babes, Michael Owen and the UK's oldest sporting venue.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Chester
Chester is renowned as a great city to walk and see the sights, getting out and about on an evening is really easy as the city centre is easy to cross via foot. If you are looking to get around in a hurry then we'd recommend a Travel Card for the busses rather than shelling out for taxis.
It's not just Hollyoaks lovelies you'll find walking around this great city, Chester has produced more than its fair share of "slebs", particularly footballers and music stars.
Martin Tyler (commentator)
Daniel Craig (aka James '007' Bond)
And 'Steps' very own Lee Latchford-Evans
like its 1929!"
Its illegal for Welshmen to enter Chester after nightfall.
Forget what you've seen on Hollyoaks, Chester is so much more than fake tans and bad story lines. It's a vibrant city with a fantastic nightlife and the perfect backdrop to say farewell to the main man on his last hurrah before being committed to married life (at which point he'll need written permission before his allowed out tot play again). In fact Chester has a great deal to offer.
Losing the plot - Why choose Chester?
One thing Hollyoaks does get right is that a Chester staq do will see you partying among the beautiful people. Cheshire, in particular Chester and the surrounding area is a big hit with the footballing elite and their WAGS. In fact you'll soon spot more than a few wannabe WAGS so you and the boys certainly won't be short on eye candy to admire.
The historic city centre has some really exclusive bars and restaurants and a really buzzing nightlife. If you're looking to create your own storylines then a Chester stag weekend really is great stage to set it on. The city is a warm, vibrant and friendly. Its one of the few places in the UK where the doormen actually smile.
Chester Racecourse dates back to 1539.
During the daytime you'll find plenty to keep you and the boys busy. As well as a massive range of activities the city itself throws up a few interesting historical quirks.
- The country's oldest racecourse (500 years)
- The UK's oldest shop
- The most complete walled city in the UK
- 7000 seat Roman amphitheatre
- No Welsh! In 1403 the then Prince of Wales decreed that the Welsh were not allowed to enter before sunrise or stay after sunset, the punishment... Decapitation!
Playing your part - How to get your Chester stag weekend booked...
Chester really does have a sense of style about it. In fact it pretty well has swag and rightly so. When you're as god looking and in demand as Chester then you're entitled to have a bit of strut about you.
But the fun and glamour the city offers does mean it is a popular place for tourists, shoppers and stag & hen parties. So our advice is to book early, if you leave it too late you'll be like an ex soap opera star looking for work; while you're hoping for a spot on Dancing on Ice if you leave it too late or you'll be left with is panto in Wigan.
Too find out what's available and start planning a budget you can speak to our team and we'll give you the full lowdown as well as a no obligation, no hassle quote of everything the city has to offer. Enquire today.
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Thrilling the crowd - What are the hottest tickets in town?
In 1540 football was outlawed in favour of horse racing.
It really depends on the guys you are amassing to Chester. If you're action men looking for activity thrills and spills then a Chester stag do really won't disappoint; You can have a day at the races or even try a spot of horse riding for yourselves. If you prefer your riding to be mechanised then there are quad bikes and go karting. Or for the really adventurous you could always give gorge walking a try, which as man-sized challenges go is just epic.
And with competitive stags in mind its worth mentioning that Chester is the birthplace of a plethora of high achievers, Ryan Shawcross, Danny Murphy, Danny Collins, Michael Owen, commentator Martin Tyler and Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps (?!?).
Nights out in Chester bring out the bling squad with enough fake tan to turn the Great Wall of China orange. But the local nightlife really is the tailor made for a great night out. But it isn't all footballer's wives and hair extensions, there's a rich and varied choice of bars and clubs with music to suit all tastes, attitudes and dress codes.
Big budget blockbusters - Chester doesn't have to break the bank...
Not every Chester weekend is going to have the budget of a premier league player's hairdressing bill. You don't have to opt for less and look for cheap options. You can have the Chester stag do to suit you because we'll help save you money.
We have over 11 years experience arranging Chester stag do's, in that time we have built great relationships with our activity providers and hotels. As long standing "preferred customers" we get offered exclusive deals which means we can pass on these great rates to you which means you'll get the best activities and hotel rooms in the heart of the action at great prices.
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